Gunslinger's Guide Teaser 2 - Tiburcio Vasquez

The term "Gunslinger" of course covers many different professions, and we would be guilty of serious omission if we failed to mention the outlaws as well as the lawful Gunslingers. However, not every wanted criminal is as despised by the public as by the law. Some figures are more romantic, more storied, and more controversial. One such man is Tiburcio Vasquez, a horse rustler who many consider to be a 19th-century Robin Hood.

Like Joaquin Murrieta before him, Vasquez experienced firsthand the severe racism of the whites who arrived in California during and after the Gold Rush. Unlike Murrieta and the rest of the Five Joaquins, however, Vasquez frequently and publicly declared that resistance against non-Mexican authority was the very reason for his crimes. For this, and also for his legendary ability to woo women with poetry, Vasquez was something of a folk hero to the Mexican population of California. Some historians even see parallels between Vasquez and the fictional character of Zorro. While there is no evidence that author Johnston McCulley was directly inspired by any single person, the popularity of Vasquez's story may well have helped to propel the Zorro books into the public eye.

In the Steamscapes setting, Vasquez has become one of the most wanted men in the west, partly because of how difficult it has been to capture him. From the Gunslinger's Guide:

Soon after the RMR was formed, Tiburcio Vasquez returned to horse rustling. Since then, he has expanded his operations in terms of manpower and geographic reach. The Vasquez Gang has also begun robbing stagecoaches and even steam carts. In both cases, the vehicles are taken as well, which suggests that the gang has at least a few steamhands maintaining the machinery. Wells Fargo and Western Union both have private bounties out on Vasquez in addition to the federal bounty, making the total reward for his capture over $10,000 RMR. This is more than any other outlaw on the continent not wanted for murder. Yet Vasquez continues to elude the authorities, perhaps aided by the many ladies who sing his praises.