Pony Express Part 2 pg.27

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MoeAlmighty
4th Sep 2019, 6:46 PM

Want to know the best way to know he's the bad guy of the story? He has his arms cross and he's not wearing a seat belt.

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Haegan2005
4th Sep 2019, 8:42 PM

Yeah, but the farmers weren't armed to the teeth, nor were they semi-trained combatants.

This guy is going to get a surprise from this. Possibly a painful one.

Good way to ratchet the tension up, btw!

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Otaku
5th Sep 2019, 6:20 AM

Huh...

...be kind of funny if the plot twist was that farmers in this world are armed to the teeth and usually have at least some combat training. Maybe I just know abnormal examples from the American Midwest, but you do have some veterans and almost every farmer has a rifle or shotgun, with hunting as a shared hobby. In fact, most have multiple firearms.

So in this alternate American Midwest with magical creatures... I'm thinking being a farmer might be a very dangerous job indeed. It may not completely parallel the real world, where large predators are few and far between. I mean, it could be like some parts of the real-world, where large herbivores are even a problem. A magical pack of wolves raiding your livestock is bad... but imagine a magical herd of elephants gorging on your fields. O_o

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Haegan2005
5th Sep 2019, 4:21 PM

While this is true, the bad guy implies that they were not armed to the teeth. Or if they were, they were taken by surprise. Whatever caused the farmers to be targeted was not something that they anticipated, otherwise they would have been armed and waiting. Heck, for all we know the farmers were sitting down and eating or at a general meeting of some sort where they were not expecting trouble.

The bad guy implies it was a bunch of farmers so my suspicion is that the attack did not take place on a farm, rather in a town hall meeting of some sort where no one would necessarily be armed nor expecting trouble that would require being armed to deal with it.

I could be wrong, of course.

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Otaku
5th Sep 2019, 5:55 PM

Well, the main thing is he says they were specifically "...helpless farmers..." something I missed when I raised my point. So much for me playing devil's advocate. ;)

Still, I might have to use the idea for a short story of my own. ;)

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Haegan2005
6th Sep 2019, 3:28 PM

No issues! I enjoy conversations like this!

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