(Apologies for delays in getting this one up.)

This tower does have stairs and probably an elevator. Bandit leaving by those would actually be less conspicuous than rappelling across the face of a local monument. But she’s got a rep to maintain, never more so than now when she’s trying to inspire a new squad to follow her, one that respects her background rather than overlooking it. And it’s a pretty cool sequence anyway.

RIP Rabbit, who would not only have gladly supported Bandit in her exile but would’ve totally fit into a group like this. Working with Hewie and Pyre would’ve been a challenge, though.

Tobias, we’ve seen before. The others are new, though you can get a lot of Watcher and Bash-Meister Berta’s deal just from their looks and their names. Brock was a visual reference to a show I never really got around to seeing, but I figured we should do something to acknowledge the most famous political-fantasy property of the 2010s. I thought we might go further with that, but he ended up having no real resemblance to Tyrion Lannister beyond the physical.  (I started out avoiding Game of Thrones because I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by it while writing a political-fantasy epic. By the time the series was wrapping up, I was planning on binging it as soon as it was over, and then, by all accounts, it fell apart. I’ve absorbed a lot by proxy, tried the novels, and seen a few episodes including the first and last, but I think that’s as far as I’ll go.)

FB: “Peacemakers are last year’s news. GUILDED AGE introduces Bandit Keynes’ Piece-takers.”