Way out west, where the wild wind blows,
A young woman has been told it's time for her to go out and make her way in
the world. When Megan finds Tony D'ags, a Righteous Man whose job is to
protect and champion plain folk when they seek justice in the Empire,
she doesn't know just what she's gotten herself into. Her mentor seems like
such a simple man, and his crew a funny collection of misfits brought together
from all corners of the world.
Their first night in San Angelo, Megan finds out that Tony, his crew, and now
Megan herself, have greater responsibilities than political representation.
They owe their lives to their hosts, and there are bandits out there ready to
So tonight, eating food given to them in joy, playing with children and
listening to the elders list their complaints to her mentor, Megan learns the
first lesson of being a paladin.
What do you do, when the wolves on two legs come howling? What do you do when
men who are more animal than not decide they're after the children you
protect, and they'll do anything to get them? Where do you stand?
San Angelo is the first in a series of shorter works set in M.K. Dreysen's
Open Wounds Universe. Here, Megan meets Tony D'ags and begins learning
what the Empire means to people who don't have a position in it.