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Keepers of the Outlands - History

     The history of the Outlanders dates back to the days of the American Old West, when the Kindred of North America first began traveling in larger numbers. Many headed west, often forming small coteries for mutual protection. These coteries inevitably disbanded as the members arrived at their destination, but many kept in touch, trading information and tips for travel in various areas. These Old West roots can be seen in the organization and the slang used by many Outlanders today.

     In 1920, a Gangrel by the name of Douglas Lawson settled in the Victor Valley of California, a remote region sparsely populated but that saw a great deal of traffic passing through from Chicago to Los Angeles on the legendary Route 66. Not a small number of Kindred also passed through, either working as couriers between the two cities or, in many cases, moving west to settle the area. Over the next 50 years, a dozen Kindred settled the area, some staying for long periods of time, others staying long enough to rest for a bit and then moving on again, taking the name Outlander with them as they set out to explore the rest of the U.S. and often the world. At the time, the title was little more than a badge of honor, one that banded together a small group of Kindred that held the same outlook on life.

     In time, this small band grew as the original 13 Outlanders met other Kindred nomads, desert dwellers, forest lurkers, and so forth. As these Outlanders crossed the country time and again, lines of communication opened up, as did trading of favors and information, until permanent Outposts became places to rest, trade information, or avoid the various dangers associated with living away from the cities. As the Outposts became more common, many Outlanders found themselves residing permanently or semi-permanently at them, helping with the maintenance and upkeep of the haven or defending wandering Outlanders from attack.

     Today, there are dozens of Outposts scattered across the United States and Canada. Many have only a single Outlander operating the facility, either out of a sense of obligation or a connection with the local area. Others have up to a dozen Kindred residing either within the Outpost or in nearby havens. These larger Outposts are typically found within a population center in a rural area and are well-defended against discovery and attack. Even were one discovered, a vampire wishing to rid himself of the local Outlanders would need to be very cautious in attacking, for any number of wandering Outlanders might be visiting at that moment.