Plains of Blood
The Code of the West
Most cowboys, lawmen, gunfighters, adventurers, and even some bounty hunters, gunslingers, mercenaries and bandits live by a code of ethics that is known “The Code.” It is a simple code of conduct adopted by many of the hard and rough men and women, the
American Western Wilderness, particularly among those of principled, scrupulous and aberrant alignments. Those who break, mock or condemn The Code are regarded with contempt or worse.
- Never draw your weapon unless you’re prepared to use it!
- Never cheat in a showdown, or expect to live like a snake.
- Never kill or deliberately hurt women and children.
- Never kill clergy, ’cept in self-defense.
- Never kill, injure or steal another man’s horse or vehicle, unless he’s dead and ain’t needin’ it no more. Never take another man’s woman.
Never destroy a church or holy place, unless it is a place of evil — and then beware the wrath of gods and demons.
- Never take more money than what’s owed to you.
- Never spit in the face of the law. Show respect until its proven that the law in that town ain’t genuine.
- Show women folk respect; remove your hat and avoid cursing.
- Respect the land and power of nature.
- Respect and honor a worthy opponent.
- Treat others like you’d like to be treated. Show cowboys and travelers kindness and hospitality unless they ain’t worthy of kindness or mercy.
- If you cheat at cards or break the law, expect to pay the consequences. Just because you don’t get caught or punished one time, don’t make it right.
- Keep your sworn word of honor, “because sometimes all a man’s got is his honor.” A man’s word is his contractual bond.
- Kill only in self-defense and in justice. The latter can include acts of revenge, “eye for an eye,” protecting others, using deadly force against those known to be killers, etc.