The sun is slowly setting on the golden age of chivalry in West Marque. The kings are gone, replaced by Marshals. The ‘knights of the realm’ – the Fifth Wheel - no longer wear suits of armor or carry gilded swords. They wear badges and carry guns on their hips. Their old enemies, the Dead Priests, are ghosts of the past. John Gray, a member of the Order of the Fifth Wheel, is hard on the heels of the gambler James Gallant. He’s chased him halfway across the realm and now he’s so close to the traitor he can smell his pomade. Orders though have arrived that threaten to throw him off the gambler’s trail. The Fifth Wheel have been summoned to Jonah’s Sword for an Oath Swearing and with the Call comes the dawn of a new struggle for the High Seat of West Marque, a struggle that might awaken the ghosts of the past.
Richard Parkinson was born in Montreal and raised in southwestern Ontario. He wandered around the wilderness from job to job, taking the occasional university course. He played solider as a historical re-enactor, hit the stage as a wannabe rock star, tried his hand as a puppeteer running his own Punch & Judy show, and worked hard on his quest to become a “renaissance man”. The results were equal to Don Quixote’s quest to revive chivalry and many of Richard’s friends took on the role of the sensible Sancho Panza. On the side, he dabbled in homebrew RPG design with the enthusiasm of a medieval alchemist. Unfortunately, he often enjoyed the same results as the medieval alchemist, sometimes explosive and always realizing that base metals could not be turned to gold. He then fell into journalism. In May 2015, Richard saw an interesting fork in the road and decided to take it. He switched careers, and he left the newspaper industry to work in the trucking industry.