Rifts: How the New West Was Won.
History of Cody
Being about 900 or so miles due west of Freehold in Tolkeen Cody has grown from a Trapping lodge and a handful of ranches and farms to a bustling town of Mercenaries and now refugees. 22 years ago, Cody wasn't even a named place, just a trading post and operator fix-it shop named Bill's Place. There were a few ranchers in the area but really nothing else. The Trading post was close to the Shoshone River, the ruins of Cody barely disturb the area. The occasional artifact would be un-earthed, and traded in the Bill's. Every couple of months, Bill would get supplies from the Colorado Baronies. A mercenary group, at the time, called John's Roughriders decided to build a small fort on some unclaimed land south of the trading post about 15 miles.
John's Roughriders were a rather large Merc group, interested in having a base away from most of the action in North America but close enough the major action that they could ply there trade. Around the Trading Post was near perfect, Buying one rancher's land and supply a safe move to Lazlo later. John and his group had a nice base camp area to work with. With the addition of the Merc, whose families kept the Ranch running, George Taylor, son in law to the Trading post owner build and opened a Saloon across from the trading post that with the Merc traffic became a very profitable. John would retire and the unit would become the First Royal Heavy Calvary regiment under the leadership of Drake Sexton Over the last 22 years the town has grown into a major settlement and much like Merctown has become a favourite of Merc of all strips. in the last 5 years the biggest growth has come from refugees from Tolkeen.