The Outlaw Hero Resides in Lord of Columbia and The Renegades

Far too often, our heroes are part of state, local, and federal governments and in action-based works, they’re usually part of the FBI, CIA, military, police unit, etc. Well, arguably my favorite hero of all-time was, well, an outlaw. Of course, I’m talking about Robin Hood, and I’ve seen many movies regarding the outlaw hero – sparking my own motivation to finally create a work that suits a different niche audience – one with an anarcho-based mindset. One where the outlaws are the good guys and the government portrays the bad guys.

Now, don’t get me wrong – there are several awesome works out there other than just Robin Hood that utilize this concept. In Ironman 2, Tony Stark was heavily sought after by government agencies to replicate his Ironman suit to augment the US military’s strength in war. But Stark refused, arguing Ironman is to be used for peaceful purposes over those promoting militaristic interests.

The Dukes of Hazzard – the TV series, not the cheap movie knockoffs that changed just about everything – are another, albeit lighthearted example. The Duke cousins play the heroic outlaw in Hazzard County, often going head-to-head with the corrupt county commissioner J.D. Hogg and his equally corrupt, yet comedically bumbling and moronic sheriff, Rosco P. Coltrane. It’s also fair to say that the series was inspired by the movie ‘Moonrunners,’ which of course involved the heroes defending their moonshine business – which the Duke patriarch, Jesse Duke, still had ties to in the series.

And who can forget the movies V for Vendetta and The Matrix Franchise? Two movies where the protagonist and hero went against government corruption in these action-based flicks.

If I had to compare Lord of Columbia and The Renegades to one thing – it would most likely be V for Vendetta and The Matrix – you’re going to see a lot of battles against corrupt governments at the local, state, and federal level, as well as an attempt to move the masses closer to my own ideas of individualism, among others.

While my ideology shines in the work – don’t be fooled – my intent and purpose is to entertain, not shove ideas down the throats of readers and other writers who read my work. The same goes for everything listed above – each purposes was to entertain. If I were writing to say, warn, I’d pull an Orwell and write something akin to 1984 and similar works.

Now, let’s take a look at how our heroes are outlaws.


Lord of Columbia

Cain grew up knowing about the evils in the Southpoint Empire, but he never experienced them himself. Though he knew a few things, which are seen in-depth in the work Taking Back Saturday, which you can download for free here – Taking Back Saturday is actually a freebie, yet extremely off-the-wall novel with no real urban fantasy plot – just a comedic showing on how our heroes banded together prior to the events of Northern Knights.

In addition, Cain has heard of Southpoint’s brutal treatment of their colonies while up at Summit University in the free region of North Columbia, yet has never taken the threat seriously, having been native to South Columbia’s Outlands which hold very little police and military presence.

Once he does take a trip to the Inlands, where the largest urban centers are located, he witnesses the law’s treatment of its people firsthand, thus kicking off the events in Northern Knights.


Tarja Titan: The First Renegade

Tarja is a sixteen-year-old outcast girl living in the depths of conservative America, where her Wiccan views and bisexual orientation cause her to be looked down upon in both school and the community. She also struggles with being the middle child – not feeling as protected as her older sister, Stefanie, nor coddled like her younger brother, Liam.

Tarja, however, acquires a necklace from a pawn dealer that holds a hidden power – one that forcibly repels attackers. She discovers this power by mistake while trying to defend herself in a heated argument in the school parking lot started by girls from the prep clique – whose families happen to be respected members of the community and local church.

When this power she can’t control does go off, she soon finds herself in trouble both at school and within the community, with many believing she’s conjured the power akin to Satan.


Braden Hawk: The Next Renegade

Braden was once the most popular soul in the town of Thomas, West Virginia, working as a personal trainer. Yet he befriends a disgraced ex-cop prior to the events of the story, Gerome ‘Rome’ Sokol. Rome quit the force when he and a band of cops participated in a drug raid, killing a husband, wife, and their family dog. As it turned out, they raided the wrong house – but not before police planted drugs and illegal weapons in the house to ‘justify’ their mistake. Which the media was only too happy to lap up.

This prompted Braden to stop personal training and instead, focus on exposing political and police corruption in his community and in America. However, Braden’s change of heart was met with ridicule and antagonistic feedback among the town of Thomas, relegating Braden to his apartment to conduct research and go out only when he wished to workout at another local gym.

When Braden gets banned from this gym following a highly controversial article the town and its police force state was the ‘last straw,’ he only has two people to turn to – Rome and an energetic and curious college athlete named Kira Erickson.


Brock Gauge: The Unlikely Renegade

I was initially going to entitle this ‘The Third Renegade,’ but ‘Unlikely’ describes Brock Gauge in a better manner. Brock is a thirty-year-old grocery store bagger whose powerful, powerful memory provides a barrier to his success, which has learned via social media and the media itself – namely liberal politicians – to blame on others rather than take responsibility.

Note: Tarja’s problem stems from collective conservatism, Braden’s is overall statism, and Brock’s is liberalism – I did this on purpose so if there’s anyone on either side of the spectrum believing I’m biased one way or another, it’s the wrong conclusion.

Brock lives angry and in constant envy of his brother, Jed, and concerned yet well-meaning cousin, Lenny, the latter of which appears to be Brock’s only supporter as the rest of the family views Brock as a lazy freeloader. Many of whom wish for his father, Jay, to just kick him out of the house and fend for himself.

Yet when Brock is forced to work under Lenny and witnesses the notorious Dale Detmer – a childhood rival – use his power to collude and corrupt in business and in public policy – seek to use such power and status to bully those he believes are under him, and Brock is number one on that list.


The Renegades are Entwined

Okay, so obviously The Renegades contain a different main character in each novel – you have Tarja Titan heading up Book I, Braden Hawk in Book II, and Brock Gauge in Book III.

However, many of these characters and their family members appear in other works. For example, we first meet Dale Detmer in Tarja Titan. Tarja appears in Braden Hawk, and Braden’s blog and YouTube channel serve as inspiration for Brock, especially when Dale comes along.

You will see three more works in The Renegades released in 2021 or 2022 – depending on interest of time, which will be entitled ‘Liza Fury – The Youngest Renegade,’ and ‘Tony Gotham – Civil War.’ Finally, you’ll see a work where all four Renegades are in action together – much like The Avengers from Marvel Cinematics.

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