All of the original Cowboys were born on Earth, but then we started expanding our numbers at Alpha Centauri by recruiting people from more diverse backgrounds. Dawn was our first Cowboy from the Outer Colonies. She’d been born on Camelot, the youngest daughter of one of the planetary nobles. She joined the planetary militia and did good enough while fighting pirates that the United States Marine Corps snapped her up on a headhunting expedition. They promised her the whole nine meters…travel to foreign stars, meet exotic people…and kill them. Dawn ended up fighting in many of the numerous brushfire conflicts our government never publicly acknowledged back before The War. That gave her a wealth of experience in all kinds of warfare that the rest of us Cowboys lacked. She was a valuable member of my team throughout The War and beyond.

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