Jackie DeCoeur

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Jackie DeCoeur
Name: Jackie DeCoeur (aliases: the Red-Eyed Woman, Red Jackie, Red)
Author: OrcishLibrarian
Classification: Half Human, Half Demon
Gender: Female
Colors: Red
Availability
Alive Public

Character Information

Jackie DeCoeur is a bandit on Jakkard; Jackie's stories defined much of the tone, feel, and social dynamics of Jakkard while the plane was still in development.


Few things are known for certain about the woman known throughout the Waste as Red Jackie, but stories and rumors abound – always murky, often sensational, and frequently contradictory.


“You’ll have to forgive me, Miss DeCoeur, but I hear the stories which uneducated folk spread about you. They call you the ‘Red-Eyed Woman.’ They say you came back from the dead. They say that you can hypnotize a man just by looking at him. Now, as a rule, I don’t put much stock in campfire tales. But when I find myself actually seated across from one, well, can you blame me for taking precautions?”

-Brax remarks on Jackie's reputation, in Red Eyes


(Editor's Note: What follows are excerpts from Trotter's scrapbook about Jackie DeCoeur, which he has assembled over the years from newspaper clippings, personal letters, and his own recollections. As such, the following can be accorded as much veracity as Trotter himself – which is to say, an uncertain amount.)


Appearance and Description

Human, female, youngish but not too young. Taller than most, good-looking enough in a rough, unpolished sort of way. Raven hair, cut short. Not too much face visible between the pulled-down brim of her black gambler’s hat and her tinted glasses, save for a wry smile. Not too much of her figure discernable either beneath her black, knee-length serape, save for strong hands with clean-cut nails. Worn leather trousers, worn leather boots.

-Jackie's assessment of her own appearance, in Love and Theft


Her body was thin and lanky, and her face was heart-shaped. But her eyes were what really fascinated him. Standing across the room, he had chalked their redness up to whiskey and emotion. And, sure enough, the whites of her eyes were shot through with reddened capillaries. But her irises – those were red, too. Solid, dark red, the color of fresh blood. They were the most striking eyes he had ever seen. They were beautiful, like a sunset during a dust storm.

-Trotter's appraisal of young Jackie, in Foxtrot


Modus Operandi

“I’m going to let you in on a little trade secret, something I learned back when I started robbing banks. You see, a lot of first-timers make a mistake, and they go for the richest-looking bank in town. They figure, that’s the place to score big. But the smart play isn’t to look for the biggest score. The smart play is to make sure you get out with the money, because it doesn’t matter how stuffed your pockets are if you end up caught or dead. So you know what I learned? You ride into town, and you visit each bank. You spend a little time inside, and you watch the employees. You watch the tellers, you watch the guards, you watch the noggle who empties the dustbins. You pick the bank with the saddest, tiredest-looking workers you can find, and you rob that bank. Know why? Because whoever owns that bank is one mean son-of-a-snake. He treats his workers like dirt, so they hate him. He knows that they hate him, too, so he doesn’t trust them. So half of his security is devoted to stopping his own staff from robbing him blind, instead of me. And, if I have to pull a gun in that bank, ain’t a body in there going to lay down his life to protect that old cuss’s gold. Add those up, and I’m walking out of that bank with the money. That’s the smart play. And what I said about robbing banks applies double to trains. You can hit a train the dumb way – ride up alongside, guns blazing, spells flying, stop a bunch of hearts and carry off what you can before the law arrives. I’m not saying that never works. But once the bullets and magic start flying, anything can happen. Me? I prefer the smart way. I’d rather detach the crew compartments as the train leaves the station. I’d rather sneak aboard that train when it slows down on the grade. I’d rather have the key to the armored carriage’s door in my hand when I’m getting ready to unlock it.”

-Jackie explains her business to Brax, in Red Eyes


Personal History

“When I was a little girl growing up in a Verkell orphanage the other kids used to tease me about my eyes all the time. They called me names like ‘devil girl,’ they said horrible things about my mother, said that a demon must have knocked her up, said that was why she died giving birth to me, and why I had these red eyes. They used to shun me, pick on me. The bigger boys beat me up from time to time. Some of the girls, too. Until one day, when I decided I’d had enough. And the next time one of the boys called me ‘devil girl,’ you know what I did? I walked right up to him, and I said: ‘You’re right. My momma took a roll with a demon, and I got that demon blood in me. And the next one of you even thinks about laying a hand on me, I’ll fry his brain, and I’ll clean his clock.’ And that big bully, the one who must have knocked me around a dozen times before then? He just froze right up, he was so confused, and maybe a little bit scared, too. And while he was standing there with his mouth hanging open, like he was trying to catch flies or something, I sucker punched him on the nose as hard as I could, and he went down like that. From that day on, if the other kids stepped out of line, all I had to do was stare ‘em down, and they backed off real quick. I learned a valuable lesson that day – what you are doesn’t much matter. What matters is what other people think you are.”

-Jackie reflects on her formative years, in Stare Down the Basilisk


Known Criminal Associates, Past and Present

Appears In

Love and Theft
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PG Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian Revenge is in the cards when paths collide on a fateful evening in a wasteland prospecting town.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
violence, boozin' and flirtin', suicide reference
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Red Eyes
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PG Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian At long last, Jackie DeCoeur and a powerful enemy come face-to-(blindfolded)-face.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
violence, advocating the cool crime of robbery
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Stare Down the Basilisk
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PG-13 Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian Jackie DeCoeur has a plan for one last heist that will make her gang rich beyond their wildest dreams, and change the face of the Waste forever... if they make it out alive that is.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Some language Violence, sexual content, fantasy racism
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Red Jackie
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G Author: Subject:
RavenoftheBlack So sleep through the night, work through the day/And pray ya never find yerself in Red Jackie’s way!
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Read This First: Love and Theft Red Eyes Foxtrot Stare Down the Basilisk The Sincerest Form of Flattery


Foxtrot
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PG-13 Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian Dyan's life in Madame Roxy's bordello isn't grand, but it's a decent (or indecent) life... until a young bandit named Jackie DeCoeur shows up drunk as a skunk and turns his life upside down.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Violence Sexual content
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A Moral Compass
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PG Author: Subject:
RuwinReborn Jackie DeCoeur is used to being a big fish in Jakkard's small pond. But when the Shark himself returns to the Waste, she's faced with a simple choice: either get on Fisco Vane's good side, or get swallowed whole.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Violence
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The Sincerest Form of Flattery
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PG Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian A verbal sparring match between Jackie DeCoeur and Lucy get derailed when Jackie's train makes an unscheduled stop. Someone has it out for the red-eyed woman, and Jackie's friends are in the crosshairs.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Threats of violence, actual violence, extreme diva behavior
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Blood on the Tracks
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R Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian & RuwinReborn Jackie DeCoeur will go to any length to rescue the only fox she ever loved. Which is just what two troublemaking 'walkers are counting on.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Library fines Intense violence
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Rest for the Wicked
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R Author: Subject:
RuwinReborn & OrcishLibrarian Fisco Vane must pull Jackie DeCoeur back from the moral abyss lest she lose her soul -- and lest he lose even more.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
Violence, torture, suicide, feels
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[ Six-Shooter]
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R Author: Subject:
OrcishLibrarian A sextet of episodes from life in the Waste, featuring Jackie DeCoeur, her friends, and her enemies.
Content Warnings PG PG-13 R
R.E.M. jokes Violence, suicide reference Child abuse
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