Crow and his men will do battle with the Chinese Triad, The Yazi, ( the seventh dragon) in San Francisco. A triad is one of many branches of Chinese transnational organized crime organizations based in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and also in countries with significant Chinese populations, such as the United States. Most famously, the Manchus forced Chinese men to wear queues (head shaven with a long braid). They enforced this with the death penalty (which has a long, rich tradition in China). A popular saying of the time: “Keep your hair and lose your head. Or lose your hair and keep your head.”

Two of Colt's Bull Dog Gatling Guns are used on the Black Crow to fight the pirates: A hand-driven machine gun, the Gatling gun was the first firearm to solve the problems of loading, reliability, and the firing of sustained bursts. It was invented by Richard J. Gatling during the American Civil War, and later used in the Spanish-American War, but was supplanted by advanced weaponry soon after. Years later, the technology behind the gun was re-introduced by the U.S. military, and new versions of the gun are still in use today.

The first in line of The House of Crow, is raised by the Crow Indians and is given the name, White Crow. He will become a Dog Soldier, an elite warrior of his tribe, His warrior legacy will set the tone of the men of the Crow family for generations to come.

Dog Soldiers

"The dog soldiers were the elite military organizations in the tribe. They were the last line of defense for the people. And so they were greatly esteemed. The warriors in the society were outfitted with a particular sash, which trailed the ground.And in time of battle, the dog soldier would impale the sash to the ground and stand the ground to the death. They had a song which only the members could sing, and only in the face of death. So you can imagine, that children, when they saw a dog soldier go by, must have just -- Ahhh, look, he's a dog soldier!" 
N. Scott Momaday

SN 60. Bbl measures 46″ with 1.65″ rifled bore. Hotchkiss mountain guns were first tested by the U.S. Army in 1881, having been purchased from the famous Hotchkiss Company in Paris. The guns were ideal for use in rugged terrain, such as the American West, since the entire weapon weighed only 362 pounds, and could be broken down into parts so that a gun and its ammunition could be transported on three mules. The gun could fire quite rapidly since it was used fixed (but separately primed) ammunition. In fact, this was the first U.S. artillery piece to utilize fixed metallic-cartridge type ammunition. Two basic types of ammunition were issued, explosive shells with impact fuzes, and canister.

What the clipper ship, The Black Crow might have looked like and the HMS Iris, a British war ship that rescues the crew of the Black Crow after they battle the pirates in the tale; The House of Crow.

Crow faces Calvin Reese, a murderer and all around bad guy, with a ten gauge Coach Gun. Pictured above is a 10 gauge Wm. Moore & Co. Coach gun. The term coach gun was coined by Wells Fargo when they began stage coach service from Missouri to San Francisco, California, which was a 2800 mile drive. This trip took over 25 days if traveling 24 hours a day. Coach guns were invented in the early 1850s and were either 10 or 12 gauge. Side by side coach guns were effectively the next step of muzzle loaders, though they were only considered advanced for a few decades until the first repeating shotgun was invented in 1887.


Doc Holliday used this gun at the OK Corral gunfight.

This is the type of sword given to Crow after the battle with the pirates: Marine Corps history states that a sword of this type was presented to Marine First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon by the Ottoman Empire viceroy, Prince Hamet, on December 8, 1805, during the First Barbary War, as a gesture of respect and praise for the Marines' actions at the Battle of Derne. Due to the Marines' distinguished record during this campaign, including the capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna after a long and dangerous desert march, Marine Corps Commandant Archibald Henderson adopted the Mameluke sword in 1825 for wear by Marine officers.