In previous chapters, we have discussed the beginnings of the Champions, but it was in the aftermath of the death of Bishop Giovon and Duke Tengel that the Champions of Blackport were born.
One must expect that Duchess Isabella Thengel was skeptical of the mercenary’s claims of Giovon’s betrayal, as it well-known she was extremely devout in her faith. However, it is said that Hovan passionately presented their evidence, convincing her beyond a shadow of a doubt, and she left her meeting with them convinced it was the hand of the Worldsmith at work. It was his divine hand that had brought them together to purge the church of corruption. We will not dive into the doctrinal dispute that still surrounds this claim, only to say that divine hand or no, the Champions were clearly bound for great things, and the Duchess seemed to perceive this.
So it was that Isabella made an announcement to the city, calling them “champions of Blackport,” a name that quickly became capitalized as their fame spread throughout the city, giving hope to a people sorely needing it. We also know that she offered to each of the Champions a boon, and two of them immediately asked for theirs.
Hope asked for a greater voice for the tieflings, and Isabella offered her a place as a royal advisor, still cited today as a landmark in tiefling-human relations.
Brigga Brassgut asked for aid to his people, and Isabella agreed to send what aid they could as soon as the city could, a promise that would itself lead to more fame for the Champions further down the road.
The others remained silent, and would name their boons later. A parade with much pomp and circumstance was held in their honor, one which many of the spectators would later tell their children and grandchildren of, bragging that they were there when the Champions first became heroes.
After the parade, the Champions were invited to a planning session to discuss the advancement of the orcish horde. The Duchess, still trusting in the Champions’ ability, asked for their aid. The Champions elected to travel to the southwest, investigating the extent of the horde’s advancement and hoping to capture and question soldiers who might have known of their numbers and plans. Specifically, they traveled towards Brighton, and planned to travel on to the First Forest to see if the horde has overrun the elves.
They departed, and a few days into their travel, they were ambushed by a scouting party. The Champions were successful, but unknown to them a half-elf was hidden away in the trees, watching the fight unfold. The reader is no doubt aware that this was none other than Teagan, much of whose writings still exist today, and form a large basis for this book. From a young age, Teagan appears to have dreamed of a life of adventure and excitement. She had spent nearly half a year traveling through Arandor since leaving the Archbora in the Spring, and had arrived in Blackport on her own shortly after the Champions had left. Their legend had already begun to grow, and Teagan had set out to find these “Champions.” There, as we all know, she would find the adventure she dreamed of.
Finally, the stage is set, the players are in place, and the Champions of Blackport are now a recognizable group. Now, the real story is ready to begin.
XP Total: 2012