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The Historical Champions of Blackport

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Chapter 5, The Rescue of Brighton



The Historical Champions of Blackport

Chapter 6: The Rescue of Brighton


When we left the Champions in the last chapter, they had rescued a few women from the orcs’ “kitchen” and went back in to liberate the stables, an act that would in many ways seal their fame in the city of Blackport.

Skulking through the city at night, they came across the city’s corral, normally a place for horses, now a place where the remaining women in the city were being kept when not being “used” by the orcs. This is best recounted in Teagan’s journal entry, in her usual elegance.

We make it back to the kitchens without detection and Hovan and Brigga put their armor back on. Korgul and I go to scout the stables. Korgul is seen and as such, has to bluff his way out of a potentially sticky situation. After we report back to Hovan and Brigga, we decide to engage the orcs in battle. Korgul volunteers to tie a rope so that I can climb to the roof of the barn. I watch as he fails miserably, many times, to make it up the side of the building. Thankfully, no one hears anything and he makes it up and back down. I get into position on top of the barn, completely hidden from site, thank the Worldsmith, and prepare to attack. I took a deep breath and, with shaky hands, let an arrow fly through the night, missing my target by just a few inches. Damnit all! I guess it was a sign that this was not to be my night. For a while, it seemed like I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Eventually though, I found my groove and began taking down orcs like a girl-child picks flowers. Korgul seemed to be getting it every which a way, but Hovan stepped in and helped him out. Suddenly, I hear Hope yell “CHAPOW” and see a burst of flames. The scent of burning orc hit me before I even saw him hit the ground. Wasn’t long after that the last orc fell dead.

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Chapter 5: Out and back in again....



The Historical Champions of Blackport

Chapter 5: Out and Back In Again…


Now the Champions found themselves in Brighton, with the head of General Thag, a town to rescue, and a mystery in the form of the obelisk in the church. What happens next is perhaps best explained by one of the Champions themselves. Sgt. Hovan Roark himself recounted it in this recently unearthed journal entry:

This is my first time writing in this journal. I’ve never been much for this type of thing, but being so obsessed with the stories of legends growing up, I figured I would do my part to recount this part of history because I have the feeling it will be another turning point for man. We just killed Thag. I’m not really sure I expected to go this far without at least a full battalion of men. What started out as a scouting mission has turned into a full-blown rescue of a city. If I were my own subordinate I would be irate over what we’re doing. However, it must be done. The city guard trained me to fight, to lead, and let me witness death and even kill, but not on this scale. Nothing prepared me for this. Not for what’s being done to women and children….....nobody is safe from this evil. What this has done has hardened me. I am now resolute to defend my country against these Orcs. I feel it’s my duty to help defend Arandor against what is about to happen, and I feel that we might actually have the power to do it.

This group I’m with, the “Champions of Blackport” they call us, is much more than I expected. All of them seem to have their head set straight enough on their shoulders to hold their own, but they’re still kids. I don’t think any of them but maybe the Dwarf Brigga has hit 25. I couldn’t ask for a better leuteinant than Brigga. He is a force with an axe and runs the battlefield like a veteran. It’s nice to know I don’t have to keep my eye on him, because they’re needed in many other places. Hope is still learning what she can and can’t do…..

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Chapter 4: Brighton, Revealed



The Historical Champions of Blackport

Chapter 4: Brighton, Revealed



As discussed in the previous chapter, the players were now all in place, and the Champions of Blackport had reached a recognizable form with the addition of Korgul, Teagan, and her wolf companion Caiden. As they entered the land surrounding the city of Brighton, they discovered humans working in press-gangs for the orcs. As recounted by Brigga Brassgut,

Who would of ever thought that seeking out help for my fellow dwarfs would lead to so much more bloodshed than most of the battles I’ve engaged thus far.

Brighton can be no more than mere hours away when close by the company and I hear the faint sounds of voices. Wishing to avoid yet another ambush from the orc horde, Hovan and I instruct Korgul and the Teagan to scout ahead. After there return we learn those filthy orcs are forcing some of the villagers of Brighton to harvest grain from their fields for the army. I need a drink. A force of fourteen strong will be a challenge but there is no way we can just slip past and let this injustice continue……

Doing out best to get the drop on our enemies failed and we had to engage the orcs sooner than expected. None the less they were no match for my steal. After securing the area we needed to get some information from the surviving humans. One spoke of his wife still in Brighton…sigh yet more humans needing my help yet not one word from my home that help has found them still safe.

Grain was being picked up daily and then delivered to the orc forces occupying Brighton.


What happens next is described by Teagan in a small portion of her own writings, recently uncovered:

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Chapter 3: The Champions are Born



The Historical Champions of Blackport

Chapter 3: The Champions Are Born


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

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Chapter 2: Regicide



The Historical Champions of Blackport

Chapter 2: Regicide


As previously discussed, what would become the Champions of Blackport had emerged from Asmodeus’s temple sucessful. It was not this event that would ultimately catapult them to fame, however. Indeed, if events had played out differently it is possible to imagine a world where they were paid and went their separate ways. Such was not to be, however.

To thank them for their service, Duke Edmund Thengel hosted a party in their honor. Little did he know it would be his last. There, the Duke was poisoned. Whatever was used, it must have been a fast-acting agent, for reports say that the Duke died in only a few minutes. Rule was immediately passed to the next in line for the throne, Duchess Isabella Thengel.

At the behest of Bishop Giovon, the duchess asked them to aid the city once more, this time acting as an “independent investigators” into the Duke’s murder. They had difficulties in the investigation at first, and to help them better question those from the rougher parts of town, joined up with the half-orc Korgul, a recent arrival in Blackport. And so they came one step closer to becoming what we know as the Champions of Blackport. Through their investigations, they uncovered corruption on the city watch and within the church itself. Indeed, their investigations ultimately led them back to Bishop Giovon himself.

From church documents of the time, it seems that the Bishop had been lobbying the Duke to aid the dwarves of the Khazak mountains, on behalf of Brigga. His efforts had proved futile, however, as did his efforts to convince the Duke to be more proactive in fighting the advance of General Thag. Deciding to take action, Giovon poisoned the Duke. By convincing Isabella to appoint the Champions to investigate the death, he believed he would have sympathetic investigators, however.

He misjudged the Champions, however. Upon learning of his betrayal, they attempted to arrest the Bishop. Giovon fought them, but was slain in the battle. Ironically, however, Giovon accomplished what he set out to do. As a result, Isabella was, indeed, a more proactive leader in confronting General Thag’s horde, was more receptive to the church, and promised Brigga his aid as soon as she could spare the manpower.

It was the Champions’ ability to look past the results and reject his “ends justify the means” philosophy that would ultimately set the tone for much of what was to come.

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Chapter 1: A Band of Mercenaries



The Historical Champions of Blackport

Chapter 1: A Band of Mercenaries


A Note to the Reader

The book you hold in your hands is the result of painstaking research conducted over a period of years by a team of sages, bards, scholars, and archaeologists. Why so many contributors? Because this tome is unlike any other that has been written about the Champions of Blackport in hundreds of years. Many books have compiled songs, stories, and other documentation from that time, but none before have tried to sort through the legend and find the facts so thoroughly as we have.

Indeed, by employing some of the strongest divinations available today, we have drawn much of our new information from the recent discovery of several documents long thought lost, many written by the Champions themselves.

Thus, this book is not a simple compilation of tales. In these pages, you will not find the full text of Champions Unbound or the full lyrics to The Song of Betrayl. Certainly, you will find quoted sections of such works, but only aside our scholarly analysis.

It is our hope that you, dear reader, enjoy discovering the true story behind the Champions of Blackport as much as we did. To that end, while you will find these documents sprinkled about this text, we will also offer the entirety of the original source material we have discovered, free of abridgment or commentary on our part, for your reading pleasure at the end of this tome.

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