Champion’s District towers over Sasserine’s western skyline, a district of soldiers, gladiators, mercenaries, and warriors who follow in the footsteps of the city’s first lord-mayor, a priest of Chayus named Terakan. Champion’s District has a not-so-friendly relationship with the Noble District, and citizens see themselves as the true and rightful leaders of the city.
Champion’s District’s representative nobles are the Lorchesters, old blood who have been established in Sasserine nearly from the city’s foundation. The family’s patriarch, Neldrak Lorchester, is generally thought to be a bit too scheming for his own good. The Lorchesters have recently clashed with Cudgel District’s Taskerhill family over ownership of Thunder River Lumber. Closer to home, they’ve been at odds with another Champion’s District noble family, the Toregsons. Rumor holds that the source of the conflict between the Lorchesters and the Toregsons has something to do with the Smith’s Guild.
Also of note in Champion’s District is the Shadow Embassy. This relatively new structure is the home of one Anteki Alresian, an ambassador to the sinister and (some would say) untrustworthy Guild of Shadows. Anteki’s presence in the city, and in Champion’s District, has been nothing but positive on the surface—he’s donated a fair amount of resources to public works, and the Embassy has an open door policy for visitors. Still, rumors abound that the Embassy is nothing more than a front used by the The Shadow to lull Sasserine into a false sense of security for a Shadow assault from the sea.
The Sasserine Arena is one of the more popular entertainment venues in Sasserine. Fights are scheduled at minimum once per week by an organization of mercenaries, hunters, and explorers known as the Iron Brigade. Fights in the Sasserine Arena are generally not to the death, but are often used to settle debts or conflicts between people or organizations.
At other times, the Iron Brigade sponsors what are known as “Iron Challenges,” in which local heroes and mercenaries fight against dangerous creatures. The Brigade is said to be preparing a yearly event that pits numerous teams of gladiators against each other, modeled after the world-famous “Great Games” held yearly in the city of Torion to the west, although they have yet to announce a date for the first competition.
The Champion’s Watch are the most militant of the seven watches. Their members patrol the streets of Champion’s District in full uniform on regular schedules; their presence in the district is as much for show as for law enforcement. Members of the Watch are expected to take part in Arena events monthly, with any winnings being split with the church of Chayus. The Champion’s Watch looks down (literally and figuratively) on the Shadowshore Watch, regarding them as little better than the criminals they know populate that district. Of the seven watches, the Champion’s Watch comprises the most loyal and incorruptible members; their high pay and morale render internal corruption all but unknown.
If you’re from Champion’s District, you may belong to a minor noble family, and have probably been to the Sasserine Arena several times. You might know someone who has fought in the arena, and may have desires to test your mettle there yourself someday. Alternately, you may be interested in exploring the Amedio Jungle to try to gather trophies (living or dead) for the Iron Brigade. If you’re of a less martial bent but still hail from this district, perhaps you have some ties to the Shadow Embassy. Although it’s unlikely you’re fully a member of The Shadow, the Embassy has been known to accept locals as agents or apprentices from time to time.
Anteki Alresian (human male): Anteki is an ambassador from the sinister Shadow. He maintains a civil and even respectable veneer, but many suspect him of having ulterior motives in Sasserine.
Neldrak Lorchester (human male): Lord of Lorchester Manor and representative of Champion’s District in Sanction. Neldrak has a reputation of being canny and scheming.
Tormagal Gred (human male): Tormagal, a no-nonsense and humorless man, is the high priest of the church of Chayus.
Urik Toregson (human male): Master of Toregson Manor and owner of the Smith’s Guildhall in Merchant District, Urik is a popular figure who’s made a name for himself in staged fights at the Arena.
Zasker Grankus (human male): A likable (if intimidating) one-time barbarian, Zasker runs the group of hunters and mercenaries known as the Iron Brigade.