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THE BLACK DRAGONS
"The Black Dragons" was a campaign set in Theeurth that lasted from 1991 to 1997.  It centered around the elite guard loyal to the duke of Antiphia, a city in Tirgonia, near the edge of civilization.  Over time, they became embroiled in politics, intrigue and war, and even saved the world.  

The Black Dragons had it rough, and went up against some of the toughest enemies Tirgonia had.  Most of them never came back from their adventures.  As you can see below, that's why I don't want to be a Black Dragon.

WHY I DON'T WANT TO BE A BLACK DRAGON

FATE

CHARACTER

OCCUPATION

PLAYER

Died in Azanārgud

Agathon Hildreth

Paladin

Brian Ballard

Alrek Laertes

Paladin, Knight

Chris Rupert

Harland Spreakson

Gladiator

Sean Conlon

Ivar Anson

Wizard

Mike Dobbs

Merrick

Thief

Chuck Lewis

Serro Eskanto

Wizard

Scott Everett

Died at the Battle of Five Demons

Hanson Halifax

Paladin

Chuck Lewis

Lodan

Priest

Mike Dobbs

Rand McZeno

Warrior

Brian Ballard

Rune Eannskye

Ranger, Knight

Halle Dunn

Murdered by Otto van Ewart and Lao Tai

Galerage

Wizard

Halle Dunn

Kel

Warrior

Whitney Dunn

Haldane Ivorson

Paladin

Chuck Lewis

Murdered by Lao Tai

Nightshade

Wizard

Chuck Lewis

Murdered by His Wife

Donal

Priest

Mike Dobbs

Accidently Killed by Balak Friendslayer

Altanius Spetinas

Bard

Mike Dobbs

Falconhand

Druid

Vivian Nolan

Killed by Imperial Guards

Balak Friendslayer

Wizard

Chris Rupert

Killed by a Demon

Barton Maddick

Wizard, Knight

Chris Rupert

Neblin Magebane

Priest

Mike Dobbs

Killed by a Banshee

Camaill

Gladiator

Nathan Borshelt

Killed by a Horse

Gladinus Gravius

Warrior

Nathan Borshelt

Eaten by Trolls

Keegan Forster

Warrior

Halle Dunn

Eaten by a Dinosaur

Farouz

Wizard

Chris Rupert

Lost Souls to a Demon

Otto van Ewart

Warrior, Knight

Chris Rupert

Lao Tai

Warrior, Knight

Mike Dobbs

Lost Soul to Evil Artifact

Seralis

Wizard

Mike Dobbs

Lost in the Land of the Dead

Lief Karlson

Warrior

Sean Joyner

Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances

Corwyn

Ranger, Baron

Sean Joyner

Goro the Foul

Wizard

Scott Stricklin

Sagramore Stormcrown

Priest, Knight

Whitney Dunn

Surbim Theosom

Paladin, Knight

Scott Everett

Vargus

Ranger, Knight

Brian Ballard

Achieved Immortality

Caradoc

Warrior

Mike Dobbs

Retired Safely

Almaren

Priestess

Vivian Nolan

Druss

Priest

Mike Dobbs

Gilmore

Wizard

Chuck Lewis

Hūn-Camé

Barbarian

Scott Everett

Im Hep

Thief

Sean Conlon

Mulligan

Pirate

Scott Stricklin

Killian Keer

Thief

Halle Dunn

Marcus

Ranger

Sean Joyner

Statistics:

Length of Campaign: Six Years
Number of Players: 11
Number of Characters: 42
Number of Character Deaths or Reported Deaths: 33 (78.5%)
Number of Characters Killed out of combat:14 (33%)
Most Characters: Mike Dobbs (9)
Shortest-Lived Character: Lodan (Lodan Mark I) - about two minutes
Longest-Lived Character: Sagramore (the whole six years)


A Great Epitaph

Sir Sagramore Stormcrown was the Black Dragons' crusader. A priest of the war god Fargalann, he was in the thick of every fight. Problem was, Sagramore (and his player, my friend Whitney Dunn) had the worst luck imaginable. No matter what, every time something really important rested on a roll of the dice, Sagramore was sure to blow that roll. Hanging over a pit of lava and have to make a Dexterity check? Bye, bye, Sagramore. Facing your archnemesis in single combat before the great conclave? Hello, excommunication.

Well, Sagramore hung in there to the end, somehow surviving despite it all and fighting the good fight. When at last he died, his surviving friends erected a monument in front of his church with an epitaph that remembered his frequent bouts of unconsciousness in the early stages of an important fight:

"Here Lies Sir Sagramore Stormcrown.
When the Chips Were Down, So Was He."


BLACK DRAGONS ART

Okay, so we're not artists.  Still, that doesn't prevent us from mocking ourselves with drawings.  The first piece was commissioned and the second is by a good friend of mine during his visit from France. But the rest is there because it makes us laugh to remember.

 

Click image to see full-sized picture

 


Julien Hermitte

 


Chris Rupert


Sean Joyner

 


Whitney Dunn

 


Sean Joyner

 


Whitney Dunn

 

 
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