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The Palanthas Herald

Champion and Sorcerer Implicated in Controversy

by Kendermage, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Linaras, Newkolt 13, 421 AC

Laycnos – Five years after the disappearance of the elven delegation during the Clash of the Champions, new evidence has arisen, leading to the former champ and the elven liaison to be implicated in their disappearance.

The new evidence came to light when the Imperial Navy apprehended a yrasda slaver operating out of Dak-Droka. The yrasda identified himself as Naquada. An alert Imperial Legionnaire recalled seeing the name and informed his commander.

"About five years ago, I was one of those who investigated the disappearance of those elves during the first Clash of the Champions," said Mycenos de Zhakan of the 12th Legion. "That name is unique in that I have never seen it anywhere since. I filed it away after no trace could be found of the elves, then when I heard the sea ogre's name, it all came back."

The sea ogre when interrogated admitted kidnapping the elves while they were under the protection of the emperor. He named as his accomplices the first Clash of the Champions winner, Andas de Niro, and the elven delegation's liaison, Menas es Korag. In response to the confession, de Niro has been apprehended, but es Korag remains at large.

De Niro claims to have done nothing wrong, "I did the world a favor. There is no room for pansy elves in a sporting competition."

The Church of Sargas, livid at the dishonor brought to the Clash of the Champions has cursed the former champion to carry forever the weight of his dishonor by removing de Niro's horns.

Baldar es Bregan, High Priest of the Temple of Sargas told the Herald, "de Niro will now suffer forever the slings and arrows of his fellows for his dishonor. He may not have long to live though since he will live out the rest of his days in the Games, however short they may be. We have a different punishment in mind for the cowardly es Korag when he is found."

When inquired as to the location of the missing elves, Naquada revealed that after abducting the elves he sold them into slavery in Ogrebond.

Sources within the Imperial Palace have revealed that security for the delegates of this years competition will be the tightest it's ever been, so that nothing of the like will occur again.

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