The Dragon Guard
((Note: This campaign assumes the standard lore presented in the DnD 4e Player’s handbooks and other core books unless something contained in a wiki page contradicts them. I will be expanding on the pantheon, for example.
ALSO: The information in this wiki is based on what knowledge is available to the players and thus may contain blatant lies if that is the information that the players believe.))
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In the center of the land of Lauaria, there exists a gate. A portal. So old is it that most of what was once known of it was lost to time. The inhabitants of Lauaria agree only on two things about the portal. First, that it is called The Black Gate after the unknown jagged black material it is made out of. Second, that when it was first created and opened thousands of years ago, Dragons flew forth from it by the dozen. So many dragons came to live in Lauaria that they began taking land for themselves that, by all rights, belonged to whatever sentient species inhabited it. This, inevitably, led to war. The dragons, of course being more powerful, killed hundreds for every one of their own that fell. The sentient races’ numbers were dwindling so quickly that the end of all intelligent races (save dragons) was within sight on Lauaria. Thus, the remaining peoples gathered together to call for the aid of a powerful and ancient god, the identity of whom is lost. The god heard the cries of the people and came down from the Astral Sea to aid them. Still, the dragons rivaled the power of the god, so great were their numbers. Though it was a close battle, in the end the god was victorious. Still, it was a narrow victory. The wounded deity did not have enough power to fully destroy The Black Gate. It was closed in such a way that, every 50 years, it would re-open. To stop the dragons from returning, the Dragon Guard was created. Each city-state would send one or more warriors, chosen in differing manners, to enter the gate upon it’s opening. Thousands of years have passed in this manner. Empires rose and fell around The Black Gate. It is in Evothil, the city built around The Black Gate, that our adventure begins.