The empire is a warrior culture and as such has many legends and great warriors that it considers its champions. Being a living champion means you are a person of great influence without having an official imperial title. Only the best of the best get the title of champion and even the emperors tend to listen to these figures.

Living champions

Living champions are the champions that are still alive and active in imperial business.

Ligea Arianus

Ligea Arianus is the personal bodyguard of Emperor Canos Telaminus. Canos Telaminus often gets made fun of for having a female bodyguard, but those people do not understand how powerful Ligea is. She is said to be a daughter of Aenas and a man named Marcus Arianus, who himself is a son of Jokarion and a mortal woman.

The Emerald Knight

The Emerald Knight is a powerful artificial construct designed to protect the capital of Latsia from attacks. It is a fairly recent creation and many still need to get used to seeing the green-armored being patrolling the streets and alleys. His appearance seems based on an Allegoyan hero named the Crimson Knight.

The Gracian Heroes

The Gracian Hook is one of the biggest sources of heroic figures for the Latsian Empire. Thanks to its financial importance and relative vulnerability, many heroes seek their fame there. There is a building in Latsia called the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes that houses statues of the greatest heroes from The Gracian Hook. Below are some of the heroes that have statues in the Pantheon.

Prince Lendor the Lakonic

Prince Lendor was the third son of Emperor Argus Canos Imperator Julius Zilverus Aurelius Telaminus Lakonius Mizonius Amazonus and the the Lakonic woman Artema of Lako. After growing up in the palace of Latsia and being trained as a general, his father send him to Lako to take over as mayor. During his time as mayor of Lako, the Sjardans attacked the Gracian Hook. Prince Lendor took control of the forces of the Gracian Hook and used the skilled Lakonic infantry to push the Sjardans back into the sea. For this victory, he got his own statue in the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes. It is said that when he was sixty years old, he walked into the unmapped lands and never returned. Some think he was killed by a giant, others claim he married and had a son with a giant.

Aramus of Maketon

Aramus of Maketon was a great hero from Maketon that took over the leadership of Mizonia during the third civil war of the empire. Aramus took his new Mizonian troops and protected his home of Maketon from an attack by the Thebendian general Melion. Before Melion and Aramus could have their final battle, the civil war ended in favor of Melion’s side, but Aramus submitted to the new regime to keep his position and avoid further bloodshed. As a result, the Gracian Hook was split into two great factions for the better part of a century. The Aramides were most powerful in Maketon, Thenis and Mizonia, while the Melionides were the superior party in Lako and Thebend. A later emperor that favored the Aramides over the Melionides gave Aramus of Maketon his own statue in the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes.

Sorman the Mad Scholar

Sorman was a scholar from Thenis that professed a lot of controversial opinions and theories. Sorman claimed that power was an illusion and that everyone was born equal. While his opinions were dangerous, he did help the Latsian Empire make several technological boosts. At the age of fifty the ruling class finally had enough of Sorman and sentenced him to death. They however did recognize his contributions and placed his statue in the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes.

Clademnestor the Tyrant

Clademnestor was a great general from Mizonia who had a strong hatred for Maketon. After serving the Latsian Emperor for ten years, he went back to his home city. While in Mizonia, he grew annoyed with the council of elders. He took control of the stationed Legion and overthrew the council to take control of the city, naming himself the mayor of Mizonia. He confiscated the wealth of Maketonians living in Mizonian lands and forced them into hard labor. He then traveled all the way to Latsia to ask the emperor permission to destroy the Shrine of Aramus in Mizonia. The emperor refused this request. Clademnestor was furious and stopped by Thebend on his way home. While in Thenis he commissioned a statue of General Melion. He took this statue back to Mizonia where he placed the statue across the street from the Shrine of Aramus and build a new shrine around it called the Shrine of Melion. He declared that all offerings and festivities associated with the Shrine of Aramus would now be gifted to the Shrine of Melion. He would later die fighting the Allegoyans where he sacrificed himself to save Emperor Julius Telaminus the Modest. The Emperor would honor this sacrifice by giving Clademnestor his own statue in the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes.

Alexander the Conqueror

Alexander the Conqueror was born in Maketon. He became the right-hand man of Emperor Dax Julius Canos Aurelius Telaminus Zilverus and conquered much of the southern lands in his emperor’s name. He got his own statue in the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes, but his statue was removed when he turned on his emperor and declared himself the new emperor. He almost won the resulting civil war, but fell ill and died. Some claim he was poisoned. The civil war was ended soon after. Decades later an emperor of a new dynasty claimed heritage from Alexander the Conqueror and placed his statue back into the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes to boost his own legitimacy.

Beracles the Monstrous

Beracles was a Thebendian warrior that was send into the unmapped lands looking for a way to expand the Gracian Hook. With 500 men he went on a great journey. During this journey he came across the goddess Caffa and managed to consume part of her body. This transformed Beracles into a hulking monster with the head of a bull. During the rest of his journey, he lost all but seven of his men. On his way back he came across the goddess Farit. He grabbed her and raped her, fathering a daughter named Erelia. Beracles made his way back to the Gracian Hook in time to chase off an Arician invasion. During the invasion he lost an arm which he replaced with a large mace. His fearsome appearance lead him to become a state executioner and a champion of Gladiator games. He was killed in the colosseum of Latsia at the age of fifty after his opponent broke off his horn and shoved it through his eye. Beracles’ statue in the Pantheon of Gracian Heroes is one of the most popular for its unique appearance.

Demi-goddess Erelia

Erelia was born in the unmapped lands to the goddess Farit. She was born with her mother’s black markings all over her skin. Her mother raised her to become a warrior and forged a flail, shield and armor for her. Once an adult, Farit ordered her daughter to go find her father and kill him. Erelia walked all the way to Latsia, killing several monsters on the way, as well as taking the legendary bandit leader Vixen captive. Erelia made her way to the colosseum of Latsia where she disguised herself as a man and challenged Beracles to a match. During the match she struck one of his horns with her flail and broke it. She would later grab this horn and shove it into Beracles’ eye to kill him. The emperor was so impressed that he offered his sister in marriage to the warrior. Erelia, still disguised as a man, accepted and married the emperor’s sister. She would take the Emperor’s sister and her captive Vixen with her as she continued traveling. During her travels she would rescue a priestess of Execol from a rape attempt by a nobleman from the Allegoyan border region by killing him. She took the nobleman’s home and took the nobleman’s daughter, wife and Octavia the court jester into her harem along with the priestess she had saved. She became known as Erelia Sixwives even though she only officially married the emperor’s daughter. Her statue in the pantheon of Gracian Heroes was destroyed three times. Twice by people that did not see her as truly Gracian for never having set foot in the hook and once by consul Julius Octavius Draco who did not think women should be allowed statues in the pantheon. He was later eaten by the goddess Farit, for she did not allow her daughter to be dishonored. While her first three statues still saw her disguised as a man, her fourth and current statue fully showed her female form. Erelia disappeared after the death of her first and final concubine, Vixen. It is unsure if she died or simply moved back into the unmapped lands. Erelia has become the subject of much hero worship, even sometimes being worshipped as an imperate god, becoming a symbol for noble daughters wishing to take up the sword instead of the needle.

Spearman of Vignar

The Spearman of Vignar is a legendary Latsian hero that wielded the Ten Spears. The identity of the Spearman of Vignar has been lost to time, but is still heavily debated. He has been called a consul of the Latsian Empire, a chief of an extinct Nativan tribe, an Allegoyan knight that switched sides, a giant that allied with humans and even a War Elf that fled Älvenheim. All that is known is that he collected the ten spears for the glory of the city Vignar. When Vignar was attacked by the giants, the Spearman took up the ten spears and killed the ten lords of the giants, scattering their army. Believers in Dii Duodecim view him as an almost messianic figure. The son of Aenas who spread the word of their religion.