Battle of Port Tosa
Claxton Clemens Arrives at Port Tosa
December 5, 5246
Soon after the creation of Port Tosa, and its tiny sister the old Amber village of Port Green Vale a large force of the House Clemens, lead by strongman Claxton Clemens, arrived, essentially taking over several freshly built buildings and attempted to establish "Harbor Operations" that included controlling what ships could dock, and control the fishing industry, and to do so under the auspices of the "Way Its Done In All of Amber's Ports".
Claxton demanded to be accepted as Harbor Master of Port Tosa because he was assigned to the office by Eustance Clemans, the Harbor Master of the City of Amber. He and his men began extorting the ship captains attempting to land and the fishermens in the newly constructed Port Green Vale. The Port Green Vale natives were well aware of the Clemens family and immediately began cooperating in the same way they always had, considering them part of doing business and regular life.
The insertion of the new "Harbor Master" was done at the ground floor level and many of the captains and fishermens of the Tosa/York port thought the situation unusual but cooperated due to the developing situation. Many were new to Amber and how things were done were new to them. The knowledge of the Clemens intrusion did not reach the level of the leadership of the Tosa/York mission till it was bloody too late.
Assault on Boxlifter[]
The problem with the Clemens and the new residents began when a group of Clemens toughs attempted to extort from dockworkers during unloading of a Tosain fishing vessel. The group of 10 Clemens men assaulted a group of 30 dock workers and would have easily subdued them if one of them had not been Ox, known as "Boxlifter"[]; a usually peaceful worker, but also a full member of CHAD and a former adventurer of considerable fighting ability (60th Warlock Fighter). When his crew was attacked he was on board the ship and leaped to the dock and began thrashing the toughs, wielding one of them by the ankles against the other. They scattered after a substantial bruising, dragging their wounded behind them. At the time Boxlifter and the dock workers thought it merely a dust up and intended to ignore it.
Battle of Port Tosa
The next day, returning with 140 men of a greater military nature, to "establish order " they attempted to capture Boxlifter and his workers. Although Boxlfter was not the crew boss, not being a leader of men, he was the most well known. The Clemens squad drew cudgels and clubs and began attacking the workcrew and the civilians in the area.
One of the civilians, a Tosain fishwife, ran to the Port Tosa Palace Commons and alerted the CHAD members present. She returned with 5 CHAD members; Sir Ascorbic (Boxlifter's boon companion), Sir Vomil, Dame Geata Rockbreaker, Sir Carston Brak, and the half-orc Vislar.(Warlock Levels60th Mage, 110 Fighter, 125 Fighter, 25 fighter, 7th fighter).
The Clemans forces had been using their cudgels to subdue and bludgeon the workers. However two had been killed and the incoming CHAD members saw them as soon as they arrived. When the 5 waded into the Clemans toughs they went in blades out. The bloody battle was shocking to the Green Vale natives and the Clemens toughs as well. Most of the toughs, though experienced warriors, were not used to the level of retribution a mere five individuals were able to deliver. They fled leaving 70 dead and dying behind. As they fled one of the CHAD clerics, Dame Shana Anor, arrived and healed several of the most certainly dead and had Geata, an inner Circle member of CHAD, summon more potent help. Soon the leadership of CHAD itself was present and the 70 healed members of the Clemens gang were taken and imprisoned.
After the battle several things occurred.
- Eustance Clemans lodged official charges against members of CHAD for murder and insurrection against the Crown and the Peace of Amber.
- Venki Fairhand interviewed the Clemans captives with extreme enthusiasm.
- Fortunadus visited King Random requested clarification of the authority of the Harbor Master.
- Eustance Clemens was summoned before the King for clarification of his authority.
- 70 members of the Clemens militia left the Clemens' service for other pursuits. Most took service with merchant caravans and left Amber. 23 joined CHAD and were shipped to Tosa for training and other duties.
- The Harbors of Port Green Vale and Port Tosa were transferred the authority of the forces of CHAD. Many fisher families in Amber began moving north to the Green Vale area because of the lucrative and generous Tosain and CHAD leadership.
- Since the battle CHAD Members have been known to pee on the Harbor Master's of Amber's official offices.. Mostly drunkenly at night. Sometimes they make a party of it and invite the locals.