Paddle Quest 2015 was truly an amazing adventure. With 72 teams of questers, never before has the level of competition been so fierce. In the 2014 chaotic contest for the strongest alliance, "Kajun the Rare’s College of Explorers" edged out a slight victory over “Wizard Kulku’s Army”. Following right behind was the “Kirsch Camp Crew” led by Nukpana and the “Jolly Pirates”. With some support early on, Lord Houlihan and Sheera the Sorceress finished with hardly a flag between them, despite some strong showing from their outnumbered allies.

So what does Kajun’s victory mean for PaddleQuest in 2016? Since Kajun’s 2010 arrival in The Backwaters from the north, he has been working towards founding a college of explorers and now with this victory he and his Rangers finally have achieved this goal. PQ 2016 will be set up by Kajun’s College and the Questers will be required to pre-register for one of his 4 courses, each with a 25 team limit. The course you choose will determine your path you will have you own professor assigned to your team to check in with and report your findings. The solo class and possibly the two-person class will be eliminated, as advised by the COE (College of Explorers). Look for class listings coming in early 2016. By separating the classes, we hope this will alleviate some of the congestion at certain events as well as add some strategic elements.

The Wizard Kulku is still very strong and has not lost the Alpha barge or his grip on the portal. As the Interdimensional Shaman Lord, Kulku must monitor the portal at all times. For this reason in 2016 all teams must visit Kulku and help control traffic in the portal. Kulku considers Kajun a true ally and important force in The Backwaters- although he does worry about the influence of some of the professors. Although a clear leader in The Backwaters has not yet risen, Kulku is the closest thing and will surely influence the outcome in the foreseeable future.

 The Kirsch Camp Crew: Consisting of Nukpana, the Faeries and their King, Cosmic Hoarder, Golden Hoarder and Lakeside Mike will hold the camp for yet another year- although the shores have weakened with the loss and the forces are scattered. Lakeside Mike’s affiliation with Lord Houlihan has softened, but he is interested in forming an alliance of sorts with the Houlihan’s Weekend Warriors. Nukpana will again be looking to test the questers’ skills in 2016 but may also require some kind of support or protection to hold the shores.

 Due to his all-seeing-eye, the Medicine Man who has built a formidable camp on Bear Island, may have influenced the questers away from joining the Pirates. For likely the tenth year in a row the Pirates failed to gain the domination they seek. With Captain Abraham Abraham off on a fool’s errand, Captain Joey Jack was promoted and has found a place amongst the Jolly Pirates. The Pirates again vanquished yet they did receive more support than Medicine Man would have liked. The Medicine man, by drawing wisdom from fallen warriors and from spirits in The Backwaters has forseen a coming darkness that clouds the future, and it comes from the Prophets to the north.

 Crushed by the questers, Sheera the Sorceress drifted back into the shadow alone leaving a new and more terrible force in her place: The newly formed alliance of the Dark Prophets. Unbknownst tp many of the factions in The Backwaters, several of the prophets have become followers of the demon spawn known as the Bog Demon and now have a pool from which they are attempting to summon new demon forms using similar methods. Prophets Woody, Busa, Jessica and Steve are all worshippers of the new dawn of evil. Prophet Steve has for a long while been the right hand of Wizard Kulku, but not even Kulku cannot hold Steve back from the voices that call to him from beyond this plane.  

Lord Houlihan has been left discouraged at his failure- but still hopeful that the college will bring new discoveries to the backwaters. Lord Houlihan has become wary of Lakeside Mike and Nukpana, feeling that perhaps they do not have the best intentions. He and his Weekend Warriors and the Jimmy Ford Heroes will make another go at gaining quester alliances in 2016.

 In 2016 you will be given the opportunity to join an alliance at the end of the day on Saturday and there will still be an alliance-based competition on day 2- although more organized than it was in 2015- Epic Legacy. The matches between alliances will be scheduled and less numerous. In 2016 however, the number of questers each force can accept will be limited to a number based on attendance. Also, there will be a quick check in Sunday morning that will earn your team points for Sunday participation.

Other changes brought forth by Kajun’s College is a new trash collector. This still unnamed member of the college is looking to compete with the Cosmic Hoarder for trash with motives unknown.

More checkpoints, floating chant totems and more unique treasures await in the 15th annual PaddleQuest! August 19-21 at Lakeside Bar.


The rebellious alliance: Jolly Green Pirates
In 2014 the Wake Pirates led by Captain Abraham Abraham and Jolly Greens with Capn' Matt joined together against all leadership in The Backwaters instead lobbying for a free-river without limits. The were once bitter rivals until Matt from the Jolly Greens was a captive of his crew on Pirate Island after being kicked out by Freedle Frogesh. After witnessing the pirates cruel ways he realized that by joining the Pirates he could keep the questers safe by keeping Abraham Abraham at bay. Become the Ying to Abraham's yang. Captain Matt of the Jolly Greens has sent Abraham Abraham on a mission to find treasure and in his absence Abraham has promoted on of his crew to Captain until his return....

Wizard Kulku & THE ALPHA BISTRO
Elected Interdimensional Shaman Lord in 2012, The Wizard Kulku is the shapeshifting shaman who helped open the portal and has through the years been a force of great controversy but also a bringer of logic and fun into the land. After opening the portal he now struggles to fight against the many forces that threaten this land from...beyond. 

Lakeside Mike & Lord Houlihan
Once known as King Mike, Lakeside Mike is all about tending bar at Lakeside and being a new Dad. He and Prophet Amy had a baby boy, "Young Prince Lakeside". After the birth, Prophet Amy left The Backwaters so since then, Lakeside Mike has been working odd hours and is a single-Dad. He is vying to regain his power to bring strength to the people and to find a home for his new family. He has no permanent home as of yet as he was ejected from Kirsch Camp.

Lord Houlihan helped start PaddleQuest with Lakeside Mike and now he has returned from seclusion to help steer the Backwaters in a new direction. 

Kajun the Rare & The Rangers
Kajun floated into the Backwaters 5 years ago looking for a place to call his own after his life took a turn. After recruiting questers and several professors he gas cultivated a Community College of Explores or Kajun's College of Explorers. 

Nukpana, Cosmic Hoarder and King of Faerie's: The Campers
Nukpana is a mysterious yet fun loving character of magic from beyond the portal. After the portal opened in 2009 Nukpana emerged and was able to easily charm the pants off of everyone he met including Bear and Queen Nestra. He moved into Kirsch Camp and has not left. Faeries have arrived at Kirsch Camp due to unknown causes. The Cosmic Hoarder is the trash collector and has a strong alliance with Nukpana at Kirsch Camp. 

Sheera the Sorceress, Bog Demon and Dark Ward
The Sorceress is seeking to regain a hold on The Backwaters with her charm and magic.  Her motives are unknown. Ever since it was revealed that she was sister to Queen Nestra, her actions have been conflicted. She is trying to reunite with her Bog Demon. She has employed an evil force called the Dark Ward which is mysterious and surely hold secrets.


Remember that if a team obtains HERO STATUS (having in their possession the power helm, completed bi force and power cape) they may move characters to alternate locations creating different alliances or changes in the story. They will also receive a solid bonus as well ;) More questions? 

History

2002 - 2004

 In a time of great doubt and fear Lord Houlihan and King Mike determined that a competition must be held to find the strongest paddlers in the land to serve as Protectors for The Backwaters. The Backwaters are the lands cradled by the Wisconsin river flow-age in which PaddleQuest takes place. In fact, The Backwaters are in-fact classified as a lake. Among the powers to rise were: Wizard Kulku and Queen Nestra. These two wielders of spirit and song delivered to the worthy Questers the "Bi-Force" which was a powerful ward against evil forces. Among the feats of questers during these years: Lord Highjinks kept a bay, Queen Nestra saved from isolation in the swamps, Bi-Force successfully completed, Alpha station saved from capture and pirates held at bay.

 2005-2006

 The evil sorceress Sheera emerges as an enemy of King Mike as her plot to take over The Backwaters is exposed. Pirate forces grow ten-fold and they attempt to capture the southern Isle from Bear, a former quester who has taken up residence on the island. The Pirates are thwarted when White Lightning the hero is delivered to the island by team Arrr! The Bog Demon appears in a swamp, summoned by Sorceress Sheera. It tips canoes and does so with a fury. Evil monkeys descend on The

Backwaters led by resentful former quester Evil Amy who made a deal with evil forces. When three wise prophets arrive in The Backwaters they are promptly kidnapped along with the Queen by Sheera the Sorceress. As the prophets and Queen Nestra are held hostage aboard her Suffer Scow, Bear raises an army of questers and the teams with the Bi-Force, Power Helm and Power cape are able to make rescues. Team Arrr! rescues Queen Nestra and all three prophets (Busa, Steve and Woody) are brought to safety as well. Prophet Busa however was corrupted. Queen Nestra falls in love with her champion Bear and they wed later that year, disrupting leadership in The Backwaters and strengthening Sheera...

 2007

 Year of Omens. Teams choose sides in a fight to control the Heart Stone. The Heart Stone is a magic stone that gives Kirsch Camp (a central checkpoint in The Backwaters) it's power. Teams choose to join Sheera and King Mike or Bear and Queen Nestra. After a one-sided victory by Nestra and Bear, Kirsch Camp becomes under their control sending King Mike into exile and Sheera back into the shadow. This was also the year the Jolly Green Marauders, once a team of questers, became Pirate fighting allies of Bear. Led by Capt. Jolly Green Matt himself, they victoriously held them at bay. 

 2008

Invasion! The Bog Demon lays eggs and Wizard Kulku destroys them with the help of the questers. Bear and Nestra welcome a baby: Baby Bear! The Pirates take over a camp near Grubba marina and the Jolly Greens hold them at bay but pirate Captain Abraham Abraham reigns and manages to keep all his hidden gold. Bear enjoys peace at Kirsch Camp. Sheera gains momentum as she gains strength from Questers' sacrifices. The King was lost at sea in his kayak and Questers return him to Lakeside Bar, where he then calls home.

2009

 Turmoil in the Backwaters. Sheera convinces Wizard Kulku joins her in an effort to create an army of undead Questers. Questers decide to join Kulku and are killed and then raised from the dead to serve. If Sheera and Wizard Kulku gain enough strength, they could open a portal to another dimension. Bear raises an army to protect. The Pirates raise an army to plunder and the three forces collide in an all-out battle. Looking over the fight is a force known as The Great Spirit- only summoned when Questers find all the animal spirits hiding in The Backwaters. 

In the end, the battle was inconclusive but the tie was broken in an all-out paddle back to the start. Team JLA was first back to the dock after a Bear team spilled near the finish. This secured the victory of Kulku and Sheera and the portal was opened. 

 This is the year King Mike denounced the throne and his title of King and becomes Lakeside Mike.

2010 - 2011

When Kulku and Sheera opened the portal they created a passage into another dimension. Entering into the portal without skills leads the traveler in an unpredictable direction. Returning through the portal however always leads to The Backwaters. The different dimensions reached have been: Milwaukee Cross Town Passage, Mystic Chain in Waupaca, Minneapolis Uptown Chain, Lake Dubay and Minocqua's Island of Fate. Wizard Kulku traveled into the portal in search of the Power Skull while a shaman named Nukpana come into The Backwaters and immediately took Kirsch Camp as his own. Bear and Nestra took to the portal also, seeking the Power Skull for their own, wary of Kulku and his mission. With the opening of the portal came new evil forces come into The Backwaters and even Wizard Kulku wondered was was to be done. Shaman from Minneapolis, Chas Chunka emerged as well as a traveler from the North- Kajun the Rare who was seeking a new home. The Pirates moved ever-closer to Kirsch Camp and the Jolly Greens even began toying with the idea of forming an allegiance with Abraham Abraham. A hero named the Cosmic Hoarder followed a call through the portal and entered into the Backwaters to collect trash and transmute it into treasure. 

Also coming through the newly opened portal was Captain K. Runch. He was parachuting on a mission but was unknowingly drawn into The Backwaters. He quickly joined the fight of the Jolly Green Marauders. 

2012

The year of the Conclave. All the questers across the dimensions voted for their own Inter dimensional Shaman Lord: The Shaman who would rule over all traffic into and out of The Backwaters. Wizard Kulku won leaving Bear and Nestra wondering what was next. Kulku was fair however and limited traffic into and out of the portal. Kajun the rare started The College of Explorers. 

2013 - 2014

The Cosmic Hoarder was tracked down by a long-lost companion named The Golden Hoarder from another dimension who was coming to find him to collect a debt. After the Questers intervened, he decided to stay in The Backwaters and forgive Cosmic his debt.  A revelation occurred on the shores of Kirsch Camp- Sheera was actually Nestra’s long lost sister. Sheer slow turning to Nestra’s allegiance was mostly due to Kulku’s new rise to Inter dimensional Shaman Lord. Captain K. Runch studied with spirits of The Backwaters and sheds his fatigues to become Medicine Man. He takes up residence on Bear Island. Golden Hoarder sets up his location outside Kirsch Camp to protect the shores along with Cosmic Hoarder. Nukpana, almost always setup at Kirsch Camp maintains his firm grip on games in the yard. Kajun’s College grows for yet another year

Due to forces unknown, Queen Nestra departs silently into The Portal. After Bear trains another army, he decides to join her and leaves the Backwaters into the portal to search for his Queen. With the departure of Bear, the de-facto leader of The Backwaters, the land is in a limbo without clear leadership or direction. Lakeside Mike calls for another Quest however, calling it “Epic Legacy”.  

Lakeside Mike and Prophet Amy had a baby, named Prince Lakeside. After the birth Prophet Amy fled the Backwaters to the East and left Mike to be a single Dad.

PADDLEQUEST 2015 Epic Legacy

Paddle Quest 2015 was truly an amazing adventure. With 72 teams of questers, never before has the level of competition been so fierce. In the 2014 chaotic contest for the strongest alliance, "Kajun the Rare’s College of Explorers" edged out a slight victory over “Wizard Kulku’s Army”. Following right behind was the “Kirsch Camp Crew” led by Nukpana and the “Jolly Pirates”. With some support early on, Lord Houlihan and Sheera the Sorceress finished with hardly a flag between them, despite some strong showing from their outnumbered allies.


So what does Kajun’s victory mean for PaddleQuest in 2016? Since Kajun’s 2010 arrival in The Backwaters from the north, he has been working towards founding a college of explorers and now with this victory he and his Rangers finally have achieved this goal. PQ 2016 will be set up by Kajun’s College and the Questers will be required to pre-register for one of his 4 courses, each with a 25 team limit. The course you choose will determine your path you will have you own professor assigned to your team to check in with and report your findings. The solo class and possibly the two-person class will be eliminated, as advised by the COE (College of Explorers). Look for class listings coming in early 2016. By separating the classes, we hope this will alleviate some of the congestion at certain events as well as add some strategic elements.

 

The Wizard Kulku is still very strong and has not lost the Alpha barge or his grip on the portal. As the Interdimensional Shaman Lord, Kulku must monitor the portal at all times. For this reason in 2016 all teams must visit Kulku and help control traffic in the portal. Kulku considers Kajun a true ally and important force in The Backwaters- although he does worry about the influence of some of the professors. Although a clear leader in The Backwaters has not yet risen, Kulku is the closest thing and will surely influence the outcome in the foreseeable future.

 

The Kirsch Camp Crew: Consisting of Nukpana, the Faeries and their King, Cosmic Hoarder, Golden Hoarder and Lakeside Mike will hold the camp for yet another year- although the shores have weakened with the loss and the forces are scattered. Lakeside Mike’s affiliation with Lord Houlihan has softened, but he is interested in forming an alliance of sorts with the Houlihan’s Weekend Warriors. Nukpana will again be looking to test the questers’ skills in 2016 but may also require some kind of support or protection to hold the shores.

 

Due to his all-seeing-eye, the Medicine Man who has built a formidable camp on Bear Island, may have influenced the questers away from joining the Pirates. For likely the tenth year in a row the Pirates failed to gain the domination they seek. With Captain Abraham Abraham off on a fool’s errand, Captain Joey Jack was promoted and has found a place amongst the Jolly Pirates. The Pirates again vanquished yet they did receive more support than Medicine Man would have liked. The Medicine man, by drawing wisdom from fallen warriors and from spirits in The Backwaters has forseen a coming darkness that clouds the future, and it comes from the Prophets to the north.

 

Crushed by the questers, Sheera the Sorceress drifted back into the shadow alone leaving a new and more terrible force in her place: The newly formed alliance of the Dark Prophets. Unbknownst tp many of the factions in The Backwaters, several of the prophets have become followers of the demon spawn known as the Bog Demon and now have a pool from which they are attempting to summon new demon forms using similar methods. Prophets Woody, Busa, Jessica and Steve are all worshippers of the new dawn of evil. Prophet Steve has for a long while been the right hand of Wizard Kulku, but not even Kulku cannot hold Steve back from the voices that call to him from beyond this plane.  

Lord Houlihan has been left discouraged at his failure- but still hopeful that the college will bring new discoveries to the backwaters. Lord Houlihan has become wary of Lakeside Mike and Nukpana, feeling that perhaps they do not have the best intentions. He and his Weekend Warriors and the Jimmy Ford Heroes will make another go at gaining quester alliances in 2016.

 

In 2016 you will be given the opportunity to join an alliance at the end of the day on Saturday and there will still be an alliance-based competition on day 2- although more organized than it was in 2015- Epic Legacy. The matches between alliances will be scheduled and less numerous. In 2016 however, the number of questers each force can accept will be limited to a number based on attendance. Also, there will be a quick check in Sunday morning that will earn your team points for Sunday participation.

Other changes brought forth by Kajun’s College is a new trash collector. This still unnamed member of the college is looking to compete with the Cosmic Hoarder for trash with motives unknown.


More checkpoints, floating chant totems and more unique treasures await in the 15th annual PaddleQuest! August 19-21 at Lakeside Bar.