Vostok Iron Head "If there are no more challenges for me to meet head on, then I shall make one of my own."
Thus spoke Eric Ericson, son of Eric Ericson who was also the son of Eric Ericson from the long and noble line of Eric Ericsons to his council. For the man who had taken on any challenge that cared to approach him (which wasn't much), had found nothing left to amuse him within his own realm, and so sought a new trial to test himself. To this end he found one worthy of his attention in the internationally acclaimed sport of Bloodbowl, and set out with the best and brightest of his tribesmen to compete with the best of the best in the world's greatest game in the quest for eternal glory!
By which we mean he got his put-upon and grumbling servant whose only name was 'Dogsbody' to go into the village and pick out any sprightly and bored looking menfolk to play violent and dangerous ball-sports for the amusement and glory of their chieftain. What they may lack in any skill or knowledge of the game what so ever or even armour beyond a loincloth and shoulder pads, will be made up for in spades through strength of arms, iron-headed courage, and Block on nearly every single player.
Seasons I recite now the saga of the warriors of Vostok on their adventure into the annals of Blood Bowl history.
Upon the 11th day of the month of August in the Autumn Season of the 2nd Year, the Iron Head joined the CIBBL league for the first time, matched within the Inter-Regional Granite Division against 6 teams of equal worth.
The first match was a 1-0 Victory for the Iron Head versus the rotting Pittsburgh Scabbers. Harkon Halverson was almost laid low by a foul Beast of Nurgle as the first block he ever sustained, but was saved by the Apothecary. It took a desperate single dice block versus Franco Hellish the Pestigor and a mad breakaway dash by Gunnar with the ball during the 2nd half to secure a close fought victory.
The second match was a 3-0 Victory for the Iron head versus the stalwart Kislev Griffin Legion. The match was dominated by two blitzes on the kick off, with multiple members of the Iron Head sending Kislev players to the dugout including the Trained Bear at the hand of Bjorn, and Gunnar scoring his first ever hat trick in a match. The end of this match saw "Ambisinister" Xander join the Iron Head as the second Runner.
The third match was a 2-0 Victory for the Iron Head versus the brawny Emerald Forest Watchmen. The match was a brutal and arduous fight for both sides that ended with both rosters being unable to field a full team come full time. Harkon Halverson had another close brush with death (Saved by the Apothecary), Hegan took out the Albion's Fen Beast in a reckless block, and Gunnar once again scored the teams winning touchdowns, mostly due to the new Runner being taken out of action early and refusing to leave the KO box. The end of this match saw The Notorious Jerk, the team's first Berserker join the Iron Head.
The forth match was a 1-2 Loss for the Iron Head versus the cuddly Bear Clutchers. A misstep from Halvor; a trip from Gunnar, a failed block by Hagen, and a failed attempt to pick up the ball in the last half, all culminated in what was to be at least a 1-1 draw, turning into the first loss sustained by the team since it's inception. A rather sore point to the Great Eric Ericsson is that the loss to his great team was not to any of those teams he considered to be great warriors, but to a team that amounted to cuddly teddy bears and overgrown rats. A thousand, thousand curses upon the misshapen head of the accursed Dinkum Roo!
The fifth match was a 1-2 Loss for the Iron Head versus the shifting Ali's Anarchists. The Vostok prided themselves in being the strongest fighting team in the division, this did not seem to be the case when up against the Numas Tomb Guardians. Player after player was knocked out and dragged off the pitch, and with the shuffling skeletons being able to bring more players to bear for the duration of the game against the Iron Head, heroic attempted counter-attacks by Gunnar, Jerk, the hobbled Crosby and even a fortuitous riot in the closing seconds of the game, could not prevent an inevitable defeat.
The sixth and final match was a 1-1 Draw for the Iron Head versus the Slaves of the Serpent Queen. Both sides ran the hardest defense they could possibly against the other's advances, without much in the way of blood spilled or yards advanced. In fact it was only an unfortunate failed attempt to pick the ball up by Gunnar in the last half, followed by the wrong runner picking it up afterwards that prevented the match from being a win. However a rather convoluted series of bureaucratic blunders, scheduling conflicts and failure to communicate between departments has match down as a 2-1 Victory to the Iron Head over the Servants. Jarl Eric Ericson has denied all knowledge or involvement despite not being asked about it. The last human member of the Iron Heads, The Vainglorious Vali finally rounded out the full roster at the end of the season.
And thus was the debut of the Vostok Iron Head, unfortunate blunders against woefully underestimated competition prevented them from securing first place in the division. However, a 3rd place finish, was celebrated by the team who were slated to come dead last in the league itself, if that wasn't something to drink to, then what was?
The only member who wasn't in wild celebration was Dogsbody, for he knew the truth of the matter. That come the Spring season, they would be up against other teams within the Albion and Norsca regions. Teams who have been playing for much longer then they have, teams with experience, teams who are in the big leagues already.