Last week, I went over the South Columbian Complexes so this time around, the six North Columbian Complexes are up and raring to go. Today, we’re talking about teams whose members hail from North Columbia, many of whom residing in the same region after the end of each school year.
This might give the North teams bigger advantages, however history has shown that when it comes to wins, losses, and championships, they’re almost as even as their South Conference counterparts.
Based on the New York Giants, the Richfield Renegades are made up of students from Summit University’s Hocking Complex; nearby students in the region who live within two hours from the school, making the Renegades one of only two North Columbian Complexes made up of players not from the same region.
They are the newest team in the SSL North Conference having been founded thirty seasons before the events of Northern Knights. They had strong showings in their teen years and continue to be a threat all the way to the events of Northern Knights, having played Santos Complex in the River Bowl the year before the book’s events took place and serve as a strong team in the years prior.
While other North Conference teams have seen ups and downs and in the case of their division rival representing the same region, the Stallions, far more downs than ups, the Renegades have been far more consistent in the wins column, having never finished a season under 6-10 since their first two seasons where they finished 3-13 and 4-12 in Year One and Two.
Based on the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Richfield Stallions serve as Richfield’s commuting team, however their ineptitude in shotball likely stems from the fact they have fewer candidates to choose from when selecting teams, given that out of Summit University’s 30,000+ students, only about 2,000 commute while many decide to stay in Hocking Complex, which fields the Richfield Renegades.
Like the Santos Knights, the Stallions are the only other Original Six (Stallions, Hawkeyes, Foresters, Knights, Monarchs, Fighting Braves) to have failed to reach a Summit Bowl in the modern era which began seventy seasons before the beginning of Northern Knights.
Seeing far more downs than ups, the Stallions have only seen one Bowl Game (Colonial Bowl between 3rd place teams in each conference, River Bowl between 2nd place teams in each) twenty seasons before the events of Northern Knights.
The Northcoast Rangers are made up of students lining North Columbia’s North Coast but are not part of the Forest City metro area. Therefore, like the Renegades, students coming to Summit from Northcoast aren’t all from the same region, unlike four of the five the other teams in the North Conference.
Northcoast are one of the newer teams in the North Conference, having started play sixty seasons before the events of Northern Knights.
Despite their smaller history, they became known as North Columbia’s team due to their dominance after just a few seasons into their existence, ultimately winning two Summit Bowls against the Obranca Fighting Braves and losing three, two to the Leistung Monarchs and one to Obranca. They are based on the Dallas Cowboys, whose original name was the Steers before briefly being changed to the Rangers.
Forest City Foresters
Based on the Philadelphia Eagles, the Foresters are midnight green, silver, and black. They were one of the more successful SSL teams at one time before hitting a dry spell, consistently falling to last place in their division and for ages, were among the worst of the Original Six.
However, it wasn’t long that twenty seasons before the start of Northern Knights and Summit University’s split from the rest of Columbia did the Foresters pick up, making two Summit Bowl appearances and winning one, along with four River Bowls, the third-place consolation to the Summit Bowl.
Burgundy and gold, this team is based on the Washington Redskins whose offensive line were routinely known as the Hogs, so the letter ‘H’ is prominent here. While Hallsburg has been bottom dwellers in recent seasons, before the split of Columbia twenty seasons prior to the events of Northern Knights, they won four Summit Bowls in a single decade.
Part of the Original Six, they often sparred with Santos and the Richfield Stallions in the old days prior to the SSL’s modern era, often competing with the Stallions for the rights to play in the Summit Bowl along with numerous Summit Bowl matchups against Santos.
River City Monsters
River City, based on the Chicago Bears, who themselves were nicknamed the Monsters of the Midway. They were the seventh Complex founded, entering the SSL not long before Vojaci.
The Monsters played well in the early-modern era, capping off eight Summit Bowl Championships. However, they faltered for two decades during the Expansion Era before picking up steam two and a half decades before the events of Northern Knights, ultimately becoming the only team in SSL History to finish a season 17-0, with an all-time best performance in a Summit Bowl Game, defeating the Leistung Monarchs by a score of 36-1.
Despite being the first team of the Expansion Era, many have argued that River City has the most storied history of any team in the North Conference, boasting arguably the league’s all-time best attacker, as well as improving racial relations, as they were the Complex to desegregate roommates in dorm rooms.
Much like actual college sports, you’ll find that the North Columbian and South Columbian Complexes’ logos and colors go for all sports teams, not just in shotball. For example in dueling, the logos shown above remain the same, as in speed car and other sports the school offers.