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Knightly Orders

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Orc Knight, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. Orc Knight

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    Obviousness is obvious. I quite like knights and all, be they the classic feudal sorts or those of Orders. Several times I have based them off of the likes of the Templars and Teutonic's. Though I've looked through plenty of other things, from the Arthurian mythos and their many offshoots in media to the Warhammer Orders, such as they are. And in I made a list of those that I remember. And if you've got your own orders and the like, throw them on in. Or thoughts on the Orders I'm throwing out there. Or even a discussion on them. This is probably more stream of conciseness at this point.

    The Order of the Iron Knights: Or the Thousand Years Knights. An orcish knightly order that has been around at least a thousand years. They ride dinosaurs, drakes (of the ironwood variety) and dragons into battle. In their most recent history has involved a near die out three times, all at the hands of the Golden Queen in one way or another. Unlike the collapse of many other Orders, they have stayed on, though much less powerful then they were. They are the protecters of the Greenkin's from their mountain fortress. That is now known as the Broken Fortress.

    The Order of the Hearth: An order dedicated to the goddess Hestia who protect hearth and home. They cross all racial lines and you can even find drow among them. Slightly tamer then they usually are. They are an Order of priests, priestess and knights with an affinity for fire and good food and family, biological or found. If they are found on different sides of the battlefield, they tend to go hang out with each other and have tea. Which has annoyed many a battlefield commander to just leaving them at home. They are likely the oldest knightly order in Eld.

    The Order of the Silver Spear: A wood elf Order that has gone extinct (as wood elf orders are wont to do). The personal Order of the Silver Queen Tiamia Sunleaf. An order rather well known for it's cruelty and willingness to burn everything and salt the earth and happily eat their enemies. So, it is a well known fact that they got exactly what they deserved when the Queen was burned to death by a hobgoblin Hearth Knight in her own armor and the Order butchered outside a goblin nursery. Only a few survived.

    The Order of the Crimson Hoof: The Golden Queen Inivia Sunleaf and the Order to succeed the Silver Spear. It was a highly trained Order that was known for it's horrific attrition rates and would eventually go extinct for all but it's leader and her squire who disappeared after the Lich Wars. They charged into battle against any odds and their training was known to be quite hard. To simply survive to knighthood was a challenge in of itself. Even then they still lost many knights regularly. And it had a large number of deserters, who would also be the remainders of it.

    The Order of the Silver Horn: Came about due to a deserter from the Crimson Hoof. An order of unicorn riders, the unicorns themselves being black coated and silver horned. Knights of half breed and monsters who ride against the Golden Queen. It was formed by a wood elf who realized just how frakked up his people were. They fight wherever the Crimson Hoof does and often suffer for it.

    Peach Knights: The drow's attempt at a knightly order. Chaos incarnate on the battlefield and eye blindingly colorful and with tactics and mounts not normally seen on any battlefield but one they happen to be on. This makes them a wild card on the field and much to many's annoyance, still hard to put down. They dance about the battlefield in full plate painted in bright neon colors.

    Some of them I remember. So, how about you? Or your thoughts? Whatever works.
     
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  2. Nighty_Knight

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    Pretty good. I like yours. I also have a few knightly orders I my story. Lol, I like your Peach Knights best, between the name and what they are is a different take. Especially since the other orders probably raise their eyebrows when the see them.
     
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  3. Nighty_Knight

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    Some of mine are

    Valiant Order of the Chalice (of Loxmouth): More a prestigious Knight order than anything. 22 members living, the King and his eldest are always members. The other 20 are only accepted by the King. Pretty much an old boys club for higher nobility. While there are a few very respected knights in the Order, and they all are to be treated with the utmost respect, many are just family and friends to the King and not taken too seriously by the accomplished veterans.

    Order of the Silk Cloaks: With 73 members, they represents one of the 73 knights who had successfully defended the Silk Port 150 years ago, from being sacked by barbarians. After the City was defended, each knight both living and killed received a silk cloak from the city. To gain acceptance in the Order, one has to have a 2 year duty defending a foreign city, originally it had to be the Silk Port, but they have since branched out. Exceptions were made for well, exceptional knights. This order is very well respected and are made up of well trained knights.

    Order of the Hallowed Sanctum AKA the Knights Sanctus: Their full order name is actually the Pious Brotherhood of the Hallowed Sanctum and Defenders Sworn to the Virtuous. A holy order of monk knights, much like the Knights Templar. Going from defending pilgrims, to eliminating the Heathens of the Pagan Lands. They currently hold a land mass about the size of current day Romania, taken from the Heathens. Their goal has been nearly achieved, in taking the Pagan Lands in the name of their God, with only a moderate coastal region they have not been able to take. Most of the inland area was only defended lightly against them and most of it's people converted, and now they are meeting serious resistance closer to the water. These men are well trained and swear a life to monkhood and knightly service. People in the land under them who have converted have been well taken care of by these humble servants.
    The Heathens (as they are called) are just former viking peoples. Their nobility left with most of their wealth to a kingdom of islands called Vroska, where they advanced with the times and became famous for their explorers and trade. What was left behind in the Pagan Lands was mostly commoners and farmers, still stuck in their old ways of raiding and being more isolationists who are behind in technology, are looked down upon.

    Order of the Blessed Temple of Shoshannah: This order is directly under the Pontiff, and hold the Holy States of Shoshannah, (essentially Papal states) And has a 3 Kingdoms, a Grand Duchy, and a Republic under them as Vassal states. These Knights are highly organized, made up of many different specialties with the Church. These include many knights being ordained Priests, exorcists, demonologists, Elite Paladins who use Divine Powers (some of which is secretly dark). While this order does have a large amount of faithful humble knights, quite a number are corrupted, by things that corrupt all men such as power and wealth. It is not uncommon for many to participate or even host orgies and lavish parties.

    These are the most notable of the Orders I have. There are plenty others, but they play a much smaller role, mostly in nations that also play a much smaller role.
     
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  4. Orc Knight

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    Yours are quite a bit more religious then most of mine. Then I was going for less holy and more military with many of mine.
     
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    Yeah, those last two are founded on religion. And even under the same religion, but they have a bit of contrast in how the are. And the first Order I mentioned are inspired by the Order of the Garter.
     
  6. WooHooMan

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    Man, I love that knightly orders are becoming a more popular convention in fantasy. They always make for cooler factions than noble houses or churches.

    Anyways, one nation in my setting, called the Red Banner League, is a military aristocracy in which how much money you have or how much property you own means very little politically compared to who will fight with you when push comes to shove. I would describe the country as a “stable anocracy” bordering on a military dictatorship.

    So, there’s 16 orders based on the different types of Pokémon. The Knights of the Wave, Knights of the Bloom, etc.

    Eight of these orders (Pillar, Wave, Bolt, Bloom, Third Eye, Sting, Torch and Foundation) have appointed members in the Court of the Red Banner which is the main governing body with one member of the court acting as “Court Sovereign” who is the head of state, head of government and de facto dictator of the country.

    Four of the remaining orders are powerful NGOs with the Knights of the Wing and Hive being mercenary companies while the Knights of the Claw and the Forge are megacorporations in all but name.
    The final four (Pale, Shadow, Blood and Blizzard) are affiliated with churches and have specific functions for the church (Blood Knights are an anti-banditry force, Shadow Knights work in espionage, etc.).

    The funny thing is that I don’t even really like Pokémon. I just thought this would be a fun idea that would give each order its own look and feel.
     
  7. Orc Knight

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    Hey WooHoo, and pokemon types to create Orders, it works. Hells, most my orders are quite directly named for some of the more literal things around them. And NK, I had to look up the Knights of the Garter, though I had some mild remembrance of them. As for them showing up more, might help that they can be connected to lot's of things like drama, action and adventures all rolled up in armor and weapons and a cool ride.
     
  8. Orc Knight

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    Some more Orders I've remembered.

    The Order of Rose & Thorns: An all female order of knights that took in those who could get through their initiation, which meant it just didn't consist of wood elves. The leaders where a wood elf with the last name of Thorns and a gold elf named Rose. Inivia, the Golden Princess at the time would eventually take leadership of the group and turn it into the Crimson Hoof. Though about half broke off to keep the name and though they were all but killed off over the years they are re-founded again three decades after the Lich Wars. It lives on well into the future.

    The Sylvan Sisterhood: Another all female band, originally founded by the maiden aunts of the Sunleaf family when their line won the civil war to take control during the War of the Suns (which was also going on). It would later be destroyed by it's own family, mainly Queen Tiamia Sunleaf, using the orcs as patsies in a deal with the Silver Queen during their nights of celebration to both their goddesses and the Sylvan who was their patron. It became The Night of Shame for the orcs who destroyed them and called the Night of Reckoning for the wood elves. It was the action that led into the Fifth War of the Red Plains.

    The Orders of The Damsels Out of Distress: These were all formed in some form or another after a bit of training from their golden savior, Inivia Sunleaf. Most all are human orders as any elf maid in distress tended to end up in her band of knights if they survived. These are the following: Order of the Red Hawk, Order of the Broken Tower, Order of the Burning Briar, Order of the Bluebird and Order of the Greensward. They ended up usually being mixed orders but never forgetting to whom they owed allegiance at the end of the day. They also ended up surviving the Lich Wars far better then most and kept steady recruitment.

    The Order of the Sacred Rose: A greenkin order that is protected by a giant rose with a Sylvan that resides within it. It is a long lasting order that not only survived the Lich Wars but would go on to rebuild it's strength and hold out as one of the Greenkin's great protectors particularly during The Purges that were instituted by The Singer. It takes all types from goblins and even had a centaur in it and is a mixed calvary unit most the time. Though drakes are often preferred.
     
  9. Danskin

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    Right... Historically, they were mostly religious in medieval times, but of course military as well. I like the idea of varying it and not sticking to the real world backgrounds, but I think that the orders have to have a purpose first and foremost. What are they trying to achieve? What did their founders want? You can take inspiration from real schisms in churches to see that people can all want something pretty similar, but yet disagree violently on how best to achieve it.

    I like the idea of knightly orders that act semi-autonomously from a church or state. In one of the worlds I write in (my RPGlit series), there are a lot of frontier lands, and I could see this being a good context as the knights, perhaps initially working on behalf of someone else, become increasingly a law unto themselves.
     
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