Knights of Peros
“We are the Knights of Peros. Sons of the Solar Being.” ~ Knight Commander Roderick Von Luftenhausen
The Knights of Peros are a united group of clerics, paladins, fighters and barbarians who keep their headquarters in the Golden City, Elitay. The Knights of Peros guard the Great Wall of Peros and hunt the enemies of Peros wherever they may exist. This list includes but isn’t limited to: Undead, vampires, cultists, demons, fiends, heretics, evil dragons and any other evil. The Knights of Peros are a dedicated force of good.
The Knights of Peros welcome any goodly race into the ranks. The Knights though are mostly made up of humans and light elves. They work happily with anyone who worships Peros and is dedicated to hunting down evil. Older knights of Peros will continue leading the Marches until death, or find a place for themselves in the Church of Peros usually as a priest or a monk.
Most Knights of Peros are paladins, clerics and fighters and rarely barbarians and monks. The Knights of Peros do not allow rogues, wizards or sorcerers into their ranks citing the fact that rogues have no sense of “chivalry”, wizards are too “air-headed” and sorcerers are “too fruity to prove any use”. (Dalvstein, 127)
To join the Knights of Peros one must first begin training as a child or be honorably recruited into the order.
Children adopted by the Knights or birthed into the order are trained as pages from a young age until the age of 14, when they are trained as squires. At the appropriate age as deemed by the Knight mentoring the squire, the squire is tested and if he passes becomes a full-grown Knight of Peros.
Individuals who wish to join the Knights must prove their loyalty to the country of Elitay and the god Peros. They must then be knighted by the Grandson of Peros who is in power at the time. The induction ceremony is a grand ceremony of pomp, honor and tradition and is usually only done in extraordinary circumstances. The knighthood is honorary and usually conducted as a reward for a great service to Peros and the church.
A child born into the Knight of Peros must be good and believe in Peros. Those who are inducted into the order honorarily don’t need to believe in Peros but must be good.
Knight-Commander: The knight-commander is the best of the Knights of Peros and is the commander of the standing army of Elitay as well as the various Marches. The knight-commander is chosen by the Grandson of Peros and tested before he takes up the position. Most knight-commander candidates are put forth by the priests and other Sons of Peros or are filtered through the various tournaments held by the knights. There is only one Knight-Commander at any one time and he is in charge of the military movements of the fielded Marches as well as the defense of the Celestial Wall.
Knight-Captain: Captain of an individual march, the Knight-Captains are the epitome of devotion and faith. They have to be as they are a symbol to the men they command and the front-line officers of the Knights. A Knight-Captain is appointed usually by the Knight-commander or through proving himself at a tournament.
Templar: The Knights of Peros’ elite soldiers. Supposedly these warriors were trained by the Sons of Peros and imbued with divine powers superior to the other knights. They are personal bodyguards to the higher ranked members of the Sons of Peros as well as guards of the Grand House. Templars are trained like all Knights of Peros in anti-undead and anti-evil tactics but are also trained to deal with magic users of all varieties. Templars also have a raised sense in detecting individuals using stealth or disguises due to their divine insight. Some say though that the Templars aren’t truly human, that their abilities go beyond the scope of mortality. Whether their power stems from divine or demonic power is up for debate.
Inquisitor: Very rarely a priest of the church will call an Inquisition to root out possible heresy in the populace of Elitay or a March of the Knights of Peros. Inquisitors are special Knights of Peros who were trained as monks by the church before becoming squires. Inquisitors usually travel lightly and aren’t as well equipped as their normal counterparts in terms of armor and weapons. But what they lack in armaments, an Inquisitor makes up for in, quite literally, firepower.
A Knight of Peros usually wears medium to heavy armor. This can range from linked chain-mail to heavy plate. Different knights will wield the weapon they are best trained with. Some will wield longswords while others will opt for rapiers, shields, axes or even a bow.
Normally a Knight of Peros will range by himself, and only travel with either a horse and a squire in tow. A knight in combat will attempt to single out enemies one by one and defeat them in honorable combat. In more aggravated combat though, a Knight of Peros will hold no quarter and assault his enemy using the extensive training he’s received since early adolescence. When given the choice to, a Knight of Peros will always spare the life of his opponent unless his opponent is of evil alignment or continues to be violent after being defeated. Sometimes during times of need, the Grandson will call a March or a Crusade.
A March consists of a unit of knights led by a Knight-Captain. A March can range in size from 5-20 skilled knights of Peros. Marches are called by the Grandson to move against enemies of Peros and the light. Marches are called by the Grandson to accomplish different tasks. These can range from investigating possible evil activity in a region, accompanying a group of missionaries into the uncharted wilds or just tactically positioning knights to ward off possible evil.
A Crusade is a much more serious affair and occurs every so often. Sometimes the Grandson will discover a threat that is of grave importance and extremely dangerous. During these times the Grandson will order a Crusade. A Crusade ranges in size from 3 marches to a hundred. Crusading Knights of Peros are basically the marching army of Elitay. Crusading armies are usually heavily financed and extremely well equipped. They sometimes bring along siege equipment or mercenaries if extra muscle is needed to defeat the enemy.
Templars wear the same armor as Knights of Peros and are usually found in Elitay or at a chapel of Peros. Rarely will templars be dispatched with a March or a Crusade and always will be given the order to do so by a priest, cardinal or other official of the Church. Templars in combat against normal beings depend on normal attacks as well as their Templar training. It is said that Templars can smite the very soul of the beings they fight, sapping them of their strength and reducing them to nothing. This ability varies in its actual use, ranging from sucking the constitution out of undead and reducing them to piles of bones or to draining the very intelligence and wisdom away from mages so they cannot cast spells. This ability supposedly comes from being chosen by Peros though many question the “divine” attribute of the soul damaging abilities used by Templars.
Inquisitors wear light to no armor and prefer to dress in the robes of an inquisitor or in the clothes of a commoner as to best blend in with the common people. Inquisitors are the crafty rogues and well-trained monks of the Church who root out evil and heresy wherever it may exist in the people. Inquisitors while barely armed, are usually trained in the art of unarmed combat as well as the art of controlling mobs. When cornered or when facing a dangerous opponent Inquisitors show their true power by using destructive fire and holy magic. Inquisitors who are with a March or a Crusade will prefer to wear a bit more protective armor and will wield staves or wands that augment their offensive magics.
Crusades have been called in the past, and the Knights of Peros have marched against the magical beings of The Shard as well as the constant flow of undead from the Undying Wastes. Crusades in the old days were even called against the Wardens, though these cries for conflict were soon abandoned. Every few years the Grandson of Peros will call a minor crusade, when the Golden Wall grows dim and requires blessings again. The Knights of Peros will be called to hold off the undead hordes that attempt to take advantage of the momentary weakness in the defenses of Elitay. Usually the Knights of Peros crush the horde and see the wall re-blessed with minimal casualties though there has been one instance in the past where Elitay has teetered on destruction.
The Knights of Peros are merciless when it comes to destroying evil. Guided by the divine sun Peros, the Knights root out evil wherever, whenever or in whatever form. The Knights are notorious for their ruthless, and sometimes, misguided tactics. Sometimes in their zealous pursuit of justice and good, the Knights of Peros will take the lives of innocents or cause wanton destruction. Many an Inquisitor will admit they’ve had their suspicions of burning someone at the stake, but few will rarely admit they made a mistake. One of the biggest criticisms of the Knights is there centuries-old saying “If he wasn’t evil, Peros would have stopped my blade.”
The Wardens: The Knights of Peros in the past have butted heads with the Wardens over many subjects. The Wardens belief in an omnipotent being beyond Peros has led to many cries of heresy from the church and there have been many occassions where the Grandson of Peros has questioned why the Knights of Peros aren’t guarding the Dark Gates instead of the Wardens. While the church has stopped calling crusades against the Wardens, Perotians and Malifists eventually always find themselves at each others throats.