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Order of Mithril
Parent Organization The Adamantine Church
Aliases Knights of Mithril
Leader(s) Barconius deBronis
Base of Operations Mithril
Regions of Influence Ghelspad
Primary Activities Promote security and peace throughout Ghelspad; protect divine races against all evil
Formed Near the beginning of the Divine War AV
Alignment
Races Mostly human
Chapters Fangsfall
Allies Priests of Corean

Guild of Shadows
Vigils of Vesh
Mullis Town
Hedrad

Enemies Titanspawn of the Ledean Plains and the Blood Sea

The Penumbral Pentagon
Toe Islands pirates
The Proud
Calastia
Disaffected citizens of Mithril and Fangsfall.

Member Count 900

(800 "common" paladins + 100 Mithril Knights)


Members of the Order of Mithril

Source(s) Player's Guide to Monks and Paladins, p. 52, 53

The Order of Mithril is one of the four holy orders of paladins which comprise Corean's Adamantine Church. Legends claim that the Champion reforged the souls of the warriors of the gods into paladins, quenching them in a river of pure mithril — hence the order's name[1]. The Knights of Mithril promote peace and security throughout Ghelspad and protect all of the divine races against titanspawn and all forms of evil[2]. They strive to exemplify the virtue of sacrifice and the Virtues of Mithril — Compassion and Courage[3].

HistoryEdit

The Order of Mithril is the first known order of paladins formed. The precise origins of the Knights of Mithril are uncertain. Most scholars place the order's founding near the beginning of the Divine War. Its first members battled alongside the gargantuan Mithril Golem when it fought and held the titan Kadum. A few claim the organization was formed much earlier, beginning with those warriors who protected the fledgling divine divine races of the Flourishing Flats[1][2].

After the Divine War, the surviving Knights of Mithril searched the breadth Ghelspad for Corean's golem. They found it motionless along the coast of north-eastern Ghelspad and proceeded to build a temple to their god at its feet. In time the order began to attract people in need of protection.[1]

Location(s)Edit

Although the Order is based primarily in the city of Mithril, there are a few chapter houses scattered around Ghelspad. Lord Vrail has recently requested a chapter house be built in Fangsfall to help maintain order.[2][4]

MembershipEdit

Any paladin is free to join. Non-paladins are accepted on an honorary basis. Members who are exemplary leaders with military experience and can display impressive forge skills may join the Order's elite warriors — the Mithril Knights. Initiate Mithril Knights are granted some mithril, said to be from the Mithril Golem, as a gift from Corean to use in forging a holy sword.[5]

Signs of MembershipEdit

Mithrilites highly value the metal for which they are named — especially arms and armor forged of such revered material. While low-ranked members may have make do with a symbol of Corean etched into their armor, higher-ranking members may possess swords inlaid with mithril or holy symbols of solid mithril. The elite members carry mithril longswords.[4]

EthicsEdit

The Knights of Mithril have a well-defined and demanding code of ethics and rules of conduct, detailed in a large tome called the Code of Mithril[4]. They hold the Virtues of Mithril and sacrifice as the highest of virtues. Compassion and Courage make up the Virtues of Mithril (part of the Adamantine Code) are often considered to be the quintessential values of paladinhood[3]. Mithrilites must remember why they fight, love all the divine races and their god, understand fear in order to confront it, and be an inspiration to others[3]. They must be willing to give up their wealth, life and soul to protect that which needs protection. They must never surrender their ethics or honor for any cause for doing so places them at risk of becoming evil themselves. A paladin spending his/her life according to such lofty ideals without humility runs the risk of becoming prideful or angry if he/she begins to crave praise or respect for doing his/her duty[4].

ActivitiesEdit

The paladins are mostly engaged in ensuring the safety and security of the City of Mithril — or the area where their chapter house is located. Some paladins take on quests, which can lead them anywhere[1].

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 C.A. Suleiman, Michael Gill (2004). Player's Guide to Monks and Paladins, p. 52. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588460940.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dave Brohman, Josepsh D. Carriker, Conrad Hubbard, Rhiannon Louve, William Timmins (2002). Secrets and Societies, p. 72. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588461831.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 C.A. Suleiman, Michael Gill (2004). Player's Guide to Monks and Paladins, p. 51. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588460940.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 C.A. Suleiman, Michael Gill (2004). Player's Guide to Monks and Paladins, p. 53. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588460940.
  5. C.A. Suleiman, Michael Gill (2004). Player's Guide to Monks and Paladins, p. 52,53. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588460940.

Further ReadingEdit

Deirdre Brooks, Ben Lam, Anthony Pryor (2001). Mithril: City of the Golem. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588461629.

Dave Brohman, Josepsh D. Carriker, Conrad Hubbard, Rhiannon Louve, William Timmins (2002). "Paladins of Corean". Secrets and Societies. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588461831.

C.A. Suleiman, Michael Gill (2004). "Chapters 3,4". Player's Guide to Monks and Paladins. White Wolf Publishing. ISBN 1588460940.