And we’ve reached the end of October and the last table of knightly orders! 😀
|d10||The Order Of …||details|
|01.||The Hidden Blue||“At times it is simply more prudent to appear other than what one truly is.”|
Not all knights parade around in shining steel finery, not all orders gather in bands and battalions; and not all cross their swords on a battlefield. The Hidden Blue are such knights, serving as companions and clandestine minders for their charges in both high society and low.
– azure and cobalt; the outline of a sword (when colour and/or blazon is shown)
– no armour, or quilted silk or other fabric, or reinforced coat; dagger or knuckleguards and shortsword or smallsabre, or as requested
– packet of ciphered letters, healer’s kit, metal mirror and grooming kit, hidden thumb-knife, blue-enameled ring
|02.||The Hard Road||“Let others choose to bury mistakes. We shall not be so foolish.”|
Losing — a battle, a manor, honour, glory, reputation — is a terrible thing, and many attempt to move on from a loss as swiftly as possible. That rejection is to this order’s gain; these knights maintain records of their own failings and those of others, knightly and otherwise, both to learn from those mistakes and to prevent them from being forgotten by rewriting history.
– copper and grey; spiral of stones (ovals)
– chainmail mantle or hauberk; mace, hammer or halberd
– scribe’s kit, several scrollcases or rag-paper girdle-books, maintenance kit, hidden cache-spot, copy of tournament or battle record
|03.||Steel Stars||“Be as flawless as the heavens above until you return to them.”|
By bird-wing and seeing-glass, by day or by night, in battle and in the court, the knights of the Steel Stars seek to embody what they see as the eternal, and eternally adaptable, purity of the skies. No matter what befalls the earth, after all, the heavens endure.
– steel and silver; five stars in a cross-pattern
– plate mail and round shield; longsword and warhammer
– star charts, astrolabe, falconet or corvid, personal star- and weather-log, oath-ribbons
|04.||Night Unending||“There is nothing to fear in the darkness save our wrath.”|
A weapon is meant to kill. The Night Unending internalize this to their very souls, bringing death and ruin to their adversaries without remorse or regret — and those adversaries are many, from knaves to kings, honourless curs to virtuous paragons. Though they destroy, they harbour no malice against those who do not or cannot.
– black and dark blue; descending blade
– chain hauberk, plate mail or plate; bastard sword, lance, morningstar
– maintenance kit, signal horn, wardog, several whetstones, cold iron or silver armlet
|05.||The Garden Repentant||“We cannot erase what we have done; raise a memorial of beauty to the fallen.”|
The creed of this order is, at its core, a simple one. Behave with grace, strike only when required by lord and honour — and nurture a hedge-rose or peony for every life taken. Senior knights often tend extensive gardens indeed.
– emerald and burgundy; flower in full bloom
– chain or plate mail and kite shield; longsword or mace, glaive
– cuttings or rootstock, pouch of seeds, personal notes of lives and associated plantings, gardening kit, maintenance kit, knight’s token
|06.||The Windswift||“What is a cavalier without the courage of their beloved steed? Nothing of consequence.”|
Dedicated riders all, these knights — to the point of fighting on foot only in cases of the most dire necessity. More, the order takes great pains in maintaining specific lines of mounts, and not all are mundane beasts.
– rust and gold; two opposed horses rearing (or a horse and their chosen mount)
– chain mail or platemail; lance, javelin, shortbow
– harness repair kit, spare horseshoes or equivalent, extra feed for mount, traveler’s satchel, personal travel map
|07.||The Indomitable||“I will not fall.”|
For some, it’s not about swift swords and flashing lances. It’s about being the rock against which swords and lances shatter and assailants dash themselves to pieces before winning past the knight and that which they stand for.
– grey and crimson; stylized battlement
– platemail or plate and kite or tower shield; mace or warhammer or halberd
– armour repair kit, extra rations, reinforced pack or side-bag, meditation stone, oathring
|08.||The Thorn And Bough||“Honour and chivalry has its roots beyond those walls of stone.”|
Hedge knights in the truest sense of the word, members of this order are found patrolling forest trails, accompanying local woodcrafters and forage-witches, vanquishing twisted beasts and challenging the brash and destructive knights come from city and castle-town.
– deep green and wine-red; leafy branch
– leather armour, chain mantle or buff coat; shortsword or axe and bow or crossbow
– woodcarver’s kit, foraging basket, weathercloak, deepwood charm, iron knife
|09.||The Midnight Tower||“Long may the great walls stand; swiftly may we bring great walls down.”|
Knights of the castle, these; trained to battle and to attend, not on the wide battlefield, but in the confines of stony hall and narrow battlement, to man the gates and hold back a siege. But the Tower’s familiarity with castled stonework cuts both ways — many a knight has undermined a palace to bring down those judged unworthy.
– dark blue and silver; stars over a stylized tower
– chain or scale mail + any shield; longsword, dagger, spear or crossbow
– personal blueprint of current castle assignment, skeleton key, mason’s tools, ciphered logbook, collection of engraved worrystones
|10.||Greyember||“When everything appears to be over, there is still work to be done.”|
The survivors of calamity may need a willing blade more than any other. There are those who make true effort to pull together the tattered remnants of pride, honour, legacy after all is stripped away. A loss is not the end of a war. For all this and more come these grey-marked knights.
– grey and orange; roundel
– chainmail mantle or chain hauberk; any weapon
– extra waterskin, healer’s kit, tinkerer’s kit, traveler’s satchel, crafter’s kit of choice
But wait, you might say. Three d10 tables is only 30 knight orders. What about the 31st of October?
What about Halloween?
Not to worry.
The 31st order is not a unique knightly pledge —
|The Order Of …|
|The Grave Heart||“Death is not the end.”|
Oaths still sworn. Loyalty unbroken. Dedications unbowed. Quests still waiting, commands still standing, missions left undone. All these and more await the knight cut down before their time.
Which is why so many continue on from the other side of life and death.
And they know of each other.
– grey and silver-gold; heart’s outline over droplet
– armour and weaponry as preferred in life
– spectral weapon, teardrop manifestation, bone relic, token of favour or honour, place or person of earthly ties