Signs and portents
Knights of Tirth
The 10 Knights of Tirth are mentioned in the Worship of God, often depicted in her temples, and feature prominently in the story of Saint Ambrathas Of Alamire.
THE SAINTED KNIGHTS OF TIRITH
The Knights of Tirith are Larani’s royal guard and her special emissaries. They are named after a band of valiant warriors who stood with Ambrathas in his final battle. The group is an Order comprised of demigods and former mortals. Their number is small, perhaps a few dozen, but is gradually increasing. While few in number they are fearsome in their power. [Gods of Harn, Larani 2] These heroes represent the pinnacle of chivalrous knighthood and Laranian ideals. Each is associated with a particular group and can be identified by their weapon of choice. Some of the most famous members are listed below:
ORTHAS THE DEFENDER, Saint. The Knight Commander of the Knights of Tirith is named Orthas. His mortal life ended when he was slain defending a maiden from a demon of Agrik, only the last act of a noble life. Orthas is often called Larani’s most faithful servant; he will obey any order immediately. [Harnic Dictionary, pg 124] He is the Patron Saint of Reblenas and is also the Master of the Lance. Members of the Order see him as the ideal of a leader and he is popular with highranking honorary members of the Order.
CHELRIK THE JUST, Saint. Chelrik was known as a just, true and fair lord. His justice was never arbitrary and his memory for verbal agreements was legendary. He is sometimes known as the Thinker and is popular with more educated and literate knights. His mortal life ended defending an innocent man from a vengeful mob. He is often called upon to advise Larani on matters of law and justice. He is the Patron Saint of Assizes, Jurors and Oaths and is the Master of the Warhammer, which he often uses as a gavel.
DASORN THE HONORABLE, Saint. Dasorn traveled far and wide across Kethira, perhaps more than any man before or since. Once while exploring old Khuzan tunnel complex he was set upon by a fire salamander. He called on Larani to save him and seeing the purity of his heart she complied. In thanks, he dedicated his life to her service. True to his word, he died in combat protecting an isolated abbey from gargun after having visiting every one of Larani’s major shrines. He is he Patron Saint of Erana and Pilgrims, and is the Master of a great two-handed Battlesword named Levarkila. He is most popular to those knights with wanderlust.
RESAMA THE PIOUS, Saint. Resama was an only son and as heir became a knight out of a sense of duty to his father. However his greatest desire was to become a priest and he spent his life in contemplation and prayer. Resama was always the reluctant warrior and would only fight for just causes. He was careful to declare his intentions and spent many hours in prayer, confession and penance for the lives of those he was forced to kill. He died on the steps of a Larani church defending the entrance against a horde of Morgathian undead sent to despoil it. His sacrifice allowed the escape of four priests who were rumored as the remnants of The Spear of Shattered Sorrow. He is the Patron Saint of Chaplains and the Master of the Mace. Those in great need often called upon him to intervene with Larani on their behalf.
CERMALD THE BRAVE, Saint. Cermald was born into a poor yeoman family. He became the loyal man-atarms of his lord and followed him to war. While travelling through the forest they were ambushed by sveral bloodthirsty brigands. His lord was struck by a bolt from a coward’s crossbow and fell dead to the ground. The other men and even the lord’s squire fled, but Cermald stood his ground over the body. Armed only with a staff, he defeated seven rogues single-handedly. Just as the last man fell, an Earl happened upon the glade with his entire company. Cermald dropped to his knees before the Earl who was so impressed with the lad that he knighted him on the spot and made him his personal bodyguard. He died twelve years later in a similar incident, standing over the body of his new master. An Orbaalese Valhakar slew him after Cermald had defeated four Huscarls during a raid. He is the Patron Saint of Yeomen and Meken and the Master of the Staff. He is the considered the saint of common born people.
BRANIK THE COMPASSIONATE, Saint. Branik was the lord of a small country manor. During a great plague, his family pleaded with him to flee, but he stayed, refusing to abandon his people. He traveled among them, bringing aid and comfort to the children, elderly and sick. The plague never touched him, but it took his family and his two sons. Heartbroken, he took the children of the plague victims into his manor as his own. Although many died of plague, none died for want of food or comfort in Branik’s land. When word of his compassion spread, many old, wounded or crippled soldiers came to him for assistance. He welcomed them with open arms and many recovered to become loyal subjects. Branik died in his bed at an old age. He is the Patron Saint of Wounded Soldiers and the Master of the Shield. Priests often invoke his name when asking for healing.
CHIDIS THE DUTIFUL, Saint. Chidis was the eldest bastard son of an ancient king. Barred from inheritance by birth, he was acknowledged by his father and rose to prominence as his emissary at parlays and truces. In combat he bore the King’s personal standard. In a terrible battle, his father was slain and only Chidis and a few loyal knights remained to guard the standard. When word reached him that his younger (legitimate) brother was hard pressed by Agrikan knights he led the remaining knights on a charge through the thick of the fighting. He died with eight Agrikan knights dead at his feet, as he knelt at the foot of his younger brother declaring him King. He bears the standard of the Knights of Tirith and is the Patron Saint of Truces, Parlays and Standard Bearers and the Master of the Poleax. He is popular with younger sons and bastards.
ASODAN THE GENEROUS, Saint. Asodan was a powerful lord. After a successful attack on an enemy castle, he captured the wives and children of most of the knights opposing him. His followers urged him to kill the prisoners and end the war. Asodan walked through the group of prisoners and stopped at a young boy. He told his followers that a true knight is generous in victory and never makes war on the helpless. He freed the prisoners and sent them back to their fathers and brothers with an offer of peace. The father of the young boy was so moved that he surrendered and offered his own life as thanks. Asodan insisted that they meet in single combat. In victory, Asodan again stayed his hand and granted the man his life in return for service. That knight and his son became his most loyal supporters, and when Asodan died fighting barbarians, they were the last two knights left fighting at his side. He is the Patron Saint of Hostages and the Master of the Battle-Axe. He is very popular after an unsuccessful tournament. The High Chapel in Whyce is dedicated to Saint Asodan the Generous and has a reliquary with his bones on its altar. The history of the Order claims that one of the founding Melana of the Kaldor Branch was visited in a dream by Mendiz and told to bring the bones to Whyce, though from where is lost in history and legends. There are rumors that his Battle-Axe is also kept in their treasury and that it is used in secret ceremonies. No Melana (even those who have been ex-communicated) have ever broken their vows and revealed whether this is true.
RANUNTH THE LOYAL, Saint. Ranunth came from the lowest level of the nobility. A younger son, he had no hope of inheritance. He took service with a great Lord as his huntsman. Over time, he proved his loyalty and trustworthiness. He gradually rose through the ranks to become constable of his Lord’s castle. While the lord was away his political enemies besieged the castle. Day after day the attacks came. Ranunth personally lead the defense repelling them all. Finally after four months, when the food was exhausted and all hope was gone, the attackers summoned Ranunth to a parlay. In secret they offered him a chest of silver and rich estates to surrender the castle. Three times Ranunth refused the offer. The next morning Ranunth awoke to see the attackers in flight from his Lord’s armies, finally returned from the wars. For his loyalty, Ranunth was made a Baron and handed many fiefs. He died at an old age, with many sons, as a rich and powerful lord. He is the Patron Saint of Constables, Wardens, Sheriffs, Bailiffs and Stewards and the Master of the Ball and Chain.
LYNHIL THE PURE, Saint. When Lynhil was a young man he met the royal princess at a grand feast and fell madly in love with her. A simple knight, Lynhil had no hope of ever marrying her. He wrote her love notes and poems but never signed them. He worshiped her from afar and even managed to be assigned as her bodyguard. When she was married to a foreign king, he went with her. But her husband ignored her and she could not speak the local language. Lynhil soon became her only friend and confidant. Everyday he spent with her was torture, but he stayed chaste and pure. A cruel, calculating man, her husband sent her to a dangerous meeting with his archenemy, a cruel and ruthless Agrikan. It was a trap. Lynhil died protecting the queen, taking three arrows before one pierced his body and struck her. They died in each other’s arms without ever even sharing a kiss. He is the Patron Saint of Courtly Love and Master of the Bastard sword. He is popular with young lovers.
Taken from the Lady of Paladins article, written By Kerry Mould © 2001. A copy is available off Lythia.Com.