The Peerage of Stradyn is broken into four orders, each with unique responsibilities and strengths.
The Order of the Salamander are the most powerful ritual casters in the Stradysh military. They work in conjunction with other branches of the peerage, as well as the royal guilds to provide support via ritual magic and confront magical threats.
The Order of the Hydra is the Stradysh Navy. Ordo Hydra has been instrumental in confronting and fighting the Hargrothan forces as they attempt to invade Stradyn. Without Ordo Hydra we would have been lost long ago.
The Order of the Basilisk is the Stradysh Army. Ordo Basilisk confronts all manner of threats on Stradysh soil. Many of the members of Ordo Basilisk may have grown up fighting Lusus Naturae or bandits, but now spend most of their days on the front line against Hargroth.
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The Order of Stranger Knights
Non est circus, non est simia.
But seriously. The Order of Stranger Knights are Knights from outside of Stradyn that are residing within Stradyn’s borders. Stranger Knights are recognized as members of the Peerage, as long as they are willing to present themselves to a resident Knight or Noble, and agree to abide by the Stradysh Code of Chivalry while within Stradyn’s borders.
They are considered Knights, but must defer to local peerage or nobility in legal matters, regardless of rank, unless no such authority is present or able to address legal concerns.
Joining the Peerage.
Anyone may aspire to the peerage. An Aspirant must declare their intentions to a Knight or Noble before becoming an Aspirant. Once an Aspirant declares their intentions they enter a probationary period. An Aspirant is not considered a member of the peerage or the nobility. During this probationary period an Aspirant must defend the realm, abide by the code of chivalry, and complete no less than five of the following tasks before being considered for promotion:
- Learn a craft (craftsmen)
- Write a song or poem
- Build your personal heraldry and be able to explain the symbolism
- Win a fight (Must be observed by a member of one of the knightly orders or a stranger knight)
- Cast a ritual (observed)
- Defeat an opponent with a single blow (observed)
- Teach someone a valuable skill
- Be sponsored by a current knight
- Give largesse to someone less fortunate
- Defend someone in need
The Code of Chivalry
This is the Stradysh Code of Chivalry. Stradysh Knights must abide by this code in all aspects of their life.
Thou shalt defend the realm.
Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
Thou shalt love the realm.
Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.
Thou shalt make war against the enemy without cessation and without mercy.
Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of the land.
Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word.
Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.
Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.