Knights of the Golden Order
The Golden Order is a secular order originally sponsored by the ancient golden dragon Orthosopheles. It was formed to confront the armies of the evil dragons and their wormkin servants. A few of the wormkin could fly but most were infantry, with a number of them having riders. The wormkins’ strong resistance to magic and the extreme scarcity of talented Adepts led the Order to focus on an elite officer corp which would be in the vanguard of the defending armies.
Members may not move up rank without authorization from Ross.
For those people who are leaders of an established organisation (eg. church prelate, royal retainer, landed duke etc) or are pacted to a power may only become Fraternal Members. The Order recognises the person as worthy and will provide simple assistance if requested, such as personal lodging for a short period, provisions for themselves and direct staff etc.
Initiate members can gain lodging and board at any Order lodge or Keep for extended periods of time. They are expected to assist the local commander if requested.
Soldiers must tithe 5% of their income to the Order and spend atleast one week a season aiding the Order and have spent atleast 25 Points on abilities and can spent at most 70. Soldiers receive an Amulet of the Golden Order. They are provided with access to good riding horses (which they are expected to maintain are not lose too frequently).
Knights must tithe 10% of their income to the Order and spend atleast two weeks a season aiding the Order and have spent atleast 50 Points on abilities and a maximum of 100. They receive a Tabbard of the Golden Order. They are provided with access to war horses if requested (which they are expected to maintain are not lose too frequently).
Knight Commanders must tithe 10% of their income to the Order and spend atleast two weeks a season aiding the Order. They will receive the Barding of the Golden Order and may request a flying mount (where available).
Most Keep Commanders are also local nobles (the Order will assist in worthy Knights gaining the necessary status). The Order will finance the construction of the keep but the local commander is expected to maintain and staff the keep. Keep commanders will recieve the Standard of the Golden Order once the keep has been completed.