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PostSubject: The Knighthood and it's Views   Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:27 pm

The Knighthood and Religion
The roots of the Knights of Solamnia reach back to one
man being given a vision by three of the gods of Good.
Those three gods, Paladine, Kiri-Jolith, and Habbakuk,
became the patrons of the three Orders of the
Knighthood and are the backbone of the ideals of the
Oath and the Measure. One would not be wrong calling
the Knights of Solamnia a religious order as well as a
military organization.The Knighthood and
its divine patrons have had varying degrees of
involvement with one another over the years. For the
most part, the Knights’ patrons have been content with
allowing the Knighthood a large amount of autonomy,
the Knights using the Measure as a guide to their actions.
However, other than after the Cataclysm, there has always
been divine representation in the Knighthood. The Order
of Clerists and the various clerics of Good who have also
taken the Oaths of Knighthood bring the word of the
gods to the Knights. Regardless of any single Knight’s
relationship with the divine, the three Solamnic Orders
always try to remain pious and live by the words set forth
in the Measure by their patrons.

The Knighthood and the Gods of Light
The Knights of Solamnia have always had a strong
relationship with the Holy Orders of their three patron
gods. The three Orders include
several clerics who have chosen to forgo advancement in
the Bison of Heaven’s church to work his will as a Knight.
Many of these clerics are in the Order of the Sword as
Clerists. The relationship between the Solamnics and the
Holy Order of Habbakuk is friendly, though the Fisher
King’s church tends to venerate their god in his more
natural aspects, while the Knighthood associates more
with him as the embodiment of loyalty and persistence.
There are a few clerics of Habbakuk in the rolls of the
Knighthood, though far less than those of Kiri-Jolith. The
Knights had a tight relationship with the Revered Sons and
Daughters of Paladine before the church was destroyed.
The Holy Order of Mishakal has always enjoyed a
friendly alliance with the Knights of Solamnia, as the
Knights respect the goddess as Paladine’s wife, in addition
to her practical role as a healer. Representatives of
Mishakal have always accompanied the Knights on the
battlefield, except during the times when the Holy Orders
didn’t exist.
The Knighthood certainly looks favorably on Majere
in his discipline aspect, though the relationship the
Knighthood has with the Mantis’s Holy Order is cool at
best. The Knights don’t approve of the way Majere’s clergy
tends to distance itself from the rest of the world.
The Knighthood has almost no connection whatsoever
with the church of Branchala. The strong martial discipline
required of a Knight is almost anathema to the followers of
the Bard King. This is not to say that an individual Knight
cannot be a musician or poet, but the freewheeling lifestyle
of Branchala’s followers does not have a place among the
Knights of Solamnia.

The Knighthood and the Gods of Balance
The relationships between the Knights and most of
the other Holy Orders of Balance have remained mostly
unchanged since the founding of the Knighthood. Reorx
is the only neutral god other than Shinare that has any real
relationship with the Knights. In older days, he was viewed
as Kiri-Jolith’s squire. However, as warriors and soldiers,
Knights in the present day appreciate Reorx for his gifts
from the forge. A good smith is a valuable commodity to
a knight, and the Knighthood always tries to have at least
one smith of Reorx for every regiment during wartime.
The rest of the Holy Orders of Neutrality, those of
Chislev, Zivilyn, Gilean, and Sirrion, while respected by
the Knighthood as representatives of their gods, have no
formal relationship with the Knights of Solamnia.
Shinare’s relationship to the knights stems from the knights questing
During trials and moving of regiments from city to city. While she is not
worshipped by those of the knighthood, she is venerated for her watchful
eyes over travelers.

The Knighthood and the Gods of Darkness
The Holy Orders of Darkness receive nothing but
contempt and enmity from the Knights of Solamnia. Since
their founding, the Orders of the Knighthood have been
dedicated to opposing the gods of Darkness in all of their
forms.
Throughout the history of the Knighthood, Takhisis
and her church has been their main enemy. They have
opposed each other at every turn, never making a secret
of their hatred for each other.
Of late, the church of Hiddukel has infiltrated Palanthus, and has tried to subvert
The knights dealings, as well as attempting assassinations
Upon ranking knights, and their families.
Sargonnas and his church oppose much that the
Knights stand for. While each side grudgingly respects the
other for their lawful ways, the manner in which those
ways are carried out and the reasons for their actions
forever separate the two organizations.
Morgion, Chemosh, and Zeboim represent the
pestilence, death, and strife, respectively, that try to tear
down all that the Knights have created. There is nothing
of these three churches that the Knighthood looks upon
favorably, and Knights of Solamnia oppose each god every
chance they get.
The knights also have no love for, or need of the Wizards of the black
Robes that serve the black moon, Nuitari. Their magic is seen for what it is; evil,
and power consuming to the point of destroying whatever gets in the way
to achieve their dominance.

The Knighthood and Magic
As a military order, the Knights of Solamnia have generally
had little tolerance for arcane magic throughout the
ages, though they have embraced, and sometimes even
depended on, divine miracles when such things could be
found. Being an organization founded on strong religious
tenets, the Knights’ stance on divine magic is no surprise.
What is more of a mystery is why the Knighthood has
shunned the magic of wizards, with only a few exceptions,
until recently.

High Sorcery
In the years before the Rose Rebellion and the War of
Ice Tears, Vinas Solamnus had no problem working with
wizards. Indeed, he almost always used Ergothian war
wizards in any campaign he undertook. While he didn’t
necessarily understand the wizards themselves, he fully
understood their usefulness on the battlefield. However,
during his campaign that became the Rose Rebellion, that
view began to change.
The Black Robe lich Caitiff, the court wizard of the
Emperor of Ergoth, used his magic against Vinas and his
armies. He maliciously enchanted objects and used them
to frame the rebel armies for atrocities against men and
women of the Empire. He raised armies of undead against
the rebels. He used his magic to temporarily subvert Vinas
to the side of evil. After witnessing magic used for such
despicable acts, Vinas and his closest comrades began to
seriously distrust any magic, even that used by wizards of
the White Robes.
Though Vinas never made any proclamations against
wizardly magic, his distrust of it permeated through
the ranks of the Knighthood. After only a couple of
generations, the leaders of the Knights wrote into the
Measure laws discouraging, though not outlawing,
the direct use of arcane magic by any Knight. This
fomented further distrust of arcane magic throughout the
Knighthood.
A few Knights over the years broke through this
distrust, though the only truly notable instance of this
is Huma Dragonbane and Magius. Childhood friends,
the two icons crossed paths many times during their
lives, often using steel and wizardly magic in concert to
overcome whatever problems they faced. Thanks to this
story, some Knights over the years did not view wizards
with the ancient prejudices of their forefathers, but it has
only been in the recent history of the Knighthood that
those prejudices have truly started to fall away.
The Aftermath of the War of the Lance saw the establishment
of the Solamnic Auxiliary, an organization that allowed
some sorcerers as members. This laid the foundation for
the organization now known as the Kingfishers.
The Kingfishers are an organization of White Robe
wizards who, with the blessing of the Conclave, have
submitted to a Knight’s Trial and taken the appropriate
oaths required of any member of the Solamnic Auxiliary.
Their first loyalty is to magic, as it is with any wizard of
High Sorcery. Outside the realms of wizardry, however,
they have agreed to follow the strictures of the Oath and
the Measure and they have a place in the hierarchy of the
Knighthood.

Clerical Magic
The Knights of Solamnia have always enjoyed a close
relationship with the patron gods of their Orders, and the other
gods of Good, so it isno surprise that the Knighthood has always made much
use of the magic of the gods when it has been available.
The Clerists of the Order of the Sword are the backbone
of the Knights’ clerical magic. They are all followers of
Kiri-Jolith and receive the blessing of their magic through
him. There are also clerics of the Knighthood’s other
patrons counted in the rolls of the three Orders, who use
their prayers to further the causes of the Knighthood. The
Knights are no strangers to the magic of the gods and use
it where appropriate.

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