The Order of the Dawn is a group of fanatics who follow the goddess Astraea, and are dedicated to the destruction of evil. However, their fanaticism often goes too far; they believe that everyone is guilty of something, and prefer to burn first and ask questions later.The Order of the Dawn is mortal enemies with a group that splintered off them, the Order of Eventide, believing them to be heretics; for once, they are actually right.Perhaps one of the strongest knights found in Pendor, they wield lances and swords to battle against the Heretics and enforce their twisted sense of law in Pendor, in the name of Astraea. As with most traditional knights, they ride on heavy and powerful warhorses. They use their swords with lethal speed, almost as fast as the D'Shar Ghazi Dervishes. They also wield lances to great effect, often being able to take out large groups of infantry with their lances alone, and their warhorses are often able to get itself and its rider out of harm's way very often. However, the lack of morningstars means that they make decent assault troops, but not the best as they lack the ability to shatter shields easily. However, their speed and strength is still not to be underestimated and they can easily slaughter troops single-handedly.
Game InfoEditJoining the Order of the Dawn requires 25 honor. A chapter already exists in Valonbray, and there is a 10% chance of another chapter starting in Windholm. Note that you start with negative relations (-10) with the Order, which means their patrolling knights will attempt to attack you if your party is small enough, and you will not be able to join until you are at 0 or better relations with them (remember founding a chapter raises relations with the order by 10).
You must own Valonbray to found a chapter of this Order. Knights of the Dawn are trained from Pendor Knights. Dawn Wyverns are under the employment of the Dawn, providing an infantry supplement to the mounted knights, and are trained from Fierdsvain Armored Axemen, making them one of the more tricky Knighthoods to reinforce.
They are allies with The Fierdsvain (20), they share a great rivalry with the Order of the Order of Eventide (-100), hate the Order of the Shadow Legion (-50) and dislike the Order of the Scorpion Assassins (-10). They are neutral with the rest of the orders.
Tavern Conversation Edit
Player: People say that your order is dedicated to the elimination of evil...?
Knight: Our sworn mission is to root out evil; our swords and lances are the instruments of Astraea. When we strike down a sinner, we are doing the sanctified work of the Goddess. She has blessed us, even in this godforsaken place. Soldiers of the Fierdsvain, foot-knights and commoners have converted and flocked to our holding in Valonbray. They now serve us under the banner of the now defunct order of the Wyvern. The Wyverns protected their land long ago, and now our new Wyverns fight to protect Pendor from evil. They may be barbarians, but they fight well enough.
Player: How do you determine who is guilty and who is innocent?
Knight: After all, every human is guilty of something! When in doubt, we simply burn them all. Our wise goddess will sort them out.
Player: I heard that once your Order burned a entire village and all its peasantry?
Knight: That corrupt offshoot Order of Eventide, my friend, spreads its heresy everywhere! They were founded upon hate, and death and hatred is what they preach. Rest assured, we will eliminate them down to the last man. They will burn in payment for their sins! Question me thusly again, and you may find yourself afire!
- Sir Roland is a "sole Paladin" of this order. However, he explains his departure: "My fellow Order members have forgotten their principles and I have abandoned them to escape their misguided cruelties". The Order outlawed him and put a price upon his head, both for desertion and taking the "Order provided armor and mount", Roland claims it belongs to him as he gained it upon being promoted to Paladin due many personal achievements.
- They are an order founded in Barclay, but they were expelled from there, because of the atrocities they committed upon the populace there: burning villages, and putting peasants, merchants and even the nobility to death by fire to 'cleanse' them of what those zealots deemed their 'sins.' However, some still remain in Barclay and trade, share information and transfer troops with the order established in Pendor through Javiksholm's port, but they never pay a single denar for the shipping. Rumors say they are still "true power" in Barclay.
- They share a deep hatred against Heretics and thus, Order of Eventide. However, most deserters of Eventide will join Dawn and viceversa. This is due their ideological differences, however, both orders and their members are proud of their fanaticism.
- A scholar, Martin Stryker, wrote in 'Justice or Injustice, a story of the Rising Sun' that Sir Godfroi was burned for heretical research into Erida Occisor. He also noted that Godfroi's death caused the Order to split into the factions of Dawn and Eventide. It is confirmed they were once a single order, but both had forsaken their true purposes.
- When they came to Valonbray, they refuse to patronize any of the local smiths. Apparently they brought their own craftsmen from across the sea, and these men forge the finest swords and armors Pendor has ever seen.
- They killed Lord Oakshield's son upon interfering when they were burning one village.
- One should never take Astraea's name in vain. If they hear of it, the Order of Dawn will abduct your son as penance, putting him to work in their stables. Worst of all, the boy will end up as fanatical as his masters.
- They are called "the most humorless bastards in Pendor".
- Upon capturing one heretic, the heretic spoke 'You're with the Order of Dawn, yes? Then we're not so different, you and I. We both want to see a goddess return to this world, no matter what the cost.', the knights beat him bloody.