The Order of the Dragon was established in the 199th year after the founding of Pendor by Earl Klovis of Rane. There are some accounts that the order was actually ordained on the field of battle during the siege of Rane. Other accounts point out that the order actually came into existence when the documents were ratified and signed several weeks later by the traitorous lords of the Northern borders. The Order of the Dragon was created to honor the noble warriors who stood and routed the armies of the Mystmountain tribes during the siege of Rane. It is a rogue order, with no charter under the Validus Charta.
The Knights of the Dragon now fight for the people of Ravenstern against their mortal enemies, the Mystmountain barbarians or anyone who stand against the Kingdom of Ravenstern. The Knights are tough soldiers, braving the cold in the Northern Mountains on a daily basis. Riding on warhorses, the Knights of the Dragons accompany Ravenstern lords, aiding their army in battle. Using lances and swords, they can easily crush cavalry and infantry with ease. The faceplate they don are used to terrify their enemies. Many soldiers who laugh at the kilt that are part of the Knights of the Dragon's armor that it resembles a dress, often fail to live to regret it. Mounted, these knights make great heavy cavalry. Even if dismounted, the knights still make great heavy infantry. In short, since these guys were made for heavy combat, use them that way.
The Dragon Drakes are heavy infantry, equipped with heavy armor sets, good shields and their deadly Knight's War Axe, which they swing with great skill.
They are Ravenstern's Factional Order, meaning to create a chapter of the Dragon, the player needs to belong to the Ravenstern culture or create, as well as 25,000 denars, 10 Honor and wary (-10) or better relations with the order. Creating a chapter of this order will lower by 20 relations with Mystmountain Raiders and Jatu (rivals, also for the bounty order quest).
They start being neutral to the player (0 relation).
They are allies of The Kingdom of Ravenstern, and they will support each other if they are nearby. They are in odds with The Kingdom of Sarleon, Order of the Lion, Empire Immortals, D'Shar Windriders, Lady Valkyries Sisterhood, Order of the Griffon and Order of the Falcon, as well as the Hateful factions.
Changes from 3.8.4
- Price to create a chapter of the order raised from 20,000 to 25,000
- They have now a traveling knight, thus a knight may be seen in taverns and asked about their story. Can also be asked if in party.
- All Gold & Iron Gauntlets changed to Steel Gauntlets
- Cross Hilt Noble Sword changed to Ravenstern Longsword, Knight's War Axe and Great Sword (now each will have one of the 3 weapons rather than all have the Cross Hilt Noble Sword)
- Charger changed to Grey Draped Warhorse (now has this one and Ravenstern Draped Warhorse)
- Level raised from 35 to 36
- Melee proficiencies raised from 280 to 290
- Now upgrades from Ravenstern Kierguard instead of Ravenstern Man-at-Arms
- Scale Gauntlets changed to Hourglass Gauntlets
- Polished Steel Boots changed to Shynbaulds
- Ravenstern Longsword and Ravenstern Sword changed to Knight's War Axe
- Ravenstern Platemail, Knights Surcoat Blue over Mail and Scale Armor changed to Dragon Plate Harness (all will look the same)
Traveler: Sorry to bother you… By the heraldry of your shield I see that you are a member of the noble Order of the Dragon.
Knight of the Dragon: It is a beautiful sign, is it not? The same sign represent the strength and unity of the northern civilization, since the first time we stood on the way of the primal barbarism, that still rule among the fallen human-like tribes, that still occupy part of our homeland far, far in the north. But rest assure, it will not be for long! The Knights of the Dragon are ever vigilant in Ravenstern defense! We are always up for a fight when our lands are threatened from any invader! Fierdsvain brutes, Mystmountain cannibals, Jatu savages or the arrogant Sarleon pigs, it matters little for us! Our lances are ready for all of them, any time!
Traveler: I’d like to know more about your Order, sir.
Knight of the Dragon: Of course that you want, otherwise you may remain in the uncivilized, barbaric state that all humans outside Ravenstern still lives in. Now pay attention to your betters: Our glorious Order was found in 199 year of the conquering of Pendor during the siege of Rane. After our glorious victory over the treacherous Mystmountain tribes, who arrogantly refused to our noble and peaceful intentions to lead them toward the fruits of the civilization, the Noble Houses from the North created the Order of the Dragon as their first and last bastion of any true Ravenstern man, woman and child.
Traveler: So your Order actually have charter under the Validus Charta?
Knight of the Dragon: Well, not exactly. But do not bother yourself with such trivia! When you ride anywhere in any Ravenstern settlement you may see the happy villages and townsmen, working tirelessly for our Noble Patrons from the lesser and high Nobility alike. We are the true economic power of Pendor and you can see numerous proofs for that anywhere in Ravenstern from Rane right west to Senderfall. Under the ever vigilant eyes of our noble Knights, who ensure that everything is properly organized and protected from any danger.
Traveler: But what about the Silvermist Ranger? Do they still live in Ravenstern?
Knight of the Dragon: Do not be afraid from some petty archers. Just tell me where they are, and we will ensure that they will never ever bother anyone again. They may be bothersome for the innocent travelers on the caravan road, but they are only wheat under our powerful warhorses and the arrows, released from their cowardly members bounce harmlessly away from our thick armors and even more resilient shields. It isn’t an uncommon sight the enemy to run away from our faceplates even before to taste our masterfully forged swords.
Traveler: I’m grateful for your insight, sir. I hope to meet each other again.
Knight of the Dragon: Farewell and good luck, traveler.
- Warbands of this order are often recruited to hold the frontier against the Jatu.
- Knights of the Dragon are King Gregory IV's household troops, meaning he will field a large number of these.
- Dragon Drakes are Count Arnoldus' household troops, meaning he will field a large number of these.
- They are the Kingdom of Ravenstern's factional order, meaning that every single lord belonging to this culture will also recruit some additional Knights of the Dragon.
- “I've heard something about the Dragon Drakes. Recently I supplied them with some good steel and this time I've met their quartermaster, Kresten Brodek. His face frightened me, truly, he had more scars than any three regular soldiers in the Ravenstern army I've ever seen. And he isn't older than me! I asked what happened to him, but he just laughs and said that it was a keepsake from his joining the Orders. See, to become a Dragon Drake he was facing up against two Knights. He proved himself tough enough to endure the beating for the determined time and he was rewarded with the same shield worn by their Knights. It is because the Dragon Drakes are almost as tough as the Knights themselves.“ - V. the Scribe
- "In my time of exploring. I got to see some fascinating things with the Order of the Dragon. It turns out, that the sergeants, the Dragon Drakes, have to be trained incredibly difficult. Regardless, the last challenge is to spar against two Dragon Knights in hand to hand combat. If you somehow win or are able to stand by the end of the scuffle, you are inducted into the order. You are even given a shield that the knights use themselves. I guess the chain is only as strong as its links." - V. the Scribe
- "You've heard of the Order of the Dragon, yes? To be even considered into training, you must be a 2nd generation noble with ties to Ravenstern nobility. Well, a drunkard from a local Ravenstern tavern told me about a recent candidate that got picked to train as a Dragon. The catch is, his family produces and trades with wool clothes, they're merchants! A commoner! Can you believe that? It seems that a man can even purchase nobility these days. We need to make nobility great again.” - V. the Scribe