The Knights of Rhiassa
The Knights of Rhiassa is one of the older in-character knighthoods in the Realms, though certainly not the oldest. Its origins are from Old Rhiassa, but its history in the Realms starts with the Knighting of Sir Cedric - Duncan's first squire - at Feast of Rhiassa VI in 1998.
Sir Duncan's second squire, Da'oud, was knighted at Feast of Rhiassa VIII in 2002. Only a few years later, Da'oud became the Lord of Rhiassa and had also been knighted by the Knights of the Eternal Flame.
Duncan's third squire, Aeston, was brought into the Knights of Rhiassa in 2008 after his induction into the Knights of the Eternal Flame. He has since become the second Rhiassan to become a Knight of the Realms and became the third lord of Rhiassa in 2010.
Aeston's first squire, Symir, was knighted in 2012. Through the course of several years, Symir rose from a common rank and file soldier to one of the leaders of Rhiassa, becoming as well an invaluable part of the country's eventholding team.
Da'oud's first squire, Areni, was knighted in 2013. During the course of her squireship, Areni had grown into several vital roles in Rhiassa, not the least of which were running the war maneuver fields and non-combat competitions at Queen of Hearts; greatly promoting the fairness and competitiveness of the latter.
Aeston's second squire, Kyntela, was also knighted in 2013. Kyntela had become an invaluable member of Rhiassa's event holding team, taking major roles in the execution of every event. Beyond even that, however, she had relaunched and lead the Huntress Guild, a group that promotes the institution of female fighters in the community.
Aeston's third squire, Gwen, was knighted in 2015. From the very beginning of her time as a squire, Gwen had pushed herself to become one of the leaders of the nation. She had taken the reins of the Leviathan kitchen, propelling the event to new levels of excellence, and had stepped up to vital roles in all of Rhiassa's event holding endeavors. She was an inspiration to all other Rhiassans as they witnessed her dedication and drive.
Aeston's fourth squire, Taliea, was knighted in 2017. Taliea possessed a strong desire to make an indelible mark on Rhiassa and on the Realms, and there is no doubt that she succeeded. She rekindled the Adventurers Guild, a storied organization that ran questing content at many occasions. But even greater than that achievement were the countless ways Rhiassa came to rely on her selflessness. Her tireless efforts to help the nation with its many projects were the epitome of what it means to be a knight.
Squirings generally take at least three years, sometimes longer, and are considered to be both in and out of character. The duty of trying to teach a squire what it means to be a knight is one of the most sacred duties anyone in our nation can undertake and a such it is taken very seriously.
When a squire is deemed to be almost ready for knighthood they are usually given what we like to call a "beating". The squire's "beating" is an event at which we hold 2-team war games in which every time the squire's team wins a battle, they choose a teammate to go over to the other side. The goal is to see how few men they can still successfully win a battle with. It's essentially a day long event, though it is never an official event held on the event calendar.
The Knights of Rhiassa wear a distinctive red belt with a black lion insignia embossed into the end of the belt. The embossing is a method that has not often been seen in leatherworking in the Realms, and is very distinctive.
There are a number of notable things about the Knights of Rhiassa. One of them is the induction ceremony. In addition to having to swear an oath, the Knight is actually slain and raised from the dead as a part of the process. The idea is that they die a squire to be essentially reborn as a knight.
From very humble origins, the Knights of Rhiassa have grown now to an organization with several knights and several squires who are walking the path towards knighthood. Growth is slow because of the many years of time and effort put into training our squires but it has become steady, and the future of our knighthood shines brightly with the promise of all that we can accomplish in these realms.
The Knightly Tenets of the Knights of Rhiassa
Yours is the claw of the lion; Your might protects the people and the lands of Rhiassa, wield it with a noble hand.
Yours is the gaze of the lion; Your wisdom ensures that these remain just and righteous lands, weigh your decisions well.
Yours is the hide of the lion; Your resolution is an inspiration to those around you, hold fast to your beliefs.
Yours is the shoulder of the lion; Your tasks and burdens benefit the whole of the community, bear them with pride.
Yours is the roar of the lion; Your voice commands the respect of warrior and gentry alike, speak always with sincerity.
The Lineage of the Knights of Rhiassa
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