It would be a 4 but the extra .5 is for the three posts taken as a whole. They're really starting to grow on me. Why are they called "Gryphon Knights"? Does the kingdom actually have gryphon allies as Zylithan suggested? If so, do they ever ride them? Go to Comment
I like how this post answered many questions I had been wondering after reading the first two (how many griffon knights are there was one, for example.) I also like how you describe the current 20 at least in brief detail at the bottom. I wonder how the kingdom comes to have griffon allies? I imagine you'll let us know this in future posts. Keep them coming :-) Go to Comment
Okay this compliments the Swords and the Knights is a nice edition. As you have has said before a "Hodgepodge of good ideas to make a new whole". This is Valdemar Heralds plus Three Musketeers. Not that such a combination is a bad things.
It gets a better score because it is a better post than the Swords post, and it gets a plus because it is now a set of posts.
If you could answer Iain's questions. They are good ones. (I think they are choosen from the Military and Nobles, and since you have yet to mention white horses, magical animals, or special devices, it is done by their officers or other Finest... correct me if I am wrong)
Okay things you need to do: Caldania, Gryphon Home, The Empire, and something about the general people. You will have all your setting material set up. Go to Comment
A nice description and goes well with the swords. I particularly like the way they are trained in philosophy, law, dancing and courtly grace - clearly the Sovereign's Finest are more than just soldiers. The description of their duties also makes this clear. How is one selected to train for the Sovereign's Finest (in peace time that is)? Do you apply or are you picked? Go to Comment
Something else I thought of: a lot of stress is given to being "of the line of the original finest", both in this post and in the Gryphon Knights post. However, especially as they are quite numerous, many "of the line" people will not be in this guard. Some may be other soldiers, some nobles, but some perhaps have just become ordinary commoners. I could see being "of the line" to being something to be proud of and giving some status (similar to the way being descended from the Prophet is for Muslims). You could see a situation like this:
"Daniel was only an ordinary carpenter who had never held a sword in his life. However, he was of the line of the finest and he knew what to do when the marauders came." Being "of the line" would not only give him the courage he needed to act, it would also give him the status to inspire his fellow villagers to rally to put up stockades and defend their village. Go to Comment
I like the details you gave about their training and their weapons (in the other post) because without those details it would seem like a generic elite guard. Do the finest wear armor - is it standard issue, or not? I'm surprised they have so much training in stealth and breaking and entering. Often kingdoms may have a separate force for the... more sundry needs. Interesting to have one elite force for both (or maybe there are different wings within the force?) Your posts make me curious to know more about this kingdom.. who are they fighting in wars and why? Go to Comment
Creatures of nightmare, the thankfully rare Mesnoi have unique form and attributes. Only one Mesnoi at a time will ever be "encountered".
In appearance, a Mesnoi resembles a walnut-sized chunk of freshly-roasted red meat from some uncertain yet familiar, edible animal. The insidious creature camouflages itself quite appropriately whenever it can, by slowly making its way amidst feast tables and trays of roasted meats.
Once eaten by the unsuspecting, the Mesnoi sinks down to the stomach, reforming if chewed, and begins to lap up the gastric fluids, digestive juices, and bile that it craves, like a sponge.
The Mesnoi carrier will experience mild to severe stomach pains during this time.
After a few hours of this (this is the only time that the Mesnoi can be purged with magic, or other mundane means), the Mesnoi transforms into its true form inside its victim, that of a miniature, once more walnut-sized, pot-bellied, devil-horned, snake-tailed imp. This horrid little creature then begins to chew and eat its way out of the victim from the inside out with its tiny, razor-sharp teeth, like a rat forced to do so via torture.
The victim almost always dies a slow, agonizing death. That much is certain. The devilish imp then exits its victim and begins its seventy two hour existence of mischief and malevolence, until it once more turns back into a hunk of roasted meat with the movement capabilities of a snail.