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November 12, 2005, 12:14 pm

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Gryphon Knights


The Gryphon Knights are the commanders of the Sovereign’s Finest, the King’s loyal advisors and bodyguards.

The Sovereign’s Finest is The Crown’s Personal Unit. They are not only elite fighters who have distinguished themselves in service to the Country (Caladania), but they are trained to be envoys of the crown and capable of special duties.

Before their was truly a Caladania, there was a group of nobles who followed their regional magistrate into rebellion against the Foren Empire. They were his friends in addition to his companions on his journey to Liberty. The Magistrate was proclaimed the first Sovereign of Caladania. Those loyal nobles, who risked all to free their people, were the Sovereign’s Finest. 

Through the Liberty Wars, the number of Sovereign’s Finest grew. While all were charged to protect and advise The Crown, most were far removed from The Crown and Court. While all were to be equal, the equal need leaders. Thus the most senior members of the Finest formed a group within the group, The Gryphon Knights.

Each Knight meet the requirements to be a Sovereign’s Finest (or met them easily when they were younger). They are still skilled fighters in they greying, but they are prized for their insights and practical wisdom. While most of these Knights are “of the line” of the original Finest, the Gryphon Knights are a meritocray (like most organizations in Caladania). There are roughly twenty give Gryphon Knights at a time. There are a few grizzled veterans, a young razor sharp warrior who is the Crown Primary bodyguard, a few noble courtiers, a slick master of guile and politics, a master scholar and mechnician, and a now lame wizard in its roster. They are “elected in” by the other Knights (with the King’s Inputs) as vacancies in their numbers occur. Grey Gryphons, those who are not “active” in their advancing ages, hold honorary positions in the Order. They normally only appear for ceremonial duties (in fact they often stand in for more active members in these affairs).

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Voted MoonHunter
November 12, 2005, 13:00
You forgot to link this post back to Sovereign's Finest. I did it for you.

Again a good post, made better by being part of a set. (Alone it would be confusing, so if you are going to read and rate this post, read everything linked to it first).

These seem like the "Round Table" for the Sovereign. If that is correct, it would make a good analogy for people to hold on to.

How are you reconciling a Nobility with a Liberty/ Meritocracy country?
Voted Zylithan
November 12, 2005, 16:28
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 :-)
Voted Iain
November 13, 2005, 18:21
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?
March 4, 2006, 14:41
I would bet that the gryphon is the heraldic symbol of the country/ king's house.
November 1, 2012, 17:12
I wouldn't bet against you.
Voted Silveressa
July 13, 2011, 13:32

A enjoyable conclusion to the trilogy, and good back story for the knights order.

Voted axlerowes
November 1, 2012, 17:16
An answer to Moon's question would have been nice. But a solid idea, if not strong on imagery, narrative detail, or drama.
Voted valadaar
May 21, 2013, 15:02
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