The Blades of the Golden Sun
The Blades of the Golden Sun are an organization lost to history. They are a legendary group, with songs, stories, and histories written about the exploits of their members. They were warriors of the famous Sun Swords, fighting against 'The Evil', the Dark Night.
Depending on who you talk to, The Blades of the Golden Sun were either the greatest warriors for Good the world has known or the most famous scam artists- who extorted money from people and countries to fight Evil that they created.
The order claimed it had mandates from the Gods that dictated their actions. They fought to stop Evil, or as they called it, The Tide of the Dark Night. Long ago, demons did invade the world. They are the Forces of the Many Flags did stop the Demons.
The order's warriors managed to keep the force of the Dark Night at bay, never letting the monsters keep a foot hold for long. Eventually they discovered those who were minion or and shadowed (possessed) by Dark Night forces. They fell upon those utilizing their truth finding and darkness sensing. Their loses were great and their replacements few. While they stopped the Darkness, they could not keep society creaking forward.
The Order followed its own orders rather than the direction of Crowns and Lords (though they did follow the law). They helped those who they could. They were given gifts from grateful nobles and other personages. Countries and Imperial holdings gave them land grants to make sure the Blades always had a presence in their regions. Over the years, these began to add up to great wealth. The Blades, being international, were albe to act as a bank, brokerage house, and trade center first for their members, but later for anyone - especially merchants. Warriors or scam artists, either way they were a rich and powerful group from Imperial times.
Being rich and powerful, the Imperial throne saw them as a threat to its power. Eventually Emperor Coscious the Mad outlawed the order, citing acts of treason and heresy by the group. The Army marched against all their holdings. They killed defending themselves and their charges, their lands and treasure were seized, and all scrolls and books of their creation (being herretical and treasonous) were destroyed. The order was destroyed.
Or so the histories say. There are whispers of survivors. Those who managed to spirit away historical treasures, great works, weapons, and money. They are hiding in the catacombs of most cities. These survivors continued the Order in secret, recruiting new members suited to the secret society status it now had. The Group continues follow their divine mandates from the shadows, without interference from the crowns and lords.
Upon occasion, someone is seen with the Sun Swords doing some deed. These deeds are normally heroic, but some times just strange. However, they happen often enough to keep the legend alive.
Members were given training in religious, meditative, physical (akin to kung fu), combative (various weapons), and magical arts. The Sun Swords of The Blades of the Golden Sun were their distinctive weapons, possessing wonderous powers. These skills are far beyond any battle order known to 'modern men'.
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Another take on Templars.
Their weapons and some additional posts are in the works.
Yes, they are Templar like. That gives them many uses and many opinions about them. Depending on your campaign they can be an open organization (pre-fall) and organization in crisis (during the destruction), or a shadow organization (post fall). Actually if you like to have a march of history in your game, you can do the whole gammut if the players pass through 5 years of game time.
They can be a Good or an Evil Order.
They are really not an Evil Order. If you are heading towards the antagonistic: they could be misguided fanatics. They could be, people resting on the laurels of previous generations, growing fat and complacent... holding on to bits of power gained previously. They could be keepers of secrets, protectors of secret sacred places and things, or just a bunch of whack jobs using the name from the previous organization. Really, the sky is the limit.
Updated: Updated with some more information. Might want to review it now as it is a bit different.
Unfortunately I read the swords description first and this now seems lacking as I learned most about this group from the history of the sword submission. Still, all around good group and ideal. I love the Templaresque mentality and historical association. Good job Moon. once again of course.
Not bad, not bad at all. I like the "Gods Warriors" bit, with the mad king attackin.
Not to be a broken record, but this is basically the Knights Templar and Philip IV. It's not bad, but it could use a little something extra to make it more interesting.