The Knights of the Conduit

You are not free whose liberty is won by the rigour of other, more righteous souls. You are merely protected. Your freedom is parasitic, you suck the honorable man dry and offer nothing in return. You who have enjoyed freedom, who have done nothing to earn it, your time has come. This time you will stand alone and fight for yourselves. Now you will pay for your freedom in the currency of honest toil and human blood.
- Knight-Adept Marius von Bergdorf, rallying the auxiliary at the Cleansing of Amöneburg

The Knights of the Conduit
Vornish Holy Order

The Knights of the Conduit is a fanatical religious order that began hundreds of years ago as an organized response to demonic and diabolical threats in the world. Knights are absolutely ruthless in their quest to eradicate extra-planar influence to the point where they have become overly authoritarian, paranoid, and brutal in their methods. Knights of the Conduit behave in a manner that lives up (down?) to every excessive tendency found in nobility and the self-righteous. They demand the finest accommodations, the finest food, and the services of most skilled craftsmen wherever they go, for both themselves and their retinue, and they expect to not even be asked for payment. Anyone inconvenienced by this had best not complain to the Knight.

A Knight of the Conduit, after battle

They will demand all ‘sinful’ behavior (drinking, women wearing revealing clothing, women speaking up in front of men, any sort of games or entertainment at any time other than festivals, not attending religious services, cursing, magic use, etc) cease in their presence and will not hesitate to make sinners feel the lash. They expect local authority to bow to their will (and commoners to literally bow to them) and they expect everyone to treat their words as law. They will behave as ruler, law enforcer, judge, and executioner as they see fit, and truly see themselves as better than the common man because they feel the common man has no inkling of the nature of the threats poised to corrupt and devour them. Even the most beneficent Knight is like a hurricane when he comes to town, disrupting lives and causing all to live in fear of him.This is all tolerated because there is no question that the Knights will gladly, and without hesitation,sacrifice their own lives unflinchingly in the face of monstrous evil. Knights are quick to find evil where none exists, yes, but where there is actual evil, there are no allies more trustworthy, and fewer more effective,than a Knight of the Conduit. They are incorruptible and uncompromising in their drive to eradicate extraplanar evil. Local rulers and clergy defer to the authority of the Knights not simply out of fear, but because at their core the Knights are nothing less than pure champions for the common, mortal man. Knights of the Conduit are often short-lived, and those who do not die in service to their God will often don the pitted holy raiments of the Rusted Flagellants

The Knights of the Conduit

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