Lore of the Silvan Order "In the Shadows of the Black Cross"
The Silvanos Order
In the Shadow of the Black Cross the Silvan Order serves our Lord Silvanos
The Godslayer which bought Equality to the Lands by freeing Mankind from those who dare to Enslave those who Walk on Earth.
Shedding our Blood in the Ways of Honor and Slaying our Enemys for Victory.
We shall follow our Lord in his Crusade to Free the World of any Demon and any God that dares to question the Freedom of any Race that Walks this Earth with Honor.
Code of Honor
Silvan Knights and Paladins are bound by their Honor to Protect the Silvan Order and those who are serving it.
Silvan Knights and Paladins must not show Mercy on Enemys or Criminals.
If an Silvan Knight allows a Criminal or an Enemy to life or escape he shall be held Responsible for any Damage that the Enemy or Criminal does in the Future.
Silvan Knights and Paladins shall never Retreat a Battlefield after the Blood of a Comrade has been spilled.
Silvan Knights and Paladins shall never allow harm to their Subordinates or Allies and must not harm them theirself.
Silvan Paladins are bound by the Oath of Revenge
We Vow that we will care for our Brothers and Fulfill our Duty on the Field until we Perish
We shall never leave a Comrade on the Field
We shall never forget a Comrade that has Fallen in the line of Duty
and We shall Avenge all who Fall serving in our Ranks and Hunt down those who stand in our Way until we Eradicate em from the Face of this World.
Thus we Vow the Oath of Revenge.
The Silvan Order does not deem itself as Good or Evil.
If there is a God of Justice that enforces his Laws on those who walk in this World.
We shall Slay it.
If there is a God of Doom that brings Chaos to those who life on this Earth.
We shall Slay it.
The Legend of the Mortal God Silvanos
Long before the World knew Kingdoms.
Long before the World knew Tribes.
When the Gods Fought Wars using the Four Oldest Races of the World
Humans, Elves, Giants and Dwarfes.
The God Silvanos stood against his own kin and Descended from Heaven to Earth.
Bringing the 4 Races a Gift of Freedom.
Granting them the Power to Defy the Gods.
Thus the Silvan Order was Founded under the Fallen God Silvanos.
Standing tall to Fight not for the Gods and not for Paradise But for themself!
For a World were Fate was not Determined by the Gods but by the Peoples Own actions.
The Cruel and Long War Began.
For over 300 Years the Battles Lasted.
Leaving nothing but Scorched Earth and Fields of Death behind.
The Tables had Turned Slowly.
But when the Silvan Order leading the 4 Races believed in Victory.
The Gods swallowed their Pride.
And Showed their Limitless Power.
Bringing Wrath down to Earth.
Armys of those who had Fallen in Battles long Ago and Standing up even if Pierced trough their Hearts.
Tall Men Armored in their Fur Fast and Strong lusting for Battle.
Monsters as Tall as two Grown Men and 10 times as Strong.
and Creatures Clad in Colored Scales Breathing Fire.
Thats when Silvanos Used his own Life.
To form a Seal.
Bound to the 4 Kings of the Races
Sacrificing himself He Seperated Heaven from Earth.
Preventing the Gods from Interfering with the World.
After another 100 Years of War the 4 Races Won.
And the Foul Armys that the Gods Created Solely to bring War.
Scattered all over the World.
When the Undead were Annihilated.
The Dragons were the First to abandon the Gods and follow their Own Instincts
The Ogres without someone to Lead simply Scattered having no will of their Own they lived like Animals in the Wilderness.
Only the Orcs vowed to Bring back the Gods.
An Age of Peace of Arrived.
And it lasted long.
The Silvan Order preserved.
Protecting their Lords Legacy and Serving his Cause knowing he will Watch over them.
And in sure Faith that they shall Return to his Side when they have Fullfilled their Duty.
But the Orders Contracts with the Old Races have been long Forgotten.
The Giants vanished and the Dwarfes retreatet deep into the Earth.
Humans and Elves no longer regarded each other as Allys.
The Kings of the Realms were Slain
and few Remain that know the True Upcoming of this World.
Wizards move about the World preparing for something.
And even if just slightly the Orcish Priests found a way to bypass the Seals and receive Orders and Powers from the Gods.
They bought back the Ogres and Goblins to their Armys.
and have already startet to amass the Hordes.
The Dragons became Active again.
And nobody Knows what they sheme.
They have long become Independent from the Gods.
Being Powerful Mystical Creatures with Hundreds Years of Wisdom.
Shall they try to Overthrow the Gods themself.
Or Rallying under their Banner Again.
Nobody but they themself know what lies ahead for their Race.
The Order has Weakened
And with the 4 Races Kings being Dead or Crowned without Knowledge of their Duty.
The Seals have become Unstable.
Allowing small portions of the Gods Power to flow into the World Corrupting it to their Will.
History once more Demands to be Written.
It is your Choice on which side you will Stand.
The Rise of Gilder von Schattenkreuz
The Sky was Crying as if it tried to pour down Water on the Flames that Engulfed Akari, A small hidden Village on the Edge of the Large Forests in Western Border of the Elvish Lands.
The Village that neither the Elvish nor the Human Troops knew about was but a Hindrance to the Human Army that Marshed towards their Enemy longing to Revenge their Murdered King.
The Elvish Army might have done the same if they had Marshed here.
When the Kings were Murdered and the War began this Village which was a Shining Beacon in the Past became but a stain on the High Elves Pride.
Being Close on the Border many Elves and Human lived here in Peace.
In the Heavy Rain a small Squad of Knights led by Paladin "Tearis Parden" Arrived in the small Village.
Tearis was a Young Man and just Claimed his Title a few months ago.
But his Spirit was Strong and his Sword Fighting Skills were among the Best of the Order.
The Knights who came here to slay a Band Ogres that came from the South noticed the Black Smoke and Scoutet the Village carefully.
Upon Confirming that the Army had moved on the Knights entered the Village.
But not a single Building was left Standing.
The Streets were filled with Blood and if there were any Suvivors they would have long left to run for their Lifes into the thick Forests.
Yet when Tearis barked his Orders to Retreat and Return to the Orders Castle in the North.
A Child came out of a Ruin that was still spilling Smoke after the Rain extinguished the Flames not even half an hour ago.
The Child stared at Tearis but the Knights sight was pinned on something else.
An Old Bastard Sword Stained in Red.
It was Chipped at several spots in the Blade.
And the young Boy had no idea to handle it properly yet he was dragging it along when he finally Screamed out and Ran towards Tearis.
Yelled a Knight from behind Tearis and Pushed him aside Drawing his Sword.
--Idiot its just a Child!!!!--
Tearis got a hold of himself and pushed the Knights to the Side with so much Power that the Knight lost his footing.
It took but a moment for Tearis to catsh the Boys arm out of his Slash and drag him to the muddy ground placing himself atop.
The Boy tried to shake off his Opponent but after a several minutes his strengh left him and he lost consciousness.
Tearis had not said anything.
And the Knights which gathered around them with Drawn Swords after the Uproar stopped all movement and stood in the Rain.
The War had Ended and Peace once more showed its face even if scarred by the last Years.
In a small Monastry a Young man named Gilder got ready to Travel.
Not a day ago hes got a message that he would be raised into the Rank of a Knight in the Order.
He was an example Student.
Raised in the Monastry together with alot of other Children that lost their Parents in the War.
He Joined the Order not even 2 years Ago yet he already Rivaled some of the Veteran Knights with this Swordmanship.
His Sword was Taller than himself when he leaned it on the Wall to Pray.
Being 185 Centimeters Tall he was often able to look over other Peoples Heads.
Yet his Sword which he weared diagonally on his Back showed its Hilt above his Right Shoulder and still only stayed only few fingers broad away from the Ground.
He was summoned to receive Knighthood and Quarters in the Mountain Castle of Grendan.
His Travel went without trouble.
And the Guards knew him very well from the Past.
They also Knew why he was there and Gratulated him Accordingly.
1 Day after his Arrival he was to meet the High Paladin.
"Duncan Kallarn" Was Clad in his Armor and Stood Tall when he lowered his Right Hand and held his Great Halberd aloft Gilders Head beginning the Ritual and Reading from the Silvan Creed.....
........... --You shall be watched and you shall watch.
Over the World and over Yourself.
Thus I bestow upon you the Title of Knight of the Silvan Order.
Stand Tall Proud Knight "Gilder von Schattenkreuz"--
Another Year Later
Gilder von Schattenkreuz leading a small Group of Soldiers was Called to a small Outpost near the Orcish Border.
The Orcs in Thikken Dal behaved strangely
Gilder knew of the Old Legends of the Order
But the Only Orcs he ever saw didnt seem like Enemys even if they were quite rude.
But this was Different.
The Orcs had Attacked the Outpost several Times and most of the Men here were mere Followers of the Order.
When he Arrived to look into the Situation he was greeted by Arrows from the Bushes.
He Deflectet them Easily but behind him 2 of the Soldiers fell to the Ground in Pain.
A Few of the Soldiers immediatly Flanked the Orcish Archers and faced em in Battle.
Gilder who also Advanced straightly at them Split his Opponents Sword in half together with its Owner.
The Soldiers were well Trained and Outnumbering the small Orcish group by more then 3 times its own Strength.
Yet they Fought Fiercely and Silent.
Orcs Usually Sound their Voice in Combat.
But those Orcs behaved like Disciplined Knights.
And they were Experienced with Swordplay unlike their Brothers which usually relayed on Brute Strength.
Their Eyes were Clouded in Black and even with heavy Injuries the Orcs Fought on till they Died.
The Battle ended with 1 Dead and 5 Injured Including the 2 Soldiers which were hit by Arrows.
He send two Envoys back to the Castle to Report on the Sitation.
And Slowed by the Injured Men which needed to be Carried on Stretchers he Arrived in Sight of the Outpost.
But when he Arrived and demanded Aid and Entrance from the Gate the Gatekeeper did not Respond.
Moments later one of the Soldiers Carrying the Stretchet on which one of the Injured Men was resting Cried out and Fell to the Ground.
Swords Clashed from the Direction were he fell and not a moment to late Gilder noticed that the Gatekeeper had drawn his Sword as Well.
Just like the Orcs the Soldiers did not Speak.
And just like the Orcs their Eyes gave an Demonic Feeling off them.
For over 19 hours the Battle Lasted.
and despite the Fact they were Outnumberd Greatly the small Band of Soldiers fought Bravely and arrived in the Center of the Outpost trough a Path of Bloodshed.
The Outpost suddenly became Silent.
When the Last Enemy fell after being stabbed in the Head.
not even 20 of the Soldiers were left Standing and over half of them were Steady on their Feet.
--Two of you who can still Fight Follow me the rest of you guys gather anyone who is still Alife and get ready to Retreat. We are Done here.--
Yelled Gilder to his Men and headed for the Main Building in the Center of the Outpost.
When he Entered the Building he felt uneasy and when he Entered the Large Hall he wished that he had not decided to Enter.
Corpses were hanging from the Walls and it was easy to see that many of them had been Tortured to Death.
At the End of the Room were usually a Table with a Map is locatet for the Leaders to Commence Strategys a Large Altaar was standing.
Stained with Blood the Altaar lost much of its beuty but it was still impressive handywork.
Gilder advanced Slowly holding his Gauntlet before his Mouth as if trying not to Breath too deeply.
His two Soldiers Followed him uneasily looking around and not even thinking about Sheathing their Weapons.
Suddenly he heard a Scream behind him.
He turned Around and Drawed his Sword but was Struck down before he could Guard himself.
Drowsy from the Heavy Hit on his Body he saw his own Soldiers Fighting each other and Sank to the Ground slowly losing grasp of his Eyes.
Opening his Eyes slowly he was Irritatet by the Light.
Had he not been in a Dark Building Moments ago ????
He came to his Senses and Instinctively reached for his Sword
but it wasnt there.
--Sir are you Awake!!!!??!!--
One of the two Soldiers who were behind him in the Unholy Altaar Room before was Sitting at the Side of his Bed.
The Soldiers Name was "Kolhen Garricks"
Gilder turned around and then crumbled together holding his left Shoulder.
--Sir Gilder be careful you have been asleep for over 5 Days but your Injuries are still Deep--
Kolhen looked worried and tried to support Gilder.
Gilder looked up and his usual Deep and Loud Voice were reduced to a Painfull Whispering when he Asked.
--Where are the Others how many Men Survived the Battle--
Kolhen could not answer
he stared at the Ground
Gilder became nervous and repeatet his Question louder this Time.
Kolhen looked up to his Face but was disturbed when he was about to say something.
--I see your awake Knight.....
I am sorry but the two of you are the Only Survivors....
You should thank your Friend there despite his own Injuries he not only Struck down Several Others of those Undead Bastards he also Carried you out of the Outpost--
The Voice Clearly was Female and sounded Nice.
Gilder looked to the Direction from where the Voice came.
An Elven Women with long Hair Clad in an Armor that was a Mix of Elvish Clothing and Dwarfen Platemail stood there and was holding the Hilt of a Decorated Bastard Sword and pressed down so the Sheath were held aloft on the other Side.
She carried the Sword on her Belt but Unlike Human Soldiers it was on her Back and thus Sheath was now showing its length on her Side.
--Who are you!?!--
Gilder was full on edge now
If one would not know hes Injured he wouldnt have Noticed from his Voice right now.
The Young Women smirked lightly
--Your sure Rude for someone whose touched by Elven Blood. I can feel the Magic in you but this is not Strong enough to be an High Elf of Pure Blood.
Are you an Half Breed ?--
A Picture of his Mother flashed Gilders Mind.
My Blood is one Quarter that of an Elf my Mother was a Half Breed--
Awwwhh I dont plan to Discuss my Family with someone whose Name I dont even know!.....--
-- My name is Fenris young Knight. And your at my Tree When I found your Friend Carrying you in the Forest I approached him and offerd my Help.
He sure is a Good Watchdog even tough I tended to your Wounds he kept an Eye on me each time I came near you.--
Kolhen overheard this without a comment and on only closed his Eyes.
Gilders Eyes were Showing with Determination.
--You said Undead Bastards.... Do you know what happened in that Outpost over there??--
The Conversation took a while
And Fenris explained that an Orc Shaman had been here some time ago
Using a Magic she had not seen before.
The Brunt of it was easy.
Those of a Weak Will turn to Undead Slaves of this Shaman when they succumb to their Injuries and Pain.
Not Feeling Pain and not Dying unless losing their Heart or their Head.
Gilder did not Waste time
1 Day after the Conversation he set out to the Outpost again.
This Time he as well did not Sheath his Sword.
The Men he Cut Down were those he Commanded a few Days ago.
But the Fight was Easy this Time
Not even 10 Men blocked his Path.
And Fenris proved to be a valuable Fighter.
She had Protestet several Times to come here.
But she also Refused to let an Injured Man go there Alone.
Kolhen tired from his long Service rested in the Tree and was a good way away from bein able to Fight again.
If he had been awake he would surely have forced his Way along.
But after the Tension broke he fell asleep and had not woke up so far.
Fenris shruk together
A Dark loud Voice sounded in the Outpost
And an Orc Clothed like a Priest walked out of the Building were Gilder found the Altaar some days ago.
Two Big Orcs were on his Side
This two were Different from the ones they Encountered when they Arrived.
Their Eyes showed Life
Yet the Shamans Eyes were Dark as Night
he Ordered the two Orcs to Attack and Prepared to Attack with a Spell himself.
Gilder Struck down the Tall Orc with one Stroke and Fenris Stabbed the Other Orc upon Evading his Strike that Cleaved a Deep Scar into the Earth where she was Standing a moment ago.
Gilder Immediatly Rushed at the Shaman grinding a Line into the Ground behind him by draggin his Sword trough the Dirt.
The Shaman however calmy ended his Spell and a Pillar of Fire forced his Way aiming Straight for Gilder.
Fenris True worth on the Battlefield showed itself when she Forced her Way between Gilder and the Spell Grinding her Sword into the Earth and taking Stance behind it.
The Pillar of Fire Dissipated into the Air and her Sword Glowed from the Magic Power it just Dispelled.
Gilder who did not even Stop his Run in Face of the Fire Rushed past Fenris and Cut of the Shamans Right Arm together with his Head.
After a Moment of Silence he Turned around.
Fenris showed him her Back watching the Gate.
"Duncan Kallarn" Himself Leading a Group of Several Paladins and more than 100 Knights had Arrived in the Outpost that was stained with the Blood of more then 200 Men
When the Report of Gilders Men Arrived in the Castle
the Priests of the Order knew well what Happened.
A Spell that Forces the Gods will on any Creature that has a weak enough will to Submit to it.
Its is but one Step Away from the Undead who once Walked on Earth.
And unlike Undead those Men can still be Killed with Fatal Wounds.
However the Report was enough for Duncan to Gather an Army and Marsh towards the Outpost to rid the Danger before it spreads.
Duncan was Impressed by Gilders and also by Fenris Archievement.
One Year Later Gilder would be a Paladin
and 3 Months after he Received the Title of Paladin he would assume the Position of High Paladin upon the Death of his Mentor Duncan Kallarn. Who lost his life when he Fought Alongside Gilder and Fenris against an small Army lead by a Black Dragon.
It was "Tearis Parden" that Nominated Gilder von Schattenkreuz for the Rank of High Paladin after the Loss of Duncan Kallarn.
It has been 6 Months that Gilder Assumed his Position
Fenris Val which Joined the Order as Paladin upon hearing from the Old Legends.
Tearis Parden which acts as an Advisor for Military and Politics also retains his Rank as Paladin
And Kolhen Garricks who Received the Title of Knight after the Clash at the Outpost had also Reached the Rank of Paladin short time after Gilder became the High Paladin of the Order.
It has been nearly a Year that the Orders Work got Harder
After the War Without Kings the new Leaders of the Races had began to allow free reign of local Lords and even Warring to Increase their Military Power
The Silvan Order is Hidden in the Mountains north of Dagbor and thanks to the Ocean the stretches below the Mountain Castle nearly no one ever even Noticed the Cathedral thats Surrounded by Towers and Walls here in the Deep Mountains and Cliffs
Still the Troops and Monastrys as well as Outposts and Castles that are Loyal to the Order have become Targets of Frequent Attacks from Young Lords trying to Prove themself
Not Realizing that there is a much Greater Threat in the Darkness of Time ........
Heroes of the Order
As his Name suggests he is an Nordmann.
Coming from a Proud Fighters Family.
He is 214cm Tall and an very Strong Man
He has Grey Hair that goes a little over his Ears and a Grey Full Beard thats about the same Length as his Hair
He was 28 Years Old when Akari Burned Down
His Favorite Weapon is an Halberd which is a little over 3 Meters Long with a Wooden Staff thats got 5 Iron Parts Attached to it.
The Blunt End of the Staff is Clad in Iron
The Center of the Staff is Clad in a 2 Part Iron Hilt
The Head is made of 3 Iron Parts
First the Axe Blade which is about 40cm Long
The Pike which extends the 3 Meters long Staff to a length of 3 Meters and 16 Centimeters
and the 2 section Spike Blade at the Opposite side of the Axe Blade.
He tends to Wear a Full Plate Mail which is Made by Strong Plating Mounted on Wolfs Fur
Except for his Feet and Hands which he is only Covering with Leather Glothes
His Arms are Usually Free when going to Battle which Primarily is tought to be caused by the Fact that his Halberd is a Very Weapon and would be Hard too Wield with Arm Protections.
Tearis has always been a Mystery
His Racial Features and Looks are Inclining that hes an High Elv yet nobody has ever seen him Using Magic.
Having White Hairs hes only 22 Years Old when Akari Burned Down
His Slim Body and his White Skin often make his Enemys misjudge his Combat Power
His Size of only 168cm often makes him the Smallest Person when hes Standing in Line with other Paladins and Knights.
He has always been Using Two Long Swords which have an Long Drawn Hole near the Tip of the Blade that Extends to nearly the Middle of It.
His Armor is usually Light and Consists Primarily of Leather and Clothing
The Only Metal Plated Parts are his Breast Plate and his Shoes
Gilder von Schattenkreuz
Gilders Age is Unknown as his Memorys are Blury since Akari Burned Down.
He is 185cm Tall and has Red Hairs which he usually keeps Short enough that they dont tough his Ears
On Longer Missions his Hair tends to Grow as he dislikes to Cut it when underway
Causing his Comrades to often Joke about it when it starts to fall over Ears and Eyes after being in the Field for 2 Months
His Mother was an Half Elv and his Father was Human
yet his Racial Features dont resemble that of an Elv at all.
It is Rumored that his Father was a Northern Man which might Explain why only someone Schooled in Magic noticed his Elvish Blood by sensing a weak Magic Power from Gilder
Gilder uses a Large Two Handed Sword with an 33 centimeters long Hilt that is Shadowed by an Plain Steel Guard and bears an 158 centimeters long Blade
The Heavy Blade looks pretty Clean and was made by an Master Blacksmith since Gilder tended to Return from Missions with his Swords either Broken or Chipped beyond Repair
Yet his Blade is not exactly Sharp and relies primarily on his Weight and Power to Cleave trough enemey Weapons and Armor alike.
His Armor has always been a Half Plated Armor Mounted on a Chainmail that he had been Awarded with from an Local Lord he Freed from a Band of Bandits that were Roaming the Area
Its a finely Worked Armor and the Noble most likely hoped to Recruit Gilder into his Army
But even if he never Talked about it there seemed to be no Ill Feeling on either Party after not Accepting the Offer
At least the Noble never refused the Orders Soldiers in his his Estate and has lend a helping Hand in many Matters especially in Financial Issues
He was just 15 when Akari Burned Down and at this Time was Trainee Soldier for a Noble in Rolling Plains
Later on he would be an 173cm Tall Man still using a Long Shield and a Long Sword
his Brown Hairs are tending to grow to his Shoulders before he Decides to Cut them down a little again
and sometimes he was seen with a Beard which seems to be removed at least once every Month
His Shield is Bearing the Silvan Banner nowdays
and his Sword is a Finely Worked Blade that he Received from the Noble in whichs Army he Served during the later Period of the War without Kings were even Young Man like him were Send to the Battlefield due to the massive Losses all sides took.
He is Using an Armor which looks similar to the One Gilder is Wearing
but he is missing a left Shoulder Plate due to his Shield
and his left Leg is wearing a Splinted Metal Armoring allows him aggresively move Forward with his Shield even at the Risk of having his leg scratchet by Weapons when he cant align his Shield to an Enemys Attacks
Fenris Age has never been Revealed by herself
yet she is a pretty Tall Women of 177 Centimeters which she often uses to provoke Kolhen into verbal fights
Her long Black Hair is about the only feature that seems doubt her Pure Elven Blood
Rumors are that a Human had been in her Family some Generations ago
which might also be the Reason that she is living that far away from the Elvish Lands and Prefers Solitude from her Race.
Her Ears are often Kolhens target of provokation in their verbal Fights due to the Fact that they are standing out to the sides pretty far.
Fenris is usually Fighting with a Bastard Sword that has a Red Gem Mounted right below the Blades Tip
The Heavy Sword she Swings around one handed like it was an Dagger is Clearly an Elvish Made Sword bearing a Golden Guard and a Beatiful yet pretty Thick Blade
Looking only a little Different from a Grandmasters Broadsword thanks to the Red Gem.
While she is Capable of Casting Smaller Magic like minor Healing spells and some Water Spells
she rarely uses any Magic Power in Combat.
Her Armor is also pretty Similar to that of an Elvish Grandmaster
but her Shoes and Lower Body are Armored with loose Elven Plated Armor and those are Missing the Clothing that Grandmaters usually Use to Allow for more Maneuverability during Combat.
The Dissappearence of Giants
When the God were Seperated from the World and the Undead had Finally stopped to rise up from the Corpses in the Field
The 4 Races that had Fought Together began to Seperate as well.
THe Giants went into the Wastelands in the South
The Dwarfes went to the Mountains in the East
The Elves went to the Forests in the North
and the Humans went to Mediterran Lands in the West
The High Elves were the First to Break the Alliance
While the Elves seeked to Restore the World to their old Beuty the Dwarfes ragged the Lands seeking for the Worlds Treasures
In the Ensuing War the Giants of which only Few had Survived the War had sided with the Dwarfs which were their closest Friends ever since the Beginning of the World providing them with the Dexterity to build the things their Big Hands would not be able to while they offered the Dwarfs Assistance at Building the Wonders far beyond Dwarfen Size
The Humans which were tought to be Allying with the Elves however stayed out of the War
Deeply Insultet the High Elves distanced from the Humans which would not Support their War for World Renewal
The War raged the Lands for over 100 Years and The High Elves Proved their Superiority in the War with Swords and Magic
The Dwarfes which had been driven ever Further into their Strongholds no longer had the Power to Protect the Giants
and the Giants fled into the Deep Desert
the course should Change
Two of the Largest Elvish Armys ever seen after the Great War of the Gods had marshed after the Giants to Ensure Victory for Eternity
But what they Found was not the Giants
What they Found was the Orcs
The Hordes had Breeded in Secret and had long become a large Army again
Only few of the Elves Returned from the Desert
giving message over the Threats in the South
The Tacticians realizing that the Hordes were too strong to be Fought Alone while most of the Elvish Troops were Fighting the Dwarfs in the East
planned to seek Human Aid once more
But the High Elves and the King denyd
Never again the Humans should step on Elves Honor
Never again the Humans should dissappoint the Elves
The Hordes came fast
Not Conquering but simply ravaging and burning the Land
They Took the Elvish Swamps up to the Mountain Rig leaving only Mud and Death in their Ways
Being Finally stopped by the Elvish Mountain Fortresses the Hordes swept to the West
They should Take half of the Elvish Forest and half of the Elvish Swamps before they Encountered the Human Armys in the West
Upon losing several Towns near the former Elvish Borders which are now known as Thikken Dal
the Humans Send their Armys to the East
The Elves which had retreatet from the Dwarfes Strongholds Finally Managed to Win the Upper Hand in the War at the Swamps being able to Push back the Hordes into the Death Filled Swamps
It shoudl be ironys Hand that would Stop the Elves Advance at an Elvish Fortress in the Mountain Rigs that nowdays form the Orcish/Elvish Border that the Orcs now used for themselfs
In the West the Human Armys not supported by Magic would not be able to Advance into the Forest
the Humans had neither a way to see in the dark nor did they possess the Orcish Nose uncovering Enemys in the Thick Forests
The Humans lost more and more Territory to ongoing onslaught of the Horde
Finally being able to Contain it at the Mountain Fortress of an City named after the Old King Dagobar
In the End it should be the Humans that seeked out Help from the Elves
and the High Elves fearing to be Attacked from the West as well came
In the Open Fields of Rolling Plains the Elvish Armys Fought their Way into the Human Citys
Combining the Human Armys that vastly Outnumberd those of the Elves with the high skills and magic of Elvish Elite Warriors
At this point nobody would have dreamed that it would take another 50 Years for Rolling Plains to be Recovered.
Upon being Forced Back into the Elvish Lands
the Orcs that had Lost more than 80% of their Hordes startet to become Passively
They startet to Build their own Strongholds and in the Ruins of Elvish High Temples they settled down
The High Elves not caring for material riches were bitter about the loss of the lands and the lives
but ceased their Attacks when the Orcs no longer Invaded their Citys
In this Stalemate the World should stay for a long time
and the Elvish/Human Relations that were hurt before should flourish once more thanks to the everlasting threat Lurking on both Countrys Borders
The Dwarfes had Retreatet Deep Into the Earth
Further than any Elv should ever go willingly
and the Giants that Dissappeared into the Desert should never be seen
But Balance will never hold long
even more so when one side of Balance is kept by the always Growing Tribes of Orcs ...........
The Death of Duncan Kallarn the Orders Tallest Leader
Several Years Ago
when Gilder was still a Young Paladin who had received his Title but mere Months ago
Reports of an Old Magic Dragon made their Way to Duncans Quarters
Dragons were not a rare sight lately
but none of em were beyond mere Beasts
an Relic of the Past
and Old Magical Dragon Clad in Dark Red Scales 3 times as Tall as the Royal Dragons that were Breeded and Sold to the Mightiest Kings and Nobles
The Southern Mountains had always been an den of Dragons
and Adventurers often Strifed the Lands hoping to find Dragons Treasures
But this was Different
The Dragon capable of speaking Human Words demanded Sacrifices and kept Terrorising Rolling Plains Boulders and Arrows Fired from Ballista and Trebuchets could not Injure it and even the Most Capable Knights were Burned to Ashes without ever coming close enough to even Scratch those glimmering Scales with their Blades
Was one of the Oldest of his Race
Rumors even claimed him to be Invinceble after having lived for a Millenium
Duncan Kallarn ordered his most Capable Paladins to Gather
His Party would only Number to a little more than 20 Men but their Combat Force would easily compete with that of an whole Army
Gilder von Schattenkreuz who had been on Missions with Duncan lately
Tearis Parden which just returned from Negotiations with one of the Nobles close to the Mountain Monastry in the Northern Mountain Rig that divided Elvish and Human Realms
Fenris Val which had just Joined the Order and Basicly Received the Title of Paladin at the same time as Gilder
An Mage that had Joined the Order 40 Years Ago
and since then Actet as Duncans closest Advisor would also be among the Paladins
Lawrence often Proved to be a Cold Man
Some called him a Wicked Monster
He was Close to the Magic of the World and his Mimic never Showed any Feelings
Patrick Galen which nowdays serves as Aid to King Erian was the last of the Importand Paladins
His Armor that much more looked like that of a Thief than that of a Knight was but one of the Indications he Showed to his past Experiance with Sorcery
In the Early Evening
Duncan ordered to set the Camp while still being in Human Borders
Duncan: "Tomorrow we will Enter the Dragons Den and hopefully we will surprise him inside his Cave"
Gilder: "We cant Fight him if he Flys around so we need to Face him inside his Own Lair I hope Master Lawrence can Protect us From his Fire otherwise this is gonna be a Short trip"
Patrick: "Haha Lawrence will most likely Sight like someone lecturing Children when you Ask him to raise his Hands an Cast a Shield"
Lawrence: "I feel the Power of this Old Dragon he knows we are here and he awaits us.... His Mind is full of Joy at the tought of us Facing him...
I wonder if we can ask him some things about the Old Legends before we Slay him. Its a rare chance to meet someone who has seen the Gods for himself"
Patrick: " See what I mean? We are about to Face a Monster thats Bigger than a Noble Estate and he plans drink some Tea with it ....."
(Patrick nearly looked Desperate when he Said that)
Gilder: "Well at least it seems he does not Rule out our Victory upon Feeling that Old Dragons Power"
Lawrence: " He is wise enough to not Show us his Full Power I dont think I will be able to guess our Chance of Victory before we actually Fight..."
Fenris Slightly Grinning : "You sure know how to keep down the Troops Mo......."
Gilder held her Mouth and pulled he back little
Lawrence did not care at all
And the Paladins spread out upon Duncan declaring that he has no intention to miss on sleep for brooding over it.
In the Morning they Crossed into the Dragons Territory
Duncans Halberd Gleaming in the Sun seemed Light in his Big Hands
a Small Green Dragon Feeding upon some Adventures that from the looks of it had died several Days ago bared his Fangs at Duncan not even 1 hour away from the Border
Duncan who had not even bothered to stop Walking Slashed his Halberd into the small Dragons Head with a Power that made the Dragon Roll Over its own Head
He had cleanly Cleaved a large Wound deep into the Dragons Head
the Dragon was Dead before it hit the Ground
And behind Duncan all Paladins except Tearis, Patrick and Gilder who had been on Missions with Duncan before had Drawn their Swords
Lawrence however had not even bothered to even look at the Spectacle
he slowly wandered a little right to Duncan and seemes like his Eyes could not leave up from the Magical Dragon that was still a 5 hour long Marsh Ahead and long not in sight for any Normal Human Being.
Fenris had been Uneasy after Crossing the Border and sticked to Gilder like he was the Only Person around she could rely on
She had been sticking to Gilder since they Became Paladins
but this was Different
She walked slightly behind Gilder not averting her Eyes unless something happened
Gilder which was irritatet by her not only being Silent but also walking close enough behind him to hear her Breathing decided to finally ask her what this wa about.
Gilder: "You not Feeling well Fenris? Its unlike you to be Scared!"
Fenris was annoyed at his lack of conscioness she fell back a few Steps behind him and muttered something to herself
Lawrence: "She might not be an Pure Blooded High Elv but she is still a Magical Being her Blood and Senses must make it hard on her not to turn around and Run for her Life when you Consider the Immense Magical Power thats lying ahead of us"
Patrick startet Grinning: "You Sure Lawrence? When she Entered Gilders Tent yesterday she hardly looked like she was Scared."
Patrick had ended the Sentence while Evading a Sword Slash of Fenris whose Face was bright Red.
Fenris wanted to say something but Gilder who grabbed her Swordhand pulling her along a little was faster: "Dont waste your Life Patrick or do you want to end like Kolhen last Month? "
Kolhen was unlucky last Month
He Knocked on the Door of Gilders Room and entered immediatly After
Gilder who was reading a Book in his Chair used a gestik to tell him that he should keep his Voice Down
while pointing at Fenris which was Sleeping under a Blanket on a Fur clad Bank at near the Bookshelv
Kolhen was stupid enough to talk about his encounter the next day
And at Lunch Fenris who had heared the Rumor of her Sharing Gilders Room last Night would not let Kolhen Explain anything much less Ask him anything while Slashing his Head with her Sword.
Kolhen was less agile then Patrick and had no chance to Evade that Slash
on the other hand Fenris did not draw the Sword out of its Scabbard
Having Kolhen out Cold for several hours
and causing Kolhen to avoid her for 2 weeks before he Dared to at least Enter Gilders Room again after Gilder had talked to him several times Persuading him that she didnt mean to Injure him that hard.....
The Party arrived at the Dragons Lair when the Sun already was beginning to change Colors to the Red
Gilder Grabbed Fenris Shoulder whispering something to Her
And Patrick despite his Grinning decided to not say anything
The Old Lawrence Entered the Lair First Casting a Spell which Lighted out the Whole Cave like it was Noon in the Open Field
Duncan who went right behind him had his Halberd Pointet at the Front
And the other Paladins went in with Drawn Weapons right behind him
Several Dragons were Inside the Lair
And Lawrence was not Duncans Advisor without Reason
Patrick had never seen Lawrence moving his Hands that Fast
and was Impressed at the Old Mans Agility in Shielding the Group against Dragons Fire inside the Large Cave
While this Cave was surely giving a creepy feeling it was by no means Small
even if all 20 Men had formed a Line they could not have touched both Sides of the Cave without spreading more then several meters away from each other
The Paladins were all Experienced Fighters
and Brynn Hagen a Paladin who had fought in the War of Without Kings had found his Use by Shooting the Dragons Eyes with his Crossbow
Alltogether they had 2 Spearmen 1 Halberdier(Duncan) 12 Swordmen Including Gilder, Fenris, Patrick and Tearis 3 Crossbowmen including Brynn and 1 Archer with a Longbow that was nearly as Tall as he himself
(Lawrence who was wearing a Large Staff with Ornaments and was Clad in Metal had not used the Staff even once so far his Right Hand seemed more than enough for Him to Cast Spells)
The Dragons inside the Cave seemed Restless and often Fled Battle When Lawrence Waved his Hands forming a Shield against their Fire
Lawrence Eyes were Gleaming in a Bright Red Color
His Magical Power was Resonating Strongly with the Old Magic Dragon
and the Calm look on his Face made him seem all the more Demonic
After more then 2 Hours they Finally Reached a Large Hollow Point in the Cave
Fenris suddenly fell to her Knees
and Gilder who noticed her behind him turned around with a Face that could not decide between Surprise and Worry
Tearis also hurried over to them while Asking what happened with a Loud Yell
Fenris was Shivering over the Whole Body
and Patrick who immediatly watched over to Lawrence wished he had been wrong in his guess about the cause of Fenris Fear
Lawrence was Grinning Broadly
This was a Sight that Patrick had not seen before despite knowing Lawrence for several Years
Duncan was the Opposite
for the First time on this Travel had a Serios and Concentratet look on his Face
A Deep Voice Resounded in the Heads of the Party
And Lawrence Grinning became even Broader
Dragons Voice: "Mortals..... Be Welcome in my Castle.... You are the First beings not sharing my Blood who has ever been in this Sphere of my Hoardings"
Lawrence began Talking in a Language that none of the other Paladins could understand
And the Dragon listened and it seemed like he answered to Lawrence in Telepathy since Lawrence regularily paused his breath for several minutes
Duncan tapped Lawrence Shoulder and called his Name several Times before Lawrence Finally lowered his Head and and Declared that they should get Ready for a Fight
The Dragon stood up as well Showing the Full Spanwith of his Wings
it was an Imposing Sight
Lawrence Castet a Large Lance made of Ice flying right at the Dragons Heart
and in the Dust of the Lance which was Pulvaerized by the Dragons Claw Duncan moved in on the Dragon trying to cleave his Claw with his Halberd
The Paladins began to Flank the Big Red Dragon on both Sides
But Duncans attempt at hitting the Dragons Claw Failed
And in a Smooth Turn the Dragon used his Tail to Wipe out 3 Paladins on his Right side while Breathing a Wall of Fire that engulfed 5 Paladins on the Left side
Lawrence who had castet a Shield for the 5 knights that failed to take Cover behind Rocks dropped to his Knees when his Shield was broken after holding the Fire off for only a few Seconds
8 of 20 Paladins had Fallen within not even 10 Minutes of Battle
Fenris was unable to Fight at all
and the Look on Gilders Face when he Moved up to Duncans side was all but assuring
Tearis had moved to the 3 Paladins that got thrown away by the Dragons Tail
one of them was Alife and Tearis who was the only one with Medical Knowledge aside from Fenris tried to keep it that way
On the other Side Patrick who had more Luck than the 5 Paladins accompanyng him left his Cover and Threw his Sword at the Dragons Throat
Duncan and Gilder using the Moment when the Dragon looked towards Patrick and rushed at the Dragon while keeping Distance from Each other
And Lawrence using the Brief Time that the Dragon was Occupied by trying to Cleave the two Paladins that were trying to reach his Head, Castet an Enormus Water Spell which showed itself Manifesting as an Storm inside the Cave
Thunder and Lightning struck at the Dragons Wings again and again and the Roar of the Dragon weeped in Pain
But Lawrence down on his Knees hardly had the power left to keep breathing
It was a Bolt of Brynn Hagen that should Safe the Party
Gilder who Pierced the Dragons Left Claw and Pinned it into the Earth Yelled something to Duncan
but Duncan had not needed a message at all to know what Gilder Planned
The Dragon once more Roaring in Pain used his Telepathic Abilitys to Force down most of the Paladins while Inhaling a Large amound of Air
Fire Startet to gather in the Dragons Mouth preparing a Finaly Attack at Gilder covering his own Feet in Fire to end the Paladins Struggle at taking his Head
Brynn Hagen Fired his Crossbow hitting the Dragon right into his Mouth with an Steel Bolt that Pierced Deeply into the Dragon Throat and disturbed him enough to break up his Intention to Breath Fire
It was but a Moment later that Duncan Rammed his Halberd into the Wieldly Shaking and Rampaging Dragons Chest
The Remaining Paw of the Dragon however Found its way to the Dragons Pierced Heart
And 3 of its Claws Pierced Duncans Lungs and Legs as the Dragon slowly Fell over to the Side
Duncan Kallarn had Slain the Oldest Dragon known
but he Paid it with his Life
The Paladins which Recovered his Body to Bury him later knew he was Dead
but Gilder did not leave their Side till he could lay his Hands on his Masters Chest
When Returning to the Castle the 11 Survivors looked not like they came back from Victorios Crusade that safed Thousands of Peoples Lifes
Gilder who had Carried Fenris out of the Cave before she finally got a grip on herself asking him to let her walk herself had not said much during the Way back and was still Walking behind Gilder while looking only at the Floor below him when they Moved trought the Gates
Sir Patrick had excused himself on the Way to Return to Dagbor
Duncan Kallarns Body which was Carried by 2 of the Paladins was mourned by the Knights and Paladings greeting the Returning Force
the 2 Paladins which still had a Body that could be Buried were Carried alongside Duncans Body
and on a fourth cart the Remains of those Burned to Ashes were carried as far as it was possible to recover their remains
All that even allowed to see that this were once Paladins were the Weapons they had laid onto the Ashes as Symbols of the Fallen Warriors
The Upcoming Weeks would be Hectic
And upon Recommendation of Tearis Parden
The Young Paladin and Pupil of Duncan Kallarn would become the Next High Paladin of the Order
Gilder von Schattenkreuz however was not at the Meeting at which his own Fate was Decided
In the Hallway leading to Gilders Quarters Gilder once more looked at Fenris which had rarely raised her Eyes since their arrival at the Castle 4 days ago
Fenris was too shocked to even raise her Arms when Gilder hugged her patting here Head and Whispering something to her
They Often Shared Room or Tent sleeping less than a meter away from each other
but this was the First time he ever did something that made clear that he Knows she is actually a Women and not just a Warrior
Kolhen who Greeted Gilder while after Opening his Quarters Door on the Hallways (his Quarters are just 3 Rooms away from Gilders) Shruk together
and Fenris which had Closed her Eyes after hearing what Gilder whispered to her suddenly became bright red and raised her Eyes at Kolhen
She looked surprised and could hardly hide that she was totally embarassed
Kolhen followed his Survival Instincts and Closed the Door rashly Barricading himself
But Fenris was too shocked to even move
Gilder could hardly hide that he himself was not much less embarassed than her
but moved into his Room slowly followed by Fenris who at hesitatet for s hort moment when he turned around walking towards his room
but then still followed ......
Gilder was should be Appointed as the Orders Leader and Strongest Fighter
not even 3 Months after he Acceptet the Title of Paladin
And Fate once more Proves that Tearis Parden found more then just a Child who lost itrs Parents in the War
Back then Gilder became the Last Name "Von Schattenkreuz" which was decided by Tearis when he Decided to Raise this Boy in a Monastry and which should remind on the Fact that he was raised in the Shadows of the Black Cross
Since Gilder could not Remember his own Last Name he never tought about it more Deeply
But especially among the Knights his Name would resound as that of an Hero bearing the Name of the Silvans Orders Symbol
A Large Black Cross Standing Tall above the Monastrys that belong to the Silvan Order
An many Knights added the Line "In the Shadow of the Black Cross" to their Creeds
To show Respect to their new High Paladin which Embodied the Ideals of a Paladin who was Born to be a Paladin and had never strayed from his Path.....
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I didnt know the was a Fanfic Forum
otherwise I would have put it here in the first place
Added two more Storys to Complete the Lore :)
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