Vaudin Sormere, a young Knight of the Foremost Wall, an organization devoted not to a god or pantheon, but to the structure, safety, and ascendancy of civilization itself. They enshrine and adore the society-building races, and see in civilization the means by which otherwise base creatures can elevate themselves above the putrescent mud of ignorance and baseness. Without societies and civilization, races like men, elves, and dwarves are nothing more than myopic beasts, deserving of each brutality that might fall upon their jutting brows. Civilization, as a product of security, provides space for the sentient races to shed their primitive snake skins and engage in the higher functions: art, commerce, governance, life freed from the vicissitudes of the natural world. Knights of the Foremost Wall lavish praise and protection on those elements of civilization that could not exist outside its walls.
The Knights, then, see themselves as the first barrier against entropic encroachment. They are the living barriers against all manner of chaos, anarchy, and violent disruption to society, at once so profoundly necessary and so fragile. The Knights repel brigands, hunt rampaging beasts, deter unrest; they protect scholarly expeditions and road crews, venturing into uncharted wildernesses (for with their maps and charts, these men and women are constructing knowledge, peeling back the wild unknown, and shackling empty spaces to inhabited ones).
The Knights are beholden to no kingdom, religion, or creed other than their own hierarchy. Once in full service to their order, many Knights may claim a city or kingdom, and thus construct a permanent post from which they operate in alone or in small groups; others seek the roaming lifestyle, drifting across the continents to prop up the settled, city-strewn world. Above all, they honor order and stability. They loathe criminality when it festers above its shadowed boundaries–because in moderation, even thieves maintain a certain order and societal harmony. Likewise, they maintain no compunctions against removing (bodily, if need be) corrupt city or court officials who, with the pestilence of their corruption, are rotting civilization’s thin structure from the inside. Civil war and pure anarchic strife are their worst fears, and of any such movements, the Knights are quick and brutal to respond. If an invading empire were to show greater discipline or more thoroughly enact their laws than their victim, one might find the Knights fighting for the invaders, opening the city gates (if such an action could legitimately quell any burgeoning chaos), or at least standing by in neutrality. As Knight initiates are drilled: Order above Justice, Justice above Mercy.
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