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The Platinum Knights of Bahamut

Here's a few notes on the Platinum Knights of Bahamut. Thanks to z45tu7 for a suggestion of his a few months back which I've finally got round to using!

The Platinum Knights of Bahamut is a fighting order of  knights and paladins acting as the "sword and shield" of the Church of Bahamut, sworn to protect his clerics and followers from harm. Throughout the Sunset Lands, the Knights build chapter houses in cities and towns; from these bases, they defend the local inhabitants from orcs, goblins and other warlike humanoids. Many of its members are dragonborn; nearly all are paladins.

A hundred years ago, the organization helped Corandias XVI the Stubborn recapture Parsantium from a hobgoblin "king" in the Great Crusade. Since that time, the Platinum Knights have maintained  a chapter house in the Grand Ward in the city's Imperial Quarter and can be counted on to support the Basileus in the event of war.

The order's headquarters is in a floating fortress which hovers several thousand feet above the island of Cervenna in the Corsair's Sea to the south west of Parsantium. The island was given to the Knights by the Batiaran Emperor Josephus 300 years ago for saving Rhodias (the Empire's capital) from a savage orcish attack. No one knows if the fortress is fixed in place; the rumour is that the castle can fly into battle, as Ustraternes, the dragonborn City of Flying Stone once did in ages past,  dropping its elite warriors into the action from above.

Grand Master Baragarr,  the dragonborn head of the Platinum Knights, has a female adult silver dragon named Kastrandethilian ("Shimmerscales") as his companion and mount. Much of his energy and the Knights' resources are spent on making the Corsairs' Sea safe for merchant traffic by dealing with piracy. Surprisingly, another knightly order are the prime culprits. The Crusading Brothers of the Sword, a fighting order dedicated to Terak which has fallen on hard times in recent years, has taken to attacking Akhrani shipping and sometimes even merchants from Loranto heading from Batiara to Parsantium. The Platinum Knights of Bahamut thus find themselves fighting their erstwhile allies to keep the sea free from pirates.

Any comments or suggestions?


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Nov. 17th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Platinum Knights of Bahamut
Sounds like it would make a good Muse track!

I'm pleased to see the idea of the Platinum Knights forming an elite shock unit of the imperial army has made it into the final mix. I wonder whether we might see another unique part of the Parsantine army - this time a gnoll warband?

I was toying with the idea that my warlord character's previous prejudices against dragonborn ('pah,lizardmen') and gnolls ('pack of hyenas') may have been quietly dropped after seeing these two units trouncing some evildoers or other in a recent engagement on the empire's behalf.

Ulthar Forkbeard (Gavin)
Nov. 18th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: Platinum Knights of Bahamut
I like the idea of the gnoll warband but am trying to think how they might have ended up in the army in the first place. Any suggestions?

Your character could certainly have witnessed the Platinum Knights of Bahamut in action against an orc tribe or similar.
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: Platinum Knights of Bahamut
Sorry to keep using historic parallels but it's a good source of ideas. Quite a few of Roger de Flor's mercenaries found themselves at a loose end after their rampage came to a natural end; the Byzantines as usual were quick to buy them off and established a paid Catalan regiment to mop up idle troublemakers and give them some discipline.

So maybe...disaffected gnolls already turning away from the path of Yeenoghu (as per the Dragon article on gnolls as PCs) get tired of half-starved raiding in the wilderness and take the Basileus' shilling. They could be left behind from one of the previous invasions. In any case, Parsantine service gives plenty of chances for skewering orcs, hobgoblins etc., they are guaranteed square meals and billets, and from despised outlaws they are looked on as entertaining albeit savage pets by some of the city factions. For the Parsantine army it gives them an effective, fast foot shock unit ideal for seizing difficult terrain on the battlefield (and expendable too!).
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Platinum Knights of Bahamut
I like this - OK, the gnolls are in (the army now)! Nothing wrong with historical parallels - I'm just keen to establish Parsantium is more than a Byzantium analogue.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
There should more than likely be more than just one dragon because after all there suposed to protect dragons not cites
Jul. 2nd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: lol
I agree they're should be more than one dragon among the ranks of the knights but why do you say their role is to protect dragons and not cities/people?
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