Description : The Ruby Knight
A history of the House of Sparhawk.
- From the Chronicles of the Pandion Brotherhood.
It was in the twenty-fifth century when the hordes of Otha of Zemoch invaded the Elene kingdoms of western Eosia and swept all before them with fire and sword in their march to the west. Otha appeared invincible until his forces were met on the great, smoke-shrouded battlefield at Lake Randera by thebined armies of the western kingdoms and the concerted might of the Knights of the Church. The battle there in central Lamorkand is said to have raged for weeks before the invading Zemochs were finally pushed back and turned to flee for their own borders.
The victory of the Elenes was thusplete, but fully half of the Church Knights lay slain upon the battlefield, and the armies of the Elene kings numbered their dead by the scores of thousands. When the victorious but exhausted survivors returned to their homes, they faced an even grimmer foe - the famine which is one of themon results of war.
The famine in Eosia endured for generations, threatening at times to depopulate the continent. Inevitably, social organization began to break down, and political chaos reigned in the Elene kingdoms. Rogue barons paid only lip service to their oaths of fealty to their kings.
Private disputes often resulted in ugly little wars, and open banditry wasmon. These conditions generally prevailed until well into the early years of the twenty-seventh century.
It was in this time of turmoil that an acolyte appeared at the gates of our Mother-house at Demos expressing an earnest desire to be a member of our order. As his training began, our Preceptor soon...