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Octagram

The Order's main symbol

The Order of the Holy Temple (Old tongue: فرسان الهيكل) was founded by a hermit called Methodius. Originally established as a military order, the organization's centuries-long campaign against demons has allowed it to discover and develop new exorcism techniques from all around the globe. As of today, the Order is the largest and most powerful organization in the world.

The order, which was among the wealthiest and most powerful, became a favoured charity throughout the world and grew rapidly in membership and power. They were prominent in finance. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with an Octagram, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Warring States Period. Non-combatant members of the order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout the known world, developing innovative financial techniques that were an early form of banking and building fortifications across the Human kingdoms and the Elves land.

OriginsEdit

Methodius is primarily remembered for his victory against the avatar of Maelignos 4000 years ago, where he sealed the Demon into another dimension called the Membrane. For this reason, the establishment and progression of the Order is exclusively for the prevention, and if necessary, subjugation of the Dark entity Maleignous, should it appeared again.

The Order were a group of specialised Exorcists which excelled in the exorcism of Demons. Almost half of the Exorcists and Witchers in the world hail from the Order.

Organization Edit

Methodius

Methodius, the founder of the Order.

The Templars was considered the first effective international organization in the world.

The organizational structure had a strong chain of authority. Each country with a major Templar presence had a Master of the Order for the Templars in that region.

All of them were subject to the Grand Master, appointed for life, who oversaw both the order's military efforts in the world and their financial holdings. The Grand Master exercised his authority via the visitors-general of the order, who were knights specially appointed by the Grand Master to visit the different provinces, correct malpractices, introduce new regulations, and resolve important disputes. The visitors-general had the power to remove knights from office and to suspend the Master of the province concerned.

Ranks within the orderEdit

Three main ranksEdit

There was a threefold division of the ranks of the Templars: the noble knights, the non-noble sergeants, and the chaplains. The Templars did not perform knighting ceremonies, so any knight wishing to become a Knight Templar had to be a knight already. They were the most visible branch of the order, and wore the famous white mantles to symbolise their purity and chastity. They were equipped as heavy cavalry, with three or four horses and one or two squires. Squires were generally not members of the order but were instead outsiders who were hired for a set period of time. Beneath the knights in the order and drawn from non-noble families were the sergeants. They brought vital skills and trades such as blacksmithing and building, and administered many of the order's properties.

In the Warring States Era, they fought alongside the knights as light cavalry with a single horse. Several of the order's most senior positions were reserved for sergeants, including the post of Commander of the Vault of Limay, who was the de facto Admiral of the Templar fleet. The sergeants wore black or brown. From 179, chaplains constituted a third Templar class. They were ordained priests who cared for the Templars' spiritual needs. All three classes of brother wore the order's octagram.

Templar recruitmentEdit

Templars are considered by the common folk to be the saviors and holy warriors of the known world, protecting the world from the dangers of magic unchecked. They are recruited primarily for their martial skill and religious dedication to the Order. Given the difficult choices templars must make in the course of their duty, they must be unswervingly loyal to the Order and maintain an emotional distance from the plight of their charges. It is said that a templar’s obedience is more important to the Order than his or her moral center.

It is this sense of ruthless piety that most frightens mages when they get the templars' attention: when the templars are sent to eliminate a possible blood mage, there is no reasoning with them, and if the templars are prepared, the mage's magic is often useless. Driven by their faith, the templars are one of the most feared and respected forces in the known world.

Templars go through a rigorous process of recruitment and training, sometimes in monastic refuges segregated from everyday society. While the majority of their members are male, some female templars do exist, having chosen to serve the order as a defender of the faith rather than a spiritual guide for the community. Templars take vows upon knighthood, but these do not include a vow of chastity. Templars are nevertheless discouraged from marrying or raising children since it is impractical to live apart from ones' dependents. Such unions are occasionally permitted, provided that the templar's spouse has his or her own means of support, for example, owning land or a title. A templar marrying another templar or a mage within the same Circle would be considered fraternization within the ranks and would seldom receive permission.

Prior to taking their vows templar recruits undergo a vigil. After the vigil, the knight's life is changed. The Templar Order dictates that templars are not to seek wealth or acknowledgement. Their lives belong to the ones they protect and the path they have chosen.

Non-human recruits such as elves or dwarves are not barred from joining the templars.

Duties of a templarEdit

Given that they have defended mankind from demons for roughly 4000 years, it can be assumed that the Order both trains exorcists and exorcises demons. In addition, the Order takes it upon itself to heal humans who have been harmed by demons, as well as to proactively investigate possible demonic activity. 

Templars are sworn to protect the world from the dangers of the Dark One, but they also protect mages from the outside world, a world that fears these magic users for very good reasons. It is the templars' place to watch their charges for signs of weakness or corruption and, should they find it, to act without hesitation for the good of all. One of the Order's most important duties occurs during a mage's Harrowing. During this, a templar watches over the body of the mage, ready to kill them if demonic possession occurs. In addition, templars are responsible for seeking out mages newly come into their power and bringing them into the Guild. Inevitably, the Order must also pursue mages who escape the Guild but typically can track the fugitives using a phylactery of blood from their quarry.

In the extreme event that an entire Guild of mages becomes corrupted, templars also have access to the Right of Annulment which authorizes them to "pacify" or kill all of the mages in that Guild . This would be used in the event that total chaos was unleashed by the mages and there is no chance that anyone in the Guild could be saved. The considerable power the Order holds over mages occasionally leads to charges of tyranny and abuse, since the balance between protection and oppression of the mages is precarious. Nevertheless, according to the Order, this is the price that must be paid for the security the templars offer.

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