The Order of the Rose

The Knights of the Rose and their Measure

The Order of the Rose exemplifies honour guided by wisdom and justice. Wisdom is the strength of honour and ability applied in the service of just causes. Justice is the heart of the Measure and the soul of a Rose Knight. All beings regardless of their stations, positions, or beliefs have equal claim to compassion under the Measure. Deeds befitting a Knight of the Rose include the following:

  • taking compassion on the less fortunate
  • sacrificing one’s life for the sake of others
  • giving no thought to one’s own safety in defence of the Knighthood
  • protecting the lives of fellow Knights
  • seeing that no life is wasted or sacrificed in vain

Responsibilities of a Knight of the Rose

Forfeiture of all wealth accrued as a Knight save for that needed for the upkeep of any principalities under the protection of the Knighthood, to honour the gods of good at all times and in all acts, to fight for justice without regard to personal safety or comfort, to never submit to any evil foe, to sacrifice all in the name of honour.

Becoming a Knight of the Rose

The Knights of the Rose are the epitome of all that’s good and honourable in Knighthood. The Knight must be brought before a Knightly Council of the Rose. There he must relate the tale of his family and his deeds that exemplify the ideals of Knighthood and Honour tempered with leniency and wisdom. Once this tale is told, the council holds a closed session to discuss the Knight’s application in light of his merits and shortcomings.

The Order of the Rose takes its Measure from deeds of wisdom and justice. Examples of deeds befitting the Measure of the Rose:

  • taking compassion on the less fortunate
  • sacrificing one’s life for the sake of others
  • giving no thought to one’s own safety in defence of the Measure and it’s Honour
  • protecting the lives of fellow Knights
  • seeing that no life is wasted or sacrificed in vain.

As with Knights of the Sword, characters do not start out as Knights of the Rose. Characters must first have gained two levels as Knights of the Crown, then been accepted as Knights of the Sword and earned two additional levels before they can be considered for the Order of the Rose. Once a character has achieved this, he can petition the Order of the Rose to be accepted into that body.

The candidate must present his petition to a Rose Knight of no less than 6th level. The candidate must then be presented to a Knightly Council at which sits a Rose Knight of no less than 9th level. If no question of honour is brought up before the Knighthood at that time, then the Knight is assigned a quest to prove his worthiness to the Knighthood.

The quest must include the following elements:

  • a journey of no less than 500 miles and 30 days
  • one test of the Knight’s wisdom
  • three tests of the Knight’s generosity
  • three tests of the Knight’s compassion
  • the restoration of something that was lost
  • the defeat of an evil opponent of equal or higher level than the Knight.

The candidate must be victorious while demonstrating the ideals of honour and courage and without killing the foes The Knight can enlist the aid of anyone to complete the quest so long as he maintains the ideals of the Knighthood and docs not further the cause of evil.

Ranks and Titles

  • Novice of Roses
  • Knight of Tears
  • Knight of Mind
  • Knight of Heart
  • Knight of Roses
  • Keeper of Roses
  • Master of Roses
  • Archknight
  • Lord of Roses
  • Master of Justice
  • Lord of Justice
  • High Justice

The Order of the Rose

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