The Katchari Blades
old world has been conquered, now we will test ourselves in the new."
Many tried to Katchar
the Ebony Sword, but he wouldn't have it until he accepted an apprentice
- known only as Prime. When Prime was finished his apprenticeship, Katchar
built a forge and made a magnificent blade for him. In time, Katchar took
more apprentices as did Prime and a swordsmanship academy grew into being.
That was the beginning
of the famous Blades of Katchar, a band of master swordsmen who fight,
not for treasure, but to expand their skill. The size of the Blades is
unknown. During the Generations of War, while Carmania battled Dara Happa,
a Legion of Katchar appears in the annals, fighting for each of them at
different times. Usually, a Katchari swordsman is found on his own, preparing
to tackle some impossible task with only his sword and a few friends.
A brotherhood of elite swordsmen
Happan, Lunar, Pelandan or any other accepted.
brotherhood of elite swordsmen.
can do better."
swordsmen and adventurers ready to undertake any challenge.
support the members in the development and application of their sword
Ebon Academy in Katchar.
Blades are well known and respected in Katchar and most of Pelanda.
Further from home they are less recognised. Some members of the Harrek
Twist see the Blades as competitors and seek them out.
is the ranking Ebon Blade, or disciple of the cult - with rankings
determined by duels on the holy days. The current Prime is a small
man with whip-like reflexes who rights with a sabre.
has amassed an impressive string of kills in the arenas in Glamour
and is probably the best known Blade in the Empire. Kadisheth is the
Master Smith of the Blades and has forged swords for several generals
in the Imperial Bodyguard. Neoskandar is a hulking hazar from southern
Carmania - he is famed for the ferocity of his greatsword attacks.
around 100 or 200 Bladesmen and a like number of Journeymen.
Katchari Blades are apolitical but there are graduates of the Academy
found all across the Empire who tend to aid a member in need.
The Katchari Blades are structured on a merit system with one's place
in the hierarchy determined through duelling with other brothers. The
only person many Blades accept orders from is Prime though more highly
skilled brothers are accorded the respect that they have earned.
your apprenticeship in the Academy or with a Bladesman and initiate
or devotee yourself to Katchar the Ebony Blade.
Foe, Sword Fighting, Sword and Gauntlet Fighting
members must worship Katchar the Ebony Blade.
The Ebon Sword
The Ebon Sword is said to be Katchar's own sword, left behind when he
passed onto the Hero Planes. Inhabiting the sword is the Blades' guardian
spirit who manifests as a warming of the members' sword hilts. The Ebon
Sword provides its blessings as long as a member keeps to the requirements
and attends the High Holy Day ceremonies
black sword embedded in the altar of the temple.
contact. The hilts of members' swords heats when the Ebon Sword is
manifesting its power.
turn down a reasonable challenge, attend the holy day ceremonies at
the Ebon Academy.
Sense Foe's Weakness 1w
Blessing: +5 to any Sword Fighting ability
Defence: Slap Aside Missile 20
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