The Tyranny of Dragons: Dawn of Heroes
The Red Knight
The Lady of Strategy, the Crimson General, the Grandmaster of the Lanceboard
The Red Knight is the goddess of planning and strategy. Those who favor her call themselves the Red Fellowship. They believe wars are won by the best planning, strategy, and tactics. The worship of the Red Knight is filled with doctrine about strategy, such as: “Every war is a series of battles. Losing one doesn’t mean losing the war.’’ “In war, plan for peace. In peace, plan for war.” “Seek allies among your enemy’s enemies.”
Worship of the Red Knight arose among a hero-venerating monastic order of Tempus in Tethyr shortly after the Time of Troubles. The Red Knight has since grown in popularity because of what her followers call the Great Stratagem: for decades, her priests have been traveling to places of warfare to educate generals and kings in the arts of strategy and battlefield tactics. Many of the leaders they approached turned them away at first, but it soon became apparent that those who accepted the counsel of the Crimson General’s followers gained a distinct benefit. Grateful victors built temples to the Lady of Strategy, and gradually her faith spread.
Today, followers of the Red Knight can be found in nearly any land that has seen warfare in the past century. Worshipers of the Red Knight are rare in the general population, but those who revere her can frequently be found among high-ranking commanders of armies, instructors in colleges of war, quartermasters, and the authors of tomes of strategy. Each temple to the Red Knight includes an altar dedicated to Tempus, and so such a place is likely to be frequented by mercenaries and soldiers. A temple is surrounded by a vast pavilion and courtyard, which can be rented by companies of soldiers and mercenaries for practice and training. Her priests believe that drilling one’s troops in a temple courtyard is a form of propitiation that the Red Knight looks upon with special favor.