Khalandorn

Ah yes, the Khalandornar, what a wonderfully
entertaining folk! Where else will you find fierce
knights galloping hard to battle monsters and
right wrongs, spouting all sorts of rubbish about
personal worth, honor, and valor? These Knights
of the Realm of the Flame strive to do something
valorous, large or small, every day. And, as with all
other vanities and passions, this can be easily used
to one’s advantage if handled properly.
The common folk of Khalandorn live simple,
practical lives tending livestock and walled
gardens—which are stoutly-walled out of necessity
due to all the hard-galloping knights. These people
admire the knights, but think of them as rash
children to be steered aside from potential disasters
born of their reckless enthusiasm.
Oddly, this monster-troubled kingdom of hardriding
knights is a matriarchal society. In fact,
women are encouraged to join the ranks of the
Knights of the Realm of the Flame (though their
numbers are still few). Shields Hard is the thronetown
of the High Knight, who is always a woman
elected by the other knights. Within the Realm of
the Flame, her word is law. She is the chief arbiter
amongst her people, acting as both the velvet glove
of diplomacy and the iron fist of order—which is
exactly what is needed to keep her well-meaning,
but rash, knights in check.
Do not mistake me. The knights serve
Khalandorn well. There is no shortage of danger
for them to battle. Wolves and other beasts raid out
of the Tharksun in such numbers that many folk
in nearby lands believe that something of deep evil
dwells within those cursed woods, and monsters
from the Haunt of Eagles and the Broken Lands
continually harry the straeklith reaches of the realm.

Khalandorn

Castlemourn JimWayne