The Scions of Damara
The Order of the Silver Chalice
The order of the Silver Chalice is a holy order of virtuous knights sworn to a noble quest: the protection of the Kingdom of Damara. Held to the highest standards of law, and nobility, the knights of this order are everything one might associate with the word ‘paladin’ – paragons of virtue, pure of heart, perfect in valor, cultured and refined, pious and devoted, and, too often, arrogant and vain.
The Order of the Silver Chalice takes its name from a holy relic that is in the possession of the order’s highest leaders – an ornate silver cup that is said to have caught the blood of a solar while it fought a demon prince. The chalice is rich in holy powers, or so the tales say, but more important, it is a constant source of inspiration to the knights of the order as they pursue their difficult mission.
The order is a devoutly good organization, and its members offer prayers to Illmater s at every gathering of the order. However, characters who hold other good deities as patrons are welcome in the order, as long as they do not balk at offering prayers to Illmater as well.
The Order of the Silver Chalice is rigidly hierarchical in organization. At its head are nine Masters of the Chalice, whose greatest responsibility is safeguarding the holy chalice itself. Each Master of the Chalice has command over nine Chalice Marshals, each marshal has authority over nine Chalice Commanders, and each commander leads nine Chalice Sergeants.
To become a member of the Order of the Silver Chalice, a would-be knight usually must prepare from his youth for this high calling. Young men and women are apprenticed to older knights as squires, and they learn about the life of a knight by serving their master without question for at least five years. At the end of that period, the squire is evaluated by a council of nine senior knights, largely based on testimony given by the squire’s knightly master. If this evaluation is favorable, the squire is elevated to the status of quester.