Motto

Might and Right

The Manifesto

The Order of the Rod and Shield holds the following to be true:

  • Magic can determine the outcome of battles and wars
  • Magical power is essential in ensuring both the security, and necessary expansion of the Empire
  • The Empire's enemies are capable of using magic, and the Empire must be able to counter them

The Order of the Rod and Shield therefore exists to:

  • Promote the understanding and practical application of magic in military situations
  • Encourage magicians to use their powers in defence of the Empire, even if they are not a warrior by calling
  • Guide the use of Conclave resources for strategic and tactical use
Order of the Rod and Shield

Symbol

A traditional symbol of this Order is a battlemage's rod and shield

Might and right

Membership of the Order

The Order of the Rod and Shield work hard to advance the use of martial magic. Many of their number are battle magicians, and it is common to see a Dawnish warwitch, an Imperial orc warcaster and a Varushkan Warden all rubbing shoulders during their meetings. They lobbied for the creation of the post of warmage, and they are the order who has provided the most magicians to that post. Indeed, a warmage from an order other than the Rod and Shield often comes under pressure to join their ranks.

There is occasionally some conflict within the order between magicians who are versed in offensive spells and rituals; those whose magic is better suited to battlefield support, such as healing; and those who focus on providing enchantments to strengthen military units, campaign armies or create fortifications. For the most part though they are united by their shared understanding of the importance of magicians fighting for the Empire.

They are often at odds with the Order of the Golden Pyramid because that order sees them as encouraging magicians to be the servants of the Empire rather than receiving appropriate recompense and recognition for their skills. They also compete with the magicians of the Unfettered Mind for the position of Dean of the Lyceum, recognising that by gaining that position they can help research and codify the many powerful battlefield and strategic rituals that will help the Empire triumph over its foes.

Historically the order has made several attempts to claim greater importance than other orders, claiming that achieving their goals is vital to the safety and success of the Empire. Magicians of other orders are at pains to point out that the Empire has always been at war, one way or another... that it needs wealth, political stability, good spiritual health, innovation and reliable intelligence at least as much as it needs enchanted armies.

Conclave vault

Each summit, the Conclave vault of the Rod and Shield garners a pro rata share of the Font based on the precedence of the orders at the previous summit; a portion of ilium based on their position among the orders as determined by precedence; and additional materials due to outstanding bequests.

These bequests are collected by the Civil Service, and provided to the Grandmaster at the start of each summit.

  • Two measures of ambergelt from the Amberspire of Morrow. This bequest began in 350YE in return for continuing to keep the forests near the spire clear of bandits and similar threats.
  • Two ingots of orichalcum from House Dourfen of Tower March. This bequest dates back to the formation of the order, in remembrance of their shared history and support for Borsdell Hall.
  • Two ingots of tempest jade have been sent by the family of Dunstan Irontongue since 373YE, in recognition of the role the Rod and Shield played during the fall of Skarsind.
  • Three ingots of green iron have been delivered by Phronesis, Polemarch of Strategy since 258YE and will continue for as long as the order guides the use of Conclave resources for strategic and tactical purposes.
  • Following an offer made by Prospero at the Summer Solstice 385YE, the order owes a significant favour to the eternal.
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Sakari Nightscale, Grandmaster of the Rod and Shield
SummitNationElected
Winter Solstice 385YEWintermarkSakari Nightscale
Winter Solstice 384YEWintermarkSakari Nightscale
Winter Solstice 383YEWintermarkAethelstan Korping
Winter Solstice 382YEWintermarkAethelstan Korping
Summer Solstice 382YEWintermarkAethelstan Korping
Winter Solstice 381YEDawnZephyr de Rondell
Spring Equinox 381YEWintermarkAethelstan Korping
Winter Solstice 380YERaewynn Stormwise
Winter Solstice 379YERaewynn Stormwise
Winter Solstice 378YERaewynn Stormwise
Winter Solstice 377YEMeir Pathfinder
Winter Solstice 376YEMeir Pathfinder

Grandmaster

Each Conclave order is led by a grandmaster who is elected by their members. This title is currently held by Sakari Nightscale; it will be reelected at Winter Solstice 386YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected as grandmaster of the order in the years since Empress Britta died.