The Paladins of Koltice

Founded by Samuel Koltice(human) forty years ago, the Paladins of Koltice are a group of fanatics that have a strong presence in southern Aspara, where their citadel is located. Very little is known about their motivations and ideals outside of the tight lipped members. Of course, rumours spread like wildfire and still circulate. Some say Koltice fancies himself a God amongst men, demanding fealty from his followers. Others say that he is simply an adept warlord filled with illusions of grandeur, amassing a powerful army for some unknown end game.

Regardless of their intent, they have seized a large swath of land around their citadel, enlisting the small farming villages to properly supply their growing numbers. They maintain a strict frontline of outposts and watch towers that vigilantly guard against entry of non-followers, whether they be friend or foe.

Paladins of Koltice are never seen in the northern regions of Aspara. They very rarely leave their own established borders, leaving the rest of Aspara alone, showing no interest in the major populous. Historically, there have been two occasions to the contrary however:

Sorrowful Isles Landing: 35 years ago, the Paladins of Koltice set up outposts on these long uninhabited islands. Erecting tall towers that shone a deep blue, clearly visible from the mainland at the time. The lush green flora that once coated these islands has been replaced with a bleak and barren landscape of dead trees and turned soil.

Faelarran Forest Destruction: 18 years ago, the Paladins of Koltice first arrived on the mainland of Faelarran Forest. This time, however, they were met by opposition, as the inhabitants of the forest fought back. Having witnessed the vegetative genocide of the Sorrowful Isles, they feared the worst for their lands. And they were right to. Underestimated at first, the Faelarrans were victorious in driving off the invaders, but the Paladins returned twenty fold, slaughtering the initial opposition force and getting a foothold on the mainland where they finished construction of their first tower. From there they slowly pushed north over the years, their numbers too great and organized to be fully stopped. Anybody or anything that got in their way was destroyed. Until, almost 17 years to the day of their initial landing, they just stopped. The wave of destruction leaving almost half of the Faelarran Forest in the same state as the Isles; utterly devoid of life, peppered with the once glowing towers, and thousands of dead inhabitants.             Now, after 18 years, there have been sightings of Paladin forces mobilizing outside of their frontline borders, along with reports of deep blue lights visible in the darkened night skies.

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