The Knights Templar
Tenets and Vows
Although the basic tenants of the order are based around the three oaths of chastity, poverty, and obedience, some other lesser known tenants also exist. When joining the order a Templar swears…
· To give himself to the service of the faith and live without money or personal possessions.
· To follow the orders of his superiors and fight for the king and the faith.
· To give up the desires of the flesh so that he can suffer no distraction to his duty.
· To protect travelers and keepers of faith, safeguarding their possessions to ensure safe travel.
· To bury the dead so they may be remembered.
· To offer shelter from the wilds and sustenance to the hungry.
· To hold inviolate the letter of the law (unless that law is counter to the orders principles). The so-called “spirit of the law” is employed by those too weak to discipline law-breakers.
· To never allow a wrong to go unanswered and remember that he is judged on his inactions as well as his actions.
In return the order itself swears to provide and arm its members so they may sacrifice all they have for the faith.
Although when you think of the Knights Templars you instantly picture our uniform white mantle (symbolic of our newfound purity) emblazoned with its perfectly symmetrical red fish tailed cross of the architect, this is in fact only the uniform of a small part of our order, the Knight Brothers. The lower ranked Sergeant Brothers wear the same red cross on a black or dark brown background and our Rural Brothers have no formal uniform at all, although may carry or wear the symbol of the faith. A priest who serves as a knight takes the title Chaplain and is an exception to these uniform rules. A chaplain wears the traditional green mantle of the faith with the red architect cross, however to show that they are members of the order they wear white leather gloves. These gloves are sacred to the faith and other than a chaplain only a master architect is permitted to wear them.
Rank and Organisation
When you also consider the individuals that command our organisation at various levels, in total there are twelve distinct ranks in the knight templars. These ranks are given below starting at those of lowest ranks and progressing upwards in the order.
Sick and Elderly Brothers: The order does not forget it brothers when they retire and it houses and feeds them. As non-active members of the order these members are expected to follow with obedience the word of all other members.
Rural Brothers – These are the local troops who fight alongside the Templars. Although rarely equipped with the same resources as full knights these men are plentiful and loyal to the order.
Sergeant Brothers – These warriors were support troops and did not have to be nobly born. Although similarly equipped to a full knight, the sergeants had one horse and no squires under them.
Standard Bearer – Standard bearers are members of the Sergeant Brothers who are carrying the order’s banners into combat. Whilst carry the banner they are given more authority and the ability to command those that would normally be their peers.
Under Marshal – The Under Marshal is an individual in charge of the footmen and ensuring that they are supplied and battle ready. He also leads them in combat.
Knight Brothers – These were the full knights who wear the white tunic and cross. They are well equipped with heavy armour and three horses to allow them to be highly mobile.
Knight Commander – These knights acted as lieutenants to higher authorities within the order. In reality they carry little actual power themselves and simply forward orders.
House Commander – Like the Knight Commander, these knights acted as lieutenants to higher authorities within the order. In reality they carry little actual power themselves and simply forward orders.
Drapier – The Drapier is an individual in charge of ensuring that the Templar are outfitted in the correct garments and that they have all the suppliers they require to function.
Commander of PLACE – Eight of these commanders exist and each is in charge of the area assigned to him. In their own jurisdiction they have the same powers as the Grand Master.
Seneschal – The Seneschal manages the funds of the order as well as acting as both deputy and advisor to the Grand Master.
The Grand Master – The Grand Master is the absolute ruler of the order and he answers only to his superiors in the Church of the Architect.
It is said that you have not seen battle until you have seen the Knight Templars battle. Although in every day life we often travel as individuals or possibly even small bands when the order is given for them to form up our training allows us to respond quickly and orderly. We are trained to form up into bigger units and follow the commander of that unit. Ten to twenty knights form up together to make a Banner; Ten to twenty Banners form up to make a Squadron; and if enough of the order are present, five to ten squadrons form up to make a Battle. The Squadrons that form up to make a Battle are generally arranged in five groups; The Vanguard, the Left and Right Wings, the Centre or Main Battle, and the Rear Guard.
Crime and Punishment
Ultimately a Templar answers to his superiors and punishment lies with them, however a member or our order will be expelled without exception if he found to have commited any of the following crimes:
· Killing a man or women of the faith of the architect.
· Violently attacking another member of the order.
· Unjustly attacking a member of another order or priest.
· Renouncing the faith.
· Entering the order through fraud.
· Disobeying the orders of a superior.
· If whilst carrying a banner of the order he charges without permission.
· If whilst carrying a banner of the order he lowers the banner.