Hellknight (encyclopedia)

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The Hellknights are a collection of knightly orders with a unique focus on the promulgation of law. They are interested less in social goodness and charity, typical of paladins, but rather in the foundation and stringent maintenance of order at all costs. If people can not be trusted to obey the law out of their own senses of civility and social righteousness, Hellknights provide the need to obey out of fear of a master's stern hand.

Not all who start as novice armigers have what it takes to become a full-fledged Hellknight, but those who do receive a wide array of abilities as they grow more powerful. While the individual powers and focus of a particular Hellknight vary according to his order, all Hellknights are universally feared and respected in regions where they maintain a presence. Most Hellknights are lawful neutral and proudly avoid being “tainted” by distractions such as good or evil, but some who rise in power shift toward tyrannical and cruel natures.