Kidney Presents: Council of Thieves
Beyond grim armor and merciless action, the Hellknights stand as emblems of discipline and dedication to unquestionable law. Firmly believing that the only way society can hope to survive itself is by the strict and unflinching application of law, Hellknights seek to enforce order not as a courtesy or social option but as an imperative. Viewing mankind as innately drawn to chaos and self-destruction, the harsh knighthood posits that only by firm guidance and willingness to expunge the sickest elements of the social body might the whole survive and ultimately strive toward utopia. Thus, each Hellknight is a tyrant, exacting his order’s strictures in the hopes of reordering society one soul at a time. The Hellknight vision of justice proves far stricter than that of most societies, being based upon the centuries-old legal codes of Cheliax and ancient Taldor, as well as drawing from what its founders viewed as the best of Infernal and celestial organization, a Hellknight code known as “the Measure and the Chain.”
In Westcrown, the hellknight Order of the Rack works with (and sometimes against) the local police force to maintain order and law in a city slowly slipping towards anarchy. the Order of the Rack seeks to put an end to dangerous knowledge and wanton philosophies, clearing society’s way of idealistic perils and pitfalls of futility. Both the Order of the Rack’s name and their symbol, the torture’s wheel, reflect such wayward thinking: the suffering and evil of men left to indulge their ideas. Theirs is the path of the counter-revolution, seeking out potentially destructive knowledge and wasteful idealism, and destroying it before it might do harm. Aside from hunting down and scattering groups that would spread disruptive ideals, from rebellious groups to insidious cults, they censor all knowledge they deem dangerous, whether it be in the form of fiendish treatises, Qadiran poetry, or records of Osirian rule. With sword and flame they seek to expunge the sparks of rebellion from the world, preserving society’s peaceful simplicity.