Honour, Kingdom and the Lady
The thunder of hooves, the clink of mail, the sounding of horns: a great cacophony accompanies an army of knights riding to war. Yet steel and sinew are nothing without valour. These noble fighters crusade for faith, for virtue, for their beloved Lady - yet most of all, for the honour of their home, the Kingdom of Equitaine.
A nation established on noble principles, yet built on a foundation of peasant labour and sweat, Equitaine is a land of myth and superstition. Yet it exerts tremendous military might - Crusades for the lost Grail have brought the Lady’s grace to many foreign lands.. In all things, Equitan nobility is expected to lead from the fore, and victory often rests upon their individual successes. These are lessons for the young king to learn, and learn well, if his dynasty is to endure against other strong, noble Houses and the perils that lie beyond his lands.
The Kingdom of Equitaine is sometimes seen as three different armies in one. One option is to play as a mixture of Knights and Infantry, where one half of the army shoots or engages the opponent in place till the other part comes in to smash the enemy, usually with powerful cavalry. Another option is the are armies where only cavalry is used, these excel at bringing so many mobile threats on the table that they are able to catch the opponent where they least suspect and try avoid them everywhere else. That concept is brought to the extreme when cavalry is mixed with their flying units of Pegasus Knights! In every playstyle the Kingdom of Equitaine relies on their characters to do some fighting, and to lead their armies from the front.
Lore of Kingdom of Equitaine
Comparisons between Knights
Q: Esteemed sage, Throughout the realms of man, it is said that the knights of Equitaine are the greatest warriors and truest knights in the world. Surely this rustles the feathers of the proud men from the ranks of the empire’s knightly orders. Do they furiously dispute this claim or are they under no illusions as to their standing? And what do the Equitaine knights make of their empire counterparts? Pretenders? A disgrace to the name "knight"? Worthy opponents?
A: Dear sir, first, I must enquire - how is the weather in Equitaine? Your question is as pointed as a lance, I do hope it comes from a place of intellectual curiosity and not a hope that I will strike a blow on your behalf! True, Equitaine does possess a grand reputation, primarily focused upon its cavalry. They train from childhood among the nobility, and it forms much of their national identity, so little surprise that they possess considerable prowess in that regard. Jousting and horse racing are prevalent in the culture, emphasising the eponymous equine excellence, if you will allow a little alliteration. The knights of Sonnstahl come from a very different society. While they do not lack for skill, their place is in a much broader military tradition. Those knights are committed to their Orders, formed around a unifying principle or belief, which requires a great deal of devotion to the cause. No slouches in the saddle, but they must work alongside others to achieve their ends. So there is your primary distinction - in Sonnstahl, knights are a part of the wider picture. In Equitaine, they are the picture, crafting their own individual stories. I cannot say for certain how each views the other, yet for those with wisdom, this distinction goes more to the heart of their nature than who is the better horseman.
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