Ascent of Souls
The Order of Empyreal Knights
A group of Paladins, they seek to become celestial.
The Order of Empyreal Knights is a sect of Paladins, dedicated to combatting devils and demons by becoming more like the celestial beings, the angels and the archons that oppose them. Empyreal Knights do not dedicate as much time to matters of healing or specialized combat tactics, preferring instead to carefully hone their bodies’ abilities and use prayers to shape their minds and bodies to become more like the outsiders they admire. A fully realized Empyreal Knight is more angel than human, with immunities to poison, disease, most of the elements, growing wings, and being able to summon an angelic being to aid them in battle. This Order is not terribly large, as the transformation from human to celestial is not easy, and requires patience, faith, and commitment. In the end, though, few can claim the holy might of the angels themselves but these knights of the spirit. Empyreal Knights form a special bond with their mounts, and eventually their mounts will become sanctified, gaining wings and being able to help their Paladin when they are in peril. Currently, the Order is led by Sir Cyrus Blueblood, and stationed in Whistledown, at a fort called Caer Anne. Once a year they visit Iomedae’s temple. Currently, there are 12 fully fledged Paladins within the order, apart from Cyrus, and 9 trainees. Shard Wanderer was Cyrus’ top disciple, and remains one of the thirteen knights of the order.