“I don my armor. I take my trident. I’m bound by the secrets given to me. I honor my king. I am a warrior of the Star Sanctum. I draw upon the power of the star as I draw my sword.”
— Ceremonial Litany of the Knights of the Star Sanctum
The Knights of the Star Sanctum are an elite order of trident-armed warriors, decked in all-encasing bloodshine armor. They are the most powerful force on Balecaster and to go against the king would bring down the fury of the Star Sanctum.
The Star Sanctum’s origins are murky at best and there are numerous explanations about how they came into existence, many of which are at odds with one another. By far the most popular story is that the knights were once a warrior cult comprised of the best warriors from amongst the primitive tribes that roamed the world’s central continent. While it’s not clear what brought these warriors together---the most contentious part of their legends---what is known is that they met in a hidden chamber far below the planet’s surface, a place known as the Star Sanctum. There, the knights codified the purpose of their order and mastered the fighting arts of their preferred weapons. Their detractors claim that far more than just their fighting style originated from this legendary chamber, and all sorts of stories about human sacrifice, worship of unspeakable forces and perverted rituals abound. That the knights remain silent on their origins does little to refute these claims, though their fierce reputation is enough to keep their enemies from voicing their theories in a more public forum.