Formendacil wrote:Dragoman, I hope you'll weigh in here, seeing how, of the people who have posted about Shadow Knights, you've done so the most, and you're the only one currently active.
Okay, but you asked for it.
Before I begin, here’s something I took from the RP that gives a little background on how long the Shadow Knight have been around. It takes place at Orion after the destruction of the pendants, and when Daner explains the history it:
Lord_Of_The_LEGO wrote:Yes, the matter of the Pendants are quite confusing." agreed Daner, "It is best I start from the beginning. 4000 years ago, before Classic LEGOland and all the other factions existed, there were small pockets of human settlements throughout the mainland, and on several of the bigger islands. Now, 4000 years is quite a long time, trust me, I've lived half of them, and much was different from the way things are now.
"These clans of people were ruled by kings, yes, but their kings were always great wielders of magic -- wizards, magicians, mages...even necromancers for the more evil of the clans. Now, one of these clans were the Kris clan, ruled by King Calrias. However, he was always known as King Kris, for kings always adopted the name of their clan when they rose to the throne.
"King Kris was the most powerful sorcerer, and therefore the Kris Clan was the most powerful clan. For decades, the Kris Clan dominated but did not dictate over the land, only suppressing the ne'er-do-good clans such as the Scopos and Inion clans. Unfortunately, the Inion Clan -- lead by the Lord Inion of course -- was more powerful than King Kris had suspected. Lord Inion allied himself with the Scopos clan and attacked the Kris Clan from all sides. King Kris drove them back, but he was shaken, and he feared for his power. So King Kris built a temple his called the Temple Of The Powers and in a ceremony now forgotten, deposited all his power into two small pieces of jewelry, the Twin Pendants Of King Kris.
"Almost immediately after King Kris did this deed, Lord Inion attacked again, obliterated the Kris Clan, and discovered the Temple Of The Powers. King Kris and Lord Inion then dueled, but already King Kris' fate was sealed. Once Lord Inion discovered the two bits of jewelry, he destroyed them in the very forge Kris had used to make them. Instantly Kris was powerless, and Lord Inion killed him on the spot. The incinerating fireball that killed King Kris illuminated the Temple Of The Powers like a dozen comets, and so the local populace began to call the temple the Temple Of Lost Stars. Long after the temple had been swallowed by the Neverwood, the name still stuck.
"For 2000 years, chaos and evil ruled the land soon to become Dametreos. The Inion Clan assimilated the other clans and expanded like a plague. That's until my mentor and teacher, the wizard Verlin, banished Lord Inion with one powerful spell. Slowly evil dispersed, retreating to the dark corners of the land. The Inion Clan disbanded, and Scopos Clan evolved into the mysterious Shadow Knights.
Ok hears what I think happened and what made the shadow knights who they are. But remember anything I say here isn’t official, just speculation:
Alright, so we know that at one point before his fall, Inion had allies known as the Scopos clan who were the Shadow Knight’s ancestor. But when he was banished by Verlin, I would imagine that those who were being suppressed for 2000 years by Inion weren’t too happy with the Scopos clan helping him take over. So the Scopos clan were probably either forced in to hiding and/or exile. I would guess then that they soon learn certain kinds of shadow magic’s that enabled them to better hide themselves from the indigent growing forces of Dametreos. Eventually the Scopos clan may have even become so good at hiding and keeping to the shadows that it just became a new way of life for them and when they hand been forgotten by most, no Scopos felt the need to remerge with the new factions that had developed around them. And so they became the Shadow Knights.
So there you go.
Formendacil wrote:Actually, I'm not all that sure that there IS a Vladek in Dametreos.
There was a brief mention of a Vladek by LEGO-las before he left the role play:
LEGO-las wrote: "As your Captain said, I am Moff D'Florda. I was sent by Lord Vladek II to hire some mercenaries”
And though this was just Vladek II, we know that in order to have a second there must be a first. Therefore the original Vladek either at one point did or maybe still dose exists. Beyond that however I couldn’t find anything really about him. I will say that I personally have no plans to make any Vladek the head leader of the Shadow Knights. Though I have been thinking that maybe I should make him a Non-Player Characters so anyone who wanted to use him can.
Formendacil wrote:The first Shadow Knight leader I remember seeing was the Shadow King that met the Bulls in the "Return of the Bulls" plot, and combatted the Lone Ranger.
Here’s what I thought: while the Shadow King was gone and being like a darker version of Radjar, The Cult of Shadows seized power when he died(?)
Anyways it was my thoughts too that they were some type of a secret society. Not really a faction as the others are, but still far more then simple pirates, outlaws, rouges or ect.
When I think about who they are, I try thinking about why they took (or were given possibly) a name like Shadow Knight. So I would imagine that they prefer to stay in the shadows and try to keep most of their doings inconspicuous. They have after all mange to keep a low profile for close to 2000 years.
I’m not sure if I would label them as evil or not, I would just say that they're a cold and calculating group that’s not afraid to do what it takes to get the job done. but like all peoples there is some good in them.
Hope that helped, but once again all that’s just speculation.
I’m glad that I’ve managed keep people still wondering. It keeps with the Shadow Knight motif.