Thought to have been wiped out in an earlier age, rumors are beginning to spread that the order of monastic knights known as the Silver Flame are stepping out of the shadows and involving themselves once more in the troubles of Iendol. They are a reclusive all-female fellowship of witch hunters, the core of which is Adhara; though not all Silver Flame Knights are. Every member of the order is branded with a silver-hued tattoo of a flame.
These women spurn all worldly ties save those necessitated by their duty. Few even when gathered, the Order strive to make their impact felt not through great shows of presence but instead through stepping into matters of their interest -- chiefly those involving Witches or the greater defense of humanity -- in ones or twos. Knights of the Order are known to be a force to be reckoned with even alone, and history whispers of moments where their influence may have tipped the scales. Only a handful of times in history has the Silver Flame ever gathered in force.
Beliefs & Practices
The Order chiefly worships Meluxent, but also venerate 'The First Adhara' as a saintly martyr. Every silver-hued fire that the Order ritually lights is done "in the name of the Laborer of Light and His Exalted Blade, the First Adhara". The First Adhara was believed to be a virgin upon her death thus their intolerance of their third tenant. Unfortunately, this makes the bedding of a traveling Adhara knight a popular subject for bawdy tavern talk among men, though the rarity of such a thing actually happening is doubtlessly quite scarce.
In addition to their monastic nature the Order also pays homage to the craft of the smith. As part of their passage into full knighthood members of the order forge their own weapons and armor, as the First Adhara is said to have done, which must be judged worthy by a senior knight to be approved. These, of course, are not enchanted, but prospective knights will typically strive to craft their panoply and tools of war from the best materials and with the best techniques available -- thus it is not uncommon for them to seek out master smiths to apprentice under, and knights will often take up temporary work at a smithy to support themselves while traveling.
Traveling knights are also perpetually on the look out for new recruits into the Order. They look for those with few or no social ties and obligations, giving them a somewhat justified reputation of swooping in after disasters to "sweep up" orphaned girls and young maidens. They will take non-Adharas into their ranks from time to time, though those born with the "blessed gift" are far preferred to their mundane sisters.
In rank above priests and initiates are the actual knights, who have a hierarchy based upon experience and leadership skills, and at the top of that hierarchy is a group of three of the most veteran knights with titles describing their roles and dispositions.
Recruits who either decline the path of knighthood or are just not suited for it become the Order's priesthood, tasked with maintaining any strongholds and shrines the Silver Flame establishes, conducting rituals of the Order and worship of Meluxent.
Initiates and others who do not wish to serve as a knight or priest may also serve as scribes, apothecaries, alchemists, supply agents, and occasionally diplomats to the rare few that the Order seeks a dialogue with.