Rite of Aegis
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Every king and queen of Yondar has their elite guards - their most trusted, talented knights, trained day in, day out and matched in skill by almost none. These elites are the Shields of Yondar, tasked with protecting their current monarch and the throne. Led by a captain who is the best of their ranks, this role of leadership is often seen as a birthright in the same way inheriting the throne would be.
From a young age, they are selected for their budding talent from the normal batch of knights by other members of the Shields. If they are seen to have potential, they are chosen. If they are steadfast in their loyalty to their king or queen, they are tested. It doesn't take long for someone chosen by a Shield to prove whether or not they are worthy of the elite title.
Undergoing the Rite
Those that are worthy are marked with a Blessing of Van-Hael. They must carry the blessing for 5 years as a test of their perseverance, loyalty to the throne and dedication to their training and their allies. Those that fail have the blessing removed. Those that succeed are given the chance to undertake the Rite of Aegis.
After those 5 years have passed, they may undertake the Rite of Aegis at any time.
In the majority of instances, their Sponsor will determine which royal member will represent the Sovereign during the Rite.
Sometimes, if a monarch or heir see's potential in a young knight, or feels a kinship with them, they will actively seek out the individual and opt to be their Sovereign.
Blessing of Van-Hael
Second Blessing (Blessing of Eternity)
Noteworthy Individuals Who Passed
Oscar Flint (1389)
Jenna Avarice (1445)
Noteworthy Individuals Who Failed
Ingrid Dunlocke (1364)