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Fringe Knight

Requirements

Fringe Knights must go through extensive training before taking up their mantle, not only in combat but also in agricultural arts. Fringe Knights are most well known for their use of the War Scythe, originally an agricultural implement that was adapted by farmers early on in the Age of Ruin. Now, it is staple weapon of the Fringe Knights.   Beyond martial proficiency, different Fringe Knights will require different skills of course, depending on their specialty. Some Fringe Knights farm wheat and grains, others vegetables, and still others farm cattle. The Fringe Knights are not an official organization exactly, but rather a group of warrior farmers that exist across all Walls by necessity. Some groups of Fringe Knights have elected leaders or trainers, but these positions are taken up by necessity rather than any official organizational need.

Appointment

Fringe Knights are entirely self-appointed, but generally only earn the title among the common people once they have trained themselves and are actively bringing in resources for their Wall. Seldom are Fringe Knights recognized in any official manner, but nevertheless they are respected and loved by the people of their Wall for the selfless duty they perform.

Duties

Fringe Knights are tasked with bringing in resources for their Wall. Small farms exist within the Walls, but these are never large enough to supply the whole population. Farms outside the Walls produce much more sufficient amounts of resources, but the world outside the Walls is extremely dangerous. The Ruin has torn the landscape of Drenn, molding it into something much more horrific. Fringe Knights protect their farms from horrid creatures and ill-intending looters. Thus, they must be extremely proficient in martial combat as well as agricultural arts.   While protecting their farms, Fringe Knights must of course also farm. Some Fringe Knights focus on harvesting grains or vegetables, while others may focus on horses or cattle. Such roles often change with demand.

Responsibilities

Fringe Knights often work in groups to accomplish farm work. Daily they are tasked with harvesting, planting, slaughtering, etc. Not only do they have to keep the people of the Walls supplied, but they also need to keep stocking their own farms. A Fringe Knight can expect to see combat several times a month. Battles on the fringe are quite common, although not daily events; just rare enough to cause a buzz among the people of a given Wall when they happen.   Fringe Knights also have to maintain their armor, weapons and training, which are crucial to not only their survival, but the continued prosperity of their Wall. The death of a Fringe Knight could be the difference between whether a family is able to put food on the table, even for weeks at a time.

Benefits

Becoming a Fringe Knight is seen as an extremely selfless act, as there is very little to be gained from the position. The Walls that do have some remnants of an economy have very little to pay, and Fringe Knights work for the survival of their people, not for monetary gain. However, the respect that a Fringe Knight earns through his profession is often enough to earn him extra food and kindness from the people of the Wall.

Accoutrements & Equipment

The most symbolic item of a Fringe Knight is his War Scythe. Although there is no overarching organization between the Fringe Knights of each wall, the War Scythe has been universally adopted. All who carry War Scythes are instantly recognized as a Fringe Knight, or else have committed the unforgivable act of killing one and taking it from him.   Fringe Knights also are equipped with the best armor possible. The death of a Fringe Knight is a big deal for the community of any Wall, so the highest protection is afforded them for their work. Often their armor consists of a combination of chain and plate. Sometimes, smiths of the Walls will forge a metal depiction of a wreath of grain to attach to their helmets in honor of their service.

History

The Fringe Knights are not a proper organization. No official ties connect the Fringe Knights of the Walls, although very official ties connect anything anymore. The profession known as "Fringe Knighthood" was developed solely from necessity. Farmers used to be low on the social ladder, but when the Ruins hit and the land beyond the Walls became plagued with danger, the most resilient of farmers continued their work, supplying their Wall with as much food and raw materials as they could. Their farming tools were adapted into weapons of war, most notably what is now known as the War Scythe. Once it may have been a tool for cutting and threshing grain, but now it is a universal symbol of bravery, selflessness, and honor.   The term "Fringe Knight" likely originated from the fact that farms in the Age of Ruin have always had to operate outside the Walls, or on the 'fringes' of the walls. Their recognition as 'knights' comes from no official source, but is rather a verbal embodiment of their status. Their selfless bravery is akin to that of the Knights of old, and so they are named.

Cultural Significance

All of the Walls left in Drenn have some form of Fringe Knights operating to produce supplies. Fringe Knighthood as a profession is one of the most universally honored and respected professions on Drenn. They are infinitely brave and selfless, and they have the respect of all men, elves, dwarves and beast-folk alike. Even most of the highwaymen and bandits that are brave enough to still exploit the land will not touch a Fringe Knight should they encounter one, partially due to their martial prowess and partially due to their venerable position.

Notable Holders

Mathin Greenblade

Type
Civic, Military, Not Commissioned
Source of Authority
Fringe Knights have no official authority of the people of the Walls, but they are often served by them anyway. The incredible amount of work and effort it takes to become and maintain the position of a Fringe Knight earns them plenty of respect.
Length of Term
Fringe Knights frequently serve until they are too old to do so or until their death.

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