As long as the Human Empire
has needed protection from those on the fringes that wished to harm either the rulers or the Empire, so has existed the Night Guard
, a well-trained force of men and women that took their duty to their country far more serious than anyone else. So too has existed the somewhat extravagant and recognizable armor that these soldiers have worn since the earliest days of the Empire. The intricately shaped armor of black and a deep blueish-purple is the mantle of the Night Guard
, a symbol of their devotion to the Nightbreeze Family
and the Empire they rule.
The armor of the Night Guard
is seen as one of the most well-known and best crafted armors of the many militaries of the Northern Continent
. It is said that few armors are crafted as exquisitely as those of the Human Empire
and the Dwarven Kingdom
, both armors created by the hands of Master Dwarves
. This armor is a labor of the Elder Races
, often requiring the work of many to complete to the standard that the Nightbreeze Family
and their retainers hold.
Evolution of the Armor
The armor of the Night Guard
has greatly changed throughout history, beginning as simple padded cloth armor during the early years of the Eldritch War
and evolving into the well-known armor of today. While the Night Guard
has existed for centuries, the history of the armor only reaches back roughly 300 years to the beginning of the Eldritch War
Armor from circa 10 E.A. consisted of light colored gambeson armor with leather pants, boots, and hood, as well as simple cloth wrappings to protect the hands. The Night Guard
at this time were known for carrying longswords or greatswords with a simple longbow kept on the back. Within years of the Eldritch War
beginning, this armor was seen as not nearly enough for protection, but would stay around for over five decades.
Armor from circa 75 E.A. consisted of studded leather or raptor hide armor. This armor was darker in color with light accents, a color palette favored by many from past generations of the Nightbreeze Family
. The upgraded armor also brought a slight change to the weapons wielded as all Night Guard
members strictly carried greatswords and longswords. This armor would stand throughout the end of the Eldritch War
and for decades past.
Armor from circa 147 E.A. consisted of partial plate armor with a heavy chest plate and plates on the upper and lower legs. Metal bracers were also common with this armor, while the upper arm was left unarmored. The Night Guard
wielded longswords and shortbows with this armor as well. For nearly five decades, this was the common armor for the Night Guard
due to the Emperor's love for polished plate armor, but it was not always as effective as many hoped.
Armor from circa 204 E.A. consisted of heavy plate armor that protected the body fully, to include armored greaves and an enclosed helm. Continuing the love of polished plate armor, the armor was highly polished and members of the Night Guard
wielded polished weapons in the form of longswords and lances. This armor would be common for nearly a century and is considered the closest in nature to the current armor worn by the Night Guard
Upon taking the throne, Catherine Nightbreeze
and the Grand Duelist
set out to renew what had become a somewhat corrupt and disorganized military. The first step was to change the armor that the Night Guard
was known for and turn it into something that denoted safety and purpose for those of the Human Empire
. The color palette, armor, and the majority of the Night Guard
was moved away from what had been reminiscent of the complacency of the past towards recognizable and useful things.
Armor from circa 300 E.A. consists of a variety of heavy armor based upon the level of the Night Guard
that a member is a part of. Variations in the armor allow for women to be part of this special unit for the first time in history, while also providing extended protection to the wearer. This is the first set of armor for the Night Guard
that is imbued with magic for protection.
The symbol of the Nightbreeze Family
and their legacy is often a simple drawing of the Nightbreeze
in either black or a blueish-purple color. This insignia can be found on many assets of the Human Empire
, to include armor and weapons.
Armor worn by the Night Guard
is made to be easily distinguishable from others wearing armor throughout cities in the Human Empire
. First created by the Nightbreeze Family
, this armor, and the insignia it bears, have become a staple throughout the Empire. The black armor of the Night Guard
has often meant peace and safety in times where none could be found and the men and women that don the armor are often seen as saviors and heroes.
The symbol of the Nightbreeze Family
, a flower that bears the same name, can be seen on the helm and the left shoulder of every member of the Night Guard
. Etched into the metal using either black or a blueish-purple dye, this insignia serves a greater purpose on the armor than just marking it as an asset of the Human Empire
. The insignia is also the key to the enchantments placed upon the armor during its creation.
The process of creating this armor is kept rather secret, but it is known throughout the Human Empire
and beyond that this armor cannot be created without the aid of a Master Dwarf
, an Elf Rune Mage
, and a Human Cleric
. Only non-humans seen as loyal to the Empire and the Empress can aid in the creation of the armor.
The Night Guard
has units and members of various skill levels that serve specific purposes. Each level of the Night Guard
wears unique armor, allowing passersby to easily identify those that could aid with certain issues. Some individual pieces of the armor, such as the gauntlets, that do not vary between the levels. All armor is colored using the colors of the Nightbreeze Family
, but some sets are more colorful than others.
The Level 1 armor features a simple enclosed helm with a low comb. Large simple pauldrons are common along with accented chest plates. This armor is known for thinner plates and leather to protect the wearer.
The Level 2 armor features a more decorative enclosed helm without a comb. Lower profile pauldrons cover the shoulders and a more defined chest plate provides greater protection. This armor is known for greater protection while still maintaining a great range of movement.
The Level 3 armor features a high comb on top of a partially enclosed helm. A more ornate chest plate and pauldrons mark this level as trained Eldritch Knights. This armor is known for its lighter weight and its ability to handle a variety of spell casting and attacks.
The Level 4 armor features a decorative high comb on top of a more extravagant partially enclosed helm. The pauldrons, chest plate, and lower pieces are more decorative without lacking protection. This armor is known for its greater magical and physical protection.
Night Guard Level 1
Night Guard Level 2
Night Guard Level 3
Night Guard Level 4
Night Guard Level 5
The Level 5 armor features a more open helm without a comb. The armor overall is more decorative, reminiscent of dragon scales. This armor is only worn by the strongest and most veteran members of the Night Guard
that have proven themselves against the likes of Dragons
, and other great creatures.