The March of the Old Gods
The Order of the Mossy Stone
The Order of the Mossy Stone started 700 years ago with a group of poachers who encountered an orc war party while out hunting. Using their knowledge of the land, and skill with the bow, they single handedly saved Caer Maerdoc from an orc raid. In return, Lord Willis Maerdoc pardoned the poachers, who applied their skill sets to hunting Orcs rather than hunting deer. It wasn’t for another 100 years, when the skirmishes with the dragons began to escalate into all out war, that they would be made official. With the dragons burning villages, slaughtering livestock, and massacring the denizens of the plains, the descendents of that band of poachers united once again to strike against the dragons from the shadows. It is believed that this is when they took the name of The Order of the Mossy Stone. With their deeds culminating in felling a dragon threatening to burn Caer Maerdoc, Lord Ned Maerdoc appealed to King Harald Ravenswood to commision the Order of the Mossy Stone as an official knightly order of Amarith. King Harald granted them their commision, and the Order of the Mossy Stone came to be.
Today, the Order of the Mossy Stone acts as foresters for the kingdom of Amarith, silently tracking raiding parties. Where the Winged Hussars follow from the air, safe from arrows, the Order of the Mossy Stone follows the raiders to their source, and annihilates them before they even know what happened. In addition to acting as scouts and snipers, the Order is often called upon during sieges to gather food for the populace. Mossy Stone hunters slip over the walls under the cover of night, and return before daybreak, arms laden with meats and gathered plants.
Joining the order requires great skill in the arts of archery, stealth, woodslore, and tracking. Once the order is joined, an oath to serve the kingdom must be sworn, and a member of the order must accompany the hopeful member as they follow an orc raiding party or something of similar composition to their source. Once there, the accompanying member will assist the hopeful in wiping out the group of enemies. Once that has been completed, the member is ordained as a member of the Order of the Mossy Stone, and they begin their service to the Kingdom of Amarith. Once a member is too old or wounded to continue serving in the field, they become instructors and craftsmen for the Order, and are given a permanent place to stay at a local chapter’s hall.