Once Upon a Time...
There was a man above men, a
man who dedicated his life to the codes of chivalry and his
country. He also gave his fidelity and life to his Lady
Queen, a woman who was said to have both beauty and
intelligence in a land of male-oriented kingdoms and
For years, he dedicated his life to the safety of his
country, a true knight in every sense. Men praised him,
woman adored him, and children admired him for the ideals he
But that is where this fairy
tale would end.. and the true story would begin.
For, you see, time is an
enemy to man; it makes them aged and weak, and ultimately
forgotten. All too soon, the man found the world around him
had changed, chivalry was but a fable and loyalty was
forgotten. He was getting older.. and many things were not
as they were. All seemed to have changed, except for his
Lady Queen. She still sat on her throne, proud and
beautiful, and still his fidelity to her remained strong,
despite what time had brought.
When time goes on, people's
ambitions grow. Greed takes seed in even the less ambitious
man. So came a time when the kingdom was under siege,
Warlords pushed for surrender of the rich plunder the Queen
held. No Quarter was given, and as before, the Queen turned
to her most loyal subject; the aged knight.
"Will you help us, My
Knight?" she simply asked.
"Aye My Queen, I will
defy time and magic if only you wish it." came the
humble but confident reply, something not even the lines
around his mouth would change.
So from his Queen he did
venture, away from the battles and cries for mercy. To
outsiders, he was simply an old man, journeying like the
rest to flee the war ravaged countryside. In sheer disgust,
he watched as able men fled, unwilling to fight for the
country and lands they had grown on, for their own families
or their Queen. His journey took him far, into the rising
mountains of the eastern countryside, where time was finally
going to catch up with him.
Wonders exist in our
imaginations.. and who knows what things were conjured in
the old man's mind as he walked through creeping shadowed
forests and majestic mountains of ice and rock. But perhaps
it was not so much a trick of the light, or the faintest of
sounds that drew him to that cave by the waterfall. Perhaps
it was simply fate, or a destiny even time could not deny.
Behind the waterfall, rising
pillars of limestone rose and fell, creating another world
within the large caverns. He took himself deeper, bearing
his torch with confidence and careful step, determined that
what his Queen needed was here.
As he drew more to the heart
of the cavern, his torch fell upon a gleaming white
surface.. but it could not be stone! It seemed to breath and
pulse.. as if alive!
Just as these thoughts went through his mind, the surface
shifted, grew and formed a shape.
"Who comes here?"
the great white dragon spoke, nearly 50 feet into the air he
rose, his length undetermined as the man's torchlight did
not reach that far.
For long moments, silenced
reigned, as the man took in what was before him. Dragons
were to be feared.. great beasts with wisdom and age beyond
any mortal imagination. They alone could defy time and
magic, not a mortal man such as he.
"I am but a man..
looking to save my Queen and Country from War." he
stated. his tone low, but certain.
The Dragon brought his head
down, studying him. "You are but an old man.. your
clothes are tattered and torn. You are no longer strong, and
your reflexes would make a snail laugh. So tell me, what can
you do to save your kingdom?" his tone implied simple
"I am but a man, loyal
to my Lady Queen and country. I may be old, but I will carry
out my promise until the last breath is drawn from me,"
he stated simply, letting his chin hitch a notch as he
stared back into the lurking obsidian of the dragons eyes.
The dragon paused, looking at
him as if contemplating a great puzzle.
"I have never known
loyalty such as yours.. and my kind have looked for that,
one of the simpler principles to living." Bowing his
head, the dragon studied the ground, then addressed him
"Would you want my help,
Old Man?" it asked. "Aye, I would Dragon,"
the man replied.
"What would you offer me
in return?" it asked again.
"All that I can give, my
loyalty, my fidelity I would give lands if I so
possessed," he answered back with vehemence. "Then
so be it." it nodded emphatically, breathing a faint
blue smoke across the man.
The knight choked, breathing the fumes of the strange gas in
before falling into unconsciousness.
When he woke, he was on the
back of the dragon, only a few miles away from where the
battles were in full rage. He would learn that in exchange
for his loyalty to the Dragon, not only would it help him ,
but they would share an unbreakable bond. Defying the laws
of time itself, this bond would carry them into adventure
after adventure, rising each time to defend the country the
man had pledged fidelity so long ago.
Now, nearly five hundred
years later, they say he still rides with the great white
dragon. Rising to the call of battle to defend his country,
still pledging his faith to his long lost Lady Queen. His
descendants also too share his legacy, each one in turn
bonding with a dragon, for every one in loyalty and in life.
Each dedicated to the traditions of chivalry, knighthood and
truth, to the preservation of the old ways and the safety of
Today's factions of Dragon
Riders consist of three groups, each dedicated to a certain
field or job within the organization. Because they do number
few, they are distinct for their white hair and often
jewel-colored eyes, said to be a trait handed down from
The three factions are :
Knight - The highest rank a Dragon Rider can
have, they serve as ambassadors and leaders to the
Order. Both Rider and Dragon have time and time again
proven themselves to their country and Queen. Their
loyalty and rarity is what made this Order such a legend
to many. In times of distress, it is the Sovereign
Knights who lead the armed troops into battle and glory.
Knight - A Full Knight is the arm of the
Dragon Rider Order. They are the lieutenants and
captains, the patrolmen and guards. They have achieved
this rank through vigorous training, countless hours
with both Rider and Mount exercising and building their
bodies and minds. They are also the trainers of the
Cadets, the watchful eyes and ears of Her Majesty, and
the face of the Order.
- Most often seen -and heard- are the Cadets and
their Adolescent mounts. They are the next generation of
Dragon Riders, though still untrained and young. Cadets
are chosen at youthful ages for their distinguishing
markers and ability to bond with the dragon kind. Then,
taken from their homes to join their new family in the
mountains of Meridia, they are put through years of
training and exercises, often vigorous and hard. Once a
Cadet has reached maturity, they venture alone into the
Dragon Teeth Mountains, where they will find, and bond
with a like-minded and spirited adolescent dragon.
Cadets comprise the backbone of the Order, and take care
they remain fit and ready for when they take on the
title of Full Knight.
When pondering if you may be
fit to be a Dragon Rider, take careful consideration of the
life you would lead. To be on constant alert to trouble in
the country, and now, with the Resistance and Emperor Vyras'
attempts to conquer Meridia, their presence is needed now
more than ever. Think wisely.. and carefully.. for time can
be held off for only so long.
Send your storyline,
character, application, etc. to The
Creator of the Dragon Riders for consideration
Dragon Rider characters must
meet several requirements:
White hair and jeweled tone eyes.
Skills must include magic
comprehension (though not casting comprehension), survival,
instinct & reflex and ranged weapons.
Character background must
coincide with Dragon Rider history, and must be well thought
out, that means 2-3 lines of background won't cut it.
Equipment: One Ranged Weapon,
One Bladed Weapon, Saddle & Saddle Blanket, Net or
Entanglement, Equipment to properly take care of your mount.