Knights Defensor

Holy Order of Knight Defenders
Formed 1 January 3084[1]
Nickname Knights Defensor
Affiliation New Avalon Catholic Church
Parent Command Independent


History[edit]

The Holy Order of Knight Defenders better known as the Knights Defensor were created by the Pope of the New Avalon Catholic Church on January 1, 3084. The Pope took this action after several of the Churches' missions, schools, and hospitals in the Outback were raided. Knowing that the AFFS was unable to protect the NACC's missions, the Pope looked back to the history of the Church and created the Holy Order of Knight Defenders based on the warrior orders once sponsored by the Church.

After the horrors of the Jihad, many soldiers who sought to do something more joined the Order. In addition to the sponsorship of the NACC, several wealthy citizens donated funds to the cause, allowing the Knights Defensor to operate within a year of the Pope's announcement. Stationed in the Periphery March, the Knights have their headquarters on June, but also have a Chapterhouse in every Combat Region, or PDZ, in the March. The Knights also have a Chapterhouse in the Filtvelt Coalition, where they not only defend the Church's interests, but work on construction and other projects.

Though they number somewhere between five and seven combined arms battalions, the Knights Defensor are usually deployed in Lance or Company sized formations. They have been known to take on escort or antipiracy mercenary contracts, but only if the contract is in the Federated Suns. They have also performed missions or taken contracts for free if they judge it to be a worthy cause, such as defending a settlement from bandits.

All new members of the Knights Defensor are first sent to the June Chapterhouse for training before moving on to one of the other Chapterhouses.

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Knights Defensor
Grand Master Hugh LeMond 3085
Grand Master Leonard Goodnight 3140[2]

Notes[edit]

Hugh LeMond was an AFFS veteran of thirty years prior to joining the Knights Defensor.

Ranks[edit]

Grand Master[edit]

The June Chapterhouse is the home of the Knights Defensor's Grand Master.

Master Knight[edit]

The Chapterhouses on Anaheim, Broken Wheel and Farnsworth are each led by a Master Knight.

Seneschal[edit]

The Seneschal aids the Grand Master in managing the day-to-day operations of the order.

Knight-Captain[edit]

Knight captains serve as senior officers in each chapterhouse, with one known example serving as second-in-command to a Master Knight.

Tactics[edit]

Unknown.

Composition History[edit]

3084[edit]

June Chapterhouse (2 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)[1]

Farnsworth Chapterhouse (Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

Anaheim Chapterhouse (Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)[1]

Broken Wheel Chapterhouse (Reinforced Battalion/Regular/Reliable)[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Unit Digest: Knights Defensor, p. 3, "Knights Defensor Profile"
  2. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 21, p. 10

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