The Lower Knights are one of many ancient orders on Atanoah. They worship a single God and seek to fulfill his purposes in the world.
BasicsEditThe Lower Knights are human warriors that wear living armor and usually carry a sword, also made of living metal like the armor. The armor is a modular system, usually of seven pieces, that can deploy into a suit of sentient metal that protects, strengthens, and accelerates the wearer. The metal of the armor and sword is called "living" because it can behave independently, unpredictably, or somewhat contrary to the direction of the knight, almost always in a way that is to the advantage of the knight. The sword is usually made of a precise alloy of living iron and one or more additions of other living metals. The armor is always made of pure living platinum.
Lower Knights believe the power and ability of their armor comes from the God they worship, a three-component trinity often referred to as The Father. The actual power source of the armor and the Lower Knights' extraordinary abilities is referred to as duedamus . Duedamus is usually a plasma-like fire that can quickly congeal into the metal of the armor to repair damages to the suit. It can also be used as a projectile itself, either controlled via a telepathic link between the fire and the Lower Knight or through electromagnetic acceleration mechanisms. It can also manifest in an invisible form that is not entirely understood, which leads to many Lower Knight techniques that are colloquially referred to as telekinesis.
Duedamus is stored in three main ways. It can be stored in the metal of a Lower Knight sword, within the body of a Lower Knight, and, primarily, in special platinum spheres. The spheres form during special conditions around the mouths of the Elements (pillars of fire that rise up from the core of the planet). A large percentage of Lower Knight training revolves around preparing for expeditions to obtain these spheres. They place spheres obtained from around specific Elements to specific sections of their armor.
They're called Lower Knights to differentiate themselves from Higher Knights, immortal servants of their God. It's also to associate themselves with the Low King, also called Shuanosh (Black Dragon in Ancient), who is one of the components to their God's trinity.