Order of the Torrent

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Order of the Torrent
Order of the Torrent Lictor Octavio Sabinus.
(Hellknight Orders)

Creed
"Breathe deeply before the plunge."
Fortress
None (formerly Citadel Vaull)
Leaders
Symbol
Armored fish
Armor
Aquatic themes with fin-shaped decorations
Weapon
Reckoning
Being revived after nearly drowning
Source: Turn of the Torrent, pg(s). 67

The Order of the Torrent is a small sect of historically nomadic Hellknights who hunt kidnappers and rescue their victims.23 During the Kintargan Rebellion, then-Lord-Mayor Barzillai Thrune outlawed the order, looted its Citadel Vaull, and replaced them with the Order of the Rack. After the rebellion, the Kintargan government evicted the Order of the Rack as loyalists of House Thrune and granted the Order of the Torrent a new home in Castle Kintargo.4

History

The Order of the Torrent was founded in 4644 AR by Reya Naulvaneti, who had rescued the son of the city's lord-mayor at the time. Originally a member of the Order of the Scourge, her success led to her commanders mandating the establishment of the new Hellknight order. The newly created Order of the Torrent garnered a reputation for having never attracted an evil member, though its ranks have recently declined to an unprecedented 23 members, most of them scattered across Avistan.3

This decline began in 4675 AR when Lictor Reya was assassinated by one of the leader's of the Gray Spiders, a local thieves' guild. In retaliation, the Hellknights mounted an assault on their hideout, under the command of the newly appointed Lictor Parthos Yehl. Although the raid was successful, effectively destroying the criminal gang and taking control of the hideout, Yehl was later disgraced when it was discovered that he had planned to raid the guild's treasury and keep the ill-gotten loot for himself and a few favored subordinates. Subsequently charged with corruption and expelled, the Order never recovered from the disgrace.55

Recent events

Before the intervention of House Thrune in Ravounel, Citadel Vaull in the Chelaxian city of Kintargo was the only home of the otherwise nomadic manhunters of the Hellknight Order of the Torrent.6

The order had a reputation for rescuing abducted people,3 but its leader Lictor Octavio Sabinus went missing after Barzillai Thrune brought the Order of the Rack to the city,1 seized and looted Citadel Vaull, stripped the order of its charter, and declared the order's members outlaws in 4715 AR.75

With Ravounel's independence from Cheliax, the Order of the Rack was driven from the nation, and Kintargo's government now shares Castle Kintargo with the Order of the Torrent as allies.4

Leadership

Octavio Sabinus has served as the order's lictor since around 4708 AR, succeeding Arcamo Hyrmagus, who died aged 77.8

Relationships

The Order of the Torrent has a good relationship with Kintargo's Silver Ravens, who vouch for the order to the normally antagonistic Firebrands.9 The Order also sometimes works with a detachment of Shining Sentinels of the Knights of Lastwall to protect Ravounel's independence.10

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 James Jacobs. Kintargo at a Glance” in Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, 16. Paizo Inc., 2015
  2. Paizo Inc., et al. Hellknights” in Character Guide, 78. Paizo Inc., 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mike Shel. “NPC Gallery” in Turn of the Torrent, 67. Paizo Inc., 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ron Lundeen. “Ravounel Gazetteer” in Tomorrow Must Burn, 63. Paizo Inc., 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mike Shel. “Turn of the Torrent” in Turn of the Torrent, 6. Paizo Inc., 2015
  6. F. Wesley Schneider. Hellknights” in What Lies in Dust, 66. Paizo Inc., 2009
  7. Mike Shel. “NPC Gallery” in Turn of the Torrent, 67. Paizo Inc., 2015 Year estimated by publication date.
  8. Mike Shel. “NPC Gallery” in Turn of the Torrent, 67. Paizo Inc., 2015 Year estimated by publication date.
  9. Paizo Inc., et al. “Chapter 1: Introduction” in Firebrands, 21. Paizo Inc., 2023
  10. Jessica Catalan, et al. “Chapter 4: Knights of Lastwall Efforts” in Knights of Lastwall, 122. Paizo Inc., 2022