Salt, Gold, Steel and Ghosts (Spellbound Kingdoms)
The Dryght are King Lucius’ personal army of witch hunters, inquisitors and enforcers. To most commoners, the Dryght are what people picture when they think of kingsmen – the distinctive black and gold uniforms of the Dryght wizards and their Warden bodyguards are the last thing many unauthorised spellbound or political dissidents see. Many Dryght also work undercover, hoping to discover enemies of the King as they move unseen amongst the populace.
They maintain bases of operations in all major population centres, have hidden training camps and detention centres in the wilderness and there are even rumours of secret underground laboratories in the mountains. They work closely with the Royal Army and Navy and have the authority to overrule and take command of most municipal defense organisations, like city guard groups. They often clash with the private retinues of the nobility, however – while they act with the authority of the King and thus technically are above the nobility, the reality on the ground is often very different. King Lucius enjoys pitting the nobility and the Dryght against one another without issuing any edicts that would help resolve the ongoing conflict – after all, why would he want either group to get too powerful? Many nobles resent the Dryght for poking into their affairs, investigating them for any signs of misuse of magic and trying to commandeer their household guards. More than one Dryght has mysteriously disappeared while on a noble’s estate.
Dryght wizards are primarily trained in Language of Stars, as Seek Spellbound and the divination abilities the school provides are of the utmost importance when scouring the country for rogue Spellbound. Dryght trained as interrogators are often proficient in Hearts, to better emotionally torture their victims. Knowledge of Death Lore and Dramba are encouraged amongst the ranks, while the more enthusiastic members pick up Elemental Maelstrom or Battlecraft, hoping to be thrown into battle against magic-wielding enemies of the crown. They wear elaborate black and gold robes and wear masks and hoods to conceal their identities.
Inevitably accompanying the Dryght wizards will be an entourage of Wardens. These black-clad soldiers are the non-magic using section of the Dryght organisation, trained as bodyguards for the wizards, defenders of their strongholds and as enforcers. This does not mean to say that Dryght Wardens cannot hold their own against sorcerers – all Wardens are trained up to at least basic proficiency in Parapet Defense, and small teams of highly trained Parapet Defenders are occasionally employed in place of a sorcerer when killing needs to be done. Wardens are usually also trained in Guardian to better protect their charges.
The head of the Dryght is currently Isabella Raixe, a wight who sets a cruel standard of behaviour for the order.