Hârn: The Knights of Kaldor
Shieldmaiden of the Worthy Cause, Guardian of Dolithor,Protector of the Brave, the Unwilling Warrior, Lady of Paladins
Larani is the benevolent goddess of chivalry and battle and the reluctant warrior. Her followers claim she is the greatest of the trinity of war gods, but she is more constrained by honor and conscience than either Agrik or Sarajin. This is a weakness, since Larani will not strike without warning nor without cause. It is also a strength since Laranians do not forget whose side they are on.
Larani appears most often as a tall maiden clad in a white gown with red trim. About her waist and head are circlets of silver. She is fair of face, and strong, although she may not show her power. This is the aspect of the Lady of Paladins. The Lady of Paladins symbolizes the ideals of feudalism.
When Larani loses her patience, she assumes the aspect of the “Terrible Lady of the Flowing Red.” In this aspect, she wears Angcaradina, her blood-red mail. She bears Hyvrik, her red and white checkered shield, and Avarkiel, the Sword that Strikes True, also called “Oathbinder” or “Herald of the End of Life”.
The modern church of Larani views feudalism as a pact between defender and servitor and strives to maintain its ideals. These include code of behavior (chivalry) and duty (honor). Prior to feudalism, the religion existed to formalize behavior between warring tribes.
The church offers a source of chivalry, honor, and salvation to those whose lives are filled with duties. Laranians have traditionally come from the feudal nobility, but muster growing numbers from wealthy freemen, especially Heralds, Ostlers, Weaponcrafters, and Yeomen, occupations associated with the nobility and war.
The enmity between Larani and Agrik, the evil god of war, dominates the external relations of the church. Laranians, like Agrikans, view each other as mortal enemies on sight, and this is a prejudice difficult to overcome.
The priesthood stands separate from the knights of Laranian fighting orders. Although most clerics have some martial skills, it is the duty of the laity to champion the cause, while the priesthood serves as the conscience of the church.