Knights of Hylo
"Ek'thik allus mot durnat"
"Goodness is best."
--Oath of the Knights of Hylo
History of the Knights of Hylo
In 1640PC, the citizens of Hylo established a new warrior regime. In awe for
a long time over the Knights of Solamnia, with all their shiny armor and bright
weapons, a large group of kender took it upon themselves to form a kender knighthood.
Calling themselves 'The Knights of Balif', the kender ran amok, wielding short
swords and spouting rules that sounded just and fair in imitation of the knights
they so admired.
Eventually, word was passed of these events to the Grand Master at the time,
a strict man named Gregori uth Telan. Thinking that the kender were attempting
to mock the knighthood with their ridiculous antics, the Grand Master sent an
emissary to Hylo to order the kender to cease and desist. The emissary returned
with rather unexpected news. The kender had refused, and had instead, sent an
invitation for the Grand Master and any knights with him to become honorary
members of the Knights of Balif's most prestigious order, The Order of the Acorn.
The Grand Master was infuriated by this and ordered an invasion of Hylo, heedless
of his advisors recommendations against such action. The kender never even realized
that they were being invaded when the knights marched on the city, believing
the Solamnics had indeed come to be Knights of the Acorn. With incredible jubilation,
the kender greeted the knights, swarming around the enemy camp and causing chaos
in general. After three weeks of this "siege", the commander in charge
of the invading force, a man by the name of Markus uth Wistan, held an audience
with Hylos Elder's Council. Calmly, the knight explained that the Grand Master
felt like the kender were making sport of the knighthood. While the council
did not understand what was meant by mockery, they did realize that they had
somehow managed to deeply hurt the Grand Masters feelings, and so the kender
knighthood was dissolved.
This did not mark the end of the knighthood however. In 349AC, a small province
in Goodlund called Pouchstrap, the Elders Council met to form a new fighting
regiment to oppose the then invading dragon armies. Under the council of Delnik
Springfingers, the Council revived the old knighthood of kender. Wary of the
situation and keeping in mind the circumstances and occurrences of the last
time the knighthood was introduced, the council worked to make the Knights of
Balif more versatile and more non offensive. Thus were born the Knights of Hylo,
in honor of region that first established the knights. These knights did not
go out of their way to look like knights and created their own rules instead
of borrowing those of the Solamnics. Although many kender joined the Knights
of Hylo, the orders recreation was too late to help stop the dragon armies'
invasion of the kender lands. Instead, the knighthood attacked the occupying
forces with impunity. The downfall of Toedes forces in Kendermore is credited
to not only death of the highlord, but also the definite presence of the Knights
During the Summer of Chaos the Knights of Hylo that were present in Goodlund
during the occupation were put in charge of finding a way to expel the Dark
Knights from the Kenderwood, but the arrival of the Chaos beasts prevented that
and they fought side by side with the occupying forces against the beasts. They
were also present at the destruction of Kendermore and were credited for their
part in assisting in the Kender Flight and holding back the marauding forces
How the Knighthood Works
The knighthood itself has but one rule: To always work for good. The knighthood
teaches the vow amongst its members, the kender phrase 'Ek'thik allus mot
durnat' which means 'Goodness is best'. Each and every knight
works wholly towards this end, but in different ways, depending on the order
to which they belong.
Kender of the Pouch: The members of this order, like their
namesake, are those who hold many things. Their involvement is minimal, but
they are by far the most numerous. They act as information gatherers, fund raisers,
as providers of safety, and in times of need, an extra hoopak in battle. They
tend to be kender who have already settled down in a community, as this type
of work is ill suited to a kender struck with wanderlust.
Kender of the Sparrow: Like the bird, this knighthood wanders
freely, with mirth and cheer. These knights are often kender just struck with
wanderlust, out adventuring and wandering in search of whatever is interesting.
A kender of this order not only gathers information, but is a general good deed
doer. He lives to right wrongs wherever he may find them, and thus usually getting
into no end of trouble. Some kender joke that like the sparrow, this order must
quite frequently take flight. Regardless, Kender of the Sparrow are by far the
strongest of their race, and there is no denying that their ability to use weapons
effectively is unrivaled by any of their race.
Kender of the Hoopak: The Kender of the Hoopak dedicate their
lives to the furthering of good. These kender are like the hoopak: straight
and tall, supple and strong. These kender are often on the Elders Council in
their region, the leaders of the community. Kender of the Hoopak are often chosen
to represent the kender as ambassadors to other nations, as emissaries and delegates.
Also amongst their ranks are those few kender who will never lose the tinge
of Wanderlust, those who will continue to wander until their dying days and
those who have gained much respect from other races. This final order is the
defining power of the knighthood, the members well known for their cunning and
wit, for their intelligence and their way with words.
Unlike the Solamnic Knights that have strict guidelines on the type of person
which may be a knight, the Knights of Hylo feel that any kender that is true
of heart and can wield a hoopak can be part of the organization. They even include
honorary members among their ranks of humans, elves and dwarves, but these cases
are rare and sometimes an unexpected surprise to the honorary member themselves.
In true kender fashion the "orders" themselves are not actually in
any particular order and belonging to one over another does not always begrudge
any more respect. It is merely an indication of the type of work that kender
does in the organization. Experience in the knighthood is the ruling factor
in most cases as to which member out ranks another. A Kender of the Hoopak council
elder may grudgingly accept the recommendations of a Kender of the Pouch if
the kender has more experience in the organization. A kender may switch orders
as they see fit. There is a formal council for the Knights of Hylo, but it is
as transitory as its members. They are called together in times of great need,
but in most cases the knights are free to do as they will to bring goodness
to the world.
As lordly titles seem important to the Knights of Solamnia they seem equally
important to kender knights. The title of a kender knight is a summary of their
accomplishments and incorporate tales of their exploits and adventures. Their
titles may change from day to day or even meeting to meeting depending on the
situation. Some example titles are: "Sir Delbin Gnomeflinger Destroyer",
"Lord Telik of the Minotaur Chase" or "Lady Simpra Uth Fun of
the Dragon Isles and Beyond". The grander sounding the name, the more impressive
they are considered among other kender knights.
There is no standard uniform for the Knights of Hylo as each kender has their
own particular tastes and the idea of lounging all day in a suits of full plate
mail are not on the top of many kenders lists. As such each Kender Knight does
bear an emblem, broach or patch with the symbol of their current order. There
is the Purple Pouch for the Order of the Pouch, the Orange Sparrow for the Order
of the Sparrow and the Silver Hoopak for the Order of the Hoopak. These emblems
are displayed proudly and they are just as much a part of a kender as her hoopak,
they are something that is never lost or given away.
The Knighthood Today
Today the knighthood is based solely in Hylo, although Knights of the Sparrow
still fly to the farthest reaches of the continent. It is ruled from Hylo by
Sarha Truehand and a council of elder knights. The knights continue to promote
goodness around the world and do their best to help those in need. Afflicted
kender have added a new facet to the kender knights. The true kender have been
wary of allowing their dour faced cousins into the knighthood. Many afflicted
kender refuse to even enter as they believe that people should handle their
own problems without interfeance, but occasionally there are those afflicted
kender that truely have a longing to assist those in need and they are monitored
closely by their peers to make sure they stay true to the ideals of the knighthood.
Belladonna has long sought to make the Knights of Hylo into a standing army,
but that is near impossible to achieve as each kender knight has a duty to assist
the weak and defenseless, two things that the leader of Hylo is definitely not.
The organization does what it can to further the cause of righteousness and
now that the gods have returned it is not uncommon to find followers of Fizban
or Branchala among their ranks spreading the good word and performing good deeds
for those less fortunate.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become a Knight of Hylo, a character must fulfill the following
Alignment: Any Good
Skills: Bluff 4 ranks, Diplomacy 2 ranks, Gather Information
Feats: Lightning Reflexes or Weapon Focus (any kender weapon)
Special: Must be sponsored by an existing Knight of Hylo and
proven themselves worthy by committing a good deed, no matter how small or how
The Knight of Hylo’s class skills (and the key ability for each
skill) are: Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str),
Craft (Int), Concentration (Con), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist
(Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intuit Direction (Wis), Jump (Str),
Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently
(Dex), Perform (Cha), Pick Pocket (Dex), Profession (Wis), Scry Sense Motive
(Wis), Swim (Str), and Tumble(Dex).
Skill points at each level: 4 + int modifier
Knight of Hylo
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The following are class features of the Knight of Hylo Prestige Class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Knight of Hylo a is proficient
with all simple and martial weapons. They also gain a proficiency with one of
the following kender weapons bollik, chapak, hoopak, sashik, sithak, whippik
Valiant Talent: At every odd level, a Knight of Hylo may take
a Valiant Talent. Normally a character will select from the talents for their
order, but they are free to choose a talent from any of the orders listed below.
Each talent can only be selected once. See the Valiant Talents charts below.
Protection from Evil (Su): At 10th level the knight gains
a permanent protection from evil upon themselves that works as the spell.
Order of the Pouch
Intelligence Gathering (Ex): “When you arrive some
place new see what you can find in the way of hospitality and information.”
The knight gains a +2 competence bonus to Pick Pockets and Gather Information
Spot Entrance (Ex): “Many human cities are built
without taking kender into consideration, so know how to get into and out of
town.” The knight gains a +4 bonus when searching for anything that
would allow entry into or out from a location, (Doors, cracks in a wall, sewer
pipes, chimneys, dumb waiters, coal chutes....)
Hard to Hold (Ex): “A Knight of Hylo should always
be upstanding and never handled like a common thief.” The knight
gains a +2 to Escape Artist checks and +4 on opposing grapple checks
Fast Draw (Ex): “Be quick on the draw.
You need to be fast to save lives.” The knight can draw pouch items
with astonishing speed. She can draw any item from her pouches as a free action
instead of a move action.
Hide in Plain Sight (Ex): “Be nippy and nimble to
keep your charges safe.” The knight has become so adept at running
away and dodging authorities, merchants and other pursuers that they may make
a Hide skill check while moving at normal speed with no penalty. While running,
they only incur a -10 penalty when using the Hide skill check.
Order of the Sparrow
Weapon Knowledge (Ex): “Don’t hit your enemy
with the wrong end of the stick.” The knight is using a bollik, sashik,
or whippik they gain the Weapon Finesse Feat. If they are proficient in chapak,
hoopak, sithak, or yothak they gain the Weapon Focus Feat. If they are proficient
in one of each they can select the feat to use.
Improved Feint (Ex): “Always keep them guessing
about where your coming from.” The knight gains a +2 bonus to his
Bluff checks when he attempts a feint. He also feints as a move-equivalent action
instead of a standard action. The knight cannot use this ability while wearing
medium armor or heavy armor.
Quick Draw (Ex): “Make sure you’re ready before
they are.” The knight gains the Quick Draw feat for free.
Sure-Footed (Ex): “When the enemy is about keep
your eyes open, your ears open and your mouth closed.” The knight
is never flat-footed even when surprised. The knight cannot use this ability
while wearing medium armor or heavy armor.
Combat Reflexes (Ex): “Always strike them hard and
fast.” The knight gains the Combat Reflexes Feat for free.
Order of the Hoopak
Kender Luck (Su): “Sometimes it takes a little luck
to get what you want.” The knight has an unusual knack for saving
her neck in dangerous situations. Once a day on any roll she may opt to have
a re-roll. The outcome of the re-roll must be used instead of the original roll.
Kender Diplomat (Ex): “Keeping your hands out of
other people’s pockets is a sure way to impress them!” The
knight gains a bonus to the skill Diplomacy equal to his Knight of Hylo level.
Undaunted (Ex): “Never give up. Never give in.”
The DC of any Intimidate skill checks used on the knight is raised by +10.
Observe Motive (Ex): “It’s surprising, but
sometimes other races fail to be completely honest!” The knight gains
a bonus to the skill Sense Motive and Bluff equal to half his Knight of Hylo
level, remainders rounded up.
Kender Charm (Su): “Keep on smiling and everything
will turn out fine.” The knights Charisma is raised by +1.
Steve Miller – For Heroes of Definance and creating the
back story of the Knights of Bailfor.
Tavin Springfingers – For bringing the Kender Knights
back to life, writing the inital description and creating the different orders.