[GZG] Knights of St John Re: Please ignore previous on Knights...
From: David Stokes <dstokes@d...>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 00:58:42 +0100
Subject: [GZG] Knights of St John Re: Please ignore previous on Knights...
Sorry to cause confusion. The Knights of St John are also known as the
Hospitilers or the Knights of Malta. They are still in existence today,
with several affiliated groups in various countries. The Templars were
the other main group of crusader knights. They 'officially' were put out
of business in the middle ages, although they are a favorite subject of
rumors in conspiracy theory circles.
The Knights of St John (I refer to them as such since they are no longer
based on Malta and no longer run the hospital in Jerusalem) ran a small
but powerful navy in the renaissance Mediterranean. They escorted
(Christian) merchant shipping, attacked (Islamic) North African raiders,
and fought the expanding Ottoman Empire. Today they run hospital ships
and conduct relief missions in war and famine zones.
My plans for them in the Tuffleyverse build on their current operations
and their history. They will operate hospital ships evacuating
casualties from war zones during the Solar Wars, and patrol shipping
lanes against pirates, especially those with connections to the IF. Once
the Kra'vak War starts they see their sacred role as protecting humanity
and turn their small but potent force to striking Kra'vak incursions. I
foresee a siege of their fortified base world analogous to the Turkish
siege of Malta, and strikes at the Kra'vak lines of supply during the
attack on Sol.
Diplomatically, I see them as officially neutral but not equally
friendly with all human powers, and relations cut across the typical
fault lines. Most friendly with the FSE. Good relations also,
ironically, with the NSL, although the NSL sometimes complains about the
being too close to the FSE. Cordial, but not warm, relations with the
NAC - still haven't quite gotten over the whole Church of England thing,
but some of their largest individual donors are NAC subjects. Fairly
frosty relations with the ESU, and all but outright hostile with the IF.
(yes, I'm building an IF fleet).
I have some ideas for their forces. Ship designs based on FSE, but since
they go on long patrols with little chance for resupply they've replaced
many of the missiles with beams. Their forces are small, but highly
trained and very high morale. Models are the new Brigade Euro-Fed ships
as well as some older FSE ships bought before they started building
their own designs.
Flag should be a white, eight-pointed (Maltese) cross on a red field,
but I might alter it a bit so as not to conflict with the REAL
organization. I'm doing this as a tribute to both the history and the
current organization, and because it would fit nicely in the
Tuffleyverse milieu, so I don't want to offend the of its members.
I'll send more details to Nyrath when I get a chance.
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