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Teutonic Order of Bretonnia PDF Print
Saturday, 24 May 2008

The Teutonic Order of Bretonnians was founded during the crusades against Araby, where it fought to control all the important ports that would supply the crusading armies. Soon after the order was founded, the crusades began to fail, and so the order withdrew to Estalia nad the border princes and remained for a period of 18 years. During this time, Grand Duke Boris of Kislev approached them to ask for support against the norsemen who consistently attacked his borders, to destroy orcoid infestations (commonly known as the ‘Orcdom of Lithuaniorc’) and convert the people of the north to the true faith.

The order was invited into an area of Kislev and given land by Grand Duke Boris, the order is strange in the eyes of normal Bretonnians, due to the fact that because its territories lie so close to the borders of the Empire, on occasion it has been known for the peasants serving in the order to use newer imperial weapons such as cannon and crossbows, but this is frowned upon by the knights, or 'Ritterbruder' of the order. The order HQ is in a relatively new city on the borders of the northern wastes, the city of Konigsburg, 'King's Mountain' due to the fact that it is situated on a hill and long awaits for the King to bring his army and finally convert the tribesmen of the north. A close network of towns and castles help control the unruly norse population, some of whom still worship the Chaos Gods, and who are often hunted down by the order.

The organisation of the order differs to that of any Bretonnian Duchy, as its structure follows a more religious feel. Turing the first twenty years of its existence, the institutional structure of the Order developed and stabilized. The Teutonic Order followed the lead of the Templars and Hospitallers (knightly orders who also fought in the crusades against Araby) by creating a system of provinces. Unlike monastic orders composed of independent abbeys, the Teutonic Knights had a hierarchical chain of command with commanderies (house, Kommende) at the lowest level. Provinces or bailiwicks (Ballei, Komturei) were parts of "countries" that composed the Order as a whole.

The officials governing the Teutonic Order at the various levels were commander (Komtur, preceptor (the replacement for Baron)) at the local level, province commander (Landkomtur), national commander (Landmeister), and grand master (Hochmeister, magister(the replacement for Duke). The highest leadership positions (including grand master, grand commander [Grosskomtur], marshal [Ordensmarschall], draper or quartermaster [Trapier], hospitaller [Spittler], and treasurer [Tressler]) were elected by the general chapter.

Membership of this order was composed of various, distinct classes: knights, priests, and other brothers (lay brothers, sisters, and "familiars"). There were a large number of people who supported the professed members of the Order, ranging from auxiliary knights (halbruders) to slaves. The highest ranking were Ritterbruder, serving for free. There were attendants called squires (knechte), and sergeants-at-arms. Foot soldiers were usually coerced from the local peasantry and the converted Norsemen. Sister-aids (halpswesteren) were employed as domestics as were halpbrüderen; they took religious vows. Married and single lay domestics also were employed by the Order. Artisans and labourers (e.g., gardeners, carpenters, masons) worked for charity or wages. Many serfs and slaves were owned by the Order.

The army of the order differs very little, except for the odd gunpowder weapon and some archers are equipped with imperial crossbows. Many of the peasants are converted Norsemen, especially the archers, who due to their sudden change of faith feel the need to prove themselves to the order, the same goes for the Halbruder (half-brothers, whose only equivalent is the Knights Errant), men who feel the need to prove themselves in order to be accepted. Another difference to the armies of the order is the inclusion of priests as well as damsels. Priests spur the men on, and whilst many are seen amongst the ranks of the peasants, it is not uncommon for a unit of knights to be led by a Bishop, who has taken the knightly oath, and is equipped almost exactly the same as a knight, but continues to convert the local populations and ensures the high piousness of the men of the order. Priest differ to other men of the order, due to that they are forbidden to cut their enemies by order of the Lady herself, who came to the early priests in a vision, so instead of swords and lances, these priests use maces to bludgeon to death the enemies of the Lady.


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