The people of the so-called Chivalric Kingdom are known across the lands and seas of Midworld as a folk possessed of unrelenting honor, a powerful sense of duty, unflinching valor and a terrible vengeance. The Pendrakken may be derided by other Kingdoms as stubborn and predictable, but they can be trusted and they can be relied upon in times of need – traits that the Pendrakken people hold close to their hearts and souls.
Symbol: The symbol of the Pendrakken Kingdom is derived from the symbol of the royal House of Pendrakken. The Kingdom symbol consists of a checkered kite shield (colored gold and maroon) with two crossed longswords as its sigil; behind the shield is a majestic red dragon with golden eyes and horns. Beneath the dragon and shield is a scroll with the words of House Pendrakken written upon it: “Honor, Duty, Valor and Vengeance”.
Outlook: True members of the Chivalric Kingdom are known to keep their word. As such, rarely do Pendrakken swear oaths or make promises hastily. Neither do Pendrakkens honor an oath sworn against their will. But once they are sworn to or from a task, the Pendrakken follow their word to the bitter end. The greatest example of this is Luther von Pendrakken who travelled for more than a thousand days and nights to find the Dragon who slew his family.
Likewise, Pendrakken can be trusted to perform their given duties. Pendrakken farmers will toil day and night to provide their families and their lieges with sustenance. Pendrakken guards may not have the keenest senses, but they can be trusted to be awake and alert for the entirety of their shift.
This does not mean that Pendrakken slavishly performs any task given them; their devotion extends to only those trusts that they consider their Duty – tasked to them by family, by friend, by God or by liege.
Naturally, individual Pendrakken decide which of these groups (and the specific people in these groups) are to be followed and which of these are to be prioritized. But this is a difficult dilemma by half and there are many a tale told of a Hero painfully forced to choose between Father and Lord or between the Church and his Liege.
The people of the Chivalric Kingdom, be they noble, commoner or priest, are known for their valor in the face of adversity. This is not to say that the Pendrakken know not the meaning of fear; the Pendrakken are simple mortals after all: a wraith’s withering scream or a powerful monster’s ghastly visage – even the stoutest of Pendrakken will give pause and perhaps a step back to these. However, it is known that these valorous souls are possessed of the spirit to overcome doubt and dread in order to perform the grim necessities of survival and of the battle.
Likewise, a difficult obstacle only presents itself as a worthy challenge to a soul of Pendrakken. Is it any wonder that the Pendrakken Kingdom has civilized and placed hearth upon lands that were previously considered to be no-man’s land? Beast and savage have given way to the indomitable spirit of this Kingdom even to the days of the present; and the borders of Pendrakken have only swelled as a result.
But the last universal trait of the Pendrakken is their penchant for relentless vengeance. While not all wrongs to a Pendrakken soul are to be avenged, the people of Pendrakken take the issue of vengeance very seriously. The Pendrakken mind their grudges with the single-mindedness of a Stone Dwarf, biding their time with dedicated patience before striking with a horrible wrath.
Some stories claim that Luther von Pendrakken struck down his Dragon foe with a single, savage blow to the head. While most tales of Luther’s journey do not make this claim, the broken halves of the great Dragon’s skull that flanks the royal throne gives enough credence for Bards to continue with the tale.
Mannerisms: The people of Pendrakken take their outlook to heart and it greatly influences the way they act.
of Honor: A Pendrakken who swears an oath invokes that which is of the greatest importance to him or her: be it one’s family (by Vard’s blood…), the gods (By the Seven…) or even the self (By my blade…).
of Duty: A Pendrakken given a task takes such an assignment very seriously, no matter the insignificance of the task. A Pendrakken given a difficult task or a large responsibility considers himself or herself the object of a great honor. Likewise, a Pendrakken leader will often give the hardest jobs to those they respect the most.
of Valor: A Pendrakken is not necessarily a fearless soul, but it is a soul ready to do what is necessary and fight until the bitter end. A Pendrakken’s greatest fear is failure and the only true failure is not trying at all.
of Vengeance: A Pendrakken who suffers a horrible crime marks well those who have wronged him or her. Whether the Pendrakken’s vengeance is undertaken sooner or later, it is given a great deal of energy and a great deal of effort in its resolution. Similar to the swearing of oaths, a Pendrakken only vows vengeance for terrible and horrible crimes upon his or her person or those under his or her charge; those who swear vengeance for each and every wrong are quickly dismissed as foolish.
Accent: Players who play Pendrakken characters and want to use accents are encouraged to use a old English or British accent.
Names: The names of the Pendrakken people have some variety amongst them because of the origins of the different heroes that followed Luther von Pendrakken. Usually, names follow an Arthurian or Old English bent to them or else are derived from ancient Germanic names (since Luther was once of Gotterdammerung). But just as easily, a Pendrakken can have a name from any other culture in Midworld (or the real-world).
A Pendrakken character will have two names:
Their First name is the moniker through which most people will refer him or her whereas their Last name is that which he or she will share with all immediate family. If a Pendrakken character is of a Heraldric House (a noble bloodline), his or her last name will be of that House’s name. If the character is a commoner, then his or her last name will more than likely be based off of their family’s occupation or an ancestor’s trait/nickname.
Priests in Pendrakken keep their last names but rarely use them, preferring to be called by their Title and their First name (and perhaps a nickname).
Male: Albrecht, Bors, Claine, Falstaff, Percival, Merric, Theodric, Sigmyrth, Vardred
Female: Adala, Drusilla, Elsbeth, Galaine, Lyse, Morwen, Nimue, Raelyn, Sie, Veleda
Last Name: Crofter, Falconer, Miller, Quickfingers, Strider, Redblade
House Names: Arius (major), Callanorn (minor), Graellen (major), Hawkmarl (minor), Macha (major), Trendle (minor), Valdenrod (minor)
*more major houses can be found in the Pendrakken Power Groups page.
The Pendrakken takes many cues from Arthurian legend, including its reverence of the king as a heroic figure and the founder’s mythical journey. The Pendrakken Kingdom also draws reference from historical medieval culture, although it plays the tune very lightly – it does not have a slavish devotion to the church and the nobility actually perform their duties. Another inspiration to Pendrakken culture, especially religion is the belief in the Seven from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.