- "Anyone can join The Order, a knight, a peasant, even a witcher."
- —Siegfried to Geralt
The Order was formed in 1268 with help of Redanian Intelligence Service from secular Order of the White Rose, which was operating in Temeria for centuries but instead of staying true to his ideals, knights of White Rose became more and more interested in getting donated lands from local nobles and transient accumulation of asset. Attaining membership required only the donation of one thousand Novigrad crowns to the order's treasury.
Foundation and reformations Edit
The order has undergone a major reform during the wars with Nilfgaard. After the death of Grand Master Rudolf Valaris his cloak pinned up a charismatic leader known as Jacques de Aldersberg. De Aldersberg's aim was to protect the people from monsters and other evils, and to promote belief in the Eternal Fire. The Order's headquarters were located in Vizima, with numerous commanderies spread across the whole of Temeria and Aedirn.
The Order was reestablished with the help of Dijkstra and Oribasius, to counter the rising power of sorceresses, who were organizing themselves and growing in might. Furthermore, Redanians intentionally refused to grant a charter to the main commandery of the Order, thus preventing a strong organization from planting roots within the country's borders.
At its start the Order of the Flaming Rose was underestimated and treated too lightly. The Grand Master was calculating and cunning, but he was above all a fanatic. In that time the Order aimed to gain as much power over people's souls as possible. To achieve this, the Order waged secret wars with other clandestine organizations, such as the Lodge. The persecution of witches and freaks was but a prelude to the real attack, which was later directeded against the mages.
New Grand Master and lands Edit
After Geralt killed the first Grand Master. The order dissociated itself from the politics of its former leader, changing even the setup of its coat of arms - since than the rose is no longer burning, but instead is surrounded by a golden ribbon. The order resigned from all their previous possessions and was completely relocated to Redania by Radovid V. They even stopped killing monsters, last of which were werewolves from Tretogor forest. They were invited to the peace talks at Loc Muinne, where they camped outside of ancient vran metropolis as they supported the peace of the negotiation and provided protection.
The Order also took part in "witch hunt" that followed after summit. With Siegfried of Denesle as Grand Master, the Order undergone crucial reforms in their foundations and came under the protection of Redania with Radovid V in charge who promised the Order land close to Roggeven, where Siegfried started to build a new stronghold Barienmurg.
Time of division Edit
During the Third Nilfgaard War, they were sent by Radovid V to the front (when war with Nilfgaard reach the Pontar), where many once a mighty knights bled. When the king took over their lands and fortune to finance the war, those nobles and knights who survived founded the Mage Hunters or were arrested.
But some of them elected a new grandmaster and become fisstech dealers and bandits watching the roads attacking the caravans of Redanians. Because of their deeds under the leadership of their new Grand Master (very different deeds than what they are supposed to do) they became known as Fallen Knights.
There is also small group of remnants, appearing only by simple name Knights of the Order, under the leadership of Sir de Löwe, these knights guard against radical faction. As Geralt could hear from the Master's speech, this sect of Order returned to the politics from time of Jacques de Aldersberg, and although they have not changed their coat of arms, they bare shields with rose from the time of first Grand Master.
- State of Order in Blood and Wine Expansion to be added
- Speaking with Siegfried in the sewers
- The Aftermath of the War
- Cults and Religions of the Nordlings
- The Flower and the Flame
- Shadow People, or the story of His Majesty's Secret Service
Glossary entry Edit
Notable members Edit
- Jacques de Aldersberg (The Witcher)
- Siegfried of Denesle (The Witcher 2)
- Ulrich (The Witcher 3) - radical faction
- Siegfried de Löwe (The Witcher 3) - moderate faction
Knights and Counts:
- Order was, before the death of Jacques, killing monsters for free. Now they don't have enough time to do that.
- One of the ongoing battles in the original game is the question of Geralt's loyalties. He can choose to side with the Order, taking a stand against the Scoia'tael.
Notes & references Edit
- ↑ The Aftermath of the War
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Conversation between Ulrich and Geralt
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Conversations between Siegfried and Geralt
- ↑ Shadow People, or the story of His Majesty's Secret Service
- ↑ The History of the Illustrious and Noble Order of the Flaming Rose
- ↑ My Manifesto - The Life of Jacques de Aldersberg
- ↑ The Flower and The Flame
- ↑ Conversation between Jacques and Geralt
- ↑ The Aftermath of the War
- ↑ Conversation between Polycarp and Geralt
- ↑ Conversation between Radovid V and Geralt
- ↑ Diary of a Fire Swallower
- ↑ Conversation between Order's Knight and Carduin
- ↑ Announcement
- ↑ Steam Achievements page - contains partial spoilers