KNIGHTLY ORDERS OF ANSALON By Sean Everette, Nicole Harsch, Clark Valentine, and Trampas Whiteman Sovereign Press product. Publisher Blurb: Since the Age of Dreams, warriors have raised arms for good and evil across the face of Krynn. Great heroes and terrifying villains fight not for. In most of Ansalon's knightly orders, the knight has extensive opportunity to gain status and influence. Even the lowliest household cavalier can, with skill at arms.
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I can say that the authors of Knightly Orders of Ansalon knightly orders of ansalon to have devoted quite a bit of effort to "document" what's been happening in the novels, so those that worry that the knightly orders of ansalon is on the novels as opposed to the campaign world may have some cause for concern.
The same is often true over in the Forgotten Realms, where many sourcebooks seem more concerned with documenting what's been happening in the novels than what you might want to use for your own home campaign set in the Realms.
However, that concern aside, there's plenty of material in Knightly Orders of Ansalon to allow you to run your knightly orders however you see fit, regardless of what the novels say.
The cover is a nicely-dome painting by Jason Engle of knightly orders of ansalon mounted blue dragon, with another knight in the foreground raising a lance. He might be riding a dragon as well, or not - it's hard to tell as he's cut off at waist height. The proportions both human and dragon are very well done, with some intricate details, especially on the breastplates of the armor.
I also like the way the dragon's blue scales fade to purple along the wings. The back cover is just a close-up of knightly orders of ansalon of the front cover, but that doesn't matter much as most of it is obscured by a text box in crumbling scroll form with the back-cover blurb.
The interior artwork consists of 50 full-color illustrations by 8 different artists. Many of these paintings are very well done, but many of them are rather small, and none of them are captioned.
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Not that captioning is required or anything, but I'm afraid I've kind of gotten used to it as it's a Wizard of the Coast standard, and it helps to point out how the painting in question ties in with the material on the page, something that could have helped a few of the illustrations in this book.
In any case, my favorites in Knightly Orders of Ansalon include the armored knight on the horse with barding on page 78 this one was signed; it's by Chris Tackett ; the painting of Storm's Keep on page 88; the creepy, blood-drenched woman on knightly orders of ansalon 92; the Blood Oath archer on page ; the mounted rangers on knightly orders of ansalon ; and Jennifer Meyer's fog-shrouded duo one fallen, one still standing on page Knightly Orders of Ansalon is laid out as follows: Chapter One - Knights of Ansalon: A sort of "overview" or "generic" chapter and the most valuable for those looking to just pilfer material for their own knightly orders in their homebrew gamescovering the qualities of a knight, what they do in wartime and peacetime, how to become a knight, dueling, a knight's equipment and mounts, some basic heraldry rules, plus armiger substitution levels for the noble class a new class in the Dragonlance campaign, apparently14 feats, and 9 magic items Chapter Two - Knights of Solamnia: A history of the Knights of Solamnia covering much of the material in previous novelsits traditions, allies and enemies, quests and trials, and their views on religion, dragons, and magic, followed by three prestige classes the Knight of the Crown, Knight of the Sword, and Knight of the Rosesubstitution levels as a clerist for a Knight of the Sword interested in casting divine spells and kingfisher for a wizard who's a member of the Knights of Solamniawith sample NPCs of the various prestige classes and some historical, "icon" NPCs.
Chapter Three - Dark Knights: This chapter is set up in the exact same way knightly orders of ansalon chapter two, but focuses on the Dark Knights; the prestige classes are Adjudicator of the Code, Blood Oath archer, and Vision partisan Chapter Four - Legion of Steel: Likewise, this last chapter follows the same exact format as the previous two but focuses on the Legion of Steel; the prestige classes are Legion warrior, Legion mystic, Legion sorcerer, and Legion scout Reading through Knightly Orders of Ansalon started off great but got to be somewhat of a chore; the initial material in the first chapter was interesting, and the Knights of Solamnia chapter was interesting, but the last two chapters sort of dragged since it seemed in many ways to be rereading the second chapter again from a slightly different perspective.
This is no critique of the four authors of the book, for they're not creating this material from scratch so much as doing their best to get it to match the novels in the Dragonlance line of books of which there are now dozens if not scores.
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The Knights of Solamnia are lawful good paragons of all that is good in the world; they're split into three different organizations, each knightly orders of ansalon on a specific aspect of "knightlihood" - the Knights of the Crown, Knights of the Sword, and Knights knightly orders of ansalon the Rose.
The Dark Knights, somewhat predictably, are lawful evil, and split up into three distinct orders - the Knights of the Lily, Knights of the Skull, and Knights of the Thorn. It's almost as if Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, the original creators and authors of the whole Dragonlance world, decided to pretty much just pattern the Dark Knights on the Knights of Solamnia, only erase the word "good" and pencil in "evil" as needed.
The Legion of Steel was founded to battle oppression from all sides, fighting for freedom. In kingdoms and keeps across the land, warriors take up arms in the service of a lord, a god, or a cause.
This sourcebook contains game information for the d20 System, as well as the lore and traditions of knightly orders of ansalon orders.
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In addition, Sovereign adopted the idea of substitution classes that Wizards had premiered in Champions of Valor and used more widely as racial substitution levels in later books like Player's Handbook II The Knights of Solamnia have been totally revised. They'd initially appeared in Dragonlance Campaign Settingthen reappeared in War of the Lance with a variant that accommodated the lack of deities in that era.
Now the Knights of the Crown, the Sword, and the Rose appeared once more, mostly in greatly updated forms. The prestige classes were disentangled from each other, so that the later ones weren't dependent on knightly orders of ansalon in the earlier ones though knightly orders of ansalon in-game requirements for ascendance through the orders remained.