Order of the Gauntlet
Motto: When evil strikes, we strike back.
Beliefs: Faith is the greatest weapon against evil - faith in one’s god, one’s friends, and one’s self. Battling evil is an extraordinary task that requires extraordinary strength and bravery. Punishing an evil act is just. Punishing an evil thought is not.
Goals: To be armed, vigilant, and ready to smite evil, enforce justice, and enact retribution. This means identifying evil threats such as secretive power groups and inherently evil creatures, watching over them, and being ready to attack the moment they misbehave. These are always retributive strikes, never preemptive with the notable exception of Eswic.
The semi-religious town guard of Eswic, the Order as they've been come to be known are a smaller group of elite Paladins within the normal town Watch. During the time of Deep Winter the Order remains strong in number while the normal town Watch shrinks, making them quite powerful by comparison. Traditionally they use this time to encourage the townsfolk to rescind other faiths in favor of their own, the god Meara. In recent times their tactics have become more forceful, sometimes ending in the public beatings of those resistant to their suggestions. Within Eswic they’re devote worshippers of Meara, outside of the city walls however is anyone’s guess.