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Order of the Griffon
The Order of the Griffon is the military wing of the Church of Karameikos, led by Bishop Alfric Oderbry, chief assistant to Lord Olliver Jowett, Leader of the Church of Karameikos. The Order provides bodyguards for the patriarchs and bishops, guards for the major temples and provides the manpower which the Patriarchs call on in times of war to fulfill their duties to the Duke as landholders. The Order is a mix of Fighters and Clerics. It has two branches: the Soldiers of the Griffon, who are a mixture of low level Fighters and Clerics who serve the church, providing temple guards, garrisons for the fortified churches of the wilderness, and military forces to meet the feudal military duties of the Church. The Knights of the Griffon are a mixture of higher level Paladins and Clerics who perform holy quests, bodyguard the Patriarchs and command the Soldiers of the Griffon in garrison duties and peacetime.
The order mans a dozen or so fortified monasteries/manors built in wilderness zones, whose revenues help to fund the order and whose dangers keep it in fighting trim.