League of Extraordinary Yeomen
"And the LORD said: Worship this trout, for it blazes with the fires of Heaven and ye shall be rewarded for slaying with its colors emblazoned upon thy armored bosom. Lasagna Tuesday has been cancelled as well.
Book of Trout: chapter 1 verse 3."
It was these words that inspired Josiah Applebottom to formate the Knightly Order of the Blazing Trout, and not to attend next Tuesday's mass, in the year 1412 Anno Domini.
Josiah was the son of Bunwald Applebottom, a minor, yet wealthy lord, who ruled over a sizable acreage of land in western Norway. Bunwald died in 1399 from "The Black Death" as it is written on his tombstone (but he really died of Gonorrhea) when Josiah was but 17 years of age. The lands and titles of his father were passed to his brother, although he was younger, which freed Josiah from most of the dealings and dangers of courtly intrigue.
The eldest of the Applebottom children, Harald, whom Josiah had always looked up to, died shortly after from "battle-wounds he sustained from retaking Jerusalem single-handedly" as it is written on his tombstone (but he really died of Gonorrhea), which spurred Josiah to make his way to the Holy Land as a Crusader's Squire. During his days fighting Saracens he learned the ways of the world and when he attained his Knighthood it is reported he said "Verily, I have grown bored of these Saracens and their wicked ways, it is time I return to my home and kick ass there."
Even though a seasoned Knight, Josiah found very few pagans to smite in his Homeland of Norway. It was then while he was rifling through a monastery he happened upon The Book of Trout (ISBN-13: 978-0394587196) in 1412 and read the passage written above. He then founded the Order dedicated to the Blazing Trout.
The Order has waned from its original strength of "10,000 knights and their fearsome retinues of rabid half-men half-wolves" as it is recorded in the Chapterhouse Guestbook, but the current Grandmaster is recruiting once more.
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Please feel free to join, no heraldic requirements except when playing as a group.