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The Platinum Cadre was an order of dragonborn knights, paladins and priests from Tymanther sworn to the service of Bahamut.[4] Because they worshiped a dragon god they were outcasts in Thymari society and wasn't uncommon that its members were expelled from their clans because of their beliefs.[3]

MembershipEdit

Although most members of the order were dragonborn,[4] the Cadre allowed interested individuals of any race to join their ranks, provided that they were good and wanted to help Tymanther and its citizens.[5]

HeadquartersEdit

The main headquarters of the Platinum Cadre were located in an abandoned section of the Catacombs of Djerad Thymar.[6] The also had an office in Lord Tuanek's manor in Ruinspoke.[7]

ActivitiesEdit

The Platinum Cadre professed that dragonborn weren't the creations of the dragons of Abeir, but instead were the ancient children of the dragon god Bahamut. As such, members of this group believed that not all dragons were evil, and actively worked to change the prejudices of the Thymari dragonborn while seeking out for good dragons, in hopes of bridging the divide between them and the dragonborn.[4][8]

Even when most of the Thymari dragonborn ridiculed the Platinum Cadre for their beliefs, in fact their members were close to truth, as the dragonborn of Abeir were actually related to the ancient dragonborn of Bahamut, although only a few older dragons knew about this relationship.[9]

The Platinum Cadre also had a foothold in the village of Ruinspoke, where they were accepted by the populace and could act openly without fear of reprisal, thanks to their allegiance to Clan Jalt.[7]

HistoryEdit

In 1479 DR, a priestess of the order named Nala claimed to be a priestess of Bahamut but was secretly a priestess of Tiamat.[10] Because most dragonborn knew little about the gods of Toril, they were unable to distinguish the magic of Tiamat from that of Bahamut.[11] Nala was working for the green dragon Skuthosiin, and her goal was to advance the plan of her master as a taaldarax of Brimstone's xorvintaal by using the Cadre to his benefit.[12]

Tiamat's power enabled the knights to use their breath more often than most dragonborn,[3] and they used this exceptional power to defeat the ash giants who were invading Tymanther even though other Thymari troops, even the Lance Defenders, were defeated by the giants.[13]

The Platinum Cadre took part on Vanquisher Kepeshkmolik Tarhun joint military operation against the giants on Kythorn 9. Although Nala didn't wanted them to attack at the same time the other Thymari military forces did it, because she was using magic to hinder the military effort,[14] Balasar was able to convince his "brothers-in-arms" to join the fray, to her annoyment.[15] The joined Thymari forces were able to drive the giants off their lands.[16]

Balasar exposed Nala as a tiamatan[10] and she fled to the Black Ash Plain and sought refuge with Skuthosiin. Patrin, a paladin of Bahamut and the leader of the order, was killed in a duel of honor with Medrash, a paladin of Torm, when Patrin refused to acknowledge that Nala was really evil.[17] After Patrin's death, a knight named Vishva took the leadership of the order.[2] She convinced Medrash to cleanse the members of the Cadre of Tiamat power.[18]

Nala's treachery stained what reputation the members of the Cadre may have won in the past operations, and they became victims of ostracism and open acts of violence. They respected Patrin's last wishes and didn't fought back, however. Although rejected, they still wanted to participate in the operation to invade the Black Ash Plain.[2] Tarhun allowed them to remain in the battlefield, but as part of the rear forces instead of giving them honor by fighting in the front lines.[19] During the siege of Ashhold on Flamerule 5, they were put under the command of Khouryn Skulldark of the Brotherhood of the Griffon.[20]

When Khouryn Skulldark returned to Tymanther and warned them about Tchazzar plan's to invade the dragonborn nation, Tarhun made Medrash the official leader of the Cadre,[1] and sent them, alongside Balasar, Biri and Khouryn, in a mission to destroy Gestaniius and liberate High Imaskar from her forces, so the Imaskari would lend their aid to the Thymari.[21]

After the Battle of Luthcheq, Medrash became the protector of the Platinum Cadre, to ensure the Thymari didn't forget that the Cadre had fought and saved their country.[22] Albeit reluctantly, the Cadre was acknowledged as one the best military forces Tymanther had to offer.[23]

In the late years of the 1480s DR, the Platinum Cadre had slowly been accepted among Thymari society, to the point that some of the most old-fashioned and influential clans, such as Clan Verthisathurgiesh, employed the services of the Cadre's priests.[24]

Notable MembersEdit

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richard Lee Byers (June 7th, 2011). The Spectral Blaze. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 104. ISBN 0786957980.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 194–195. ISBN 0786955619.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Richard Lee Byers (May 2010). The Captive Flame. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 205–208. ISBN 0786953969.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mark Pekel (2011-12-02). Tying Up Loose Ends (TYMA2-03) (ZIP/PDF). Living Forgotten Realms. Wizards of the Coast. p. 24. Retrieved on 2017-07-20.
  6. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 33. ISBN 0786955619.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pat Smith (2010-07-16). The Hand of Darkness (TYMA2-02) (ZIP/PDF). Living Forgotten Realms. Wizards of the Coast. p. 37. Retrieved on 2017-07-20.
  8. Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.
  9. Ed Greenwood. Ed's Twitter. Retrieved on 2016-04-18.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 170. ISBN 0786955619.
  11. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 0786955619.
  12. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 177. ISBN 0786955619.
  13. Richard Lee Byers (May 2010). The Captive Flame. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 225–230. ISBN 0786953969.
  14. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 135. ISBN 0786955619.
  15. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 127. ISBN 0786955619.
  16. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 127–139. ISBN 0786955619.
  17. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 181–184, 185–188. ISBN 0786955619.
  18. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 197, 199. ISBN 0786955619.
  19. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 203–204. ISBN 0786955619.
  20. Richard Lee Byers (2010). Whisper of Venom. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 215. ISBN 0786955619.
  21. Richard Lee Byers (June 7th, 2011). The Spectral Blaze. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 79. ISBN 0786957980.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Richard Lee Byers (June 7th, 2011). The Spectral Blaze. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 326. ISBN 0786957980.
  23. Richard Lee Byers (June 7th, 2011). The Spectral Blaze. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 79–80. ISBN 0786957980.
  24. Erin M. Evans (October 4th, 2016). The Devil You Know. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 250–253. ISBN 978-0786965946.

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