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Preview of Colonial Gothic Organizations: Templars

Preview of Colonial Gothic Organizations: Templars

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Published by Rogue Games
From Parzival through Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to The da Vinci Code, the Knights Templar have had an enduring hold over the popular imagination. At dawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, they went from being one of the most powerful organizations in medieval Europe to prisoners and fugitives. They were questioned under torture and their leaders were executed for heresy. Officially disbanded in 1312, the Knights Templar ceased to exist.

The legend of the Templars has proved harder to destroy. Rumors persisted of hidden treasure, of a curse that blighted a dynasty, and of a secret so powerful that it threatened the very basis of the Church. New organizations such as the Freemasons looked back to the Templars, and became shrouded in myth and conspiracy theory themselves.

The Templars is the first in a series of Colonial Gothic sourcebooks covering secret societies and other organizations.

Within these pages you will find detailed and authoritative information on the activities of the Knights Templar in the world of Colonial Gothic, including their acknowledged and secret histories, their structure and organization, their goals in the Thirteen Colonies and around the world, and the implications of membership.

Although they do not show their hand openly, the Knights Templar remain a force in the world of Colonial Gothic. Their hand is seldom seen, but it pulls on many strings.

Written by Graeme Davis, this is a revised and reedited version of the original eBook only release. For the first time, this work will now be available in print.
From Parzival through Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to The da Vinci Code, the Knights Templar have had an enduring hold over the popular imagination. At dawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, they went from being one of the most powerful organizations in medieval Europe to prisoners and fugitives. They were questioned under torture and their leaders were executed for heresy. Officially disbanded in 1312, the Knights Templar ceased to exist.

The legend of the Templars has proved harder to destroy. Rumors persisted of hidden treasure, of a curse that blighted a dynasty, and of a secret so powerful that it threatened the very basis of the Church. New organizations such as the Freemasons looked back to the Templars, and became shrouded in myth and conspiracy theory themselves.

The Templars is the first in a series of Colonial Gothic sourcebooks covering secret societies and other organizations.

Within these pages you will find detailed and authoritative information on the activities of the Knights Templar in the world of Colonial Gothic, including their acknowledged and secret histories, their structure and organization, their goals in the Thirteen Colonies and around the world, and the implications of membership.

Although they do not show their hand openly, the Knights Templar remain a force in the world of Colonial Gothic. Their hand is seldom seen, but it pulls on many strings.

Written by Graeme Davis, this is a revised and reedited version of the original eBook only release. For the first time, this work will now be available in print.

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Introduction
(A Templar Knight) is truly a fearless knight, and  secure on every side, for his soul is protected by thearmor of faith just as his body is protected by thearmor of steel. He is thus doubly-armed, and need fear neither demons nor men.
-Bernard of Clairvaux
The Templars
is the first in a series of 
C
OLONIAL
G
OTHIC
sourcebooks covering secret societies and other organizations.Within these pages you will find detailed and authoritative information on theactivities of the Knights Templar in the world of 
C
OLONIAL
G
OTHIC
, including their acknowledged and secret histories, their structure and organization, theirgoals in the Thirteen Colonies and around the world, and the implications of membership.Although they do not show their hand openly, the Knights Templar remain aforce in the world of 
C
OLONIAL
G
OTHIC
. Their hand is seldom seen, but it pulls onmany strings.This book is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: History
covers the acknowledged history of the Order from itsfounding in 1119 to the execution of Grand Master Jacques de Molay in 1314. Italso covers what is known about the fate of those Templars who survived the fall of the Order.
Chapter 2:
Templar Legends summarizes the various legends and conspiracytheories that grew up around the Templars, both during their official existence andafterward.
Chapter 3:
Templar Secrets presents the “official” history of the Order in theworld of 
C
OLONIAL
G
OTHIC
.
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Chapter 4:
Encountering the Templars discusses the Order’s agendas andactivities in the world of 
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OLONIAL
G
OTHIC
, and the various capacities in whichthe Heroes might encounter Templar agents.
Chapter 5: Templar Characters
covers rules for Templar characters in the game,including notes on the various ranks of membership, how Heroes may join theOrder, and example NPC descriptions.
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NTRODUCTION
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History
From
 Parzival 
through
 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
to
The da Vinci Code
, theKnights Templar have had an enduring hold over the popular imagination. Atdawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, they went from being one of the most powerfulorganizations in medieval Europe to prisoners and fugitives. They were questionedunder torture and their leaders were executed for heresy. Officially disbanded in1312, the Knights Templar ceased to exist.The legend of the Templars has proved harder to destroy. Rumors persisted of hidden treasure, of a curse that blighted a dynasty, and of a secret so powerful thatit threatened the very basis of the Church. New organizations such as theFreemasons looked back to the Templars, and became shrouded in myth andconspiracy theory themselves.From their origins during the Crusades until their fall two centuries later, theTemplars had grown in wealth and power. Some said they grew too powerful, andhad become arrogant. Some whispered that they had acquired secret knowledge inthe Holy Land. Some accused them of heresy, witchcraft, and worse crimes.The official history of the Knights Templar extends from the Order’s founding in 1119 until the execution of its last Grand Master in 1314. To many historians, itis a tale of growing pride and an inevitable fall. The Order’s wealth and powerbecame a threat to kings and Popes alike; the Order forgot its humble origins and
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