TEMPLARS OF THE BLACK PEARL
still exist, this secret but nevertheless notrious
organisation of assassins should be the fear of every important person within
the United Kingdom. The organisation is
held responsible for almost every unsolved murder on prominent
History of the Templars. Following an excerpt written by the musician Tinholdt who tried to investigate deeper into this dangerous matter:
do of course happen in every country. Rulers who want to 'get
rid' of rivaling nobles, merchants who want to eliminate
their competitors, citizens who
have a feud with another family. In such cases an
assassin could be approached if people want to do it the
harsh way. This 'gap in the market'
was recognized and filled by a few professionals and so
the Templars came into being, at least, so it is told, for the existence of the
order was never proven, nor has any of the supposed members ever confirmed their
membership or their deeds. The only thing by what they could be recognized
was a thin golden necklace with a tiny black pearl hanging around their neck.
-- Tinholdt: "The Cases of the Templar Murders", Introduction, p. 4 f. (*)
(*) The musician Tinholdt, an amateur historian living in the city of Thaehavos (today's Bardavos), did research on several of the suspected Templar murders in the 9th century b.S. He even travelled the whole way north from Thaehavos to the Lower Fores, not satisfied by the sources he had in his home town. These sources consisted mainly of artists who had fled from the north for varying reasons and the occasional historical account in the city's library. But Tinholdt mysteriously disappeared in the city of Marcogg while staying there for a night rest. His body was found later in the Mashdai river and it was believed that he accidently drowned, though other stories are told as well. Still his notes remained in Bardavos and these papers are the main source of information at this topic.
So it is very likely that the Templars flourished throughout the centuries without any opposition. The apparatus of communication and information grew with the thriving Templars and they were able to get a foot in the door of several important institutes. Their position was especially strong in the city of Strata, where their member were part of the Inspecting House and because of that had a great influence in the city's main business. Strata was as well the perfect scene for the Templars to work in. Strata had a huge trade port, open for all persons alike and with a large rate of criminality, though only in the southermost parts of the city. But it was as well because of this fact that the Templars met a worthy foe in the field of secrecy: the Seven had as well their interests in the Stratanian government system.
Picture description: A templar executing his feared profession: backstabbing a victim. Image drawn by Faugar.
What we can say about these animosities are only rumours:
However, it is said that a terrible struggle for power
behind the scenes and in the shadows of the city erupted, many
murders were committed, blackmailing of politicians was
common, and it was all done by both sides.
It is even suspected that reinforcements from the north
where sent by the Templars, that for the first time in
history a town harboured more than one member. The "secret war"
finally resulted in the demise of the Seven, but the
Templars were as well hurt, losing several useful informants and even two of
their crown members as has been revealed by a traitor later on.
But they soon found work again as the war between Strata and
Milkengrad erupted in 628 b.S.
- though the Templars themselves
are suspected to have something to do with the outbreak of this conflict,
but as usual this cannot be proven.
If the Templars still managed to remain until this very day is very unlikely. Some even think they never got over the war with the Seven. But should you ever see someone wearing a bracelet featuring a black pearl, there is no place to hide…
Templar Killing Methods. Throughout the centuries several methodes have been practiced by the Templars to eliminate their victims (and sometimes their customers). A few can be found below:
The best known as well easiest way to kill a person is still considered backstabbing. This method is fast and easy, but not often practiced by the Templars. Templars find it usually below their status as professionals to lure a person into a dark alley and cut his/her throat. This doesn't mean it was never done. When a job needed to be finished on a short term or haste was necessary, often this one was used.
A favoured method was poisoning a victim. Some of the members even found it quite amusing to invite their victims in a public tavern for dinner and watch them die while eating - a rather odd and macabre taste for enjoyment. As most of the members had some social status they were never suspected of the crimes, beside that the poison was often not even found and the cause was usually identified as a heart-attack or a similar disease.
Some of the members practice the arts of disguise beside their assassination art. It is told for example that once a Templar dressed up as a travelling barber and went to his victim to offer his service in haircutting. The man accepted the offer and they were left alone in a room to do the cut. The man was found later by his servants, his throat cut by a very sharp shaving knife. The barber had left unseen and was never seen afterwards.
Information provided by Gean Firefeet