|Marlin, Keeper of the Lore|
But the Order isn't about having fun. It's about protecting the world from the evil Black Dragoon. The formation of the Order dates back from the 13th Century (AD), though it informally existed for about three thousand years before that. It was during that time that the figure known until then as the Scarlet Warrior became the Scarlet Knight as the armor was redesigned as plate armor similar to what knights of the day wore into battle. Since knights of the day also had groups like the Templars, the Order of the Scarlet Knight was born. The name continued to be used even after knights left the battlefields and the armor has remained largely unchanged because the symbolic value of knights is still part of popular culture thanks to the Arthurian legends and so forth.
As each incarnation of the Scarlet Knight rises, it's the job of the Keeper of the Lore to instruct the new recruit on the armor's capabilities and also to educate him on the history of the Order and its fight against the Black Dragoon. It's a job that's gotten tougher as public education and literacy causes newer recruits to be far more skeptical of things like ghosts and magic armor than those in the past.
Some incarnations of the Order have lasted decades while others have lasted only hours, just long enough for the current Scarlet Knight to kill the evil Dragoon. There can also be decades between incarnations of the Order, as "the Call" for a new Scarlet Knight only goes out when a new Black Dragoon rises. And while the first members of the Order were noble knights who heard the Call, over the centuries the Order has recruited many ordinary people: butchers, fishermen, bakers, tailors, and even a lingerie salesman.
One constant is that all of these Scarlet Knights were male, but that's about to change...
P is for Plaine Museum: A Legacy of Learning