Chainmail- The Sundered Empire
GRAY ELF DUELING SOCIETIES During the years of the Elven Peace, gray elf society became volatile. It was only natural that such an inward-looking people would change when they became conquerors. The large armies of the previous years were demobilized, and a smaller, standing army protected the borders of the empire. The veterans of over twenty years of campaigning came home at last, but they found it difficult to readjust. They still longed for the martial life, and they found the cities rather boring. Shortly after their return, one group of veterans founded a dueling society. Their stated aim was to maintain their fighting skills in case Ravilla should ever have need of them again. Within a decade, dueling societies had sprung up in all the major cities, and it wasn’t long before rivalries developed. Common citizens argued about which society had the better fighting style, and occasionally rival students would clash in the streets. As the centuries wore on, the nature of the dueling societies changed. Most of the founding veterans died or moved on, and the martial societies they founded became socially prestigious organizations. When war did return to Ravilla, the dueling societies had difficulty fulfilling their original purpose. By this point the societies trained with a bewildering array of exotic weapons, and members specialized in individual combat. That worked well in formal duels or street encounters, but it counted for little in the rank and file of the army. Nonetheless, dueling societies continued to play an important role in gray elf society. Since the fall of Stratis, duelists have been increasingly involved in Ravilla’s skirmish battles. They excel at this form of warfare, where individual skill counts for more than discipline and formation. The figure above is a member of the North Wind Society. They specialize in fighting with the two-bladed sword.
Creating a Duelist PC: If you’d like to play a North Wind duelist in your D&D campaign, it’s a simple matter of feat selection. Make a-1st level elven fighter and take the feat Two-Weapon Fighting. At 1st level your character is learning to wield the two-bladed sword but will not yet have won the right to use it. When the character reaches 2nd level, take Exotic Weapon Proficiency (two-bladed sword) as your fighter feat. The society then presents the character with a weapon in a solemn initiation ceremony and welcomes him or her as a full member.