Campaign of the Month: May 2021
Baghdad on the Bayou
The Templar Knights MC
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
The Templar Knights, also known as the “Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon” was a Catholic military order founded in 1119, and was a key player in the Crusades. Among their many duties was the recovery and protection of a wide variety of relics from the Holy Land. In 1307, King Philip IV of France sowed seeds of distrust in the order, arresting, torturing, and burning many members at the stake. Finally in 1312, the order was disbanded entirely by Pope Clement V. At that time, the surviving members of the Order went into hiding taking many of their holy relics with them. For hundreds of years, Templar Knights would pass their secrets from generation to generation.
In 1949, several Knights banded together to reunite as The Templar Knights Motorcycle Club. Their original purpose was to rally against a gang of demons mounting motorcycles and invading the mortal realm. Since that time, and now free from the oversight of the Catholic Church, the “errant” Templar Knights have wandered the world in search of wrongs to right and chivalrous adventure. The Templar Knights don’t keep any kind of formal documentation, or membership lists, for fear of having old enemies conspire against them again. By current estimates, there are a few dozen at most—mostly centered in the United States. Those that are able, meet in the Black Hills of South Dakota during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every August. Many of the knights have been visited at one time or another by St. Bernard, patron of the Templar Knights, or St. Columbanus, patron of motorcycle bikers. Despite little formal coordination, they have a tendency to show up just in time when one of their members needs back up.
Members of the order are usually given a nickname in connection with whatever relic(s) they are sworn to protect. This is an old formality, without modern practical use. Most knights just use their first name, or “Sir” with their first name.