The Knights Humanitas are a small detachment of warrior-monks that were sent from their Latvian Castle to investigate the strange occurrences often noted in Serenity Valley. They are much less secretive than the other powerful organizations in the valley and often recruit new members from the local settlers and travelers.
The Knights Humanitas fought for the Catholic church during the Crusades. Some sources claim that they are as old as Christianity itself, having been established as an order during the reign of the Eastern Roman Empire.
For almost six hundred years after the Crusades, however, there is a gap in their written history. The oral history is limited and conflicting, but the most coherent story is that the knights found a force that was much more threatening than any Muslim or Jew could possibly be and spent all of their resources fighting that great enemy.
Written records of the Order began once again in the mid 19th century and a small group of knights, warriors and scholars, registered as American citizens during the 1890s. They immediately traveled to Serenity Valley and occupied an old Spanish Mission.
During the 20th century members of the Knights Humanitas served with distinction in the great American wars, returning to their home in the Valley with updated methods of warfare and stories of other cultures outside of the Valley.
Today the Order is most noted for its expeditions into the and out of the Valley. Nobody really knows what they are looking for, not even the higher ranking members of the Order. They claim that it is a tradition. New members to the Order are often taken on these expeditions.
Goals and beliefs
The original stated purpose of the Serenity Valley branch of the Knights Humanitas was to seek out the unwanted evil and to destroy it. Early on the in history of the Order, however, it is written that a great creature was caught in the wilds. It was questioned under extreme duress and found to be the demon Ansubael who was promptly banished.
The modern scholars of the Order claim that the records are exaggerated and there is no tangible proof that there ever was an Ansubael in existence. Currently, their goals are to teach the Valley about Christianity and to spread the word of the Lord. They teach that peace is the ultimate goal, but acknowledge the need to defend oneself from those people and animals that wish to cause harm.
Originally descended from the Catholic Church, the Order has adapted the beliefs and rituals according to their way of life in the Valley. Furthermore, conflicts both physically and ideologically with the Latter-Day Saints have altered the short term goals of the Order to avoid conflict as much as possible while still spreading their own faith in greater numbers than the Saints could.
Gregory Laskaris: Gregory is the single most senior member of the Order. He traces his lineage back to the original founders of the Serenity Valley Knights Humanitas. He is the senior lorekeeper and tends to the library of the mission. Younger members of the Order often joke that he is as old as the Order itself. He often laughs at such claims.
Bernard Jelic: Bernard is the current leader of the Order, holding the title of First Knight. His family name is much younger than Gregory, but it has served with honor and valor since the Second World War. His service in the Indian Wars of the American West has propelled him to the highest rank of the Knights Humanitas.
Franklin Anders: Franklin Anders is a very recent immigrant into the Valley. He traveled as an orphan, hitchhiking on passing trains until he found himself drawn to the Valley. He leads the weekly expeditions into the wilderness. His demeanor is that of someone who has seen the very bottom that a human could ever experience and return from.