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The Order of the Silver Hand is the order of paladins created after the First War by Uther the Lightbringer and Archbishop Alonsus Faol. The Order served the Alliance of Lordaeron faithfully during the Second War and much of the victory can be ascribed to their great tenacity and prowess upon the battlefields of the war.

The Holy Order of Northshire Clerics, led by Archbishop Alonsus Faol, was devastated during the First War. Seeking to create an order that would suffer less attrition in battle, Faol recruited noble knights to train in the ways of the Light, and members of the priesthood to train in martial combat. In Alonsus Chapel in Stratholme, Uther the Lightbringer was appointed the first of the paladins. He was followed by Saidan Dathrohan, Tirion Fordring and Turalyon, as well as Gavinrad the Dire, a candidate proposed by Lord Anduin Lothar. The Order of the Silver Hand was thus born.

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As a Knight of the Silver Hand, you are charged with expressing respect for all that lives, hold unfaltering faith, and assist others where and when direly needed under the guidance of the Three Virtues, Respect, Tenacity, and Compassion. Entering the Silver Hand offers aspiring paladins the chance to enter the Order of the Silver Hand, the Alterac Chapter, and serve alongside their brethren in the name of the Light.

Alternatively, many clerics of faith have taken onto the doctrine of the Silver Hand, and seek to support the Silver Hand in their ongoing efforts. These noble and elite few are charged with being the guiding light of the Alterac Chapter, be it in martial prowess, or faith.

To learn what it takes to become a Knight of the Silver Hand, or serve under the Diocese, cycle through the tabs above, alternatively, you can check our Silver Hand Forums for similar information and guidelines.

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Aspirant

The beginning path of any Aspirant or Acolyte begins here. All Aspirants and Acolytes are referred to in general as “Novices”.A basic understanding of what one is involving themselves with is key in understanding the basic premises of the Silver Hand and Church. An Aspirant should reference the Aspirant's Handbook in order to find a better understanding of what they must do to be eligible to become a Squire.

Not all members entering the Silver Hand will be dubbed an Aspirant if they have managed to become a Knight of the Silver Hand through some means in the past. The same holds true for any member of faith who may have managed their way in the priesthood.

Squire

Squire

As a Squire, one has proven themselves throughout their Aspirancy to be taken on by a Knight of the Order. The Path towards Knighthood is tailored to be a long bonding experience for the Squire, and their Mentor. Both will be responsible for partaking in and overseeing these tasks accordingly.

Not all members entering the Silver Hand will be dubbed an Aspirant if they have managed to become a Knight of the Silver Hand through some means in the past. The same holds true for any member of faith who may have managed their way in the priesthood.

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Knight

Even as a Knight of the Silver Hand, your journey is never truly over. As a Knight, you are privileged with the opportunity to assist Aspirants and Squires in their ascension to being Knights of the Silver Hand as well. Newly admitted Knights are held to a higher standard than previous, and are expected to be proactive and uphold the virtues they swear to.

For those who wish to go above and beyond the call of duty within the Alterac Silver Hand may test their mettle and focus on one of the Three Virtues of the Holy Light. While not something denoting a particular rank, those who go beyond the call of duty will be rewarded for their great efforts.

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Knight-Lieutenant

Knights are allowed to discuss with the Paradigms of the order about aligning themselves with a particular virtue in order to provide for their own betterment. The Paradigm they choose to align with will offer the prospective Knight a series of tasks to commit to in order for them to prove their worth and conviction to their selected virtue.

Becoming a Knight-Lieutenant grants the honorary title of Knight-Lieutenant, an upgraded badge to note the accomplishment, as well as a selection of one item pertinent to the Knights arsenal that they may need (ex. armor, weapons, saddles, lances, a horse).

  • A minimum of one months service is required to be eligible for the first trial to exemplify ones major virtue. During this time the Knight will assist the Order in its endeavors and study alongside their peers, and put to practice the virtue they seek mastery in. After this time period, the Virtuous Paradigm will administer a trial tailored to that specific virtue, or an aspect of said virtue. Passing this trial will admit ascension to Knight-Lieutenant.
  • Knight-Lieutenants are to write a page long (single spaced) paper on their first trial, and submit it to the Highlord. As a means to express a lesson learned, and what actions they took, and what they can do better next time, and how the trial works in tandem with the virtue they seek to exemplify. As apart of the learning process, the Knight will also begin study on one specific famous figure of the Silver Hand, or one specific figure within the community of the Holy Church. While this is not a requirement, it will be needed once the Lieutenant is promoted.
  • After another months service, the Paradigm will be able to administer the next trial, and upon completion, the Knight-Lieutenant may be promoted to Knight-Captain.
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Knight-Captain

After becoming a Knight-Lieutenant, the Paladin may next seek to peruse further. As the ascension heightens, the tasks laid out for the Knight-Lieutenant will also become much more difficult in order to begin their path towards Knight-Captain. Lieutenants may do a series of tasks in order to be deemed worthy of a second trial of their specific virtue. Should they complete the task presented to them, they will become Knight-Captains.

Becoming a Knight-Captain grants the honorary title of Knight-Captain, an upgraded badge to note the accomplishment, and an item of value decorated with the crest of the Order of the Silver Hand.

  • To begin the journey of ascension to Knight-Champion, the Captain must write a thesis on an individual who exemplifies their virtue. This thesis must be at least two pages long, single spaced, and must detail information about the person in question, and an example of how they exemplified the virtue in question. This will be reviewed by the Highlord and the respective paradigm.
  • Knight-Captains will need to be willing to take on Squires. And to be promoted to Knight-Champion, must either have assisted a Squire to Knighthood, or at least presently had a Squire who would then be eligible for Knighthood.
  • A Knight-Captain is to go on a holy pilgrimage alone to contemplate for two days time. In order to offer themselves clarity, and present worthiness for ascension, the Knight-Captain needs to spend two days near or at a holy site, and write about the experience in a short summary.
  • If the Knight-Captain has accomplished these tasks and has been apart of the order for three months time, they will be eligible to take on the trial for their respective virtue.
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Knight-Champion

To be a Knight-Champion is to be considered the elite of the Order of the Silver Hand. A small, elite sect of the Silver Hand which has devoted themselves to mastery of a single virtue. Knight-Champions will be selected for differing tasks, and are eligible to suggest a myriad of positions and changes to the order. These are the voice of their respective virtues, and the Virtuous Paradigm that commands their virtue can offer them the opportunities of administering trials to others whom are pending promotions. These individuals are also primary candidates should a Paradigm need to be replaced.