The Knights of Torisch are an order of knights that are headquartered in the First City, of the Barony of Hogle, in the
They are allied with the Aublan Cat Riders.
Torisch of Ockett was the first Prince of the Granite Hold - the castle built by his Father (Sir Tuneyer of Ockett), the origin of the city and Barony of Hogle. The name of the Barony comes from the name of Sir Tuneyer's family (technically, without his title from the Westron Lands, he would be Tuneyer Hogle; but he was also the lord of the Ockett Fiefdom, that he left when coming to settle the Valley).
Both Sir Tuneyer and his son Torisch were of the Lass Indol people, and as such,they venerated the four goddesses of those people. In the early days of the migrate, before the understanding of the relationship of the Three Goddesses to the Valley, and the structure of the Church of the Three Goddesses become much more formalized, there were many who were worshippers of the Lass Indol goddesses. Torisch himself was partial to Neuvirra Oss, the goddess of Spring and Planting.
When the extensive presence of evil creatures (as well as diabolical forces and curious sorcerous monsters left behind by the departed Old Ones) became known, it was decided that an order of questing knights would be formed in order to proactively find evil and vanquish it, before it became a threat to the new Barony and its land and holdings. The young prince, strong of arms and admired by the fighting men of Sir Tuneyer, would be at the head of the order.
There were no orders of Paladins at the time, so the idea of holy knights of Neuvirra Oss was not in mind when Sir Torisch formed the order, but instead they became a large company of knights, having forsworn personal property, and loyalty to Sir Torisch instead.
The order exists to today, as an example of a non-church aligned order of knights that fighting men of the valley can be associated with.
From the earliest days of the order, however, they had a very important ally. That was the friendship between the Knights and the Aublan Cat Riders. These were a barbaric people, by Westron standards. A group of nomadic clans, that did not build cities or permanent holdings, did not work metal, and did not have learning (either religious or magical). They did, and still do, have a singular relationship with the great plains cats of the region. These plains cats are similar to the great saber cats that sometimes roam down out of the Destriel Mountains (especially in the Darkearth Plains region, but really all across the north). The plains cats, however, instead of the only the tawny color of the Saber cats, are sometimes orange or white and sometimes striped somewhat like a great tiger. With their friendship with the Westroners, and especially the Knights of Torisch, the Cat Riders now had metal weapons and armor made available to them. Gifts of this sort where enough to bond a Cat Rider for life.
The Cat Riders were a great ally to the Knights, and participated in a lot of quests and adventures with them. One of the main foes for both forces, however, are the cannibal-cultists of the vampire lands that emerge from the Caves at Groben.
In addition, the primitive men, the Oordut, who live in and around the icy upper levels of the Groben Caves, sometimes will frenzy (the shamen-chiefs of the Oordut are typically peaceful, but occasionally, for some inscrutable reason, they will begin attacking the more civilized lands around their own icy reaches), and this demands the attention of the Knights and the Cat Riders. The very small Keepi-keepi people who dwell among the rocks scattered throughout the region are thought to be similar to the Oordut - except that they (the Keepi-keepi) are so much smaller.
The Cat Riders are known as the Aublan Cat Riders for the one thing in their culture that passes for