I was a bit bored, so I wanted to make "lore" for PVKII, because why not?
I mean, I'm sure everyone's gonna be interested in who the hell are the Order of the Blood Rose, why is Blackbeard's Crew in here and who are the (upcoming) Frostlings, so why not?
This isn't exactly a lore for PVKII, not official and not even unofficial actually. It's just an "Alternative". It serves to help you keep in pace as to why these kind of people, creatures and such exist, because as you know, I make a lot of skins/textures.
The Testudo Cohort.
A group of mercenaries who appear to be leaderless or led by the 'Centurios'.
The group is well-known for three features; Their faction colour (Bronze/Gold and Red), their strict rules and their 'Romanesque' attitude.
Influenced by tactics of the Roman Senate and Empire, especially of Cincinnatus and Julius Gaius Caesar.
Despite the 'Roman' attitude, most of the group's ideology is based on Progress, even 'extreme', this is obvious for the fact that women are warrior-members, even encouraged to be so, in the group itself and the fact that nearly all members are of different ethnics.
Who made it? It was made by various people, most of them are the 'Antiqua Centurios', their names are never known until you join them or directly ask a cultured member.
How was it made? The idea was scientific; a group of mercenaries who learned everything regarding life and world. One of the best known trainings are learning the layout of a terrain, especially ones no other men conquered/explored, this would give them a huger advantage compared to their enemies.
The group is better known for offering mercenary services and especially arms dealing to various factions.
Who can join this group? Virtually anybody.
Do they have a symbol? Despite the name, they never had any proper symbol except for 'practical' reasons. The 'default' symbol is a red shield with gold wings, the 'Centurios' use a symbol of a black skull with the Centurion helmet.
What is special about The Testudo Cohort? They are a divided group of mercenaries that have common goals despite the huge differences each have.
A member can be of any ethic, any orientation, etc.
Are there any rumours about them? It is said that the group is actually made and controlled by 'Ishmael the Inducer'. This may even be true, as Bourael Zin'ko is a proud member of The Testudo Cohort, although not a true 'direct affiliate' and plays more in part as the advisor than a leader.
Order of the Blood Rose.
A separatist sect of the "Knights" faction. Even more so brutal and religious than the Knights. Although they are allies with the Knights themselves, they tend to be indifferent, apathetic and sometimes even plain rude.
Rejecting the purpose of the Knights, them being more into defense than offense, the Order of the Blood Rose strives for a more brutal method to kill (better yet torture) their enemies than just go purely for defense, for that they mix defense with offense, tending more to offense.
Who made it? A Lord named "Sir Rodinald of Crestia".
How was it made? By an artificer/prophet/trickster named "Ishmael the Inducer". While the Lord was riding his horse on the road, "Ishmael the Inducer" was standing in the way. They entered into a short chat, where Ishmael's word was just "I know you don't like how the Knights are right now. Then get to it." (NOTE: Full transcription on the bottom)
Why was it made? Lord "Sir Rodinald of Crestia" got tired of the pathetic equipment, training and even dedication that the Knights offer and give, relying instead of his own. He is a well-known general, almost like a father to his men, yet his ways were brutal, not as much as for some Pirates and Vikings but enough to be almost exiled from the Knights seven times. Sir Rodinald wanted all his men to have the best equipment possible, and to be the most brutish men they can be while still keeping knightly traditions.
How was this symbol made? When the mentioned Lord was carrying a White Rose for a noble lady, he got ambushed by assassins who were working with pirates. 5 against 1, he fought valiantly but got hit, his blood hit upon this white rose and it became encased in red blood. In the brink of death, he thought he heard what was the voice of a Goddess, and then he understood that his mission was this; To honour the very thing that makes us weak, that is the blood.
They're religious, to whom? Sir Rodinald interprets the Goddess she spoke to him as "The Lady of the Blood Rose". She is symbolised as a noble dame wearing a white dress drenched in blood, with always a Blood Rose in her hands. As seen on a painting, around the background there is a bloodshed going on, in which the Lady just ignores it, standing in a pose that seems to be "deep praying" or "deep meditation".
How do members of the Blood Rose look like? As heavily armoured and equipped brutes, not a single weapon is left out for them. Sadly, the Blood Rose cannot provide all, so they also seek for extreme loyalty.
The Brute is a best example. A lowly peasant who gets into fights constantly and always wins? Clearly he loves a fight and is eager to get blood on his hands whichever way. Even though he is only a peasant, he is fit for the Blood Rose due to his brutality and supposed loyalty. Yet the Blood Rose cannot provide him enough equipment, this he doesn't mind.
The best of the Blood Rose are the Vindicators. Heavily armoured vanguards equipped with the strongest shield and strongest weaponry, they're fit to last and fit to make the kill. Most of them are veterans, they will even have brushes and scars on their faces, hidden by their golden helmets, either just to prove themselves they're strong or they clearly had no time for "healing" and just kept fighting on.
Sir Rodinald notes that one of the faults the Archers have is that they are not even equipped for melee or any kind of protection. For this case, he removed the Archers and instead put the Crossbowman, sometimes confused as a rich Man-At-Arms. Armoured with chainmail and plate, equipped with the strongest weaponry any archer can have, they're not just deathly at range but also at melee.
What are the other specialities of the Blood Rose? Not all Vindicators are the same, there are those called "Venerated Vindicators", who wear Gold Crowns or even Gold Eagle helmets and got the strongest armour possible. They have been trained to be so tough, it is thought that their skin is scarred by their own training. They tend to be the ones who carry the Trinket, they can also command other Vindicators and have them as their own bodyguards as such.
What is their symbol, team colour, etc? Their symbol is pretty much your average "Red Rose", still with the root. It is mostly coloured gold to serve as symbols on metal. They use "Blood Red" as their primary colour and "Gold" as secondary. They try their best to avoid blue, as this is the colour of "Knights" and they heavily detest them.
The Frostlings of the Covenant of the Frost Fang.
Probably one of the strangest factions you'll ever find in PVKII. The Frostlings are a tribe of magical Viking-oriented creatures found in the deepest north. They look like humans, but got frost skin and glowing blue eyes instead. For the Covenant of the Frost Fang, they actually got serpentine eyes and sharp razorteeth instead.
As nomads, monsters and cultists of the Frost Fang, they try to avoid any human contact until the Covenant of the Frost Fang was made. Now, they will try their best to rule upon the humans.
Who made it? It is unknown who, how or why the Covenant of the Frost Fang was made. A Historian called "Bourael Zin'ko" has put a theory that this group was actually made by "Ishmael the Inducer", although completely indirectly so, yet purely intentional. According to Bourael, Ishmael the Inducer came upon a Frostling Tribe led by "Ehekit the Master". With a Frost Fang in Ishmael's hand, he introduced himself, and during a lengthy talk, while Ehekit tried to attack him, the Frost Fang bit him right in the heart. Ehekit became corrupted from the poison and became Ishmael's "slave of war", now leading the ever growing army of the Covenant of the Frost Fang.
Even though this seems plausible, Bourael himself is sceptic of his own theory, instead thinking that in the end, it was not that Ishmael poisoned him and turned him his "slave of war", instead, he made Ehekit be fascinated by the properties that this creature, "Frost Fang" has, as well as the many facts that Ehekit himself wants his tribe to strive and be noticed, not be considered as monsters and be hunted and shunned as so.
What is their exact purpose? Considering they are from the north and are invading cold areas, they might be taking territory to be considered as theirs. No longer they are nomadic and discreet.
Although it is not rare to see a Frostling band from other areas, this could be that they are indeed trying to completely dominate the area, whichever way possible and wherever they go.
Their true purpose seems to be out of revenge, for the bad treatment the Frostlings have been having for a long time, though considering most of these Frostlings are of the Covenant of the Frost Fang, it is unsure if this is actually the purpose of all Frostlings or only of that covenant.
How was the symbol made? When the Frostlings were evolving to be somewhat serpentine like (as seen on their eyes and fangs instead of teeth), the dangerous creatures known as "Frost Fang" were easily adapting to them, even becoming their pets. Those who accepted it became to regard the Frost Fang as a symbol of their people. (Almost similar to how Egyptians loved Cats so much, they used them in symbols)
How are these members of the Covenant of the Frost Fang? They are considered as "Noble Savages"...At least for the Frostlings. The Covenant of the Frost Fang are complete brutal savages who seem to actually have a good level of organization, unless there is no "Forefather" present.
These Frostlings rely on their own weaponry, even of their still-human Viking ancestors, wearing weapons made out of a chilling ice and sometimes even armour either frosted-over from their own dead Viking ancestors, made out of ice or even assimilated from enemies. Frostlings are true brutish, warrior-scavengers. The Covenant of the Frost Fang are even worse, as they tend to use their evolved sharpteeth to stab right into an enemy, creating the most dangerous frostbite possible. The Covenant of the Frost Fang are generally not bloodsuckers or cannibals, though there are some that are, especially the "Barbarians", they even do it in public and in the middle of the battle. Frostling Forefathers got even stronger bites, they are even able to turn an enemy into a thrall and, given a long time, expose and special method, turn into another member of the Covenant of the Frost Fang, as a Frostling.
The Frostling Barbarian is the most brutish kind of Frostling (at least those of the Covenant of the Frost Fang) you'll ever find. They wear nothing at all except trophies scavenged from enemies, such as the head of an Arctic Wolf, the pants of any lowly peasant, the bracers of a slave he had eaten, etc.
The Frostling Raider might be the least brutish of all, but is still a brute enough. Mostly wearing the equipment of his Viking ancestors, this Frostling would rather go with what he has than keep scavenging. Better armoured than the Barbarian, he is not to be considered a "turtle", as he is dangerous in any way.
Frostling Forefather, the eldest and wisest of all Frostlings. Turned to the Covenant of the Frost Fang, they became even more so dangerous and deranged. Using an ice-spear and magical frost shield combined with "Frostbite", these creatures will make you hope that you'll die quickly and not get bitten by them, as the frostbite is excruatingly painful and you can be turned into a Frostling with that.
How is this exactly a "Covenant"? It is a Covenant as this is actually a union of Frostlings with the Cultists of the Frost Fang. It is thought that Ehekit is the main leader, but for the Frostlings. It is unknown who is the true leader "High Priest" of this covenant. It is also not known much about who truly are the Cultists, it's assumed that they are just transformed Frostlings.
Are Frostlings and Covenant of the Frost Fang the same? Literally and scholarly, no, but you can call them as any of those. Frostlings are different of the Covenant of the Frost Fang, as they're simply Frostling and don't belong to it. But ever since the Covenant was made, most of the Frostlings belong to it and it's hard to see an independent one, even though there are many.
What is their symbol, team colour, etc? Their symbol is the Frost Fang. They sometimes use green just like Vikings, but very rarely so. Their main colour is "frost blue" and "cyan".
Glyphites, The Legendary Empire of Su'ulthem'ar.
The "Glyphites" is only a slang name. It is unknown who they really are, except for the fact that some old lore may suggest they're "Su'ulthem'ar", a well-known empire, best know for its originating stories, hence it is Legendary.
Su'ulthem'ar was a loved Empire, as it was told in the many ears of children as stories. Always so full of "good endings".
What is known in Su'ulthem'ar is that it was a vast, extremely rich empire, very open-minded for its time and fond of magic and technology. The priests were merely scientists, and all the Knights were true heroes.
Who made it? Nobody knows at all, not even Bourael Zin'ko. From the many stories told by storytellers, it is thought that it was made by a simple caveman who started to venture into the sands, and with a stick he beat his foes, every time he did he made a mark. These marks became the symbols that wear the so-called 'Glyphites'.
This "simple caveman", as said before, fought many enemies in his path, one being a terrible "Scorpion King", who was indeed Half-Scorpion Half-Man. With his blood of purple he got his white clothes soaked, then became the true main colour.
This "Scorpion King" was a hoarding miner, he spend years collecting gold non-stop, until his end came...The youngman tried his best to bring it back to his village, and he was successful!
Years go and go, the "simple caveman"'s village becomes a true metropolis, an Empire. With so much gold to spare, they spend it the best they could, even on unnecessary things such as making utensils out of it.
To venerate the mighty Caveman-turned-Emperor, everyone started to use Black, the colour of his skin. Purple, for the mighty beast that he killed and brought prosperity to all.
What are they best known for exactly? Their best known feature in term of aspects is how they were so fond of symbolism, particularly of their own. Symbolism is seen nearly everywhere, sometimes even in their own bodies despite not having equipment for "tattoos". Their equipment was based on "Black & White", with Black being mostly used on armour, no matter what was done their armour always looked shiny and reflective, even from many instances of battles.
They use the truest of gold, magically imbued to be made so it's useful, weightless (at least weights nearly as much as steel) and practical.
They're also fond of "Purple", their true main colour.
Are they real? What happened to them? According to many Historians, the "Glyphites", or the Empire of Su'ulthem'ar, is only a thing of legends, epics and stories. It is highly unlikely that they are real.
As of late, there have been reports of some kind of architecture that looks very old, but may just be relatively new.
There were even buildings spotted with gold that never corroded in any way.
Some, especially the high-ranking veterans and Heroes, report of ghostly sights, dismissing all as just "Veteran Fatigue". When they do tell their story, they always mention eyes that glow even in the day, with reflections of what would be their fate.
The Voidknight Congregation, 'Darknuts'.
The Voidknight Congregation, also known as "The Darknuts", is a mysterious group of humanoid golem-like creatures that seem to be remnant parts of the Glyphites.
Their name "Darknut" comes from 'Ishmael the Inducer' out of complete ridicule since, as Bourael Zin'ko quotes him, "These guys are as dark as my nuts, they must be Darknuts."
The Voidknight Congregation use black-and-gold patterns for their heavy platemail armour, very similar or even identical to those of the Glyphites, with many symbols used by Glyphite emperors.
Who made it? Evidence heavilly suggests that these are creations of the 'Glyphites'.
They appear to be humanoid golem-like creatures, made for purposes unknown.
What are even their purpose? One theory says the purpose of these creatures was of a forgotten plan by the Glyphites to conquer the whole world without taking any human/living casualties.
Another is that these ARE the real Glyphites, or at least their former selves, their souls being merged into them. They fight everything they see out of rage, out of jealousy or even out of confusion.
Where did they appear first? They appeared during the "War of the Roses" event.
Their appearance was a complete surprise, appearing out of nowhere while turning the tides of battle, making even the mighty Blood Rose lose and the daring Frostlings retreat.
This made the Order of the Blood Rose and the Knights unite against them, which proved futile until the Voidknights suddenly started to disappear, little by little.
What kind of equipment to they even wear? One that is either, directly derived from the Glyphites, made by the Glyphites or even taken by the Glyphites.
They tend to wear Platemail, Chainmail and Scalemail, all of high-quality and little to no visibility of wear. Their platemail and chainmail is always black, while their scalemail may be silver or gold.
All their armour is decorated with strange runes, glyphs and symbols of a beautiful Gold colour, these are confirmed to be of Glyphite origin.
They also wear dull-red clothing as well as some beige clothing with symbols of various colours, this is somewhat reminiscent of the Glyphites, although they would wear purple and have even more complex colours.
Are they found anywhere else? Are they still active/alive? Rumours keep on spreading all over the world about these "Darknuts".
Their tactics seem to be basic on brutal force and magic; they will teleport anywhere they want and start a 'hub' in there, from it come more of the Voidknights.