The Sun Order is one of the most well known groups in Zion. The guardians chosen to fill the ranks of this golden order are regarded as the most jovial, warm, and loyal of their kind. Sun Order is also one of the few orders that openly welcome souls among their ranks for training and guardianship. Humans and other beings can enjoy a comfortable career serving here.
Golden Greco-Roman armor and armaments are their preferred kit. A deep red cloak is often slung from their shoulders, it’s color echoed in the galea crest of officers. The uniform is crimson beneath the armor, but white when the penannular is deactivated. All metal worn by Sun Order members is gold in color, including jewelry. Because gold is soft, the armor and weapons are not made of this element, though they appear to be. The exact composition of used by Walhall smiths is unknown, but it is impressively strong.
Sun Order is the sister of Moon Order. Not ironically, Captain Maiel’s twin brother, Joel, is a captain in this order. Joel is a dynamic leader, rallying his troops easily around him. Unlike his more subdued sister, he finds a great deal of fun in executing practical jokes, but their wit us equally sharp. They also share the unfortunate experience of having been mistaken for gods on Earth. When seen, humans believed they had spotted the twin Gods, Diana and Apollo. Their likeness was sculpted throughout classical Europe. Joel was quite amused by this turn of events, whereas his sister was mortified, and in fear of punishment from the alders.
It is, also, through Joel, that Maiel met her husband Dominic, who then served as a milite in Joel’s unit.
The compound of the Sun Order is similar to it’s sister order, but is bright and airy. The stones used to construct the buildings have a golden glow about them that lasts through the night. Great sun emblems of bronze and even gold decorate the walls. Order banners add a touch of crimson to this desert like oasis. The compound environment is dry and warm.
Sun Order guardians can absorb the light of stars that serve as suns to orbiting planets and convert it to energy, much in the same way that Moon Order guardians absorb reflected light from moons. This affinity for the sun is carried into the construction of the order’s penannular: an orb with twelve arms. Their official banner boasts of bravery and fortitude.
Below is an excerpt exhibiting Captain Joel and his sister…
“Maiel!” Gediel heard someone call.
At first, Gediel thought the trees betrayed him, but then Joel, Maiel’s exceptionally gifted but highly irritating twin akha, sauntered across the smooth stones at the back of the pool. His penannular was fixed to the shoulder of his white tunic uniform. Joel had gained the rank of captain in a unit of Mikhael’s legion a century ago. He gained his promotions quickly in the Sun Order. Maiel was even more gifted and would soon be granted the same rank, as her evocati moved into the position of captain, a promotion sure to be brief as he too moved quickly through the ranks.
Joel stood taller than his khata by more than a head and his hue was the tone of the sun. He was broader and bolder of personality. Their eyes matched, as well as the marks of their family clan, though he was marked with the memories of the many battles he waged. Head to toe, draped in gold when wearing his armor, he was the Apollo to his khata’s Diana, complete with golden wings. She was shy and he was daring. If he was the sun, she was the moon.
Gediel dashed to a nearer tree to see better. Maiel set Argus on the ground and dashed for one of the trees overhanging her pool, her search momentarily suspended. Her wings spread wide and she leapt to a high branch to hide her sattva from their eyes. She crouched against the trunk, wrapping her wings and hair about her, as Joel laughed. Gediel’s eyes widened as a human entered the space and went to Joel’s side. The man wore the same Sun Order uniform, and even claimed a sun-shaped penannular. Being a member of the legions was reserved for the best among sattva and didn’t denote permission to enter any space and abuse the people they found there.
The following are some examples of what the order might look like:
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