The Crusader

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Detail of "Call to Arms", by Edmund Blair Leighton, that inspired the figure of The Crusader.

The Crusader, also known as The Knight is the personification of the Karno-Ruthenian nation or the Karno-Ruthenians as a whole, most commonly associated with the aspirations of the founder of the Empire and the ideals promoted by their government.

It was also established as an informal code of conduct, combining a warrior ethos, knightly piety, and courtly manners, all conspiring to establish a notion of honour and nobility desired by the leaders of the Empire.


"The Crusader" linked with patriotic and nationalist feelings promoted by the Karno-Ruthenian government in order to create an "ideal of Karno-Ruthenian citizen", is usually depicted as a robust knight, although his artistic representations vary, being presented as much as a crusader knight (similar to the Knights Hospitaller) with a black armor and a combat shield with a double-headed eagle or as a knight of the European Late Middle Ages with a black armor and wearing a sallet with white and red feathers, the colors of the Empire.

Meanings of some symbols

Attribute Significance
Armour Strength and endurance.
Shield with two-headed eagle Strength and determination - symbol of the Empire.
Helmet Faceless heroism, possible for all who follow national ideals.
Sword Symbol of power, readiness to fight.

See also