The Crusader

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"The Crusader", by Lucas Othonsen.

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.

Description[edit | edit source]

"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[edit | edit source]

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.
"The Crusader on the battlefield", by Lucas Othonsen, inspired in the work "The Teutonic Grand Master" by Catalin Lartist.

Representation[edit | edit source]

The Crusader has been depicted in many national contexts, but more recently, in government propaganda, as a symbol of fight for freedom or to show force to ensure peace. He also became present in art, being used as allegroy or have some of its elements inserted in the representation of key figures, especially Oscar I.

Use[edit | edit source]

Main article: Propaganda in Karnia-Ruthenia

The Crusader is sometimes used in political images and propaganda to symbol the Empire's relationship with other countries or the principles Karnia-Ruthenia intend to express to the international community.

See also[edit | edit source]