THE KNIGHTS OF IWAKU The distaff Soulmates have a counterpart in the Knights. When a Soulmate is called to her power, so too is her Knight. Knights are chosen to perform two tasks: 1.) To protect their Soulmate.2.) To serve the Cycle and uphold order within Iwaku. It is a fate as inescapable as that of the Soulmates, for each pair is inextricably linked. Often the Knight is a close companion to their Soulmate before the Calling, but they may have no prior relationship whatsoever. Once called, however, the bond is sealed. If one loses their power, so too does the other; if one dies, the other follows. A Knight can always tell if their Soulmate is in danger, possessing an innate sense of her well-being. Rarely, pairs are even known to have empathic or telepathic links, sensing one another's emotions or thoughts. Although not quite as powerful in the use of Soul Arts as are Soulmates, Knights are more combat-ready. As part of the Calling, they are gifted with protective armor as well as a personal Weapon, an extension of their very essence. A Knight's Weapon may be a blade, a bow, or any other instrument of combat; each is unique to the Knight in question, and relates to their sphere of power. These armaments can be summoned at will. THE CALLING OF A KNIGHT For a Soulmate, the Calling is an awakening of power. For a Knight, the Calling is merely an awakening.Unlike the often explosive nature of the Soulmate's Calling, a Knight will simply come into awareness of their Soulmate. They may see a face, or hear a voice; at times they will be magically transported to their Soulmate's side. Their Weapon may appear in their hand or before them, waiting to be drawn from the stone a la Excalibur. A sense of urgency, a desire to protect, may rise up within them without explanation.Invariably, they find their way to their Soulmate. A Knight's sphere of power (the "theme" embodied in their magical abilities) is not necessarily the same as that of their Soulmate, but relates in some way. (For example, the Soulmate of Fire and the Knight of Fire are paired, but so might be the Soulmate of Storms and the Knight of Snow.) Most Knights are male. However, it is not unheard of for female Knights to be called. One caution: This nearly always is rooted somehow in the sexuality and gender identity of the Knight in question, so take this into consideration when creating a female Knight. It is recommended that all players read about Soulmates here before creating a Knight of Iwaku. See below for the profiles of all currently accepted Knight characters.