This article is about the organisation as a whole. For the individuals that make up the order, see Black Knight.
The Kinshra, often referred to as the Black Knights, are a Zamorakian military order based primarily in and around northern Asgarnia, which was founded in the year 8 of the Fifth Age. The Kinshra were official defenders of the Kingdom of Asgarnia for roughly 155 years, although their presence within the nation was and continues to be a constant point of political tension. The group is currently led by Lord Daquarius Rennard, a former resident of Falador.
The Kinshra order helped the nomadic King Raddallin to establish Asgarnia in Year 8 of the Fifth Age. However, this decision placed them in close proximity with the White Knights, with whom they had a long-standing rivalry that had at times been violent. Although the two officially remained allies even as Asgarnia became one of Gielinor's largest human nations, their rivalry continued to grow. The two fought for more than a century to gain the upper hand in the nation's government, resulting in constant power shifts and political upheaval. In Year 162, the White Knights seized political supremacy in Asgarnia, resulting in the Kinshra's banishment from the kingdom a year later. The two have since been open enemies, and are currently engaged in a complex and many-faceted war.
The group now resides primarily in the Black Knights' Fortress on Ice Mountain, as well as in Taverley Dungeon. In addition to being militarily powerful, the Kinshra are also an extremely politically active organisation and have had many allies and affiliates throughout their existence. The group is currently associated with multiple other organisations, most of which are Zamorakian in attitude. These include the Renegade Knights, ZMI, Dark Warriors, and Dagon'hai. They are also allies of the Mahjarrat Lucien.
Pre-Asgarnia and the Fourth Age Edit
The Kinshra have evidently existed since the late Fourth Age, although details regarding their pre-Asgarnian history and structure remain vague. The exact date of their founding remains unknown, although given the intensity of their rivalry with the White Knights by the beginning of the Fifth Age, they had presumably existed long enough to be well-established.
The Kinshra order was created by wealthy merchants, bankers, and businessmen that had earned fortunes and gained political power in those human nations that existed at the time. Given that both Asgarnia and Kandarin did not officially exist during the late Fourth Age, the majority of the founders probably came from Misthalin. The Kinshra were likely created to protect the interests of these wealthy elite, although whether they were originally created as an all-Zamorakian order is unknown.
By the Fifth Age, the Kinshra had developed a strong rivalry with the Saradominist White Knights, an offshoot of the Temple Knight order. The Temple Knights, an ancient order that had existed since the Third Age, gave considerable support to White Knights. This put the Kinshra at a distinct disadvantage.
In the early Fifth Age, a tribal leader known as Raddallin entered what is now Asgarnia with a large number of civilian followers. Although the region already possessed several small settlements, most, with the exception of Port Lina, were relatively small and reclusive. Raddallin evidently hoped to expand humanity's control over the area. However, to do this, he needed a military.
Raddallin found support in the White Knight and Kinshra orders. Despite the groups' extremely differing views and intense rivalry, they both came to the understanding that they could benefit by supporting Raddallin's movement. The two agreed to support him, although they attempted to avoid involvement with each other whenever possible. Under the Kinshra and White Knights' military power, many of the region's native races were forced to migrate. Goblins, giants, hobgoblins, and dwarves were amongst those moved out of the area, some diplomatically and others through open combat. Despite their successes, however, the orders' rivalry only grew.
By the Year 8, Asgarnia had been officially established as a nation. Falador, a small community near the region's modern centre, was made the nation's capital and the home of both the Kinshra and White Knights. The White Knights' Castle was built over the course of several years, and the city's borders were fortified with stone walls. Under the protection and political ability of the Kinshra and White Knights, the city rapidly grew, and by the mid-Fifth Age had become as politically important as Kandarin, Misthalin, and Crandor. The Kinshra, as a result, became extremely wealthy and influential in both Asgarnia and internationally.
Struggle for Supremacy Edit
As Asgarnia grew, so did the Kinshra and their influence. The Kinshra, from the founding of Asgarnia, were extremely powerful within its government, and their interests were reflected in many of the nation's actions. However, as King Vallance, the son of King Raddallin, became old and fell ill during his rule, the White Knights used the situation to their advantage in order to gain political supremacy in Asgarnia. At some point, King Vallance became unable to rule in public, and the White Knights came to govern in his place. The Kinshra's political power was taken from them soon after, and they were declared to no longer have power and authority in the kingdom. This situation forced the Kinshra out of Falador and into an open war against Falador and the White Knights, of which one of the greatest conflicts was the Siege of Falador in the War of 164. The Kinshra now are plotting in their fortress on Ice Mountain, and they have made an attempt to conquer Falador using an Invincibility potion (though this is thwarted in the quest Black Knight's Fortress) and smuggled pests from the Void (which led to an investigation by the Temple Knights and the Void Knights). There is little else known about their operations, however, the number of Black Knights seem to vastly outnumber the White Knights, and their range of influence stretches further as well.
- Lord Daquarius
- Black Knight Captain
- Iban (Former member who was Daquarius' apprentice until slain in battle and later revived to take over the Underground Pass)
- Lord Sulla (Former Lord of The Kinshra)
- Captain Gilroy (Void Stares Back)
- Commander Colby
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The Kinshra have several well-defended bases. The Black Knights' Fortress is located near Ice Mountain and is a small establishment. It, however, contains a basement which leads to a huge underground catacomb, which is the base of operations of Dark Squall and the Elite Dark Warriors. The Black Knights' Base, located deep in Taverley Dungeon is much larger and is also the home of the Lord of the Kinshra. It contains a passage to the storerooms, where security is maximum. Finally, the Kinshra own a small workshop near their Fortress, where slaves do menial work. It is also securely guarded.