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The Righteous Brand is the military of the Dwendalian Empire.[1] They wear plate mail with a silver and dark-crimson design.[2]


It was told at the Harvest Close Festival that if someone joined the military, they got a good wage of one gold per day at the start, with the possibility to rise in the ranks and receive raises. A soldier would also be fed, given housing, receive all the equipment they would need, and experience glory, as they would be helping keep the Dwendalian Empire safe.[3][4]

Those that signed up with the military would be taken to Bladegarden for training. After a period of training there, one had to put in a minimum of three years service before they could decide to stay or not. Desertion from the military was illegal, and punishable with imprisonment and fines.[5]

While the Righteous Brand outnumbers the Kryn military, the Kryn can use underground passages to strike in small numbers almost anywhere in the Empire. Thus, during the war against the Kryn Dynasty, King Bertrand Dwendal stationed Righteous Brand at all known cavern entrances in Dwendalian territory.[6]


Righteous Brand by Anna Veltkamp

Official art of a Righteous Brand soldier, by Anna Veltkamp from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 49.[art 2]



"Steam and Conversation" (2x09)[]

"A Favor in Kind" (2x16)[]

"Harvest Close" (2x17)[]

During the Harvest Close Festival, members of the Righteous Brand organized and ran a number of games in which the citizens of Zadash were invited to partake. Notably, the Righteous Brand was involved with games involving tests of strength. One such game was Titan's Grasp, which had participants attempt to move a stone on a fulcrum with a hammer.

Another competition hosted by the Righteous Brand was an arm-wrestling competition, where the winner was invited to challenge "the Righteous Brand's finest soldier," Gunther Prast. Successful competitors would also be asked if they would consider joining the forces of the Righteous Brand.

A group of five Righteous Brand soldiers took part in the Victory Pit as The Last Line , from Bladegarden. In their first round they encountered a 12-foot tall banderhobb, which they defeated. Their second fight was against two minotaurs, who defeated them.

Prior to the tournament at the victory pit commencing, a page had entered the lounge area to inform the Starosta of Zadash, in a private meeting that The Ashguard Garrison at the Brokenveil Bluffs had fallen to the Kryn Dynasty. With accounts numbering the dead at over 1000, war had been formally declared against the invading forces and on the wastes of Xhorhas.[13]

War of Ash and Light[]

As of early 836 PD, around "The Endless Burrows" (2x50), there were 35,300 Righteous Brand across all regiments, mostly deployed to the Xhorhasian border[14] and in the King's Bastion in Rexxentrum.[15]

During the solstice[]

After the apogee solstice of 843 PD the Twilight Phoenix was released from her prison under Mount Mentiri and she attacked Zadash. Members of the Righteous Brand faced the fiendish idol, supported by other independent warriors, and although they successfully saved the city, there were many casualties in their ranks.[16]



  1. See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 3:58:08.
  2. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 0:47:03.
  3. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:23:04.
  4. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:39:54.
  5. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:39:54.
  6. See "Domestic Respite" (2x62) at 3:36:51.
  7. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:25:27.
  8. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:29:05.
  9. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:26:43.
  10. See "Labenda Awaits" (2x20) at 0:31:55.
  11. See "Beyond the Boundaries" (2x32) at 2:05:58.
  12. See "Punishment and Politics" (2x87) from 1:36:08 through 1:37:10.
  13. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:25:32.
  14. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 35.
  15. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 104. See also p. 107.
  16. See "Gathering of Needs" (3x95) at 1:26:35.


  1. Fan art of Righteous Brand cuirass, by Blake Schulte (source). Used with permission.
  2. Official art of a Righteous Brand soldier, by Anna Veltkamp from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 49. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.