The Knight’s Command was set up in the early-1200’s to accompany European armies and merchants as they advanced beyond Europe’s borders with the mission to ‘collect any cultural artefacts worthy of study’. This deliberately obscure and broad-scoped aim was essentially a smoke-screen to cover operations to capture and return to Europe all methods of war discovered.
At the time, there was a sincere belief among many of the monarchs of Europe that in the ancient and mystical lands of the Near East and North Africa there existed,
- Technology not yet seen in Europe that could be usefully adapted for weaponry
- The possibility of magical energy and forces (the account of the Egyptian sorcerers in Exodus 7:11-12 weighed heavily on the discussions of the time), and,
- Yet-to-be discovered animals that, like the elephant, could be effectively utilized for warfare.
By June 1914, the Commander Knights are still spread throughout Europe and are present in every police force, fire brigade, army, hospital and many more institutions besides (even the clergy, if you can believe it!). However, many years of peace have made most of their number lackadaisical and no longer sufficiently vigilant for their 600 year-old enemy, the Venger Knights.
Naturally enough, I knew none of this the night the gargoyles decided to interrupt my dessert at the school’s annual ‘Praise Rugby Dinner’ by attempting to drop on top of me. That was how I became mixed up in this little age-old war.
Mr Dalton Spigglesworth
I have always suspected teachers have dark secrets. Ironically, Dalton Spigglesworth, my history teacher, successfully threw me off the scent with his famously flamboyant clothing (his yellow crocodile leather boots are something to behold). Little did I suspect he was keeping a Matchless motorcycle hidden in his office, with stained glass panels with spotlights shining behind in order to discourage those pesky gargoyles, ‘should the time ever come’.
Well, it did come and ‘Why me?’ remained a solid mystery, as apparently gargoyles only hunt Knights.
Nevertheless, Mr Spigglesworth appeared from nowhere to save me and drag me into his office. Bewildered and frightened though I was, I couldn’t fault his hospitality. A nice hot cup of Earl Grey does wonders to settle the nerves.