Leonhardt. Warriors of courage, honour and great strength. Hailing from the mighty Kingdom of Altweralt in the north of Vikinsa. These mighty warriors and their king are the reason the kingdom was given its nickname, The Lion Kingdom. The Leonhardt have watched over the lands of Halerock for centuries after being granted the power to change from humans into great half-lion half-man beasts that stand in line against any comers. Due to their magical transformation they are bigger than an average human and stand on powerful hind legs that allow them to stand up-right and walk as their human counter-parts do. But when they run, they run on all fours. Bounding over great distances in a blitz like attack. Their claws extened and become almost as hard as steel, able to tear through weaker armour and shred through flesh, sinew and bone.
Lords of Leonhardt are granted more power with a different blood-oath, their size is usually bigger than a normal Leonhardt making them more imposing on the battlefield. But also more susceptible to being attacked in numbers.
The Leonhardt were first granted their powers by Titan Greymane the first. Signing their oaths of allegience with blood magic. Their campaign through Vikinsa to unite the five kingdoms ended with Titan Greymane proclaiming himself Emperor of Vikinsa. But as Titan’s power grew he expanded his Leonhardt forces, knowing that the blood magic would leave them weaker as it was spread so thinly across his vast army.
Eventually a rebellion rose up to challenge the tyranical rule of Titan and the brutality of the Leonhardt. In one final battle Titan marched his armies to meet the rebllion, his Leonhardt wearing their superior armour made of hythor. But it wasn’t enough to stop the onslaught of the rebel armies and their bid for freedom. The mass of Leonhardt fell even with their superior numbers as the discipline of the combined forces of the four kingdoms stripped Titan of his Leonhardt and dealt the fatal blow to Titan Greymane’s empire. The fall of the self-proclaimed emperor finished as he waded into battle and was killed by the Marcus Budant, though there are some that dispute the death at his hands and say that it was someone else.
The sightings of Leonhardt became more sporadic in the centuries to come. All other kingdoms were forbidden to enter Altweralt upon pain of death. The last anyone heard of the mighty warriors was when a king from a country in the north attempted to invade and expand his power. King Adalowe Goldclaw saw fit to decimate the invading king’s army and he did it with only two thousand Leonhardt against an army of fifteen thousand strong.
But there is more for these lion-men to achieve for their king, for they remember that their empire was once great.