Warriors of the Dragon
Formly led by Veljorn Burhan, the Qe'Dreki, or 'Warriors of the Dragon' have slowly been gathering forces in the west for many arcs. Backed and funded by three of the major noble houses, the group established an army big enough to challenge The Iron Hand, the true strength of the King's Army and power in Rynmere.
In Saun 716, Qe'Dreki marched their army to the gates of the capital and took over Low-town. Following negotiations between Qe'Dreki forces and the King, Veljorn Burhan was murdered by his niece, Elyna Burhan, who was later pardoned by King Cassander for her actions.
After the battle was done and the Iron Hand reclaimed Low-town, the Qe'Dreki forces retreated back into the Burning Mountains where they still hold a fort (Jorick's Keep), and will continue to recruit and re-build their forces. The current leader of Qe'Dreki is Yoreth Blackwood, who commands the respect of their remaining forces and the backing of two nobles who serve as his generals (Edmund Burhan and Marcus Krome). Their protection is still extended to Zvezdana Venora who is mother to the son of Veljorn Burhan, and the rightful heir of their faction.
The faction no longer has the support of any of the noble houses, however, they seek to re-establish strong connections in future, as most of their leadership have strong ties to noble families, including Krome, Burhan, Venora, and Warrick.
The Qe'Dreki believe that the king should only be a man of old blood, a descendant of the one of the Sacred Seven, and for this reason, they have easily gained the backing of the people of Rynmere, especially those who feel ill at ease with a foreigner in power, rumoured to want to take a foreign wife as his queen. Veljorn Burhan epitomises everything that the people of Rynmere hold dear. He is a man of noble blood, descendent of Ser Rahiko Burhan, captain of the U'frek Sailors, and leader of the Warriors of the Dragon. Thought Veljorn no longer leads them, what remains of the army trust that Yoreth will lead them to victory in the future, or until they vote on a new leader.
Jorick's Keep currently houses a fraction of Veljorn's army, tucked away in The Burning Mountains, while the majority move among the people freely, slaves, carpenters, blacksmiths, knights, and nobles alike, they are invisible, but have full faith in their leader, and when the time comes, have sworn to fight by his side.
The Qe'Dreki Sigil is symbolic of Rynmere, including the dragon, and seven points dotted about what is meant to look like a compass, representing House Burhan's part in the founding of the faction. Each of the seven points represents one of the noble houses, Andaris (Dreki), Venora (Blom), Warrick (Ljon), Krome (Freki), Burhan (Sjor), Gawyne (Regin), and Endor (Bjarn), and the unity Qe'Dreki hope to inspire.
Ranks and Titles
Dreki: Dragon Riders
Within each, ranks are more clearly defined using the title 'Nethar' meaning low, and 'Efst' meaning high. A Nethar Spjor is the lowest rank, while Efst Vinr is the highest under 'Riki'. A Efst Riddari Vinr, or Leader of the Horsemen, ranks higher than 'Efst Hjorr Vinr', but each are the highest honour within their chosen fields, horseman, swordsmen, etc. Each 'Efst Vinr' has a lower ranking 'Nethar Vinr' to help command his or her forces. Veljorn falls under the title 'Qe'Dreki Vinr' to outsiders, but those who follow him faithfully refer to him only as 'Dreki Riki', The Dragon King.