Aldori sword lords
The Aldori swordlords of Brevoy count some of the
greatest duelists of the Inner Sea region among their ranks.
Generations ago, Sirian Aldori taught a small number of
students his highly effective dueling techniques, asking
only that they adopt his surname and commit to teaching
only those sworn to uphold a secret pact of honor. Over
time, the Aldori swordlords grew in influence, and their
reputation spread throughout the Inner Sea region.
But when Choral the Conqueror invaded Rostland, the
defending swordlords were tricked into an ambush, and
most were immolated by a pair of powerful red dragons.
Since their defeat at the hands of Choral and his dragon
allies, the Aldori have been in decline, but the Aldori
tradition continues and is still renowned for producing
some of the Inner Sea region’s finest warriors. Most of
them have made the free city of Restov home, and from
here the now-landless swordlords test their skills against
all comers and sell their services to the highest bidders. A
few small mercenary groups of Aldori even hire themselves
out as adjuncts and specialists in larger mercenary armies.
The Aldori tradition of dueling is one of lightly armored finesse,
and while it’s more suited for dueling than for general
combat, few question the effectiveness of Aldori swordcraft.