The Red Specters are a covert legion of skilled soldiers, recruited from the likes of thieves, outcasts and murderers. They hold no allegiances to Kings or Dukes. They are effectively a hidden order of killers serving the church. The Red Specters believe their missions are direct orders from God.
The legion was started in Rome by Pope John X in 922 AD. To keep discreet about their existence, they have never grown in figures of more than 200. Each soldier is sworn by oath to live and die as a specter. Upon joining, they surrender all assets to the church and mysteriously leave their families and loved ones for life. The only loyalties held as a Specter are towards their Brethren, the Church, and God. To join the skilled ranks of the Red Specter is to dissolve one of their sins, and to have guaranteed passage into the gates of heaven. This gives the Red Specter complete protection against the future sins they are to undertake as killers for the Church.
With no direct funding, only a holy mission in mind, The specters are equipped with whatever weapons and armor they find amongst their kills. Sometimes this includes armor, hundreds of years old recovered from tombs, and broken and rusty weaponry. The commanders, being wealthy lords, have the finest armor and weapons available. To hide the soldiers’ humanity, they wear the skulls of their first kill as a mask, died the crimson red shade of blood. this combined with the decaying state of their armor gives them the wanted appearance of undead monsters. It remains unknown to the public who this army serves. Rumors and legends are spread that they are the demonic knights of Lucifer, and that the only protection from the wraiths is by the divine hand of God and the Church.
The Red Specters are led by distinctive bloodlines, Nobles of cunning intellect and strategy. The leaders devote their life to the church, however, unlike their subordinates, they do not surrender their lands, family, or title upon oath. It benefits the church to allow the nobles their title to gain political and religious affluence on the lands.