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7th Feb '16 2:01:51 PM nombretomado
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The '''[[OverlyLongName Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon]]''' a.k.a. '''The Order of the Temple''' a.k.a. '''The Knights Templar''' were a Christian [[TheOrder religious order]] founded during TheCrusades. Originally established to protect pilgrims on their way to the recently-conquered Holy Land, it soon became a major banking institution of unprecedented power, and so well-respected that even Muslims entrusted their money to them. Originally, the banking aspect was secondary (pilgrims to the Holy Land needed some place safe to store their possessions while they were away), but it soon became the Templar's primary purpose. However, after the Holy Land was taken back from the Europeans, the order's original purpose was lost.
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The '''[[OverlyLongName Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon]]''' a.k.a. '''The Order of the Temple''' a.k.a. '''The Knights Templar''' were a Christian [[TheOrder religious order]] founded during TheCrusades.UsefulNotes/TheCrusades. Originally established to protect pilgrims on their way to the recently-conquered Holy Land, it soon became a major banking institution of unprecedented power, and so well-respected that even Muslims entrusted their money to them. Originally, the banking aspect was secondary (pilgrims to the Holy Land needed some place safe to store their possessions while they were away), but it soon became the Templar's primary purpose. However, after the Holy Land was taken back from the Europeans, the order's original purpose was lost.

* Throughout the ''Requiem'' series of books by Robyn Young, which follows the fall of the Templars, we see the fall of Acre and the attempts of the Templar Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, and Pope Clement V to get another [[TheCrusades crusade]] going. They never do.
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* Throughout the ''Requiem'' series of books by Robyn Young, which follows the fall of the Templars, we see the fall of Acre and the attempts of the Templar Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, and Pope Clement V to get another [[TheCrusades [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades crusade]] going. They never do.

* In the ''{{GURPS}} Fantasy'' setting, the Templars existed as an order on the world of Yrth; a world populated by fantasy creatures and humans accidentally transported from the era of TheCrusades on Earth. The Templars were rumored to be the only humans to have deliberately transported themselves there by magic.
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* In the ''{{GURPS}} Fantasy'' setting, the Templars existed as an order on the world of Yrth; a world populated by fantasy creatures and humans accidentally transported from the era of TheCrusades UsefulNotes/TheCrusades on Earth. The Templars were rumored to be the only humans to have deliberately transported themselves there by magic.
2nd Dec '15 10:52:34 AM KentAllard
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* Two obscure hack-and-slash games called ''Knights of the Temple'' have the Knight Templar Paul as a KnightInShiningArmor protagonist.
30th Nov '15 4:12:32 PM TheDragonDemands
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* WorthyOpponent: According to reports by Western chroniclers, anyway, they were seen as this by UsefulNotes/TheHashshashin cult, aka the ''original'' "Assassins", and vice versa - yes, [[AssassinsCreed Templars versus Assassins]]. The stated reason for this was actually quite pragmatic: the Assassins devoted a lot of time and training into sending out a single agent, whose task was to kill the enemy army's leader, even at the cost of his own life. This worked because most medieval militaries were [[KeystoneArmy Keystone Armies]], and killing their commander made the entire force unravel. In contrast, the Templars were much better organized and regimented, close to the fashion of a modern military - according to the reports, the Assassins hated fighting the Templars because if they killed one Templar commander, he would simply be replaced by the next highest ranking officer, and the Templar force would maintain unit cohesion instead of just collapsing. So the Assassins ended up wasting a lot of agents and resources for limited results.
25th Nov '15 5:58:36 AM LondonKdS
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* In the episode "Seven Poor Knights from Acre" of ''RobinOfSherwood'' a band of Templars thrashes Robin and his outlaws in a fight and abducts Much. When Friar Tuck refers to them as "Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon" Will Scarlet replies, "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Poor? I'd hate to see the good ones!]]"
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* In the episode "Seven Poor Knights from Acre" of ''RobinOfSherwood'' ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' a band of Templars thrashes pursue Robin and his the outlaws in a fight the mistaken belief that they have stolen the Templars' gold emblem. They are treated as TheDreaded by every one of the regular characters, both good and abducts Much. bad. When Friar Tuck refers to them as "Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon" Will Scarlet replies, "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Poor? I'd hate to see the good ones!]]"ones!]]". However, [[spoiler:they are eventually killed when they treacherously attack the outlaws despite having had the emblem recovered for them]].
7th Nov '15 10:43:08 AM Santander02
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* LoopholeAbuse: So how does a medieval monastic order, forbidden by a Vow of Poverty from acquiring worldly wealth, end up becoming the richest single organization in Medieval Europe, ''and'' creating the modern concepts of banking and credit? Because technically none of the wealth the Templars had in their possession was their own; their patrons just gave it to them for safekeeping, and they could technically take it back any time they wanted. But until that time, they might as well use that money toward improving their organization. There's a difference between owning something and just holding onto it for a friend, you see...or so they managed to convince the Vatican. * MegaCorp: A medieval version, as they grew from a crusading order into an order of bankers and merchants.
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* LoopholeAbuse: So how does a medieval monastic order, forbidden by a Vow of Poverty from acquiring worldly wealth, end up becoming the richest single organization in Medieval Europe, ''and'' creating the modern concepts of banking and credit? Because technically none of the wealth the Templars had in their possession was their own; their patrons just gave it to them for safekeeping, and they could technically take it back any time they wanted. But until that time, they might as well use that money toward improving their organization. There's a difference between owning something and just holding onto it for a friend, organization (if that reminds you see...or so they managed to convince of how much of modern banking works, that's not a coincidence). In any case while the Vatican. * MegaCorp: A medieval version, as they grew from a crusading order into an as a whole was very wealthy, each individual knight was never allowed to own more than what the order of bankers provided them with, and merchants.adding anything else to it was harshly punished.
24th Oct '15 1:36:01 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** One can assume it's the _Temple_ of Sacred Ashes, the resting place of [[TheHolyGrail The Urn of Sacred Ashes]]. This is supported by the presence of one as a ghost at the ruined site.
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** One can assume it's the _Temple_ ''Temple'' of Sacred Ashes, the resting place of [[TheHolyGrail [[HolyGrail The Urn of Sacred Ashes]]. This is supported by the presence of one as a ghost at the ruined site.
24th Oct '15 1:35:32 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** One can assume it's the _Temple_ of Sacred Ashes, the resting place of [[TheHolyGrail The Urn of Sacred Ashes]]. This is supported by the presence of one as a ghost at the ruined site.
17th Oct '15 7:07:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/PostMortem'' saw [=MacPherson=] tracking down the "Head of Baphomet," which the Templars were accused of worshiping by ThePope (among other things).
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* ''VideoGame/PostMortem'' saw [=MacPherson=] tracking down the "Head of Baphomet," which the Templars were accused of worshiping by ThePope UsefulNotes/ThePope (among other things).
10th Sep '15 4:04:54 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** One optional religious tenet, "Holy Warriors", allows you to purchase early units (including Knights) with faith, thus allowing you to create your own version.
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** One optional religious tenet, "Holy Warriors", allows you to purchase early units (including Knights) with faith, thus allowing enabling you to create your own version.
10th Sep '15 4:03:39 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** One optional religious tenet, "Holy Warriors", allows you to purchase early units (including Knights) with faith, thus allowing you to create your own version.
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