Vanari Dawnrider

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A Vanari Dawnrider

The Vanari Dawnriders is the cavalry of the Lumineth, who ride upon beautiful stallions native to the plains of Xintil.[1a]

The Steedmasters that lead Dawnrider units are wizards capable of accessing the Lore of Hysh.[2]

Taming

They have formed a powerful bond with a Xintilian Stallion, allowing each to instinctively know what the other will do a moment before they do it. The stallions are each given a name not chosen consciously but sought through inspiration as the rider presses their forehead against that of their horse.[1a]

Combat

When the Vanari ride together, they do so as a blur of glorious light even through the densest and most tangled environments. In battle they charge through enemy ranks in a blazing a white trail before curving around in a tight parabola and plunging in again. It is said that a full formation of Dawnriders can ride down an enemy force that outnumbers them ten times over.[1a]

Wargear

They are armed with magical Sunmetal Lances with tips that can be superheated with magic and burn right through the bodies of enemies. The Steedmaster often also carries a Guardian's Sword.[1a][2]

Quotes

‘Over the hill she rode, all shiny and silver-bright. She treated her lance more like a paintbrush than a weapon, her horse more like a dance partner than a mount. I thought her light’d ruin my eyes, but still I could not look away.’

~Bemman Yal, Freeguild Guard of Settler’s Gain.[3a]

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Lumineth Realm-lords Order
Background Decree TyrionicContest of ParagonsCrafts Festival of Ar-EnnascathGreat Skyraces of HelonLanguages (AelfishMilitary Cant) • SpirefallTeclamentari
Castes Aelementiri (AlarithHurakanYdrilanZenith) • ScinariVanari
Sapients AelfElementor
Settlements Alarith TemplesSpire Cities
Magic Lore (HyshHigh PeaksWindsZaitrec) • Unit-specific Spells
Great Nations
Teclian IliathaSyarYmetricaZaitrec
Tyrionic AlumniaAurathraiHelonOultrai
Units
Aelementiri Alarith Spirit of the MountainStoneguardStonemage
Hurakan Spirit of the WindWindchargerWindmage
Ydrilan Riverblade
Scinari CalligraveCathallarLoreseeker
Vanari Auralan SentinelAuralan WardenBannerbladeBladelordDawnriderLord RegentStarshard Ballista
Beasts LightcourserScryhawkTreerunnerXintilian Stallion
Special Unique Teclis and CelennarAvalenorEllania and EllathorLight of EltharionLyrior UthralleMyari's PurifiersSevireth
Endless Spells Hyshian TwinstonesRune of PetrificationSanctum of Amyntok
Scenery Shrine Luminor
Characters
Deities TeclisTyrion
Aelf EllaniaEllathorHarantioLyrior UthralleLight of EltharionMyari's Purifiers (AilennBahannarMyari LightcallerSenaelaUlari) • Yliana
Aelementor AvalenorCelennarSevireth
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