They are law without exceptions, justice without mercy, punishment without recourse. The are the weapons of desperate times and soldiers with the force of will to do whatever must be done. They are intimidation, relentlessness, and unwavering conviction. They are the mailed fist of absolute order. They are the Hellknights.
Grim-armored law enforcers uninterested in social goodness and exceptions to the rules, Hellknights exist to enforce and stringently maintain order. In their iron-handed exaction of law— specifically the codes of their varied orders and that of their homeland of Cheliax— Hellknights emulate the most disciplined, organized, and effective military forces in all of existence: the legions of Hell. They are not concerned with morality. They are not concerned with methods. They are only concerned with results. If people cannot be trusted to obey the law out of their own senses of civility and social righteousness, then they will be treated like beasts and taught to obey the law out of fear of a master’s stern hand.
Although severe, the Hellknights are not an evil group. There are certainly numerous evil members—particularly among the upper echelons of power—but the majority of members are morally neutral, with members of all lawful alignments filling out the ranks of all orders. Hellknights seek to purge themselves of emotion, replacing it with steely discipline.
While widely feared and respected, most Hellknights join their order out of a sense of duty and a desire to be part of something greater. Members of the Hellknight ranks believe that a world ruled by just laws, and free of rampaging beasts, cheating thieves, and depraved murderers is a future worth striving for, even at the sacrifice of a few freedoms. Hellknights welcome members of all character classes that can pass the entrance criteria and are fully committed to the goals of their order.
Some rulers of areas beset by criminal elements or revolutionaries have been known to invite Hellknights into their lands, leaving the business of law enforcement to an already-loathed third party. Convincing the Hellknights to leave once they have established themselves often proves problematic.
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Headquarters: varies by order
Leader: varies by order
Structure: military hierarchy; separate orders are effectively independent from each other
Scope: National (Cheliax)
Note: Text excepted from Inner Sea World Guide ©2010 Paizo