The Order of the Alder is by and large the knighting order of generals and captains, reserved for the highest ranking nobles and relatives of the crown. It was established simultanously with the Asp and Rose in the year 92 at the coronation of Queen Gaerta.
The Formation of the Order
It is widely accepted that Gaerta's brother, Alstan, was the force behind the formation of the Alder. He desired to establish an order that would appeal to the highest nobles, those closest to the crown. From the very beginning, the order was seen as primarily one of pomp and circumstance rather than action. While many of the order recieved commondations and titles of captains and generals, few saw much action in any wars throughout the centuries.
Although many of the Order of the Alder saw little action on the front lines, or even behind them, in the early fourth century they gathered together at the prompting of Queen Ismadelle II to resolve the growing issues of unrest in the Territories. In 323, the first Alder Moot was held on the Isle of Dair. It was agreed that, in each Territories town, an Alderman should be elected, and serve as lawmakers. Each year, the Aldermen would be required to me at the Alder Moot on the Isle of Dair, to report on the state of the towns and counties, in the presence of Alderguard, and ask for help as necessary from the crown. The tradition is still upheld.
The Order of the Alder in the Fifth Century
Aside from their duties during Alder Moot, the majority of the Order of the Alder are either too old or too burdened by the running of their own estates to do much else. A few close relatives of Queen Maelys I are still active, including the Master at Arms, Sir Frances Hasberdt.