While not a large force, the Phantom Legion is the personal bodyguard of Slothjemia’s monarch. All members are invited to serve by the commander of the legion, and are drawn from among the various military units of Slothjemia. Such invitations are extended to those that exemplify the best qualities of honesty, integrity, self-sacrifice, and valor. Primarily concerned with the safety of the Empress, members of the legion might also be assigned to guard other persons in the royal family, or to perform specific tasks on behalf of the monarch that require a certain level of “armed persuasion.”
The first members of the Phantom Legion were the elements of the first king of Slothjemia’s military, the former mercenaries that were drawn to the swamp orc’s banner when he built Boardhum Keep. The rest of the army actually formed around this core, making the Phantom Legion the oldest of Slothjemia’s military units. Their first battle was taking down Delbert, the lich known as “The Eternal Fog of Damnation.” The men that took part in that fight were knighted by Manfriedreich the First, thus making the Knighthood of the Phantom Legion the first Slothjemian knighthood, as well. Cloaked as they are in the trappings of tradition and secrecy, the individuals chosen for the Phantom Legion are enigmatic to say the least. Alternating between being boldly flamboyant and the heroes of public acclaim, and being as stealthy as shadows on a moonless night, they are fearsome and deadly, heroic and humble.
An extension of the Phantom Legion are the dragon riders of the Black Guard, the army dedicated to the protection of Slothjemia’s capital. Elite in their own right, the rest of the Black Guard are still not actually members of the Phantom Legion. Commonly mistaken as such, it is a grave offense to pretend being a member of the Phantom Legion. There is no uniformity in how the Phantom Legion are equipped, and while their uniforms resemble those of other military units, they are rarely encountered when they are not clad in armor that obscures the uniforms. The knighthood of the Phantom Legion is a third tier award, and the ribbon is silver. Often this is the only sure way to identify a member.