The Order held sway upon the land for centuries, and many great wonders were worked in their name. Their members were made up of an unknown number of knights and the bonded dragons they rode upon. These knights underwent the sacred rite of the Bond to forever be paired with their mounts. Under their watchful eyes, the world knew peace. In a land once inhabited by nomadic tribes and primitive settlements, great kingdoms were founded on the principles of righteousness and justice.
However, this was brought to an abrupt end by the forces of the Dark Union, made up of former members of the Order who used occult rituals to enslave the world rather than serve it. They subjugated the tribes of the wartoks, the grulls and similar ilk, creating an army of blood-thirsty monsters. War swept across the world and civilization crumbled. The great dragon riders were slain, betrayed by their former brothers in arms and their noble mounts fell into stone sleep for all time. The last pockets of human society were reduced to small villages and waning kingdoms. Spread over the land and cut off from one another, the constant attacks from the warmongering Wartoks and Grull weakened them ever further.
One of the last survivors of the Order, the great warrior Heron, became the salvation of Drakan. Weilding the Runeblade he sacrificed himself to banish Navaros, leader of the Dark Union, into a space-time rift, where he would be trapped for all eternity, lacking both form and power. This cost Heron his life, and his bonded dragon, Arokh, fell into stone sleep. With their master gone, the forces of the Dark Union fell into disarray and were scattered by the remaining forces of the Order.
Six-hundred years later, the fires of the Order were re-kindled when the warrior woman Rynn awakened Arokh from his slumber. Her purpose for waking him was to save her brother Delon from a rampaging horde of wartoks, a purpose the noble Arokh thought beneath him. In their attempt to save Delon, they became swept up in an attempt to resurrect the Dark Union and return Navaros from his banishment.
Drakan: Order of the Flame - Drakan: The Ancients' Gates