The Flame Legion (pejoratively referred to as the Gold Legion by their enemies), is one of the four charr High Legions. From their base in Citadel of Flame, they attempt to impose their will on the rest of charr society.
The Flame Legion is defined by zealotry and superstition, and until two centuries ago, had unified the charr more than any other force since the days of the Khan-Ur. Unfortunately for the charr, the basis for the Flame Legion's dominance was deceit, and so when their treachery was discovered, it was outcast from the other Legions in a spectacular fashion.
After the assassination of the last Khan-Ur, the Flame Legion, like the other High Legions, was founded by a direct descendant of the leader of the primus imperator. The Flame Legion did not secure its dominance until roughly 850 AE, almost a millenium after the charr had been pushed from Ascalon by human magic. On an expedition to Hrangmer, the Burnt Warband of the Flame Legion discovered the titans, fiery servants of the deposed god Abaddon, although the charr were not to know that. The titans offered the charr magic in exchange for worship, and the Flame Legion gladly obliged. In time, the Shaman caste came to be the ruling class of the charr, and worshipped the titans. When a Blood Legion leader, Bathea Havocbringer, rebelled, she was killed as a sacrifice to the charr's new gods. After that, females from the Blood Legion were no longer allowed on the battlefield, and in time, this followed for females of all Legions.
In 1070 AE, with titan magic, the Flame Legion, led by Bonfaaz Burntfur, brought down the Searing on Ascalon, destroying the Northern Wall and allowing the charr to seize the human kingdom. The charr moved south and west to conquer the other kingdoms, and were it not for the timely rise of the White Mantle in Kryta and the Cataclysm in Orr, the charr would have come to dominate the entire surface of Tyria. When Vizier Khilbron released the titans from their prison behind the Door of Komalie and sent them across the continent, the Flame Legion looked poised to finally reclaim Ascalon, but were humiliatingly defeated as their gods were killed in front of them by a group of adventurers serving Glint. By 1078 AE, the seed of rebellion, with Pyre Fierceshot at its head, had been sown, and the Flame Legion under Hierophant Burntsoul was shaken when their new gods, the destroyers, were shown to be false as well. The Flame Legion were dealt another blow in 1090 AE, when the Foefire simultaneously weakened their previously firm grip on Ascalon, and increased the charr's distrust of magic significantly.
In 1116 AE, Pyre's Rebellion finally bore its fruit when the three High Legions faced the Shaman caste in battle on the Plains of Golghein. Still, the Flame Legion was powerful enough to hold its own, and the chances of victory for the other legions was looking slim until Kalla Scorchrazor, a female charr who had been training in secret, added her forces to the legions', effectively doubling their number. From then on, charr society was directed away from magic and towards misotheism and technocracy, leaving the Flame Legion maligned.
In 1325 AE, the Flame Legion had regained much of its former strength under the leadership of Imperator Baelfire, who planned to magically ascend to godhood, with powers matching those of the human gods. He was especially supported by the Godforged - a Flame Legion sect. He was stopped by the newly-formed Pact, accompanied by Logan Thackeray and Rytlock Brimstone, sending the Flame Legion into disarray. The Legion continues on under the leadership of Tribune Burntclaw, whilst their Shamans search for a way to resurrect their god. Meanwhile, Crea Irontooth, an Iron Legion engineer, is enslaved and forced to work on the building of a Flame Legion superweapon. The Pact works to keep them contained, however.
Recently, the Flame Legion have been seen using dredge personnel carriers, and using armour forged in Sorrow's Embrace. The two groups have formed a Molten Alliance, and are currently raiding the homesteads and ranches of the Wayfarer Foothills and the Diessa Plateau, displacing many charr and norn refugees. The Adamant Guard and the Wolfborn are currently formulating a response.
- Termerarus Castrum
- Vidius Castrum
- Atrox Castrum
- Provatum Castrum
- Senecus Castrum
- Vorgas Garrison
- Noxious Castrum
- Flame Citadel (headquarters)