The story you are about to be told is ancient. During a time when there were no kingdoms and magic was known and used throughout the world. Before the Maidens. This is a legend so old, even Ozpin and his companions believe it to be nothing but a fairy tale.
Long ago, during an age of magic, before the time of the Maidens, four guardian dragons watched over the world of Remnant and its people. Each dragon represented one of the four elements of life. Draig, the Blazing Dragon, represented fire and lived deep within a volcano in the lands of what is now Vacuo. Tiamt, the Aqua Dragon, was the wisest of the four and only female dragon, represented water, and lived in the vast oceans. Veritas, the Sky Dragon, represented wind and lived in the highest parts of the sky above the clouds. Critius, the Terra Dragon, represented Earth and lived in the highest mountains of what is now known as Vale.
These four dragons were the most powerful beasts in the world, unmatched in their magical power. The dragons were the protectors of life, keepers of peace and guardians of the balance of nature, Whenever a force attempted to disrupt the peace and destroy the balance, the dragons unleashed their full wrath on the foolish soul attempting to do just that. The people of Remnant saw the dragons as gods and paid tribute to them, although the were not gods and found and tried to turn away any tribute they were offered, it made the people happy to thank the dragons for protecting them, so they had little choice but to accept.
Though the dragons were mighty and powerful, they were not immortal. They knew that they would one day die and they feared that in the time of their death, dark forces would attempt to destroy the balance and peace. So, the dragons gathered and together, they formed a plan. When their bodies would die, they would choose four young warriors, whose bodies they would transfer their souls into, share their power with these warriors and work with them as the protectors of Remnant.
Draig chose a hero whose courage and sense of justice was known to all
Tiamat chose a hero who gave wisdom and guidance to any soul he met
Veritas chose a hero who brought equality and freedom to all the lands
Critius chose a hero whose willpower and spirit could never be broken
These heroes would be known as the Four Knights. The Knights would have all the powers of the dragons and total domination of the element the dragon represented. Aside from the element control, the Knights would have extra powers. The Fire Knight could command lightning and the temperature of any area and object. The Water Knight could control ice and the water inside another living thing. The Earth Knight could control lava and metal. The Wind Knight could steal the air from any area.
The powers of the Knights could never be stolen by any dark force. Only males could become Knights. When ever a Knights life came to an end or was killed, the dragons soul would seek out another male, who had the same traits as the original Knight and that become the new Knight with all the knowledge of their predecessors. The dragons would act as advisers to the Knights.
On a few occasions, the Knights and Maidens have worked together to fight a powerful dark force and many times have fallen in love with each other. Water and Summer, Winter and Earth, etc.....
Over time, the stories of the Knights faded into the wind and the Four Knights became legend.
What do you think?