D&D: The Doom of Ardross
Ardrossi, originally, was the name for early man on Ardross. Said to be the first mortals of the realm, the Ardrossi stood next to the gods before the great cataclysm. There existed in service of the gods but also, to themselves. When the great cataclysm occurred, the Ardrossi were left without the physical form of their masters to guide them. It is from these early mortals that all mortal races of man would evolve.
In modern times, the Ardrossi have become known collectively as an ancient organization whose primary intent was to rule all of Ardross. Rather than being seen as the root of all human civilization on Ardross, they are seen as but one of the most powerful human organization to exist eons ago. They are seen as powerfully militant but also an organization of keen scientific and academic minds. Many of the greatest wonders of Ardross are often attributed to the Ardrossi.