The land of Triman has for a long time time suffered under a brutal civil war, where different warlords lead their followers to the capitol Jarslav to demand the crown of the dead king Vladmir. Raiders from foreign land plundered at the border, and former soldiers and mercenaries banded together as brigands and highwaymen to plunder the villages.
The late king Vladmir was not a benevolent king. Although he paid respect to Svarog in words, his deeds spoke otherwise. Under the rule of his predecessors, the church had been reduced to a teaching institution that was paid lip respect to, but with no influence amongst the Council of Nobles, which didn't care much about the legislation from the Council of Commoners, but overruled them in all important matters, and accumulated great wealth.
The church resisted them as good as they could, but the beggar-knights couldn't both protect the common people, who were even not allowed to own arms, against the nobles internal endless wars against each other and fight the Council of Nobles led by the king and his army at the same time. They had to be content with protecting the life, and not the rights of the common man.
King Vladmir didn't only follow this path, but aimed to disband the beggar-knights at all, claiming that they were plotting to have him overthrown. He marched his knights against the church and besieged their fortified churches. Although a few churches fell, and the followers of Svarog abandoned the cities, the kings campaign was at large unsuccessful, especially counting that the Council of Nobles believed that the church secretly amassed great riches, which they hoped to get access to.
When king Vladmir was killed in a fire later the same year, no one except Ratmir missed him. Several high nobles tried to force Ratmirs mother to marriage to secure themselves more support in their claim for the throne, but she in stead fled, and was by High Patriarch Kirillus Mifodija given sanctuary in Chernobor, the greatest of the fortress-churches, which held all the great relics of Svarogs priesthood and was guarded by the Copper Guard.
Ratmir grew thus up sheltered while there was war over the crown. In the end not only the people, but most of the nobles grew tired of this struggle. Then the High Patriarch and the beggar knights marched towards the capitol in full strength, broke into the hall where the Council of Nobles still discussed what to do about the approaching knights of the church, and presented prince Ratmirs candidature. The Council of Nobles could do nothing but comply. If Ratmir was crowned then and there, most wouldn't have complained either. But the High Patriarch cast in stead the land out in a new civil war by letting the councilmen leave the hall. Several of the most influential nobles then united their armies and marched against the prince.
But now the common people had someone to unite behind. Seeing a candidate supported by the church they still believed in, they took to arms and were trained by the beggar knights to fight.
You were all champions in king Ratmirs army, defeating the warlords and the brigands and the foreign raiders, and are now enjoying the stability that he brought as heroes of the people.
But as the king has grown older, there has been more and more disagreement with the old High Patriarch, culminating in the withdrawal of the beggar-knights right to act as law enforcers and then the beggar-knights refusal to disarm or take orders from the king and his men.