Crows on the Skulls
Code of Knighthood
King Braden I formalized the code of knighthood. This code is the core set of rules that all knights of the crown are here forth expected to live, and die, by. There will be other sub-rules and customs of formality that will dictate certain social interactions but these are the formal rules.
The code can be referred to in its short form for quick reference and easy teaching for young squires:
- Loyalty above all else… except honor!
- Honor, Virtue, Truth
- A knight is sworn to valor,
- His heart knows only virtue,
- His blade defends the helpless,
- His might upholds the weak,
- His word speaks only truth,
- His wrath undoes the wicked!
The standards for a knight are as follows:
- To seek excellence in all endeavors expected of a knight, martial and otherwise, seeking strength to be used in the service of justice, rather than in personal aggrandizement.
- Seek always the path of ‘right’, unencumbered by bias or personal interest. Recognize that the sword of justice can be a terrible thing, so it must be tempered by humanity and mercy. If the ‘right’ you see rings true and agrees with others, and you seek it out without bending so the temptation for expediency, then you will earn renown beyond measure.
- Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you choose to live by. There are many places where compromise is expected; loyalty is not amongst them.
- The ideal knight is sworn by oath to defend his liege lord and those who depend upon him. Seek always to defend your nation, your family, and those whom you believe are worthy of loyalty.
- Being a knight often means choosing the more difficult path, the personally expensive one. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices in service the precepts and people you value. At the same time, a knight should seek wisdom to see that stupidity and courage are cousins. Courage also means taking the side of truth in all matters, rather than seeking the expedient lie. Seek the truth whenever possible, but remember to temper justice with mercy, or the pure truth can bring grief.
- A knight must have faith in his beliefs, for faith roots him and gives hope against the despair that human failings create.
- Value first the contributions of others; do not boast of your own accomplishments, let others do this for you. Tell the deeds of others before your own, according to the renown rightfully earned through virtuous deeds. In this way the office of knighthood is well done and glorified, helping not only the gentle spoken of but also all who call themselves knights.
- Be generous in so far as you resources allow; largess used in this way counters gluttony. It also makes the path of mercy easier to discern when a difficult decision of justice is required.
- Seek great stature of character by holding to the virtues and duties of a knight, realizing that though the ideals cannot be reached, the qualities of striving towards them ennobles the spirit, growing the character from dust towards the heavens. Nobility also has the the tendency to influence others, offering a compelling example of what can be done in the service of rightness.
- Seek to emulate everything I have spoken of as sincerely as possible, not for the reason of personal gain but because it is right. Do not restrict your exploration to a small world, but seek to infuse every aspect of your life with these qualities. Should you succeed in even a tiny measure then you will be well remembered for your quality and virtue.