KNIGHTS: The Knight has a privileged place in society of the Realm. They are tasked with most police and military tasks and are granted benefits in return.
To Become a Knight: a character must be a 2nd level or higher fighter, and have possession of a suit of plate armor, shield, helmet, sword, lance, and a heavy warhorse and 2 medium or light horses (with tack and saddles), and have engaged a squire. He presents himself at a lord, baron, duke, prince or the king’s court on April 1, August 1, or December 1 at the festival held on those dates. He then undergoes a trial of arms (to prove 2nd level fighter status) and must swear an oath of loyalty to the Law and to the Realm. Then he is dubbed knight and has its privileges. The sons of Lords, Barons, Dukes or Princes are automatically knighted on their 21st birthday, regardless of their class and level.
Since the equipage for a knight runs about 600gp, it can be difficult to afford to become a knight. Some lords with front the equipment to good prospects to serve as Household Knights for a fixed term of years. Other knights achieve their gear from their families or their own efforts and wander freely as Knights Errant. The goal of most knights is to be granted a knightly manor in exchange for military service as a Knight Vassal.
Benefits of Knighthood:
Obligations of Knighthood
Degrees of Knighthood
Symbols of Knighthood: • When dubbed, a knight is equipped with a Knight’s Belt (5gp), a distinctive heavy leather belt with attachments for scabbards for sword and dagger, knights are expected to wear their belt in almost every occasion. • Gold spurs: when mounted, knights are expected to wear gilded (10gp) or solid gold (75gp) spurs as a symbol of knightly status. Squires wear silvered spurs (3gp).
Squires • Each knight requires a personal attendant called a squire. He is either a knight-in-training or a loyal retainer who is either a level-1 fighter or normal man. • The squire counts as one of the knight’s henchmen (followers). • The knight must supply the squire with a horse and saddle, suit of armor (of any type), some weaponry (typically a mace and dagger) and a pair of silver spurs (3gp). • The squire serves until he reaches 2nd level at which time he will either be knighted or leave service to quest for the wherewithal to gain knighthood. If he is knighted due to his knight’s efforts/gifts he will often stay in service as a Household Knight.