Knights are most commonly noble-born warriors given charge to protect and serve their liege lord, often as military officers. However, commoners can earn their knighthood through honor and great feats of personal bravery. Highly skilled in both mounted combat and battle tactics, knights possess great courage, loyalty, and integrity, willing to give their life in the pursuit of a noble cause. During wartime, knights are expected, above all, to fight bravely and to display military professionalism and courtesy. This simple military professionalism eventually grew into a list of social conventions known as the code of chivalry. This code entailed loyalty to one's liege lord, bravery in battle, and the values of gentility, nobility, duty, and treating others with respect. At its heart are the virtues of faith, hope, charity, justice, strength, moderation, and loyalty which provide guidance in governing their thoughts and actions in their daily lives. Because of their strict observance to the code of chivalry, knights are portrayed as an ideal to strive for, demonstrating unwavering loyalty, military prowess and social fellowship in all situations.
Role: Knights are the quintessential combatants, especially while mounted on a battlefield. A knight's strength is on the frontline, using their training to protect themselves and their allies against the attacks of their foes. They possess a powerful sense of personal honor, and operate under a rigid code that governs their behavior toward others, particularly to less chivalric friends and servants, or even their enemies.
Hit Dice: d10.
Starting Wealth: 5d6 × 10 gp (average 175 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less, and the knight begins with her starting armor.
The knight’s class abilities are Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (engineering) (Int), Knowledge (nobility) (Int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), and Swim (Str).
Skill Ranks per Level: 4 + Int modifier.