Knighthood is a rank and honor given to warriors and minor nobles who perform exemplary service for a lord. Contrary to the nobility, this rank is not hereditary. Its members are known as knights and use the title "Ser", though this may be superseded by other titles such as "lord/lady", "prince/princess", "king/queen" or "emperor/empress".
In wartime, knights serve as officers and elite warriors in a lord's army and are sometimes sent on quests. For example, the knights of Redcliffe were sent to recover the Urn of Andraste. Fully-pledged members of a chivalric order, such as the Templars, are given knighthood, but they are not a part of the nobility.
Knights are at times influenced by a code of chivalry and honor. This code states that knights must defend the weak and the innocent, must protect women and children, must fight fairly and honorably, and obey their lieges. How closely a knight follows this code varies immensely from individual to individual. It is difficult to obey one law while trying to uphold the other.
Types of knights
Several different types of knights can be identified:
- Chevaliers are Orlesian nobles and elite knights from the Academie des Chevaliers.
- Household knights are minor nobles sworn into the service of a lord. In wartime, knights serve as officers and elite warriors in a lord's army and are sometimes sent on quests.