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Members of The Legion of Time Sorcerers are bound to a code of morality and justice and are trained in the use of the light side of the force but not the Dark side. A code of honor is a set of principles that an individual follows at all times. Individual codes differ, but they all require "honorable" behavior by a standard set by the code. It usually involves the willingness to risk death rather than being considered dishonorable. This is because codes of honor usually, though not always, develop in cultures where the force of law is not present, whether it be because the culture has no main government, such as a nomadic people; the main government is distant and cannot influence things, such as the Old West; the government cannot be involved, such as among criminals, or the law effectively does not apply to the people in question, such as among those in the upper class of many periods.

There are, and have been, many different forms of such a code. Chivalry had its set of norms knights had to follow; later, a watered-down version of those ideals was considered proper for a gentleman. In the Far East, samurai had bushido. Pirates and brigands might or might not have some sort of honor code -- sometimes, there is honor among thieves, particularly among some of the Tong gangs. Many of these senses of what is honorable are sexist and based in a male-dominated view, but not all of them are; and someone with a personal code of honor might have some surprising ideas about what is honorable!

There are, however, some common themes in a code of honor. One must often retaliate strongly (often by a duel) against insults or challenges, though the enveloped groups often change; usually, against oneself and those one is close to, and occasionally the culture/nation to which one belongs. Sometimes this extends to protecting certain groups, often those considered unable to protect themselves. Another commonality is that, honor often involves not breaking one's word. Sometimes honor demands equal circumstances when fighting; in chivalry, this extended even to open war. A certain amount of politeness is sometimes expected directly or implied by a given code of honor, as well. A Code of Chivalry Modern, based on the "Old Code"

Introduction---- Prowess: 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.

Justice: 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 agrees with others, and you seek it out without bending to the temptation for expediency, then you will earn renown beyond measure.

Loyalty: 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.

Defense: The ideal knight was sworn by oath to defend his liege lord and those who depended upon him. Seek always to defend your nation, your family, and those to whom you believe worthy of loyalty.

Courage: Being a knight often means choosing the more difficult path, the personally expensive one. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices in service of 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.

Faith: A knight must have faith in his beliefs, for faith roots him and gives hope against the despair that human failings create.

Humility: 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 them 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.

Largesse: Be generous in so far as your resources allow; largesse used in this way counters gluttony. It also makes the path of mercy easier to discern when a difficult decision of justice is required.

Nobility: Seek great stature of character by holding to the virtues and duties of a knight, realizing that though the ideals cannot be reached, the quality of striving towards them ennobles the spirit, growing the character from dust towards the heavens. Nobility also has the tendency to influence others, offering a compelling example of what can be done in the service of rightness.

Franchise: 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.

The Code of Chivalry Introduction


[1][2]"Stitching the Standard" by Edmund Blair Leighton: the lady prepares for a knight to go to war.Regardless of the diverse written definitions of chivalry, the medieval knightly class was adept at the art of war, trained in fighting in armor, with horses, lances, swords and shields. Knights were taught to excel in the arms, to show courage, to be gallant, loyal and to swear off cowardice and baseness.[3]

Related to chivalry was the practice of heraldry and its elaborate rules of displaying coats of arms. When not fighting, chivalric knights typically resided in a castle or fortified house, while some knights lived in the courts of kings, dukes and other great lords. The skills of the knight carried over to peacetime activities such as the hunt and tournament.

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