Knightly Vows Tradition / Ritual in The Sagas | World Anvil

Knightly Vows

You must know that Knights live by their own rules and follow them through even if it kills them. For one to give a vow is that should never be taken lightly. - Old Soldier



  Though the vows of a Knight are sacred, not all of these vows were created at the same time as Knight began to appear in Ardania and the rest of the Western Lands all at once, but instead came into being at different points of time, with the Vow of Service being the first one to be placed into the Chevalier's Codex as that was their purpose to be created in the first place to serve nobles in their armies. Later on though as they grew greater in number these Knights would create their vows as their status in society began to change. In doing this they showed people that they were more than just men who knew more than just fighting and waging war, they have values that they respected, unlike most soldiers. It also made Knight’s trustworthy and loyal to those they served under as they were less likely to stab you in the back while you weren’t looking, cause more people to desire them than mercenaries if they could help it  

Adding Additions

  With time new vows would be added to the Chevalier’s Codex as they were considered worthy for a Knight to follow, though at times they were controversial they nonetheless remained a part of their way of life. With each one added the more responsibility and influence that Knight had on society causing changes all around them. Many Knights throughout history causing events that would change the cause of history in many places by being praised or despised long after they are gone. It is not uncommon for a Knight to take multiple vows at a time if the need suits them either as they can go off track from their main goal. Though it can often be difficult at times is they commit to too many of them and they just do them one thing at a time.


The vows themselves are of several different types that Knight can take on to their service with each one have significant meaning to them. All of which are kept by a Knight until their task is complete or they are relieved of the vow.     Vow of Protection: A vow to dedicate a Knight to protect a person or a place from all harm. This means that the Knight must stay pay this place at all times without leaving their side to fully protect them as long as possible, even to give their lives if they must to ensure it.  
I am the shield that shall hold back all that would bring harm to whatever I wish to keep safe, none shall pass me for I will crush them all with all my might.
  Vow of Service: A common practice for a Knight to swear allegiance to a person or group and do all that they tell them to do as long as they are within reason. This often is done with nobility and knightly orders as Knight have more purpose within them.  
I am but a servant to do as you command all that you hold shall have my watchful gaze and your enemies shall fall when they meet by my blade.
  Vow of Justice: This is only declared when an unspeakable crime has been committed and the Knight has a responsibility to see those responsible brought to justice. This is some not to be taken lightly as the Knight that declares it must complete it no matter how long it may take nor how far it takes them.  
A heinous act has been committed that cannot be overlooked. I will bring justice to those who have been wronged and punish those responsibly.
  Vow of Sanctity: Many Knights are religious as their code and faith are intertwined into it, the vow itself is often one of faith in general as it involves do a holy task. Such as retrieving a holy relic, be called upon a crusade, or defending an area from heathen and cultists.  
The heavens call to seek my aid in a great task that requires my skill. I shall bring forth light into a world filled with darkness in their name.
  Vow of Vengeance : A controversial vow that often leads a Knight down a dark path. The vow clearly states that it can only be used if a Knight has been wrong or someone close to them has been slighted or killed.  
An act has been committed that shall never be forgiven. Only through blood shall my heart be put at ease.
  Vow of Tribulation: All Knights must go through this vow if they are to be considered a Knight at all at one point or another. A Knight must go on a quest or trial to prove his worth in any way possible often committing good deeds from saving the innocent to vanquishing a beast.  
I am to be tested to prove my worth of my title. I must set out on a journey to show that I am more than my name.
  Vow of Atonment: A vow used by Knights who dishonored themselves in some way such as committing a heinous crime or breaking a code in the Chevalier’s Codex that will shame them for the rest of their lives and their family's until it is atoned for. This often causes the Knight to go on a journey of redemption to do whatever they need to do until their honor is restored.  
Shame has filled my soul that shall linger as long as I live. The path of redemption is the only way for me to regain my honor.
  Vow of Obligation : A vow that is used out of charity rather than duty as a Knight must be will to help others because they want to and not seeking a reward or fame. This is often used by Knights that are indebted in some way such as having their life saved by someone and helps them in a task or adding the weak in their time of need.  
Here I stand to do what is right with no reward nor glory. Just doing some good is all the payment I will need.

Components and tools

The Knight often always has their weapon out to declare a vow as a way to show they are serious.


A Knight is always present when a vow is taken with a witness or witnesses involved either from the person they are watching over to solidify it.


A vow can be taken any place in the world as long as the Knight is conducting it accordingly.
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Cover image: Silence by Mingchen Shen


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