"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that the gods may love thee. Speak the truth, always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong. That is your oath. Arise, ser knight." -Knight-Vigilant Traya Zannifer
Era: First and Second
First: Vorno Kahnebor
Distinctions: Silver armor with flaming sword motiff
Those who refuse Nerath's rule become outlaws and live in fear of a Knight Protector's authority - for they are charged as the King's voice, and his reach. As servants of the throne, the Knight Protectors have been the most effective means of controlling the spread of goblins, orcs, and other monsters for centuries.
Often portrayed as stoic and grim, the order of the Knight Protectors of Nerath was created as the martial arm of Nerath. Armed with the ability to speak for their liege, in addition to their formidable combat talents, the Knight Protectors are uniquely qualified to act as both a foil for outlaws - those who refuse to submit to the law of the Empire - and a first line of defense against the dark powers beyond their borders.While the nobility often resent the Knight Protectors as symbols of the King's absolute rule, the people of Nerath see them as saviors and noble warriors, champions of all that is good, armed with chivalry enough to protect the world from the ravages of chaos. In reality, Nerath's militant arm looks first for skilled warriors with unshakable loyalty to the throne, with a flawless moral center as a secondary concern. Knight Protectors must carry out their duty with an emotional distance, and the order prefers soldiers with absolute loyalty and blind trust over paragons of virtue who might question orders when it comes time to make difficult choices.
It is this sense of ruthless justice that most frightens outlaws when they draw the Knight Protectors' attention: When the Knight Protectors are sent to eliminate a possible outlaw, there is no reasoning with them, and if the Knight Protectors are prepared, fleeing is all but useless. Driven by their loyalty, the Knight Protectors are one of the most feared and respected forces in Nerath.The strong arm of Nerath, Knight Protectors serve as guardians of the Royal Family, hunters of outlaws and monsters, and rarely, as a standing army at the command of the King. The Knight Protectors originated in Nerath with the establishment of the order, and their mandate remains to protect their sovereign and enforce his will. But the skills Knight Protectors command are not divine; they are the product of intense training and rigorous devotions. These are achievable by any warrior, although the discipline required may seem just as much a calling.
They are warriors of singular focus, and none can match their dedication or effectiveness at taming those who would threaten the Kingdom of Nerath. These unrelenting warriors specialize in fighting outlaws and monsters. No enemy can withstand them, and they inspire and protect their allies with their chivalry, nobility, and valor.