Noah's Code

Noah Twayblade is a Knight wanna-be. Since childhood he has lived by the following:

Table Manners | The Warrior Code | Steps to Knighthood | The Old Code | A Code of Chivalry | Modern Chivalry
The Twleve Chief Rules in Love | The Art of Courtly Love

Table Manners

Listen you children who are going to table.
Wash your hands and cut your nails.
Do not sit at the head of the table;
This is reserved for the father of the house.
Do not commence in eating until a blessing is said.
Dine in God's name.
And permit the eldest to begin first.
Proceed in a disciplined manner.
Do not snort or smack like a pig.
Do not reach violently for bread,
Lest you may knock over a glass.
Do not cut bread on your chest,
Or conceal pieces of bread or pastry under your hands.
Do not tear pieces for your plate with your teeth.
Do not stir food around in your plate
Or linger over it.
Rushing through your meal is bad manners.
Do not reach for more food
While your mouth is still full,
Nor talk with your mouth full...
Do not belch or cry out.
With drink be most prudent...
Do not toast a person a second time.
Do not stare at a person as if you were watchng him eat.
Do not elbow the person sitting next to you.
Sit up straight; be a model of gracefulness.
Do not rock back and forth on the bench,
Lest you let loose a stink.
Do not kick your feet under the table.
Guard yourself against all shameful
Word, gossip, ridicule, and laughter
And be honorable in all matters.
If sexual play occurs at the table,
Pretend you did not see it...
Never scratch your head
(This goes for girls and women too),
Or fish out lice.
Let no one wipe his mouth on the table cloth,
Or lay his head in his hands.
Do not lean back against the wall
Until the meal is finished.
Silently praise and thank God
For the food he has graciously provided
And you have recieved from his fatherly hand.
Now you rise from the table,
Wash your hands,
And return diligently to your business or work.

Thus sayeth Hans Sachs, shoemaker.

16th century.

The Warrior Code
  • All warriors in the kingdom, from the highest warlord to the lowest serf levy follow a code honour.
  • A warlord is expected to supply his warriors with all the necesities he can afford: spear, shield, armour, clothing and food.
  • When an enemy yields to a warrior, the warrior has the right to command him however he chooses on that day. Not even a king can take away this right.
  • The possessions carried by a defeated enemy become the property of the victor warrior.
  • When one warrior challenges another let no one interfere.

The Medieval Steps to Knighthood

First, the knight embodied a well-defined set of ideals. Many knights lived and embraced a moral code of honour. This chivalric code of honour formed the moral and social bedrock of noble life; it gave order and substance to an age otherwise in chaos and confusion. Just as his chivalry embodied a well-defined set of ideals, his life also outlined a well-defined process.

The boy who pursued knighthood followed a clearly marked path. At age 7 or 8, he became a page. He was removed from his mother's care and went to live in a castle, usually with an overlord or relative. Here, the page learned about armour, weapons and falconry, the rudiments of knighthood. He also performed household tasks for the "queen of the castle." At the age of 14, the page became a squire. He attached himself to a knight and travelled everywhere in his company, serving him in the most menial of tasks: He carried the knight's lance, woke him in the morning, and even helped him dress.

The squire also competed in tournaments and perfected the skills he had learned as a page. Such rigorous discipline prepared him for the final stage of this journey. When he turned 21, he was eligible for knighthood. An elaborate initiation, which included a nightlong vigil, a ceremonial bath and dubbing, marked the completion of the process. He was now... a Knight! He took his place in the order of knighthood and pledged himself to uphold the code of honour.

The Old Code of the Knight

A Knight is sworn to valor.
His heart knows only virtue.
His blade defends the helpless.
His might upholds the weak.
His word speaks only truth.
His wrath undoes the wicked.

A Code of Chivalry of all Knights

As Hagen the Great began to carve out his kingdom many warlords and warriors began to flock under his banner. Hagen understood the value their unity. He knew that the reason for their unity was war but, he wished to find a reason for them to share a brotherhood in peace time aswell. Hagen consulted his priests, asking them how he would keep his men together. They told him only Sanctus could instruct him so.

Hagen was determined to find the answer so under the guidance of his priests he prepared to clense his soul in hopes of comuning with Sanctus. Hagen stripped down naked and carrying nothing he entered into the Maug forest, named after Mauger, the Patron of Guardians who died during the Demonwars protecting a caravan of supplies and refugees from Demonspawn.

After 8 days and nights Hagen emerged from the forest riding a great white horse and dressed in full battle gear of mail, shield, sword, and spear. Maug himself had appeared to Hagen and shown him the Code of Chivalry. Using this Hagen showed his warriors how to gain honour and respect in peace time as well as war. Hagen told them how to become knights. He told them:

Prowess: To seek excellence in all endeavours expected of a knight, martial and otherwise, seeking strength to be used in the service of justice, rather than in personal aggrandisement.

Justice: Seek always the path of 'right', unencumbered by bias or personal interest. Recognise 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 not with others, and you seek it out without bending to the temptation for expediency, then you will earn renown beyond measure.

Truth: Speak always the truth. To lie is to dishonour you lord, yourself, and the powers of Good. It is an injustice.

Loyalty: Be known for unwavering commitment to your lord and ideals you choose to live by. There are many places where compromise is expected; loyalty is not amongst them.

Defence: The ideal knight was sworn by oath to defend his liege lord and those who depended upon him. Seek always to defend your kingdom, 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 beliefs 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, realising 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.

Modern Chivalry

In modern times Hagen's teachings have been expanded:

  • Administer justice.
  • Always keep one's word of honour.
  • Always maintain one's principles.
  • Avenge the wronged.
  • Avoid cheating.
  • Avoid deception.
  • Avoid lying to your fellow man.
  • Avoid torture.
  • Be polite and attentive.
  • Be respectful of host, women, and honour.
  • Crush the monsters that steal our land and rob our people.
  • Defend the weak and innocent.
  • Destroy evil in all of its monstrous forms.
  • Die with honour.
  • Die with valour.
  • Exhibit Courage in word and deed.
  • Exhibit manners.
  • Exhibit self-control.
  • Fight for the ideals of king, country, and chivalry.
  • Fight with honour.
  • Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.
  • Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honour.
  • Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.
  • Live to serve King and Country.
  • Loyalty to country, King, honour, freedom, and the code of chivalry.
  • Loyalty to one's friends and those who lay their trust in thee.
  • Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.
  • Never attack an unarmed foe.
  • Never attack from behind.
  • Never betray a confidence or comrade.
  • Never use a weapon on an opponent not equal to the attack.
  • Obey the law of king, country, and chivalry.
  • Protect the innocent.
  • Respect life and freedom.
  • Respect those of the opposite sex.
  • Show respect to authority.

The Twelve Chief Rules in Love
  1. Thou shalt avoid avarice like the deadly pestilence and shalt embrace its opposite.
  2. Thou shalt keep thyself chaste for the sake of her whom thou lovest.
  3. Thou shalt not knowingly strive to break up a correct love affair that someone else is engaged in.
  4. Thou shalt not chose for thy love anyone whom a natural sense of shame forbids thee to marry.
  5. Be mindful completely to avoid falsehood.
  6. Thou shalt not have many who know of thy love affair.
  7. Being obedient in all things to the commands of ladies, thou shalt ever strive to ally thyself to the service of Love.
  8. In giving and receiving love's solaces let modesty be ever present.
  9. Thou shalt speak no evil.
  10. Thou shalt not be a revealer of love affairs.
  11. Thou shalt be in all things polite and courteous.
  12. In practising the solaces of love thou shalt not exceed the desires of thy lover.

The Art of Courtly Love
  • Marriage is no real excuse for not loving.
  • He who is jealous cannot love.
  • No one can be bound by a double love.
  • It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing.
  • That which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relish.
  • Boys do not love until they reach the age of maturity.
  • When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.
  • No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.
  • No one can love unless he is propelled by the persuasion of love.
  • Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice.
  • It is not proper to love any woman whom one would be ashamed to seek to marry.
  • A true lover does not desire to embrace in love anyone except his beloved.
  • When made public, love rarely endures.
  • The easy attainment of love makes it of little value: difficulty of attainment makes it prized.
  • Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved.
  • When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved his heart palpitates.
  • A new love puts an old one to flight.
  • Good character alone makes any man worthy of love.
  • If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives.
  • A man in love is always apprehensive.
  • Real jealousy always increases the feeling of love.
  • Jealousy increases when one suspects his beloved.
  • He whom the thought of love vexes eats and sleeps very little.
  • Every act of a lover ends in the thought of his beloved.
  • A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved.
  • Love can deny nothing to love.
  • A lover can never have enough of the solaces of his beloved.
  • A slight presumption causes a lover to suspect his beloved.
  • A man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love.
  • Nothing forbids one woman being loved by two men or one man by two women.

If it isn't mine, it belongs to someone else. If it isn't someone else's, it belongs to me.

This page last updated 12.18.03