Fate of the First
It is common practice for many Teleran Knights to swear to a Knightly Oath of Conduct upon being knighted or sworn into a Knightly Order. Currently there are nine Oaths universally recognized in Telera.
- Oath of Chivalry
Knights who swear this Oath, dedicate their lives to the code of chivalry, living a life of honor, valor, and fairness. They must show courage in the face of danger, mercy to those who have wronged them, and charity to the poor and the meek. They must be just and honorable at all times and in all things. They must defend their honor and, above all else, the honor of those they serve.
- Oath of Fellowship
Knights who swear the Oath of Fellowship dedicate themselves to a group of like-minded individuals, be it a mercenary company or a small band of adventurers. The knight must remain loyal to his allies and must always work to further the aims of the group. They must protect their allies from harm and defend their honor when called into doubt.
- Oath of Glory
Knights who swears this Oath serve only themselves, working to further their own aims and increase their own prestige. The knight must keep their own interests and aims above those of all others. They must always accept payment when it is due, rewards when earned, and an even (or greater) share of loot. The knight must take every opportunity to increase their own stature, prestige, and power.
- Oath of the Keeper
Knights who swear this Oath are a secretive type, charged with the protection of a specific object, place, or secret. Such knights are the defenders of ancient traditions or the servants of rulers with important secrets to hide, they must guard their sworn charge with all they have: their health, their honor, and their very life. If their charge is a place, they must keep intruders out. If it is a thing, they must keep it safe from thieves—and restore the item to its rightful place if taken.
- Oath of Loyalty
Knights that swear the Oath of Loyslty, pledge themselves to a sovereign; be it a king, queen, or even the local warlord. Swearers of this Oath are stalwart and dedicated to their cause, willing to go any length to ensure the safety of their lord and his domain.
- Oath of Peace
Knights who swear this Oath, dedicate themselves to promoting peace in the lands they roam. Skilled warriors and adept diplomats, these knights counsel wisdom, patience, and understanding, but are ever mindful of the need to take up arms to strike down aggressors, tyrants, or evil usurpers. The knight must guard against needless violence, protecting both the land and its people from wars they neither started nor wish to fight. They must seek to stop conflict with a minimum of bloodshed, to encourage peaceful resolutions to disagreements between intelligent creatures, and to mend the wounds opened by battle.
- Oath of Piety
Knights who swear the Oath of Piety dedicate themselves to the protection and service of a faith and its members. Knights of this Oath tend to follow many of the tenets and guides of the religion that they serve. These knights must strive to protect the faith and all those who follow its teachings, from priest to common man. They must adhere to the strictures of the faith, promote its cause whenever possible, and serve the agents of the divine.
- Oath of the Selfless
Knights who swear this Oath devote their lives to protecting the common folk, from the simple farmer to the honest craftsman. These knights must protect the lives and prosperity of the common folk, shielding them from the deprivations of those who would seek to cause them harm or exploit them. They must give charity when it is warranted and aid when needed. They must take no action that would cause harm or hardship to those who cannot defend themselves.
- Oath of Truth
Knights who swear this Oath devote themselves to the preservation of knowledge, they must protect written knowledge at all costs. Most of these knights believe that the preservation of a written work is more important than a single life, even their own, as it ensures future generations benefit from its wisdom.