The Rise of Arda
Knights of the Realm
The Knights of the Realm report directly to the royal family and are responsible for enforcing the laws of the kingdom and keeping the peace. They have jurisdiction throughout the entire kingdom but often stay out of the business of the various city-states unless specifically requested or instructed to get involved. The Knights often patrol the roads and police the smaller settlements throughout the kingdom and serve as couriers and scouts for the army. As the only law enforcers outside of the metropolitan areas they are thoroughly trained and well equipped by the kingdom.
Entry into the Knights of the Realm is considered a great honor as very few are picked each year for the training. To qualify for membership an applicant must be a citizen of the kingdom, they must perform an act of great courage, and they must be sponsored for consideration by an existing knight. There are no restrictions on race, gender, or class. Knights are always given the honorific “sir”, regardless of gender.