Virtues: Conviction & Self-Control
Low: Cold and unfeeling. Pretty much does what’s it’s told and kills what it’s pointed at, most of the time.
High: These are the backbone of the Sect, even if no one wants to admit it. They gain Code of Honor.
Cainites on the Path of Milan have always placed a high value on ritual and ceremony. The Sabbat’s Knights therefore always participate in War Parties, ritae, ceremonies, and other pack events. As a whole, the followers of the Path seek to knit together the disparate factions of the sect under the common banner of loyalty to a cause. Although alternately ignored or derided by followers of other Paths, the Knights are a stern example of the best qualities of any Sabbat, and they cannot be faulted by their brethren. Knights do not often take leadership positions (as they find the political duplicity appalling), though they are at the forefront of many battles, showing courage and discipline unmatched by any other soldiers among the undead.
Knights are by turns cold and aloof, yet honorable and trustworthy. A Knight never goes back on his word and always honors his agreements. He does not shirk on his duty or flee from battle. Still, he is far from humane: The Knight sees humans as a resource, just as another warrior might see a fine warhorse as admirable but far from an equitable associate. Many of this Path’s followers display a grim and taciturn image, but the Knights are capable of humor and joviality – they simply find that duty outweighs personal gratification.
A follower of the Path of Milan must always keep honor foremost in his mind. A Knight cannot act rashly or in haste; he must always be aware of the nature and consequences of his actions. The devout student of this Path must hold onto courage and discipline at all times while he seeks to dispense justice and fairness. The true Knight fights and dies, for his cause. Compassion, however, has no place in the heart of the knight. Errors leads to flaws, flaws lead to weakness and weakness leads to ruin.
- Never show cowardice. Overcome your fears.
- Duty comes before personal matters.
- Treat fairly and equitably with those of station. Conversely, the dishonorable are beneath your contempt.
- Always repay your debts.
- Support your comrades-at-arms in all things, except where they counsel treachery.
- Do not fail to uphold all the precepts of the Sword.
- Serve as an example, but do not be dragged into the pettiness of the ignoble.
- Loyalty is the keystone of hierarchy.
- Defend those who are worthy of your esteem.
- Duty is the vampire’s purpose.
- To break one’s oath is to be without the honor that defines existence.