Many of the nobility in Orlais are members of its infamous knightly order, the chevaliers. Joining the chevaliers is a good way to improve social standing, a useful path for lesser, landless nobles and noble children not in line to inherit. The chevaliers include both men and women, although women are not often encouraged to take up arms. Those who do follow in the footsteps of the first female knight, Aveline.
The legendary training of the chevaliers is harsh, instilling in its knights a fierce discipline and code of honor that sur¬passes even value in their own lives. The chevaliers are said to be fearless and their loyalty to the empire absolute. The penalty for dishonor is death, something a chevalier should welcome if he or she has failed the order.
Chevaliers hold absolute power over those of commoner rank. The brutality of certain members of the chevaliers is infamous, and considering that the knighthood is above legal reproach, the lower Orlesian classes fear the knighthood as much as those of higher standing adore it.
Notable chevaliers Edit
- Gaspard de Chalons – leader as of 9:40 Dragon. Challenged Celene I rule, sparking a civil war.
- Ser Michel Lafaille - Ruler of Kirkwall and its liberator from the Qunari.
- Aveline – first female chevalier
- Benoit du Lac – former chevalier, father of Aveline Vallen