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Knighting

In the Compact, knighthood is tied very close to the concept of enfeoffment. In theory, any knight or noble has the ability to create another knight, taking their oaths. In practice, every knight also takes an oath of loyalty to serve, so if it was a non-noble knight that was knighting someone, they would be acting on a lord or institution's behalf in order to take their vow of fealty as well. An example of this would be a templar, which are almost all knights, and as godsworn they are technically commoners, but are taking the new templar's vow of fealty towards the Crown and the Pantheon. The Compact does not formally recognize a knighthood until it has been confirmed by a house lord (or their Voice), and their title reflects upon the demesne of their lord., often gained by tribute which is in effect purchasing the knighthood. This can cause slight nuance in terms, when a new knight may be called 'a knight of <this city>' to mean a knight of a specific house lord's demesne, versus 'a knight of the Lyceum' for one that has been recognized by the Grand Duchess of the Lyceum. Similarly, 'a knight of the Compact' should normally mean one formally recognized by his majesty, but in practice that would be one of the hundred swords of the King's Own, so it is often used sarcastically to describe any lordless knight that claims to be knighted under suspicious circumstances, such as a sellsword knighted before a battle into temporary service.