What Do You Think About Honor?

Code of Chivalry

Code of Chivalry

Luke Callindor–  Not really sure what I’m reading here.  Some of these things make sense, but . . . What does it mean by ‘Arts are the food of the chivalrous?’

Nyx–  I think it means to enjoy the arts.  This seems like a code of conduct for noblemen or warriors.

Sari–  Guess that means I don’t have to listen to it.  Three cheers for thief types!  Woo!

Nyx–  Put the booze down, little sister.  We should get to that question at the top.  I think honor is very important for adventurers.  Though it seems to be defined differently for each person.

Delvin Cunningham–  Good point.  Being a mercenary, honor isn’t always part of the job unless you’re in a position to being picky.  That takes a while and maintaining any sense of honor is tough at the start.

Luke–  Even if you come from Selenia’s school?

Delvin–  That helps, but it doesn’t mean you get to act spoiled and turn your nose up at jobs from the beginning.  At least being an adventurer, you get to maintain a constant sense of honor.

Timoran Wrath–  That is not always the case.  An adventurer’s lack of affiliation means that they can get hired for more despicable jobs.  For example, hiring one to be an assassin would leave less of an organizational trail than if you hired a mercenary or guild thief.  You cannot lock down a wandering adventurer.

Sari–  You really think there’s a lot of honor among thieves?  Not really.  It’s very fluid in that world.  Sure, gypsies are loyal to family, but we’ll turn on an outsider if they tried to turn us against our loved ones.

Nyx–  That’s more common than you think.  Honor seems so fragile at times.  You develop it without realizing it, but one misstep can shatter your code.

Luke–  Not everyone is like that.  Some people have to work really hard to be honorable, so it isn’t as hard-wired as you think.  Also, it’s definitely possible to recover broken honor through acts of redemption.

Timoran–  Very true, my friend.  My people have various trials for those who wish to regain their honor.  Though certain crimes result in execution or exile.

Delvin–  Being from a warrior culture, I’m sure honor is very important.  The code you follow becomes intertwined with loyalty, which is needed on the battlefield.  I hate to admit it, but I don’t really think about honor too often.  I do what I feel is right for myself and my friends.

Sari–  So, are you saying that people are inherently honorable or dishonorable?

Timoran–  I hate to say yes, but that is the case with some people.  The concept of honor is dependent on instinct, culture, upbringing, and so many factors that one cannot put more than a personal definition to it.  Some pieces will carry over from one explanation to another, but the nuances will be different.

Luke–  Guess this discussion could go around until we pass out.

Timoran–  This is why my people have such discussions over food and drink.  Eventually, we agree to disagree and enjoy the company.

Nyx–  I think I’m really going to like being in Stonehelm.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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38 Responses to What Do You Think About Honor?

  1. Great chat, and an interesting format. Is that what your first drafts look like? Reads like a movie script 🙂

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  2. Interesting post. What if #5 and #7 are in conflict? Or 7 and 10?

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    • Guessing #5 supersedes #7 because nobody questions the king/nobles/rulers/whatever in those days. As for #10, I think it would have to do with how that culture treats women. If they’re ‘seen and not heard’ then them being ignoble wouldn’t be taken seriously. It could also define ladies solely as those in the nobility.

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  3. PorterGirl says:

    Great dialogue! And for what it’s worth, I think it’s a great code except for perhaps #15. Bit harsh, that.

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  4. adeleulnais says:

    I loved this dialogue. Honor personally to me is a big thing. Must have been a knight back in the day lol

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  5. I enjoyed the characters perspective. I like the idea of sitting down with food and drink and then agreeing to disagree.

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  6. Interesting code. I don’t quite agree with #s 14 or 15 but love #17. 😉

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    • It’s the Knight’s Code of Chivalry. So it’s definitely from a different time. Reading this, it makes me wonder about the phrase ‘Chivalry is Dead’ and how that tends to be a complaint.

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  7. Interesting to re-read the Code of Chivalry. They mention respect more than I had remembered. Still, the sardonic part of me wonders whether their definition of “lady” would cover every female or only those they consider “worthy.”

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  8. I’d be happy to debate these codes for hours, but only if someone else buys the root beer.

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