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The Code of Honor is an ancient code followed by the fighters of the kingdom who desire to follow a path of law, good and to try to be as good (or better) than the ancient knights and figures of legends.
 The royal family member in the throne can adjust these codes as he or she sees fit, or clarify thier meaning if a question arises. However, no member of the royal family has ever adjusted the code.
 One might notice that there is no clause for running from a battle in the Code of Honor. It is not considered cowardly to run from a battle if you know you cannot win. Suicide that will accomplish nothing is simply foolish. Those who follow the code are honorable, not stupid. However, many of those who have gone into hopeless battles for the sake of saving the lives of others (by giving them time to escape, for example) have become legends of honorable men.
 This is not the complete code of honor. The DM is in his rights to make up small rules of the code as the game goes along. However, think carefully before making a rule!

The Code of Honor
 The Code was supposedly first spoken by Saint Campbell of Highfather, called the "Son of the Highfather", a paladin who lived before the founding of Arember. Some say that Saint campbell was never actually a living person, but is only a legend. Whatever the case, the code is concidered by most honorable men as the true law of the land and of the battlefield. The kingdom of Arember holds the code as it's highest ideal.

Lies are my enemy. My Word is my Bond and Law. I will never break it.
 This code is lived up to in action and in spirit. You can't tell someone you won't kill them when you know your friend will, for example. If you promise something, you keep the spirit of that promise, as well as the word. Otherwise you're a trickster more than a noble warrior.
 This code is followed when the warrior gives his word, not just when he says something. The warrior must swear by the Highfather or simply "swear" it.

Violence against the weak is my enemy. I will protect the innocent.
 This code means that the character will do whatever is neccessary to protect the innocent, which means children and women, and defenseless men. He will never hurt the innocent unless forced to do so, and only as a last resort (but he would never kill an innocent person).

Hate is my enemy. I will allow the honorable surrender of my opponent.
 This part of the code was written before the time of magic and the Dark Queen, and has been in question. It certainly applies to men, but does it apply to the evil forces of the queen? For now, the church says it does apply to her forces as well, for if men give away thier rules a piece at a time so do they give away thier hummanity and become monsters as well. However, Queen Lenan has yet to give her ruling on this code as it applies to the Dark Queen. So far it has been uneccessary, as the Queen's forces do not surrender for fear of their leader.
 Any unit that flies a Flag of Honor cannot be attacked so long as they travel alone without hilding their weapons, and are riding holding the flag to ask for a meeting of the opposed army. This part of the code is used so that opposing armies can allow thier leaders to meet and either plan to meet in an area for a battle, or to discuss surrender.

Greed is my enemy. I will never steal for the sake of greed.

Murder is my enemy. I will never kill for the sake of killing.

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