Standards of living

Current era:
Boy King Era


A knight with an income of less than £3 per year is
Impoverished. His is a miserable lot. He appears ragged,
most likely lean and sickly, and his armor pitted and rusty.
He has no squire and often lacks a horse of any kind. As a
result, an Impoverished knight counts only as a sergeant
in battle.

No Glory is gained during the Winter Phase for
suffering the life of an Impoverished knight.

-5 on survival rolls.

Impoverished knights only have a broken curibulii (4p armour)


Poor knights are, for whatever reason, unable to maintain
themselves in the manner in which they ought. A
knight who receives between £3 and £5 per year is considered
Poor. In general, a Poor knight has no squire;
rides a mangy, sway-backed horse; is hungry, lean, and
ragged; and wears armor in a sad state of disrepair.

No effect. There is no shame, but no special
fame, in being a poor knight.

Poor knights have a boiled leather curibulii (8p armour)

-1 on all survival rolls.


Ordinary knights are those most often discussed in
Pendragon; generally, whenever the word “knight” is used,
unmodified by another adjective, it refers to a character of
this economic standing. Ordinary knights comprise the
majority of chivalry. Player knights always begin the game
as Ordinary knights in terms of economic quality.

Glory: No effect.

Ordinary knights have regular chainmail and a regular shield (10+5 points)


Rich knights usually wear clothing of rich fabrics and
furs in the latest style, have ornate silver-decorated tack for
their glossy-coated horses, and regularly enjoy rich feasts.
They typically have two squires in attendance, both being
well-mounted and attentive to their knight’s needs.

Knights who live above their expected means
(i.e., more than £8 per year) gain Glory equal to the annual
number of maintenance libra spent; thus, a knight who has
£11 per year also gains 11 Glory per year.

+1 on all survival rolls.

Rich Knights have reinforced armour and a regular shield. (12+ 5 points)


Superlative knights are the most extravagant and impressive
of all, requiring £12 per year or more for upkeep.
Their armor shines brightly, and their clothing is sumptuous,
with intricate stitching, extensive use of gold thread,
jewels, imported feathers, and furs from fantastic beasts.
Three squires, each proud in matching livery, typically attend
the knight’s needs.
Superlative knights also benefit from superior health
and the aid of well-equipped, loyal squires in battle.

As noted under Rich knights, above, knights
who live above their expected means gain additional annual
Glory based on their income.

+2 survival rolls.

Superlative knights have an reinfoced armour and shield (12 + 6 points).


Standards of living

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