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For the pre-Patch 2.0 PvP title, see Alliance [Knight].
For the Rated Battlegrounds title, see Alliance [Knight].
Knight of the Brotherhood of the Horse

Knights are traditionally horse-mounted warriors of the Alliance and the kingdoms of humanity. They are usually humans, although other factions have knights as well such as the elves. Many famous human warriors were knights such as Sir Anduin Lothar, Regent of Stormwind and Supreme Commander of the Alliance forces during the Second War. For centuries they have been the bane of many enemies: the legendary Orgrim Doomhammer, the warchief who fell Lothar, was indeed killed by a human knight. These legendary mounted warriors also proved to be a decisive factor in many battles; particularly in the Gnoll War and the First Siege of Stormwind Keep. Orcs in particular respected and feared them, describing them as "... fiends [who] rode atop beasts of muscle and sinew that crashed through our ranks...". They also symbolize respect and honor among the humans. This is demonstrated by Sir Rufus Montaine, as he was the first to teach the future Horde Warchief, Thrall, of respect. When one becomes a knight, he or she is given the title "Sir" or "Dame" in front of his or her name. An armored knight on his charger with his cape flowing is an icon of the might of the human armies.

Knights appeared as units on the human or Alliance side in Warcraft I, Warcraft II, and Warcraft III. They are the classic counterpart to raiders and ogres.

Paladins are also called knights, as during the Second War their only difference came from their ability to wield the Light. Many if not most came from the ranks of former knights, and were even referred as "Holy Knights". Like knights, some paladins also have the title of "Sir", though this could also be because they have rose up from the ranks of former knights. The summoning and usage of Chargers and Warhorses in game mechanics suggest paladins' favour mounted combat in lore which only strengthen the similarity. Because of this, when speaking Knights and Paladins are pretty much interchangeable to most as Tirion Fordring often called his paladins knights and Turalyon was often referred to as a knight even though he was the only original member of the Silver Hand not to be a knight. Thus, paladins of the Knights of the Silver Hand and Blood Knights may be called knights, but not all knights may be called paladins.

Death knights are also called knights even when they were not corrupted or risen up from the ranks of former knights. The Knights of the Ebon Blade are an order of death knights.

Knights of the Brotherhood of the Horse

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During the First War, the Kingdom of Azeroth (later known as Stormwind) was served by an order of knights called the Brotherhood of the Horse, Knights of Azeroth, or the Knights of Stormwind.

These knights were the fighting elite in King Llane's service. Using the difficult skills required for mounted combat, these warriors wielded huge maces in order to crush their opponent's skulls. Their warhorses made them fast and deadly, as they could maneuver much more quickly than an unmounted foe. Knights were well respected throughout the realm, and the tales of their fighting prowess were known far and wide.[1]

Knights of the Kingdoms of Lordaeron

Second War

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The knights of Lordaeron represented the fiercest fighting force in the armies of the Alliance. Protected by suits of heavy armor, they carried mighty warhammers with which to crush all who would threaten the freedom of their lands. Astride great warhorses, these honorable and just warriors served as a symbol of order to the peoples of Lordaeron in these dark and chaotic times. Having learned of the fate the Knights of Azeroth suffered after the First War, they had sworn to both avenge their fallen brethren and free their homelands from the grip of the Orcish Hordes.[2]

The paladin order formed during the Second War called themselves the Knights of the Silver Hand and were those of only the greatest virtue among the knighthood of Lordaeron,[3] and were tutored in the ways of Light magic.

During the course of the conflict the Alliance effectively countered the ogres of the Horde with mounted knights, a strategy that served them well throughout the war.[4]

Knight during the Second War.

Third War

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Though the hearty knights of Azeroth were destroyed during the First War, the shining knights of Lordaeron still continue to serve amongst the warriors of the Alliance. Wading into combat astride their noble warhorses, the knights are renowned for cutting bloody swathes through enemy ranks. The knights' speed and mobility mark them as some of the most versatile warriors of the Alliance.[5]

Knight during the Third War.

In the RPG

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This proud young man carries himself as if he were the lord of the battlefield. Resplendent in his (probably hereditary) armor, he spends much of his time testing the balance of his lance and speaking with his horse.

Aside from champions, the knight is the warrior elite of humanity, especially of the Alliance, the best of the normal troops thus among the most feared. They typically form ranks and charge, which causes a devastating effect on the battlefield. Knights line up for a coordinated charge, using their mounts' mobility to give them an advantage or to overrun an enemy's line so they may trample their opponents.[6]

Notable knights

Name Role Status Location
AllianceIconSmall Lothar.gif Sir Anduin Lothar Knight Champion of Stormwind Deceased Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Rufus Montaine teacher of Thrall Deceased Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Marcus Jonathan General of Stormwind Deceased Valley of Heroes, Stormwind City
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Reginald Windsor Marshal of Stormwind Deceased
AllianceIconSmall Turalyon.gif Sir Turalyon Knight of the Silver Hand MIA Unknown
CombatIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Thomas Thomson the Headless Horseman Undead, Killable Scarlet Monastery, Tirisfal Glades
CombatIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir High Protector Lorik High Protector of the Scarlet Crusade Alive Hearthglen, Western Plaguelands
AllianceIconSmall Uther.gif Sir Uther the Lightbringer the first of the paladins Deceased Uther's Tomb, Western Plaguelands
CombatIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Saidan Dathrohan Grand Master of the Scarlet Crusade possessed by Balnazzar The Scarlet Bastion, Stratholme
NeutralIconSmall Tirion.gif Sir Tirion Fordring Grand Master of the Argent Crusade Deceased Mardenholde Keep, Western Plaguelands
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Knight Dameron Wintergrasp quartermaster Alive Wintergrasp Fortress, Wintergrasp
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Knight-Captain Drosche officer aboard The Skybreaker Alive The Skybreaker, Icecrown
AllianceIconSmall NightElf Male.gif Knight-Lieutenant Moonstrike Stormwind PvP quartermaster Unknown Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Human Female.gif Knight-Lieutenant T'Maire Sydes Stormwind PvP quartermaster Alive Champions' Hall, Stormwind
CombatIconSmall Human Male.gif The Black Knight Killable Argent Tournament Grounds, Icecrown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Wendell Balfour Knight of Stormwind Deceased Icecrown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Knight-Lieutenant Marx Soldier of Stormwind Alive Talador
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Duncan Pike Soldier of Stormwind Unknown Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Morgan Ladimore Soldier of Stormwind Deceased Darkshire
AllianceIconSmall Human Female.gif Lady Mara Fordragon High Clerist of Stormwind Deceased Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Marcus Barlowe Master of Arms at the Argent Tournament Alive Icecrown
AllianceIconSmall Human Male.gif Sir Maximus Adams Arathi Basin Battlemaster Alive Refuge Pointe

Knight orders/types

"Through dedication and conviction, a knight can come to harness the power of the Light."

In World of Warcraft, many knights are deployed through the game, though due to game mechanics they are in the form of warriors, paladins and death knights.

"Knight" was also a rank title given to people for PvP prior to the revamping of the Honor System.

For Knights of the Silver Hand, Blood Knights and Death Knights NPCs, see their respective pages.

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Trivia

  • In the original Warcraft III alpha, Knights had a different model and were equipped with a "ball and chain" weapon, like their First War counterpart. Their current model was used by the Crusader hero unit, which was eventually canceled.

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