Religion plays a large part in the lives of every Arthurian knight. As warriors, knights live close to the grim reality of death at all times, and spiritual life provides some comfort and guidance for them.

Piety and Religion

Religious attitudes, both Christian and Pagan, can be summed up within four categories for Pendragon, and are determined roughly by the value of a character’s Spiritual trait, as noted in parentheses beside each category.

Fanaticism (16+): For this character, religion is placed before any observance or behavior arising from a trait having a lower value, and before any social event or endeavor that interferes with dedication to the religious life. Sir Galahad is the best literary example of this type of knight.

Interest (11–15): Most people in this range have been brought up on the precepts and ideologies of their religion and accept them without thinking much about it. They regularly attend religious services and functions, residing at the core of mainstream belief.

Indifference (6–10): Most knights of Arthur’s era show great indifference toward their religion, just as most people do today and probably always have. They are subject to its invisible cultural influence, but don’t really care one way or the other. They might attend Mass regularly, or as needed, but probably think it’s a waste of time. Sir Gawaine is regularly accused of being this type of knight.

Hostility (0–5): Some knights actively hate the church and plunder its holdings and servants with glee. Reasons can vary widely, and a few examples of these types appear in literature, and more in history. Sir Thomas Malory is himself a good example of a knight of this type.

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