The Southern Chapter is part of the Brevic Knights, a Sovereign Chivalric Order dedicated to the defence of Brevoy and eventually responsible to the king of Brevoy (The Order's Grand Commander). The Southern Chapter is a combined chapter, responsible for all the Southern Region, rather than dedicated to protecting the property and status of a single Noble House. Note
Details of Chapters, rank qualification and other orders can be found here.
Knight-Captain is the head of the Order and is responsible only to the regent, who is the Grand Commander of the Brevic Order.
Knight Commanders are the Senior Knights in a State or Region and titular heads of their sub-chapter. Technically, they lead their troops into battle, although they generally appoint a deputy to act as field commander of their forces. Note
A top quality combatant and leader - possibly from the following prestige classes - Student of War, Noble Scion, Justicar, Eldritch Knight or their equivalent . Knights created in 'recognized' Independent Orders , or anyone who has achieved the rank of Sword Lord or Duelling Master in a recognised duelling style, is automatically eligible for this rank if they are invited to join the order. Knights can call on their officers, and the military, for help.
Knights have the right to develop an independent stronghold and to recruit military personnel. In return, they are expected to defend the Region and support the chapter. Knights of the Southern Order are expected to serve with The Field Army, in times of war.
This is an interim level. Officers must have proved their combat ability on a mission sanctioned by The Chapter's leaders. Note: Officers have the authority to enforce the law, call a posse together, give chase etc. They might also carry out administrative duties and support their knights when called on.
Officers have the right to develop an independent stronghold and to recruit military personnel. In return, they are expected to defend the Region and support the chapter. Officers of the Southern Order are expected to serve with The Home Army, in times of war.
This is the junior level of membership. Members must have proved their value to the region as a whole, or one of the individual states. Note:
Members have the right to develop a subsidiary stronghold and limited authority to recruit military personnel. In return, they are expected to defend the Region and support the chapter. Members of the Southern Order are expected to organise the The Mob, when they gather to defend their homes.
Most NPCs start at this level.
State Military Officers holding the rank of Lt, or above, or who hold an appointment as Sub Magistrate and are Honorary Deputies of the Order. Technically, they act under the authority of an Officer or Knight, although they are seen to be competent and capable of making minor decisions alone. In the case of exceptional service, they may be elevated to the rank of Member.