Since Changeling the Lost: Second Edition eschewed Entitlements, and my current chronicle hinges heavily on the existence of the Margravate of the Brim, I decided to rewrite the entitlement with my own spin.
The Hedge Knights live on the edge of Changeling society, that no man's land between Freeholds and the Hedge. They are sworn to no Courts, but have a duty to protect their lands. This duty is typically expressed through the following routines, all performed in the Brim:
- Rooting out the Bastions of Huntsmen
- Rescuing captured mortals and Changelings before they reach Arcadia
- Escorting escapees to safe grounds
- Foiling the operations of Loyalists and Privateers
- Questing to put Hedge Ghosts to rest
- Negotiating with or putting down errant Hobgoblins
Despite the noble tasks Hedge Knights perform, they are hated by the Freeholds. Some think that the Knights' flaunting about in the Brim attracts trouble in the first place. Others believe the Knights see themselves as a Court outside the Freehold, establishing fiefdoms they have no right to claim. Still others believe the Knights are prone to Loyalism and madness due to their proximity to the Hedge and the fiends that lurk within.
In reality, Hedge Knights take the oath for a multitude of reasons. Some did not fit with Freeholds for one reason or another, and found themselves taking the Knighthood after they were exiled, overwhelmed by Freehold life, or acted out of need for agency. An overwhelming majority want to ensure that mortals don't experience what they endured, and that none of their kin are stolen back by their Keepers. A select few - much like a soldier out of war - found their lives empty without the rush of survival and the horrible beauties of the other side. Whatever the reason, Knights typically take up the mantle due to some dysfunction with mortal life. It's for this reason - in addition to the nature of the job itself - that Hedge Knights are most prone to lapses in Clarity.
Because of the tolls life on the Brim takes on the body and mind, only those Changelings who prove their mettle and worth through extensive hazing become Hedge Knights. Upon swearing the oath, a Knight dons a raiment of secondhand clothing and rags, staining their Mask with grit and grime and dust, accenting their callouses and scars and the bags under their eyes. The homeless who don't panhandle and the day-laborers who never leave their corners could very well be Hedge Knights. Knights live on the Brim, often in residences shared with their assigned Motley that are like to befit their new Masks.
The oath sworn by Hedge Knights bestow the following effects:
- Once per chapter, they can treat a Contract roll as a teamwork action with their assigned Motley.
- Members of an assigned Motley can meditate for one turn to distribute their collective Glamour evenly among its members, leftover Glamour consumed as a tithe.
- When a Knight enters a Freehold, they get a fresh instance of the Notoriety Condition.
- While in the Brim, a Knight gets +1 Initiative, +1 Perception (including the Wits + Composure rolls made to detect surprise attacks), and +1 to Stealth.
- Increased border friction or certain political gaffes has made war between the Knights and the Freeholds a marked possibility. Whether the impending conflict is over shifting territory, resources, dishonored pledges, relative power, even social slights, the tension is palpable and the situation delicate.
- The Knights' numbers are dwindling, and a recruitment drive is instated. Allowing just anyone into the ranks invites weakness and conspiracy, let alone the logistical nightmare of managing such a mass of greenhorns.
- A Knight has hostile relations within the Motley they are assigned to. A Motley goes AWOL, either to carouse, steal valor for a deed they shouldn't perform on their own, or for a bit of Privateering.