Thayan knights was a were the generals of the armies of Thay, and protectors of the nation's famed Red Wizards. They were unfailingly loyal, notably knowledgeable in the ways of magic, even if they did not practice it, and extremely skilled in martial warfare.
These soldiers acted as defenders of Thayan enclaves all over Faerûn, and personal bodyguards to Red Wizards. They were knights only by name, as they did not have any code of conduct. The only rule which they adhered to was that their life was of no importance, compared to the safety of the Red Wizards, whom they were sworn to protect.
Skilled knights could anticipate the needs of their wizard. They never left their side for long and coordinated soldiers in battle as per their superior's wishes.
To become a Thayan knight, a skilled, human warrior had to be born in Thay, possess significant martial abilities and swear absolute allegiance to the Red Wizards. Slaves were never permitted into their ranks.
Upon becoming a Thayan knight, an individual was adorned with a magical tattoo, either on their forehead or back, that branded them as unique. This intimidating symbol marked them as completely loyal to the Red Wizards. The most veteran of knights would have themselves marked with an additional tattoo upon their face.
Having been exposed to the innate cruelty of their homeland, Thayan knights were extremely resilient to fear on the battlefield, and could seldom be charmed. Their zeal and fervor for protecting the Red Wizards was so intense, they would surpass their normal efforts when attacking any person or creature they saw attempt to harm one of the crimson-robed mages.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
- ↑ Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.