Actually, Torlynn might be too recently founded for feudal relationships to be relevant. Edgewater seems to be almost a suburb of Melinir, so it probably didn't exist then either.Forgot Torlynn for a sec, but yeah, sounds like we have the same of this.
Sure.We could keep the real identity of the King vague for now, but I think the idea of Thunder Rift during some periods of its history being more closely integrated into a larger kingdom could be interesting.
I recently read something, somewhere, that lumped knights into the peasant class (above serfs, villeins, and cottars, but not entitled to anything). I am unsure of this; as I understand the concept, knights (and chevaliers) where not a feudal class in-and of themselves, knighthood was more of a military rank.Good point about knights having to be knighted by someone. Could one knight make another into a knight? Also, how would Knightly Orders fit into this. Presumably they could be knighted by a Grand Master?
Often, knights where given small amounts of land and allowed to build a small keep or manor house, so they could maintain their horse, arms, and armor. This gave them some rights to preside over disputes on their territory, much in the same way a captain of a ship can do so in international waters. The ability to grant serious boons, or advances in rank was probably beyond most knights. However, if a person that was already a member of the nobility should be knighted (for service to a king, or other high ranking noble), they may have the ability to knight a squire, under the right circumstances (ex: the battle field, when there is a need for cavalry, and after another knight has been killed and his horse, armor, and arms are available). I can't think of any examples of anyone beneath a king or Grand Master knighting anyone, but I am sure that is just early morning selection bias.
I think the Order of the Griffin could be represented in Thunder Rift if it is in Darokin. Absolutely so if Thunder Rift is in Karameikos. The Lawful Brotherhood had outposts on the Savage Coast, so I am sure they could also get in. The same could be so for the fighting brotherhoods of Thyatis. In my campaign, the Heldanic “Knights” would only be happy to pick-up recruits like the Black Knight. There might have even been a local order, being run out of the Fighter's Academy; of course, it wouldn't necessarily be a nice order, now that Agryl runs it...
A bunch of information on real-world knights and knightly orders:
What Knightly Orders Are:
Read All About Knightly Orders
Read All About Chivalric Orders
Here are some examples of RW knightly orders, just for comparison's sake:
Read All About The Knights Templar
Read All About The Knights Hospitaller
Read All About The Knights of the Band
Read All About The Knights of Saint Thomas
Read All About The Teutonic knights
Read All About The Order of The Garter
Read All About The Order of the Dragon
Read All About The Order of Saint George
Read All About The Grand Masters
Read All About The Grand Masters of the Knights Templar
Read All About The Grand Masters of the Knights Hospitaller
Read All About The Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights
While we are on the subject of knighthood, this is relevant to Sword and Shield: