There are several knights who have risen to high positions while themselves being of lesser houses. Some grow to have more influence than many lords and nobles. These knights are not official nobility and their children do not inherit their status automatically like with the greater houses.
Sir Steef Hoogerland
Sir Steef is the commander of the forces of House Thomas, which is one of the largest military organisations in Zilverrijk outside of the Royal Army. Steef is an oracle with a limited ability to look into the future. He is known for wearing two white belts crossed over his chest.
Sir Johan Donia
Sir Johan Donia, also known as Great Pier Junior, after his legendary ancestor Sir Pier Donia, is the grandmaster of the Knightly Order of the Black Hope. Where a lot of knightly orders are based on bloodlines and politics, the Order of the Black Hope is a pure meritocracy. Sir Johan is the grandmaster because he is the best man for the job.
Sir Dick de Cock
Sir Dick de Cock, also known as Rooster Van, is one of five lieutenants that serve the Great Pier in the Knightly Order of the Black Hope. He is one of the smartest and most tactical minded people in the world. He serves as the strategist of the Black Hope and will lead the vanguard when necessary.
Sir Stevan Avendrecht
Sir Stevan Avendrecht, also known as Dead Man Steve, is the last survivor of the ancient knightly house of Avendrecht that served Queen Allara herself. His eyes are a cold and lifeless blue and his skin is ghostly pale. This has lead some to rumor that he might be undead. He is one of the five lieutenants that serve the Great Pier in the Knightly Order of the Black Hope.
Dame Machteld van Rossum
Dame Machteld van Rossum, also known as Red Crow Rossum, is the descendent of the great tactician Sir-Duke Maarten van Rossum who served as tactician to the original Sir Pier Donia. She is a capable leader in her own right and serves as one of the five lieutenants that serve the Great Pier in the Knightly Order of the Black Hope. She wields a fiery morning star into battle which is called the Morgenster van Buren. House van Rossum was once a noble house with a duchy on one of the islands, but they lost this status.
Sir Wilko Mekkeren
Sir Wilko Mekkeren, also known as Big Man Will, is a very big man. It is rumored that his mother was a giant, but this has never been confirmed. He might be one of the strongest people in the world. He wields a hammer so heavy that it takes seven normal men to lift it. He is one of the five lieutenants that serve the Great Pier in the Knightly Order of the Black Hope.
Dame Sylvia van Hetzelfde
Dame Sylvia van Hetzelfde, also known as Curveblade Syl, is a Macherian Alf who did not want to live her life underground. She is still very young at 120 years old. She is pale with long black hair and wields many exotic weapons as she loves learning how to use new weapons. Her main choices are a Zhua and a large black Scimitar, the latter of which gave her her nickname. She is one of the five lieutenants that serve the Great Pier in the Knightly Order of the Black Hope. She has served the black hope for over 50 years.
Dame Maartje Zwartpoes
Dame Maartje Zwartpoes is a nekomimi knight and head of the city guard of the Twenty-three Towers. She is a clever woman that is playing both sides of the succession. She has positioned herself perfectly to be the deciding factor as to who gets to hold the capital. Both Prince Tom the Hunter and Crown-Princess Saba are well aware how important holding the capital is during a succession. Both sides have promised her bribes, titles and lands for her support, but if she has decided, she is careful to never admit whose side she’s on as that would surely cause the other side to try to remove her.
Sir Stram Martin
Sir Stram Martin is the grandmaster of the Knightly Order of the Talking Horse. Stram has a mutation which gives him an incredible power to heal from wounds that would be fatal to most other men. He is the last survivor of House Martin, the old Zilveric Lords of what is now the Latsian city of Argentum.
Dame Saba Tsu
Dame Saba Tsu is the descendant of the legendary pirate queen Tsu Zhiang. She was the first person to be knighted by Crown-Princess Saba. She is an excellent naval commander and leads the personal navy of House Thomas. She has curly black hair and thick glasses and overall does not look very intimidating, but she is absolutely ruthless in battle.