Questoris Pattern Knights, also called Questoris-class Knights, are the most common type of Imperial Knight in use by the Knight houses of the Imperium of Man and the Adeptus Mechanicus. They are the mainstay of Knight forces, capable of holding their own both in close combat and at range.
Knight suits can be categorised into different classes, each of which is constructed to a different STC pattern. By far the most common class of Knight is the Questoris, a tall and versatile chassis characterised by its comprehensive data-manifold, potent Machine Spirit (artificial intelligence) and versatile armament mounts -- one at each arm coupling, and an optional third atop its carapace.
Questoris-class Knights can be further categorised by their traditional armaments into Knights Errant, Paladin, Warden, Gallant, Crusader, Preceptor and various other patterns, each of which has its own strategic and tactical strengths.
This class of Knight also includes some relic designs dating back to the time of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy, such as the Questoris Knight Magaera and the Questoris Knight Styrix that are no longer in widespread use in the late 41st Millennium.
While the Standard Template Construct databases for some classes of Knight have been lost over the millennia, several remain in widespread use. Thus, while the mainstay of most Knight houses is the Questoris-class Knight chassis, heavy fire support is offered by the hulking Dominus-class engines, while scouting and raiding duties often fall to the lighter Armiger-class Knights.
Most Knight armies consist of a core of Questoris Knights deployed in formations of three to five known as "lances," supported by walking batteries of Dominus Knights and preceded by fleet-footed packs of Armigers.
Though some houses are famed for their specialist types of lance, or predispositions towards specific classes of Knight, these standard tactics have brought the Nobles victory for many thousands of Terran years.
Types of Questoris Knights
- Knight Errant
- Knight Paladin
- Knight Warden
- Knight Gallant
- Knight Crusader
- Knight Preceptor
- Knight Desecrator
- Knight Rampager
- Knight Despoiler
- Questoris Knight Styrix
- Questoris Knight Magaera
- Codex: Chaos Knights (8th Edition), pg. 12
- Codex: Imperial Knights (8th Edition), pp. 16, 58-59
- The Horus Heresy Book Four - Conquest (Forge World Series) by Alan Bligh, pg. 295