Knights in Stanley's Service
First Appearance: TBFGK 75
The "Knights in Stanley's Service" are elite warriors handpicked from Stanley's natural allies for their battle prowess and ability to rock with him.Erf-b1-p111 They wear black & white uniforms, including full face paint.
As Stanley orders the Knights mustered from among the corps of ordinary hobgobwins within the cityErf-b1-p075, keeping the Knights in Stanley's Service prepared for battle at all times may have a drawback, such as an increased upkeep, or possibly that they were normally used as some kind of low-level leader for the hobgoblin units.
The only KISS to survive the events in Book 1 is Vurp, one of the three top KISS who Stanley took with him to build a new side on the ruins of Faq if Gobwin Knob fell. Upon returning to Gobwin Knob, Stanley spent a large amount of Shmuckers repopulating the Hobgobwin tribe from Vurp, including new Knights.LIAB Prologue 24
After the Siege of Spacerock, the Knights accompanied Stanley to a battle with Jillian Zamussels, who had been sacking outlying Gobwin Knob cities on her way from Spacerock to Faq.Hvs.tCF 6 During the battle, Charlie and Vanna used binding arbitration to coerce the tribe into betraying Stanley by turning to Charlescomm.
Real World References
The Knights are an obvious homage to a well known band KISS. The warpaint worn by the Knights copies the stage paint that KISS wear during their live shows and music videos. Stanley in particular uses the stage paint of Paul Stanley.
The name "Knights in Stanley's Service" is based upon a common myth that the RealWorld Rock Group KISS took their name as the acronym for the phrase "Knights in Satan's Service".