"Warrior codes can be construed in a wide variety of ways to reflect the core values of diverse cultures...

WarriorsWhy warriors need a code, I argue that the purpose of a code is to restrain warriors, for their own good as much for the good of others. Therefore the essential element of a warrior code is that it must set definite limits on what warriors can and cannot do if they want to continue to be regarded as warriors, not murders or cowards. For the warrior who has such a code, certain actions remain unthinkable, even in the most dire or extreme circumstances…Achilles…The great Homeric warrior Achilles forfeits his honor when he abuses the corpse of the noble Prince Hector of Troy. Roman Legion A soldier of the Roman Legion suffers permanent disgrace if he breaks from his formation and abandons his fellow warriors to their fate. Volsungs Fabled Viking King Volsung cannot run from an unworthy, deceitful opponent, even to regroup and fight on his own terms. RoundTableKnightsA legendary Round Table Knight must grant all requests for mercy and must defend those weaker than himself. Cheyenne Peace Chief A Cheyenne peace chief will keep his word and abide by the terms of any treaty he has signed, even after the other side has violated it. Sitting-BullWar chiefs such as Sitting Bull and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce will do what's best for their people, even if it means surrendering both their power and their personal pride. Shaolin Monks The martial monks and nuns of Shaolin spend their days perfecting deadly arts but refuse to employ them except in a purely defensive capacity. SamuraiAnd a Samurai would sooner die a slow and agonizing death by his own hand than permit someone else, such as his master or members of his clan, to pay for his mistakes.Modern Warrior Modern warrior can forge admirable models for their own behavior by picking and choosing the best from amongst these historical and mythical warrior ideals. ”  ~Shannon E. French, The Code of The Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and Present