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Paladin trimmed.jpgPaladins are exemplars of Faith and Honor, holding themselves to an unusually high standard and selflessly working to improve the world around them. Their view of the world, so intimately connected to their own belief system, does not always align with those around them. This can set them at odds with those who choose a different path through life.

Above all, Paladins are upholders and enforcers of the law. If that law is defined by a monarch, they will be found among the staunchest supporters of the crown. However, if that law is defined by their own Paladin Order and sets them against the prevailing laws of the land, they can also be considered rebels, or even villains at times. Even in these rare circumstances, one can usually expect mercy from a Paladin. They do not revel in suffering or destruction, but wish in all things for order to prevail. This should never be mistaken for weakness; if a Paladin deems something to be a threat to that order, all notion of mercy disappears. Paladins will stop at nothing to vanquish their foes, often launching prolonged campaigns to eradicate their enemies. When Paladins go on Crusade, even the mighty tremble.

Class Overview


Typical Roles: Tank, Healer, Support/Utility, Melee Damage, Ranged Damage
Damage Types: Physical, Faith (Holy, Demonic, Psionic, Primal)
Class Mechanic: Honor and Faith
Available Races: Dwarf, Human, Centaur
Initial Gold: varies by race from 217.5 to 253.8

During Character Creation you may choose to use the Default Stat Line, before racial modifiers, instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don't like the results

Natural Armor Proficiency: Cloth, Leather, Mail
Trainable Armor Proficiency: Plate
Natural Weapon Proficiency: Knives, Swords, Bludgeons (2-handed), Shields
Trainable Weapon Proficiency: Swords (2-handed),Staves

See Weapons and Armor pages for details. When using a weapon that your class is not proficient with, see Combat Penalties

Class Passives & Secondary Skill


Class Passive: Lay on Hands
Class Synergy: Selfless Resolve
Class Secondary Skill: Combat Specialist (may select from Sword & Board, Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, or Freestyle Specializations)

Level Ups


Paladins use the following chart for leveling up:



Notes:
  1. New Honor Codes and new Code Abilities require training unless they are upgrades (i.e. increasing the number of code points in Honor Strike from 1 to 2), see Learning New Honor Codes and Code Abilities for details
  2. Max Faith Powers Known does not include Tier 0 powers (i.e. Prayers/Rituals/Systems/Mantras)
  3. Leveling up only increases the capacity for known Faith Powers, to actually learn new powers see Learning New Faith Powers for details

Specializations


Specializations are recommended for advanced players only, and are accomplished through the Secondary Skill system (see Specialist Skills). Paladins may choose to specialize their skills in up to one weapon use, one combat style and/or one faith discipline, but can not have more than two specializations in total.
  • Max one Weapon Specialist skill (choose from: Knives, Swords, Bludgeons, Staves)
  • Max one Combat Specialist skill (choose from: Sword and Board, Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, Freestyle, Warder, Mounted)
  • Max one Faith Specialist skill (choose from any Discipline associated with your Faith Path)

Title System


Paladins gain titles based on their rank and standing within an highly organized and regimented group or society of fellow Paladins, often a branch of a larger religious/faith organization. This system of gaining titles is referred to as Orders.

The standard Order based title ups for Paladins are as follows:

Note:
When gaining weapon and/or armor proficiencies from titles a character must still receive training before equipping those weapons and/or armor. A proficiency unlocked from a title-up simply opens up the ability to receive the training.

Due to the highly regimented nature of Paladin orders and established religions or faith paths, it is extremely easy to find oneself on the outside. As such there is a robust set of Outlaw Titles available to the Paladin class, combining the Faith outlaw title with a Honor based pre-fix outlaw title, such as Oathless Wayward or Oathbroken Heretic.

Common Builds


Paladin play styles vary greatly as they can excel in almost any role. Their heavy armor and array of powerful melee weapon choices makes them naturally suited for front line combat or tanking roles. However they can also use many of their honor and faith abilities to support or heal their allies, which in turn mobilizes their class synergy, Selfless Resolve, giving them the potential to do respectable damage as a ranged caster. What this means is that rather than being pigeon holed into a single role, most Paladins can bring immense versatility to their group by shifting to fit the role most needed for the current situation. That said, they can be built to excel in a particular role as well.

Here are some common ways that Paladins can be built using each of the four basic Faith Paths:

Holy Paladin: Holy Paladins are the archetype of all Paladins and are well suited to most roles. The Holy path contains some of the most potent healing abilities, coupled with a Paladins innate survivability, this makes them excellent front line healers. By stacking heavily into their Devotion Code they also become extremely reliable. When a big heal means the difference life or death, a high-crit Healing specialized Paladin with the ability to re-roll failed difficulty tests seems to fit the bill.
Dark Paladin:
Keeper of the Wild:
Psi-Knight:

Additional Lore


coming soon...

Notable Characters


Crusader Kal Emdar
Paladin of the Order of the Red Hawk, based out of Red Hawk Keep in the Republic Capital of Telestra, hero of the War of the Twin Terrors, sacrificed his life to save a Halfling companion named Silus while during battle with the Shade of Deathlord Archibald
more coming soon...

Example Character



Modari Ahd'Menan, a level 4 Centaur Paladin with Psionic Faith Powers, front-rank healer build

Note: this example character sheet does not include any updates from 2015 on