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Paladin

Paladin Class Codex Trimmed

Paladins 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 Initial Gold
Anakim 203.0
Centaur 217.5
Dwarf 253.8
Human 217.5

Default Stats: During Character Creation you may choose to use the default stat line shown below, before racial modifiers. This can be instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results.

Default Stat Paladin
STRENGTH 11
AGILITY 10
STAMINA 11
INTELLECT 10
WISDOM 13
AVOIDANCE 9
PERCEPTION 10
RESOLVE 11
INITIATIVE 10
CHARM 10

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

Proficiencies

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, Firearms

See Equipment section for details. When using a weapon that your class is not proficient with, see Combat Penalties. There is no level or title prerequisite to train in a new proficiency, however you must receive the appropriate Training.

Class Skills

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

Primary Skills


Honor

For Paladin’s there is Honor to be found in the service of others and in the veneration of divine or otherworldly beings. A Paladin’s Honor skills take the form of Oaths, Virtues, and Codes.

No training is required for Oaths and Virtues, as these are a function of the Paladin’s personal and imposed sense of honor. However Code training is typically facilitated by the Order to which the Paladin belongs. There a higher ranking Paladin will act as Mentor and trainer for one of the following Codes of the Paladin:

  • Faithsworn (default first code, must chose a particular Faithsworn code based on your choice of Faith path: Holy, Hell/Demonic, Primal, Soul/Psionic)
  • Leader of Men
  • A Power Greater
  • Ancient Powers (in development)
  • Corruptor of Man (in development)

Paladins cannot learn a previously unknown Code or Code Skill (i.e. putting the first code point into Divine Protection) unless they are taught/instructed by a Mentor (aka Code Trainer) that knows the corresponding skill. If assigning additional code points to an already known code skill, then no trainer is required and the point can be assigned immediately (i.e. increasing the number of code points in Divine Protection from 1 to 2). This represents an Paladin honing their skills rather than actually learning a new skill.

See Learning New Honor Codes and Code Abilities for details.

Faith

Sacred Scriptures

Paladins carry the words of their Faith with them wherever they go. This most often includes the accepted mainstream text of their faith, but also could include scrolls or letters written by scholarly sources or long dead heroes from Crusades of old. In many cases a Paladin will revere and honor the sacred scriptures almost to the same extent as the deity or power they represent, defending them with their very life. Regardless of the degree of reverence, these written teachings are an essential repository of knowledge that acts as a source book of sorts for all of the Faith Powers that they would have access to as part of their faith. Depending on the circumstance and character background, a GM might choose to restrict what Powers are recorded within those sacred writings and scriptures, however unless otherwise stated it contains the entirely of what would be available for their choose Faith Path (i.e. if following the Holy Faith, it would contain all Holy Faith powers from all Disciplines)

From this repository, a Paladin can memorize powers for day-to-day use and for use in combat. As the Paladin gains levels they increase their capacity to retain or “know” powers, but this is not the same as actually learning them. For additional details see Learning New Faith Powers.

Battle Hymns

In order to actually cast any of their powers, a Zealot, Cleric, or Paladin must speak out a memorized scripture or verse while focusing their mind on the desired outcome. This must be paired with a simple but forceful casting gesture, often made with a symbol, relic, idol, or other such device of their faith (see Methods of Casting).

For Paladins, conflict and war are common place. As such they have become adept at exercising their Faith in the powers they serve while in the thick of battle. Many choose to recite battle hymns or shout out words of power that can carry across a battlefield. Many also choose to forge the symbols of their faith into their weapons and armor to make it that much easier to cast whiel in the thick of combat.

Level Ups


Paladins use the following chart for leveling up:

HP Dice (Regular): Small Race (1d8), Medium Race (1d10), Large Race (1d12)

Notes:

Max Faith Powers Known does not include Tier 0 powers (i.e. Prayers/Rituals/Systems/Mantras)

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


Paladin Orders

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 order or faith organization. While the function of a Paladins Order can vary greatly based on the culture and society where they originate,  the basic rules for advancement are the same. Paladins rely on promotion through good standing within the Order and completing honorable quests assigned by their superiors. However if a Paladin truly wishing to climb the ranks within their Order they must eventually participate in a Crusade, a sacred quest or campaign to to route out the enemies of the Faith.

Paladin Orders can vary greatly in size, ranging from a fully fledged and autonomous religious order led by a Grand Marshal, to a smaller military branch of another religious order or Priesthood. When a Paladin Order serves in this capacity it is typically led by a High Templar who is subservient to leadership of the greater order.

The titles awarded by a Paladin Order are as follows: