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Paladins

I am a paladin of Wothat, and you will let me through.
— Heiden, demanding access to the city struck by the Long Death
Being a paladin is something that is respected and wished by many people in almost all societies. Chosen by a god, not always according to the will of the paladin himself, they are most known as divine warriors, individuals with close ties to the gods. The usual powers granted to a paladin include immunity to all diseases and most poisons, especially slow ones, outstanding health and strength, as well as significantly improved potential in arcane magic.   Becoming a paladin is no hard thing at all, but few are fit for it. If one's aura is compatible with a god's aura, the two can form a very special bond. A seal of an individual design is integrated into the future paladin's aura; and that seal, a small independent aura pattern itself, acts as a link between the paladin and their god.   Through that seal, a paladin gets access to some of the god's divine powers, as the seal is part of the god and thus can provide the divine magic even without the concern of the said god. In return, some of the divine energy gathered by the paladin is captured by the seal and transferred to the god. Normally, both the provided divine power and the efficiency of such transfer would be rather low, though it's still the only known way of transferring divine energy.   Yet, the more matching are the two auras, paladin's and god's, the better is the seal integrated into paladin's aura and the stronger is their connection. Some of the legendary paladins were said to have little to no divine energy and yet being able to defeat monstrous creatures and gods in a fight. Such link makes both the god and the paladin highly dependent on each other and their power.   Moreover, it becomes easier for them to reach the minds of each other, speaking and even sharing emotions and visions if the link is very strong. For what one could have to pray for years, another can simply ask for. Some paladins are even able to communicate with other paladins of the same god through their seals. Sometimes, they can even become a deity; though it is rather hard for a paladin, especially with close ties to their god, to collect enough divine energy to advance to a proper god.  
Martial arts, religion, literacy... You might be chosen, but you still have a lot to learn. This temple here would be your new home.
— Cleric to a newly initiated paladin
Once a man or woman gets chosen by a god, they are taken to train in the temple or under another paladin, though the latter is rather uncommon. Many future paladins train as acolytes in the temple before their initiation and then get formally introduced to the god by their clerics in a certain ritual which is said to improve the chances of becoming a paladin. The paladins are not required to undergo the training, though almost all choose to do at least some form of it.   Afterwards, some of the paladins spend their time protecting the temples and clerics of their god while others travel across the lands in pursuit of their god's ideals. Paladins also have groups called Orders, united by the same goals, most of whose members are the travelling ones. The most famous and probably the most respected, though often feared, paladin order are the Custodians, paladins whose job is to fight diseases including the terrifying Dust of the Dead. Yet, in times of danger and need all paladins toss away their usual activities and stand as a shield in defence of the things they have sworn to protect.

Career

Qualifications

To become a paladin, you do not need any skills or knowledge; you may not even know the god that you'll serve. Yet, most of the people became paladins after being formally introduced by a member of the clergy, and everything seems to affect one's chances of being chosen. There were even paladins that did not want to devote their lives to a god in the first place.

Payment & Reimbursement

Money? Yes, the money is quite good. I mean, I make more a year than anyone in my home village does!
— Village kids asking questions of a paladin
Wealthy people would often send money to the passing paladin of their patron. If a god protects a certain settlement or country, the financial support for their paladins could be astonishing, often better than that for the temples. Most of the bigger temples have a special place where anyone could sacrifice as little or as much as they wanted to the god's paladins, who can get some of that money when passing by. Those places are often visited by the common folk, who can not afford to give enough money to do it directly but still want to help. The sums discussed are often enough to support the whole of the paladin's family.

Other Benefits

Utmost respect and hospitality. In many villages, a paladin could often be offered by locals to share food with them or stay for the night. Those locals may not even be the followers of the same god as the paladin.

Operations

Tools

Being the god's warriors, paladins are usually heavily armed and well protected by their armour. Yet, some paladins choose the path of peace over their nature and may not carry weapons at all. Most of them also have a sigil of their god, wearing it either openly or concealed.

Provided Services

Most of the paladins spend their days fighting monsters and protecting the temples, or just preaching and travelling around the world. They often help the ill and wounded, including the usage of divine magic via the god's seal, as well as teach kids and adults alike the basics of literacy.   It is also not such a rare thing to meet the paladins protecting the weak and fighting the tyrants, as most of them take the ideals of their god rather close to the heart. Some paladins collect and preserve knowledge, some study and fight diseases. Some are, after all, simply living their lives. The paladins do not really have any list of services they can provide, being specific to the paladin.
Alternative Names
Divine warriors, god's avatars
Type
Religious
Demand
Overall, the paladins are someone about who you can often hear things like "if only there were more people like them", though they do not play any indispensable role except for the times of diseases
Legality
Paladins are free to move all across the world, except for the rare places where deities are banned or under the strict control forbidding them to have any kind of servants. However, in many cultures including humans, paladins cannot hold any positions of power, as they are perceived as having too close of a bond with the gods.
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DoodleSM Benjamin Paris
21 Nov, 2018 22:48

How my rating works: I give 6 points free if you have put in effort into the article. Each point after 6 is exponentially harder to get.   Format 6/10 Writing 8/10 Usage of Template 7/10   What I like: I like that paladins in this world have the aura. The seals that let the Paladin and the God share their powers is interesting.   What I think can be improved: The font reader is hard to read. I think you could add in/famous paladins that are in this world to give the world depth. Maybe adding perceptions from non paladins could be interesting ?   Comments: Nice article overall, bit hard to read due to font.

21 Nov, 2018 22:54

Thanks! In fact, any creature have an aura in this world, there's a tooltip about it. The one of the most famous paladin's article is currently in process of improvement, I'll add some more later. The non-paladin perceptions I haven't considered yet, will do that. And, most importantly, thanks for your opinion about the font! I had such fears, just started the process of search for a good font. Seems I'll need to drop it if anyone else confirms the font being hard to read...

21 Nov, 2018 23:19

Just increase the font size a little, I think then it will be fine!

Author of Ravare.
22 Nov, 2018 05:46

1. The font really needs to be blown up a little, I'm having severe trouble actually reading your article. It ends up making it feel rather messy, smallcaps isn't usually suitable for writing long prose   2. Decent point about the payment going to a Paladin's family; one of the less believable parts of Paladin-hood in many fantasy settings is this whole idea that they can do unpaid labour and yet still somehow be viewed kindly by their families, especially when they have a poor background and a son who goes off to become a Paladin is a son who is not farming.   3. Do note that "Sacred" hospitality is in fact sacred; it was generally the case that hospitality would be given to all but the most suspicious individuals, so "utmost hospitality" is actually normal unless you rule that it's not the case in your world. Simply bringing that to your attention.   4. For my question: <Overall, the paladins are someone about who you can often hear things like "if only there were more people like them"> - if you think about this a little, it's actually pretty important. Because the fact of the matter is that you're implying that nobody wants to be a paladin, people wish that more people were paladins; they don't want to emulate a Paladin but be surrounded by them. How does this affect Paladins and the way they view the world, knowing they're martyrs who are admired but never emulated, exalted but not truly respected?

22 Nov, 2018 09:21

Thank you for such an extensive feedback! Are you only having problems with the usual text, or are the quotes hard to read too?   It's a fair point with hospitality, though I tried to indicate how outstanding it is. People are generally hospitable, but to less extent that with paladins. It's not unusual for a common folk to offer a passing paladin their own bed to sleep with, even if they have no reserve one for themselves. Which could happen for those who they know, but rarely do such things get offered to strangers.   About people not wishing to be a paladin, I guess I haven't convey the idea properly. Most people would gladly accept being a paladin, with the exception of those who wants to hold positions of power or to become a deity themself. However, it is a rather rare case when a god stumbles across an individual with aura suit for their seal to be put on, otherwise the attempt can only damage the aura and said individual. The beliefs of an individual doesn't seem to affect the chances severely, so it's more of a nature thing whether auras are compatible.

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Nevermore
22 Nov, 2018 10:46

First up I really like the font but the background of the article makes it a little hard to read! A slightly lighter background might help, or even a slightly darker wallpaper? Second I really enjoyed your take on Paladins, especially that some of them who have ended up in the profession and serving a god didn't even want to be there in the first place! The aura system is super neat and it's a great way to describe their influence. All in all a very thorough article and I look forward to seeing more!

22 Nov, 2018 11:33

Thanks! It's a valid point, I will consider slightly altering the background. Just started to learn all that CSS stuff.   If you liked the article, you might also find interesting my article about deities (there is a block link under the sidebar). Both paladins and deities are, in fact, usual individuals who manage to break the rules of the world by using divine magic.

22 Nov, 2018 11:35

Or check out the "Divine magic" part of magic article, it's also linked under the sidebar. All three of those concepts are closely tied together, and it can help explain why the paladins are so special after all.

22 Nov, 2018 11:38

Just for a bit of CSS help, throw this into your code:   .user-css blockquote .author, .user-css-extended blockquote .author { font-size: 0.9em; margin-top: 8px; }   It will make the quote author far easier to read. (I helped you with increasing font size)   Something I would suggest for the article itself is to shorten some of the sentences down. You have a few run-on sentences going on that make the read a bit bulky. It would also be wonderful to see some different Paladin types, if you understand me. Such as a Paladin of "THIS GOD" compared to "THIS OTHER GOD".

Author of Ravare.
22 Nov, 2018 13:11

Thanks for the CSS help once again! And yes, I always tend to write behemoth sentences, thanks for noticing me.   The problem with different paladin types is that they have, in fact, no significant differences. Sure, the paladins tend to act closer to their god's alignment, though they still retain their will and can deviate quite a lot, but that's about it.   There are, however, several paladin orders whose members dedicate their lives to a common cause. For example, the Custodians mentioned in the article consist of several hundreds paladins, and even have their own symbol. I do plan on writing a few articles for the most prominent paladin orders.