“Paladin” Versus “Taffeta”: The Gender Word War is On : Blog Excerpts


All of these knights were expected to form the armored fist of the periodic Crusades, often supported by non-knightly armored and mounted sergeants. Since he could not be everywhere, especially in the continuous crisis of wartime, Hitler had to encourage self-reliance and independence, both in his paladins and in the regional chieftains, the Gauleiter. When she is forced to flee back to Asia, she is followed by Orlando, who is himself followed in turn by other paladins . The presence of strong positive energy registers on your senses like a noxious odor.

Why should an Anti-Paladin be the EXACT opposite of a Paladin? It takes less than 5 minutes to make an Anti-Paladin like that by yourself. First, the Paladin is a Noble soul, motivated by honor and a desire to help others. A Paladin’s opposite would be motivated by selfish desire, such as a lust for desire or a thirst for vengance, and only follow the flimsiest code of honor, and even then preferring the letter of the code to the spirit. So a Paladin’s opposite would have Any Evil as an alignment. Under this scheme, paladins become complementary to druids, championing the extreme “corner” alignments just as druids are champions of the partly Neutral “cross” alignments.

The remove disease might become a poison spell-like ability the same number of times/week. The paladin’s specialties in most Dungeons & Dragons video games are its high defense, its ability to cast spells and especially its proficiency against undead monsters. As in 1st edition, the paladin class had very high ability score prerequisites, and stipulated that only human characters could be paladins.

Despite this, several Dragon magazine articles describe paladins of other races besides human and of other cultures besides the Western European chivalric romance notion of a true Christian knight. If you wanted to make it a true anti-paladin, the first thing to do would be to change the alignment restriction to chaotic evil. Immunity to disease might become the ability to become a vector; no disease could affect hm, but it could use him to spread to others.

Those that survive the ordeal of childhood in an anti-paladin order are typically so warped by the experience that the title of anti-paladin has an appeal that they cannot deny. Many take their ascension to anti-paladinhood with pride bordering on hubris, and some are outright insane. Yeah, but if an anti-paladin is just the exact opposite of a paladin, having Smite Good instead of Smite Evil, where on Earth is the fun in that? You might as well just take away the name Paladin, call him a Holy Warrior, and allow him to be of any alignment.

You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a short or long rest. However, lower level anti-paladins may become just the opposite. They may put on a polite and mild-mannered facade, but their intents remain the same. The fact that he must live by these things makes his life difficult. He can’t sneak in the back, he has to meet evil on it’s own turf.

As an action, you can open your awareness to detect such forces. Until the end of your next turn, you know the location of any celestial, fey, or good aligned dragon within 60 feet of you that is not behind total cover. You know the type of any being whose presence you sense, but not its identity . Within the same radius, you also detect the presence of any place eniliated or object that has been consecrated or desecrated, as with the Hallow spell. Some anti-paladins who hail from particularly corrupt societies are forced into an anti-paladin order by their parents to maintain the family reputation. In such societies, an anti-paladin order may even be a mere extension of the military complex that already defines the social system.

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