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anyone care to discuss what an order of paladins who worship a nature… 
14th-Jan-2004 05:09 pm
anyone care to discuss what an order of paladins who worship a nature diety might be like? it would help me flesh out my campaign a bit. i know that paladins are lawful and nature dieties are usually chaotic, that's one of the kinks i'd like to work out.
14th-Jan-2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't you get something like Smokey the Bear? Someone fanatical about people behaving themselves in the forests?
14th-Jan-2004 02:29 pm (UTC)
yeah i was thinking that too.
14th-Jan-2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ignore alignment restrictions.

Or one must adhere strictly to the rules of nature. This will go much against your classic paladin. Servival of he fittest etc.. Onbe must be lawfully committed to chaos.

Honestly a ranger would probably be a better choice to base things off of.
14th-Jan-2004 02:29 pm (UTC)
a ranger would be a better choice but this is to accomodate a player request. i thought it was interesting so i figured i'd go with it.
14th-Jan-2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
I think you'll get something pretty close to a Ranger or Druid.

You could also do a Fighter/Cleric double-class character, I think.

But if you want to base it more closely on the existing Paladin, I'd say you don't have to do much but fiddle with the alignment-specific abilities.
14th-Jan-2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
what about a shinto/zen sort of thing? where they're kind of like samurai, but they find order in chaos? or something like that?
14th-Jan-2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds cool to me.
14th-Jan-2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
I thought nature deities were more neutral. . . ?
14th-Jan-2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
i thought they were chaotic. but you know, whatever. a LG paladin and a nature diety is a weird mix, neh?
14th-Jan-2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
I alway ignore allignment restrictions for paladins, as long as they follow their god's ways even stricter than clerics.
20th-Jan-2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
Nature Paladin. Hmm. Interesting idea I suppose. Nature deities do infact tend towards Neutral, not chaotic, as avii said. Anyways, I would go about it like this. Two different approaches depending on how long they've been around, how prominent they are in the eyes of whatever god, the area, how much work you want do to, and a couple other variables I'm too lazy to write. If you want to make a "normal" nature paladin, thats fine. So long as they are worshipping a good god of some type (obviously NG, LG, or CG) that will work, they can always be removed from the gods alignment by one step so long as they themselves are Lawful Good. I suppose their moral code would be something along the lines of "Protector of the forest" archtype, basically, smokey the bear as mentioned...but this adds the problem of them being rangers with paladin abilities. But a much more interesting twist, in my opinion, but requiring a lot more work on your part, would be this. Change their abilities around. Instead of being able to Lay hands, how about being able to summon a couple of animals to assist them, and instead of being able to use plate armor, give them only natural armor but add the ability to focus the will of the nature around them into their blades to add attack bonuses vs. evil...disruptors of the forest...etc...etc. This will still keep them kin to rangers and druids, but will give them their own unique flavor. Of course this requires a lot of balancing and time, so it might not be for you. Hope this helps~K.J.
28th-Jan-2004 12:43 pm (UTC)
There's a group of paladins of different aligments you can find in Dragon #310. I think either the enforcer (Lawful Neutral) or incarnate (Neutral) might fit your "forest samurai" concept. The incarnate, in particular, has nifty "druidish" abilities that have to do with elementals and energy.

Here's their Code of Conduct, for an idea of what they're about:
An incarnate must be of neutral alignment and loses all class abilities if she ever willingly commits an act that endangers the natural balance of the world. The incarnate is most at home in the wilderness, but she does not take any special vows to avoid city life. She avoids travel to other planes (with the exception of the Elemental Planes to which she has an affinity) except in the most dire need. The incarnate prefers to arrive at peaceful solutions but is fully capable of using force against unwanted intrusions into this realm from beyond.

Hope that helps ya. :)

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