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Paladin Variant: Oath of the Steadfast Defender


Introduction: A paladin is a warrior whose strength of devotion to sworn oaths is as important as the strength of their sword arm. This is certainly the case with the Steadfast Defender, only whereas most paladins swear to ideals and concepts, Steadfast Defender will typically swear to defend in a more concrete way. This archetype is meant to explore the ideas of defense and duty.

As a player you might enjoy taking an Oath to Defend a village and find yourself being the lone steadfast holdout as the fearsome dragon approaches and the rest of your party has run.

Be the one that is dependable to a fault, courageous and loyal to the last, and possibly a general pain in the butt to the rest of the players at your table.

Because really, isn’t that some of best fun of playing a paladin?

Includes part two of a short story of a Steadfast Defender started in Alternative Steeds for Paladins Volume 1. 

 By Dave Goff

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Gessy A February 06, 2016 6:39 am UTC
Cool idea. How would it work as a PC though? Seems like an NPC class or a one-off adventure thing.
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Dave G February 06, 2016 7:02 am UTC
Understood. However, I see it a bit like the Oath of Vengeance.

I mean, what do you do after you've gotten revenge? Find something else to be vengeful about?

Kind of the same thing here. Maybe it could be "I have to defend this village!" Could segue into "I have to defend the envoy going from the village to the capital to warn them!" Then "I have to defend this magic orb the king gave us to take to the wizard Blahdeeblah!"

And so on...

Thanks for the feedback!
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This title was added to our catalog on February 05, 2016.