Paladin Codes



The following are a detail of the Paladin Codes. These are taught by the church, and must be adhered to.

Iomedae

  • I will learn the weight of my sword. Without my heart to guide it, it is worthless- my strength is not in my sword, but in my heart. If I lose my sword, I have lost a tool. If I betray my heart, I have died.
  • I will have faith in the Inheritor. I will channel her strength through my body. I will shine in her legion, and I will not tarnish her glory through base actions.
  • I am the first into battle, and the last to leave it.
  • I will not be taken prisoner by my free will. I will not surrender those under my command.
  • I will never abandon a companion, though I will honor sacrifice freely given.
  • I will guard the honor of my fellows, both in thought and deed, and I will have faith in them.
  • When in doubt, I may force my enemies to surrender, but I am responsible for their lives.
  • I will never refuse a challenge from an equal. I will give honor to worthy enemies, and contempt to the rest.
  • I will suffer death before dishonor.
  • I will be temperate in my actions and moderate in my behavior. I will strive to emulate Iomedae’s perfection.

Erastil

  • My community comes first, and I will contribute to it all that I can. If I don’t give back, who will?
  • I must offer the poor in my community assistance, but I may not do the work for them- instead, I must teach them to rely on themselves. It is only through cooperation that a community grows strong.
  • When danger threatens, I am not a fool. I seek first to make sure the weak and innocent are safe, and then quell the danger.
  • I keep to the old ways, the true ways. I am not seduced by the lure of money or power. I remember that true honor comes from within, not from the accolades of others.
  • I remember that reputation is everything. Mine is pure and upstanding, and I will repair it if it is broken or tarnished. I stand by my decisions, and live so that none shall have cause to blame me.
  • I show respect to my elders, for they have done much. I show respect to the young, for they have much left to do. I show respect to my peers, for they carry the load. And I shall carry it with them.
  • I am honest, trustworthy, and stable. If I must leave my lands and community, before I go, I ensure that they will be tended in my absence. Even when duty calls, my duties to my home come first- letting them lapse makes me a burden on my people.

Torag

  • My word is my bond. When I give my word formally, I defend my oath to my death. Traps lie in idel banter or thoughtles talk, and so I watch my tongue.
  • I am at all times truthful, honorable, and forthright, but my allegiance is to my people. I will do what is necessary to serve them, including misleading others.
  • I respect the forge, and never sully it with halfhearted work. My creations reflect the depth of my faith, and I will not allow flaws save in direst need.
  • Against my people’s enemies I will show no mercy. I will not allow their surrender, except to extract information. I will defeat them, and I will scatter their families. Yet even in the struggle against our enemies, I will act in a way that brings honor to Torag.

Sarenrae

  • I will protect my allies with my life. They are my light and my strength, as I am their light and their strength. We rise together.
  • I will seek out and destroy the spawn of the Rough Beast. If I cannot defeat them, I will give my life trying. If my life would be wasted in the attempt, I will find allies. If any fall because of my inaction, their deaths lie upon my soul, and I will atone for each.
  • I am fair to others. I expect nothing for myself but that which I need to survive.
  • The best battle is a battle I win. If I die, I can no longer fight. I will fight fairly when the fight is fair, and I will strike quickly and without mercy when it is not.
  • I will redeem the ignorant with my words and my actions. If they will not turn toward the light, I will redeem them by the sword.
  • I will not abide evil, and will combat it with steel when words are not enough. I do not flinch from my faith, and do not fear embarrassment. My soul cannot be bought for all the stars in the sky.
  • I will show less fortunate the light of the Dawnflower. I will live my life as her mortal blade, shining with the light of truth.
  • Each day is another step toward perfection. I will not turn my back into the dark.

Desna

  • I will be pure to myself. I will remain free, and through no actions of my own accord, infringe upon the freedoms of others.
  • I will not pass ill fortune. I will not create fear or despair with any power of divination, nor allow others to do so in my presence.
  • I shall travel to new places, and behold new experiences. For it is through new experiences that life is truly lived.
  • I will defend the innocent, and stay attacks against them. I will oppose ill-fortune, and seek to change it.
  • My arts and performances reflect my devotion and faith. I will settle for nothing less than the best I can do.

Cayden Cailean

  • The innocent shall not be enslaved. I will not enslave others, or allow others to be enslaved.
  • I will offer advice of faith only when sought out by others. It is through their own freedom that they will seek such knowledge.
  • I will freely help those I can, without sacrificing my own well-being. I will reward those I can who help others.
  • I will be self-reliant. I will provide for myself, and never accept charity that is not needed.

Abadar

  • I am a protector of the roadways and keep travelers from harm. No matter their destinations or goals, if they are peacable and legitimate travelers who harm no others.
  • Bandits are a plague. Under my will they come to justice. If they will not come willingly before the law, where they can protest for justice in the courts, they will come under the power of my sword.
  • Corruption in the courts is the greatest corruption of civilization. Without confidence in justice, citizens cannot believe in their countries, and civilization begins to disappear. I will root out corruption wherever I find it, and if a system is fundamentally flawed, I will work to aid citizens by reforming or replacing it.
  • I am an aid to the markets. I ensure equitable trade between merchants and citizens. Theft on either side is intolerable.
  • I make opportunities, and teach others to recognize them. When I aid others, I open the way for them, bu will not carry them – they must take responsibility.

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