Noble ladies and lords!
In the past three weeks I’ve introduced new archetypes for clerics, druids, and monks. This week we’ll look at two new paladin archetypes and next week they will all get a revision (based on the feedback readers have provided here and elsewhere) and compiled in the Complete Devout Handbook. Wrapping up the Devout Handbook this week are two new paladin oaths, the Oath of Ancestors and the Oath of Vigilance.
The Oath of Ancestors is an oath for paladins who come from cultures where ancestors are worshipped or honored by their descendants. The Oath of Ancestors paladin is able to communicate with the dead, and even counts his deceased ancestors among his allies, but never confuses the dead with the undead. Paladins who follow the Oath of Ancestors seek to bring honor on their ancestors by doing good works in their name.
The Oath of Vigilance is an oath for paladins who pledge their loyalty and life in defense of another. In many ways, the Oath of Vigilance is the natural opposite of the Oath of Vengeance. Although not always the case, typically paladins who pledge the Oath of Vigilance make a promise to a specific lord, master, noble, or sage to protect and defend them to the paladin’s death. In other cases, paladins taking this Oath seek to protect whole groups or communities against their enemies.
See you again next week when we revise and compile the Complete Devout Handbook!