Felinus wrote:I'm guessing Druids and Paladins will also have anathemas. I'm curious to see how balanced some of these are and what the penalty for breaching it is. Are you just unable to lie, do you loose access to class/domain features, are you just unable to be proficient in it?
Mark Seifter did describe a paladin falling during the playtest by lying to some NPCs.
Okay, you can find the Know Direction Paladin clip HERE (starting around 1:14:37). Here's a quick transcript.Interviewer wrote:Would I be able to play a Chaotic-Good Paladin of Milani?Jason Bulmahn wrote:Note, of course, that 'Paladins still have to pay attention to alignment' is NOT the same as 'Paladins can only be Lawful-Good'. Jason might have very artfully dodged the 'Chaotic-Good' part of the question ...
[Laughs] Boy that Paladin argument. Every single time. People love to get into very vicious debates about Paladin alignment. I’m going to say this. Alignment is still a thing in the game. Paladins still have to pay attention to alignment. That’s still something that’s important to them.
I think the thing that I’m most excited to talk to people about is how we have modified the Paladin’s Code to actually speak to reality and not be so inflexible that the characters are a pain at the table. I can’t tell you how excited I am about how that Code is written to the point.
And this is what I’ll leave you with. A Paladin can lie if he has to. If it will save people’s lives, if it is for the greater good, he can look you straight in the eye and lie. And it’s awesome.
It all comes down to the Code. And you have to follow the Code. The Code is the way that you live. But that Code now actually has guidance and it isn’t just a bunch of strictures that just say, ‘Nope you have to do this! You can never lie, you can never talk to an evil person, you can never’, you know ... There were a whole ton of things that you couldn’t do. Like, ‘Oh, I can’t associate with an evil person’.
Well, that made a lot of stories not work. It’s like, ‘Well, I have to go into Cheliax and I have to negotiate with these people. Drawing out my sword and murdering everyone is not really an option. I have to negotiate with these guys so I guess I’m going to need an atonement after this’ — was never really an acceptable way to run a Paladin.
So I’m really excited about that and I don’t want to spoil any more than that. There’s lots of great stuff about the Paladin but that’s one of the things that I’m most excited about, by leaps and bounds. It is great. I love Paladins and I always have. And this makes them really fun and dynamic to play.