Deities for a paladin


Pathfinder Society

2/5

Found a reference in the guide to soceity that characters may worship evil gods, but must be one alignment step of their chosen deity. And its espeically important for clerics because of the implications for chanelling energy. So does this still apply to a Chaotic or Neutral god or a CN god like Calistra?

For flavour I wanted to have a paladin of calistra but there is some confusion of whether I can or not because of the above rule. But no where does it say that a paladin can't workship any god they want.

So does anyone know the offical stance on what Deity's are available for a paladin?

Thanks

Grand Lodge 4/5

Hyperlance wrote:
For flavour I wanted to have a paladin of calistra but there is some confusion of whether I can or not because of the above rule. But no where does it say that a paladin can't workship any god they want.

I can't really agree with either of these statements.

Guide to PFSOP page 10 wrote:
Clerics, inquisitors, paladins, cavaliers of the order of the star, and samurai of the order of the star must choose a deity as all classes in Golarion that receive spells and abilities from a specific divine source receive their powers from a deity. Druids, oracles, and rangers are the exception to this rule.

A paladin must have a deity.

Guide to PFSOP page 10 wrote:
Characters can elect to worship any deity listed in a table of gods in the Core Rulebook, The Inner Sea World Guide, Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Gods and Magic, or any other source listed as an official Additional Resource. Characters may elect to worship an evil god, but must always be within one alignment step of their chosen deity.

That deity must be within one step of her alignment, so must be NG, LG or LN.

Gods Authorized for PFS

Hyperlance wrote:
So does this still apply to a Chaotic or Neutral god or a CN god like Calistra?

Why would it not?

Sovereign Court

Here's a quote from James Jacobs on the subject:

James Jacobs wrote:

There's no rule for this because there shouldn't NEED to be a rule.

Paladins MUST be lawful good.

In order to worship a deity, you need to follow that deity's teachings and philosophies and do things that would make that deity proud.

If you don't worship a lawful good deity, you are increasingly doing things to impress your deity that are at odds with being a paladin.

Once an axis of your alignment drifts more than one step away (law to chaos or good to evil), maintaining a paladin's code and following a deity's philosophy and teachings become pretty much impossible to maintain for long. And without long-term maintenance, that faith simply cannot hold the order together.

To be devout, you need to adhere closely to your deity's alignment. To be a paladin, you need to be lawful good. That pretty much sums it up, as far as I can tell.

On Golarion, the following deities in particular are established in game canon as having paladin orders: Erastil, Iomedae, Torage, Sarenrae, Abadar. I suspect that both Shelyn and Irori have a few paladins worshiping them as well, but they don't have as many as the other five. There are no paladins serving any of the other deities.

It's not unreasonable to say that a Paladin of Calistra just can't happen because he is just too far away (alignment wise) to Calistra's alignement. A character playing this sort of Paladin would spend too much time either doing his deity's wishes, which would result in an atonement spell for breaking the Code of Conduct, or not behaving according to his deity's philosophy (that is staying true to LG), which would result in him abandoning his deity (again atonement because Paladins derive their power from their deity in PFS).

So, I would say no.

Silver Crusade

Depending on what the draw is with Calistria, Arshea might be a healthier choice.

All of the wink wink nudge nudge(if not more) in a positive and paladin-friendly NG package.


End of the day, Paladins must be LG, and Paladins must worship a LG, LN or NG deity in PFS.

Like Mikaze said, if there is a deity that you like that is not those three alignments, there may be a lesser known deity that shares part of their portfolio with Calistria. Your second option may be to be a "knight" of Calistria (fighter or cavalier maybe?).

2/5

Thanks all. That quote from James is basically what I was looking for as for an answer so thanks @Júlíus Árnason

@Mikaze, thanks I'll check that one out. Wasn't sure Empyreal Lord were an option.

Silver Crusade

Just a heads-up, but next month's Chronicles of the Righteous will have more info on that particular Empyreal Lord, as well as introducing a lot more to the mix. So you'll be getting a bump in the number of options for your paladin pretty soon. :)

Also, if it was the vengeful aspect of Calistria that was the draw for your paladin, Ragathiel could pick up where she left off as well!

2/5

Yeah I saw that, i really look forward to readying it.

I think Ragathiel is the way to go for the time being.

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