The Paladin fell because...


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In this game, one person posts something a paladin did, and then the next poster explains why he fell, and then offers his own paladin action.

Two ways you can go about it. You can offer an innocent or even charitable action, and the next person makes or finds the absurd 'evil' action:

A: The paladin bought a beggar clean clothes and a warm meal.
B: The paladin fell because the beggar was neutral, meaning he associated with non-good forces.
Or...
B: The paladin fell because he didn't say 'excuse me' when addressing the beggar initially.

Or, in the event of a clearly evil action, find the minor, inconsequential thing he did.

A: The paladin broke into the goblin warrens, slaughtering every man, woman, and child there.
B: The paladin fell because he didn't wipe his feet on the doormat before heading inside.

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So, let's get started. Post the reason the paladin fell, and then post your own paladin action:

The paladin woke up in his temple quarters and had a healthy breakfast.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The paladin fell because he forgot to wash his hands afterward.

The paladin helped the old lady cross the street.


The paladin fell because he forgot to look both ways before crossing the street.

The paladin destroyed an unholy relic of ancient evil.


The paladin fell because he didn't ask the cultists politely first.

The paladin killed a farmer who wouldn't give him a horse.


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The Paladin fell because part of the multiverse had evil things in it.

The Paladin spent a lovely afternoon having a picnic with her friends.


The paladin fell because he made his horse uncomfortable by making it walk directly towards the sun. Think of the poor equine retinas!

The paladin picked up a lady's dropped handkerchief.


The Purity of Violence, I think you need to chill out.

The paladin fell because the "lady" was actually a succubus in disguise and he did not immediately Detect Evil on the handkerchief, which was actually a scroll of Raise Dead Army!

The paladin used the privy.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The paladin fell because he lit a cheroot.

The paladin knelt to pray.


The paladin fell because an evil warlord was standing 100 miles away in the direction the paladin was facing, thus the paladin acknowledge the evil warlord as her king.

The paladin logged in to Macebook.


The paladin fell because one of his Macebook friends has a Macebook friend who is a cleric of Asmodeus. No associating with evil!

The paladin struck down the rightful king and declared herself the queen.


I concour with the other posters, Purity of Violence. I think you need to take a step back. Once was a bit much, but tolerable. Repeating it again, with such vigour, suggests you might have some issues with the topic.

As far as giving metagame reasons for the Paladin falling, I won't say it's completely against the rules, but it should be avoided, and likely isn't necessary.

The paladin fell because she didn't bow when she approached the king to kill him.

After a tough but profitable quest, the paladin goes to the tavern and buys several rounds for all the patrons to celebrate.


The paladin falls because the paladin did not tithe 10% of his profits prior to purchasing the round!

The paladin raises a toast to his/her deity!

Silver Crusade

The paladin fell because they raised a toast to the deity of temperance.

The paladin referred to the dungeon as a "Danger Zone."

Scarab Sages

I actually think the rest of you are kinda making a mountain out of a molehill. You're sounding the alarm after only two posts.

By not referring to the dungeon by its proper name, the Horrible Tomb Doom, Gloom, and Hecatombs, the paladin lied.

The paladin apprehended a nefarious evildoer without killing him, had him legally convicted of his crimes and sent to prison, where the evildoer had a complete change of heart, repented for their evil ways, and is now a well-adjusted and helpful member of goodly society.


The Paladin wasn't a properly deputized member of the royal police when he apprehended the villain, and was therefore acting as an unlawful vigilante.

The paladin burned down an orphanage.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The paladin fell because she forgot to leave an opening in the werewolf orphanage.

The paladin staked the vampire.


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The paladin forgot to knock on the door to the vampire's room before going in, which is the custom in this land.

The paladin won the annual joust in a straightforward and honorable manner, using nothing but his horse's training and his skill at arms.


he fell because he was to busy ready another silly thread about paladins falling.


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The paladin fell because he didn't post another action that the paladin took, thereby violating the Rules of this Thread.

The paladin destroyed the universe.

Silver Crusade

The Paladin fell because he destroyed the universe without asking politely first, and was thus being sneaky and underhanded.

The Paladin adopted and raised an orphaned child, and turned said child into a paragon of heroism and chivalry.


The Paladin fell because the orphan child he/she raised as a paladin fell into evil...

The Paladin took a sip of holy water.


The Paladin fell because the goblet that he drank the holy water out of had once, for five minutes, been held by a demon prince.

The Paladin, through the strength of his convictions and his unwavering belief that everyone has the ability to be good, managed to get Asmodeus to repent and to renounce evil forever.


The Paladin fell because he couldn't get Rovagug to turn away from evil...

The Paladin led a crusade to wipe every ounce of evil from the multiverse!


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The Paladin fell because Abadar favours the metric system.

The Paladin took a vow of silence.

Scarab Sages

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The paladin fell because he saw Evil being done and literally said nothing.

The paladin committed a revolting sex crime.


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The paladin fell because....well, that one was obvious.

The paladin looked into the vast number of paladin falling threads.


ABookfulBlockhead wrote:

The Paladin fell because Abadar favours the metric system.

The Paladin took a vow of silence.

That one made me laugh out loud. Well played, sir/madam, well played!


KestrelZ wrote:
The paladin fell because....well, that one was obvious.

FOUL! You need to find the insignificant minutae reason they fell. Read the OP, clearly Evil actions are allowed. Just saying 'because it's evil' is boring.

I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
The paladin committed a revolting sex crime.

The paladin fell because he wasn't wearing protection.

KestrelZ wrote:
The paladin looked into the vast number of paladin falling threads.

The paladin fell because he participated in the discussions, which counts as associating and aiding evil forces.

The paladin stood at the gates of the city, and held off the overwhelming forces of evil long enough for the city to evacuate, sadly dying in the process.

Scarab Sages

The paladin was in flagrant violation of the prominently-visible "Keep Off the Grass" sign.

The paladin put an evildoer's rampage to a nonviolent end using the power of Hostess Fruit Pies!

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The paladin fell because one of the snack items was Devil's Food.

The paladin converted a band of highwaymen (who had turned to robbery only to feed their starving families) into a retinue of dedicated servants to her god.


The paladin fell because he didn't convert the former highwaymen's families as well.

The paladin kicked an innocent puppy for no reason at all.


The paladin fell because kicking the puppy made it lose control of its bladder, so it peed on the church steps.

The paladin got drunk, stumbled home, and screamed and swore at his wife.


The Paladin fell because he left an insufficient tip for the barmaid.

The Paladin choke-slammed every single peasant in town for s**ts and giggles.

Scarab Sages

The paladin wouldn't outright kill his wife, who is Chaotic Evil.

By utilizing underhanded martial arts techniques, the paladin was ripping off the f&$~ing ninja's schtick.

The paladin relieved herself all over her temple's altar.

Dark Archive

The Paladin fell because she missed that spot of dirt on the corner.

The paladin broke off a unicorn's horn and stabbed it with it.

Scarab Sages

The paladin used what is technically a weapon of Chaos.

The paladin voiced a one-off character for an episode of My Little Pony.

Silver Crusade

The character was a villain, and thus the Paladin became associated with Evil.

The Paladin used the Atonement spell.

Silver Crusade

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The Paladin fell for promoting the system of Indulgences within their religion.

The Paladin used Smite Evil.

Silver Crusade

The Paladin in question did not fill out the proper Smite Evil requisition form, and thus showed disrespect for the clergy.

The Paladin healed the sick and wounded.

Silver Crusade

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The Paladin fell for not charging for his healing as a Paladin of Abadar.

The Paladin rescued the infant that was about to be sacrificed by the evil cult.


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The Paladin fell because they failed to Detect Evil on the infant; it was a containment ceremony for a manifested qulippoth-hybrid infant prophesied to bring forth the Apocalypse. The (diet cola of) evil cult were Mostly Lawful Asmodeans and they were trying to delay the Rough Beast's return.
Infant last seen giggling and teleporting out to who knows where...

("Nice job breaking the world, hero," Sarenrae whispers before she whisks their powers away, with a mental list seared into their brain of what they have to accomplish to get their mojo back...)

and:

The Paladin sold all their worldly goods and gave the money to the poor.


The paladin fell because their worldly goods included an apocalypse-bringing artifact, and the paladin sold it to a villain.
The paladin opened I'm Hiding In Your Closet's closet.


The paladin fell because they failed to obtain I'm Hiding In Your Closet's permission first.

The paladin just completed a holy pilgrimage in his diety's name.

Silver Crusade

The Paladin fell because they didn't pay at Deity Approved Toll Booths. Gods don't like it when you stiff 'em.

The Paladin found true love.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

... between a redeemed Succubi and a human but still smote them.

The Paladin found a Holy Avenger.

Scarab Sages

...and stole it from the other paladin who already owned it.

The paladin opened an ice cream shop.

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