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    ďThe light of Pelor sees your spirit. It is yet redeemable. Come, walk with me a while.Ē
    Yelena, Paladin of Pelor.

    The Paladin is a warrior devoted to something beyond all else; a cause, an ideal, or more often, a deity. He is infused with the divine power of his patron being or force, blessed or cursed with the might to spread his ideals. Law and chaos, good and evil, light and dark, fire and frost. All have their champions. Although their methods differ, they all have their similarities.

    MAKING A PALADIN
    A Paladin is a supernatural combatant with some limited magical powers.
    Abilities: A Paladinís class abilities are based primarily off of either wisdom or charisma, depending on the personality of the particular Paladin. However, as a combatant, the three physical abilities are also important to them.
    Races:
    Alignment: Although the most common of Paladins are the heroic champions of good, they are by no means the only ones. Great villains, champions of law, scions of chaos, or even defenders of balance are equally as common.
    Starting Gold: 6d4x10
    Starting Age: +1d6 (For a Human)

    Class Skills The Paladinís class skills (And the key ability for each skill) are Balance (Dex), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (nobility and royalty) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Listen (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis) and Spellcraft (Int).
    Skill Points at 1st Level: (4 + Int modifier)
    Skill Points at each Level: 4 + Int modifier

    Hit Die: d10

    Paladin
    Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special 1 2 3 4 5 6
    1st
    +1
    +2
    +0
    +2
    Aligned Aura, Detect Alignment, Smite Opposition 1/Encounter 0
    2nd
    +2
    +3
    +0
    +3
    Paragonís Touch 1
    3rd
    +3
    +3
    +1
    +3
    Smite Opposition 2/Encounter 2
    4th
    +4
    +4
    +1
    +4
    Divine Grace 3 0
    5th
    +5
    +4
    +1
    +4
    Smite Opposition 3/Encounter 3 1
    6th
    +6/+1
    +5
    +2
    +5
    Divine Companion 3 2
    7th
    +7/+2
    +5
    +2
    +5
    Smite Opposition 4/Encounter 3 2 0
    8th
    +8/+3
    +6
    +2
    +6
    Lasting Smite 3 3 1
    9th
    +9/+4
    +6
    +3
    +6
    Smite Opposition 5/Encounter 3 3 2
    10th
    +10/+5
    +7
    +3
    +7
    Indignation 3 3 2 0
    11th
    +11/+6/+1
    +7
    +3
    +7
    Smite Opposition 6/Encounter 3 3 3 1
    12th
    +12/+7/+2
    +8
    +4
    +8
    Judgement 3 3 3 2
    13th
    +13/+8/+3
    +8
    +4
    +8
    Smite Opposition 7/Encounter 3 3 3 2 0
    14th
    +14/+9/+4
    +9
    +4
    +9
    Aura of Courage 4 3 3 3 1
    15th
    +15/+10/+5
    +9
    +5
    +9
    Smite Opposition 8/Encounter 4 3 3 3 2
    16th
    +16/+11/+6/+1
    +10
    +5
    +10
    Spread the Word 4 4 3 3 2 0
    17th
    +17/+12/+7/+2
    +10
    +5
    +10
    Smite Opposition 9/Encounter 4 4 4 3 3 1
    18th
    +18/+13/+8/+3
    +11
    +6
    +11
    Favoured of the Gods 4 4 4 4 3 2
    19th
    +19/+14/+9/+4
    +11
    +6
    +11
    Smite Opposition 10/Encounter 4 4 4 4 4 3
    20th
    +20/+15/+10/+5
    +12
    +6
    +12
    Indomitable 4 4 4 4 4 4

    Weapon and Armour Proficiencies: A Paladin is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, any natural weapons they can gain, and all armour and shields. (Including Tower Shields)

    By Word or Example: Some Paladinís are heroic figures who lead with impassioned speeches and great words, while others prefer to demonstrate their beliefs personally, hoping others will see them and take their example.

    At 1st level, a Paladin chooses either Wisdom or Charisma to base their class abilities off of. This is referred to as their primary ability modifier.

    Aligned Aura (Ex): A Paladin gives off an Aura matching his alignment as a Cleric of his level. (So a 5th Level Lawful Good Paladin gives a Ďstrongí reading to a Detect Law or a Detect Good spell.)

    Detect Alignment (Sp): At will, a Paladin can use Detect Alignment. This works the same as a Detect Evil spell, but tells you the full alignments of all targets in range. (In the first round, it tells you which alignments are present, the number of each on the second, and power and location on the third.)
    You are vulnerable to Overwhelming auras of Alignments opposed to your own.

    Spellcasting: A Paladin can cast a small amount of divine spells. They are drawn from the Paladin spell list given below. A Paladin knows all the spells on his spell list, and casts them spontaneously.

    To cast a spell, a Paladin must have their Primary Ability score equalling at least 10+the spells level. The DC for their spells is equal to 10+Spell level+their primary ability modifier.

    A Paladins standard spells per day is given in the above table. They receive bonus spells per day for a high primary ability score. Where the table indicates zero spells per day, they gain only any spells for high ability scores.

    A Paladin may not cast spells with an alignment descriptor other than his own.

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    1st Level: Bless, Bless Water, Bless Weapon, Create Water, Cure Light Wounds, Inflict Light Wounds, Detect Poison, Detect Undead, Divine Favour, Endure Elements, Magic Weapon, Protection From (Alignment), Read Magic, Resistance, Lesser Restoration, Virtue, Divine Sacrifice, Golden Barding, Resurgence, Travellerís Mount, Nimbus of Light
    2nd Level: Blessed Aim, Zeal, Bullís Strength, Bearís Endurance, Catís Grace, Owlís Wisdom, Eagleís Splendour, Delay Poison, Remove Paralysis, Resist Energy, Shield Other, Undetectable Alignment, Zone of Truth, Shatter, Calm Emotions, Aid, Desecrate, Align Weapon, Consecrate, Death Knell, Gentle Repose, Spiritual Weapon, Darkness, Command, Deific Vengeance.
    3rd Level: Blessing of Bahamut, Mass Resurgence, Cure Moderate Wounds, Inflict Moderate Wounds, Daylight, Deeper Darkness, Dispel Magic, Discern Lies, Heal Mount, Magic Circle Against (Alignment), Greater Magic Weapon, Prayer, Remove Blindness/Deafness, Remove Curse, Animate Dead, Bestow Curse, Blindness/Deafness, Contagion, Create Food/Water, Magic Vestment, Searing Light, Speak With Dead, Call Lightning
    4th Level: Revenance, Sacred Haven, Spiritual Chariot, Lesser Visage of the Deity, Weapon of the Deity, Winged Mount, Cure Serious Wounds, Inflict Serious Wounds, Holy/Unholy/Axiomatic/Anarchic Sword, Break Enchantment, Death Ward, Dispel (Alignment), Mark of Justice, Neutralise Poison, Restoration, Chaos Hammer, Orderís Wrath, Holy Smite, Unholy Blight, Divine Power, Freedom of Movement, Hold Monster, Poison, Castigate.
    5th Level: Cure Critical Wounds, Inflict Critical Wounds, Mass Cure Light Wounds, Mass Inflict Light Wounds, Hallow, Unhallow, Atonement, Disrupting Weapon, Flame Strike, Greater Command, Insect Plague, Raise Dead, Righteous Might, Slay Living, True Seeing, Blade Barrier, Create Undead, Call Lightning Storm
    6th Level: Heal, Harm, Mass Cure Moderate Wounds, Mass Inflict Moderate Wounds, Undeath to Death, Dictum, Holy Word, Word of Chaos, Blasphemy, Zealot Pact, Cometfall, Atonement. (A Paladin may never cast Atonement on themselves. Ever.)


    Smite Opposition (Su): Once per encounter, and once more for each two levels of Paladin after one the character has, they may channel the power that imbues them with its might to harm their most hated of opponents. They add their primary ability modifier to a single melee or ranged attack roll made with a weapon (including a natural weapon), and their class level plus their primary ability modifier to their damage. However, it only works on creatures with at least one component of alignment opposite the users. (Or, for a True Neutral Paladin, against creatures with no neutral component.)
    (For example: A Lawful Good Paladin may smite Chaos or Evil. A Chaotic Neutral Paladin may smite Law only. A True Neutral Paladin may Smite Chaotic Good, Chaotic Evil, Lawful Good, or Lawful Evil.)

    Lasting Smite: A Paladin of at least 8th level can infuse an entire barrage of attacks with divine energy. By expending two uses of their Smite ability, they may apply its effects to every attack they make in a round.

    Paragonís Touch (Su): A Paladin of at least 2nd level can heal or harm with just a touch of their hands. Their Ďpoolí of Touch points is equal to their primary ability modifier multiplied by their class level. They may spend five minutes of concentration, relaxation, or meditation to recover a number of touch points equal to their level, but no more than once per encounter. They may heal any living or undead creature at a rate of one point per hitpoint, with no limit as to how many points are spent with a single touch. A touch attack must be made to affect an unwilling target.
    Alternatively, they may deal damage to any living or undead creature at a rate of one point per hitpoint, although they may not spend more points on a single touch than twice their class level. IN addition, a touch attack must be made to affect an unwilling target, and they take half damage on a successful will save. This effect may be added to the damage of an unarmed attack.

    This divine energy can also mimic the effect of various spells. A spell costs touch points equal to triple its Cleric spell level. If it has an EXP component, this component must be paid at the rate of one touch point per 10 EXP, and gold costs must be paid at the rate of one touch point per 150gp.
    This ability may mimic the following spells, with a range of touch: Death Knell, Make Whole, Calm Emotions, Gentle Repose, Hold Person, Lesser Restoration, Contagion, Remove Curse, Remove Disease, Neutralise Poison, Poison, Restoration, Break Enchantment, Raise Dead, Hold Monster, Greater Restoration, Resurrection, True Resurrection.

    A Paladin may not mimic a spell of higher spell level than half his paladin level.

    Divine Grace (Su): The blessings that fill a Paladin with power protect him from disease and misfortune. A Paladin of 4th level is immune to disease, and adds their primary ability modifier to all saving throws.

    Divine Companion (Su): A Paladin is often blessed with a powerful companion, a steed or ally blessed by the gods. This ability functions as the Druidís Animal Companion, treating the Paladinís Druid level as his Paladin level -2. He may choose any legal creature, and applies the Celestial Template to it. (Other templates may be applied as well, with DM permission, but they decrease your effective Druid level by their LA, as with using a more powerful creature.)

    Indignation (Su): A Paladin of 10th level can bring down divine judgement on those who would harm him and his allies. Once per round, he may gain a bonus equal to his primary ability modifier on attack and damage rolls against a single target who successfully targeted him or any ally with a spell or attack in the last round. In addition, they suffer a -1 penalty on any saving throws made against an ability used by the Paladin.

    Judgement (Su): A Paladin of 12th level can imbue their strike with utter destructive power, slaying their foe with one mighty attack. By expending three smite uses, he may make any one attack he makes this turn so that if it hits, it causes a foe susceptible to his Smites to make a will save (DC 10+Half the paladinís class level+their primary ability score modifier) or die immediately. If they pass, they take damage as per a normal smite attack.

    Aura of Courage (Su): A Paladin of at least 14th level radiates bravery and skill, and courage in the face of death. He is immune to fear, and all allies within 10ft per point of the Paladinís primary ability modifier gain a morale bonus on all saves against fear effects, and all attack rolls equal to the Paladinís primary ability modifier.

    Spread The Word (Sp): A Paladin of at least 16th level is a beacon of his faith and beliefs. With but a few words, he can shift peopleís beliefs to his own.

    At will, a Paladin may use the Redemption/Temptation effect of Atonement on any willing creature.

    Favoured of the Gods (Su): A Paladin of 18th level is infused with the power of his patrons. Suppressing his might is difficult, if not impossible. A Paladin is immune to death effects, ability drain, and energy drain. (Although not any imposed by any effect he caused knowingly, such as the Hellfire Warlockís con drain.)

    Indomitable (Su): A 20th level Paladin is unstoppable. Once per day, when he would be reduced to zero or below hitpoints, the Paladin may trigger this ability. If he does he remains conscious at one hit-point even if he should be dead, and keeps acting until he is no longer capable of detecting any enemies nearby. Only important enemies count; Either a being of CR no more than three less than his ECL, or a group of enemies numbering at least his ECL. While the ability lasts, he cannot take damage. However, he suffers all damage (and secondary effects caused by the damage, such as the disintegration from a Disintegrate spell) when the ability ends. Unless the Paladin has been healed in this time, he will probably die.

    Ex Paladins
    A Paladin must have a code of conduct, although it tends to differ depending on alignment and personality. A Chaotic paladin will likely vow to defend freedom, and a good paladin righteousness and innocence. An evil paladin may swear to bring suffering whenever possible, and a lawful paladin will promise to serve justice.

    A Paladin who grossly and intentionally violates his code of conduct, or changes his alignment, loses all class abilities unless a successful Atonement spell is cast on him.
    A Paladin who has changed alignment and does not wish to change back may become a paladin of his new alignment this way.

    THE EPIC PALADIN
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    21 Smite Opposition 11/Encounter
    22 Bonus Feat
    23 Smite Opposition 12/Encounter
    24 Bonus Feat
    25 Smite Opposition 13/Encounter
    26 Bonus Feat
    27 Smite Opposition 14/Encounter
    28 Bonus Feat
    29 Smite Opposition 15/Encounter
    30 Bonus Feat

    Level Dependant Abilities: Continue to progress at their standard speed.

    Smite Opposition: Continues to gain additional uses at each odd level.

    Bonus Feats: Chosen from the following list.
    Armor Skin, Devastating Critical, Epic Leadership, Epic Prowess, Epic Reputation, Epic Toughness, Epic Weapon Focus, Great Smiting, Holy Strike, Improved Aura of Courage, Improved Combat Casting, Improved Spell Capacity, Legendary Commander, Legendary Rider, Overwhelming Critical, Perfect Health, Permanent Emanation, Spectral Strike, Spontaneous Spell, Widen Aura of Courage.
    Other feats may be added at GM discretion.

    Improved Aura of Courage
    Prerequisites: Cha OR Wis 25, Aura of Courage
    Effect: Add four to the benefit granted by your Aura of Courage


    PLAYING A PALADIN
    Your best duty is to protect. Even evil needs its allies, and your potent healing and defences should allow you to wade in and do massive damage.
    Religion: Religion is often vitally important to Paladins. The vast majority receive their power through dedication to a deity, and serve that deityís interests above all.
    Other Classes: Paladins view clerics as companions, unless they are of vastly differing faiths. Some Paladins find Monks excellent examples of temperance and skill, while others would regard them as excessive lunatics.
    Combat: Paladins can fill many roles, including an archer, or even a very limited divine blaster. They work best as melee characters, wading into combat.
    Advancement: A Paladin is best served with more levels in Paladin, but other alternatives could include Crusader, or various martial Prestige Classes.

    PALADIN IN THE WORLD
    ĒHe came with eyes of flame, and slew the villain in the square, and then smiled at me, and gave me a dagger, and made me promise to protect innocence. I want to be like him one day.Ē ~Tobias, a young boy, on Paladins.
    Daily Life: Some Paladinís follow a life of meditation and strict contemplation and denial, while many others allow themselves many pleasures, the better to keep their spirits high.
    Notables: There are more Paladins of note than can be dealt with in this text. The mighty hero Donnar Brightscale, a Dragonborn, and the terrible villain Keldon Blackblade.
    Organisations: Paladins often form great orders devoted to a single ideal, while some others form academies that try to instill virtues into their students.

    NPC Reaction
    Heroic Paladins are generally all but worshipped wherever they go, while those obviously the servants of darkness are reviled, the only thing keeping them from being thrown out their powers.

    PALADIN IN THE GAME
    Paladins provide a powerful martial character, with some magical assistance and powerful supernatural abilities.
    Adaption: Paladins are a rather wide concept as it is, but they could easily be changed to represent arcane warriors who channel magical energy to destroy those they oppose.
    Encounters: A party of a single alignment can easily be faced by a paladin, while an order of paladins could provide intrigue, or show that alignment is not everything.

    PALADIN FEATS

    Beacon of Knowledge
    Benefit: You may base your Paladin special abilities off of Intelligence.
    Normal: Your Paladin abilities are based on Charisma or Wisdom.

    Extra Smite
    Prerequisites: Smite Opposition ability.
    Benefit: You gain one additional use per encounter of this ability.
    Special: You may take this feat more than once.

    Lasting Touch
    Prerequisites: Paragonís Touch ability.
    Benefit: You gain additional touch points equal to your Paladin level.
    Special: You may take this feat more than once, but never more than your Paladin level divided by nine.

    Steel Touch
    Prerequisites: Paragonís Touch ability.
    Benefit: You may use any effect of this ability by touching your foe with a weapon or other item held in your hand.
    Normal: You must touch your target.
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    This is a very good Paladin fix. I like By Word or Example, I like the Beacon of Knowledge feat a lot, but there are a couple smallish issues.

    1) Divine Grace still references Charisma modifier when it ought to be based on primary ability modifier.

    2) Lasting Smite needs bolded.

    3) Paragon's Touch seems to be even worse than the oft-lamented Lay on Hands. It should refresh at the rate of class level per hour, in my opinion.
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    Your Paladin is suffering from Rogue Syndrome: i.e., it's almost worth taking any other class rather than the last level. This is slightly alleviated by you getting a caster level at that last level, but even so... Capstone. This class needs one. Deserves one, anyway.

    Hurrdurr, that's what I get for not reading the last ability. Still, like Siosilvar says below, you should probably update the table.
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    Last couple abilities should be added to the table.

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    Paragonís Touch (Su)...Their Ďpoolí of Touch points is equal to their primary ability modifier multiplied by their class level, and refreshes at a rate of class level/day.
    Sorry, what? Why would you need to give the Paladin less Lay on Hands?


    I'm not sure Indignation is worth a use of Smite. Unless you really need the -1 to saves, Smite is better.
    ...Looking again, I see there's no alignment restriction on Indignation. Still, point stands as it's a mid-high level ability.

    Judgement, as well, is probably a three-or-four-use-er, not a five.

    You've also moved Divine Grace back some and Aura of Courage back by 10 levels. Although the class should be less diptastic, that's a little drastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziegander View Post
    This is a very good Paladin fix. I like By Word or Example, I like the Beacon of Knowledge feat a lot, but there are a couple smallish issues.

    1) Divine Grace still references Charisma modifier when it ought to be based on primary ability modifier.
    Oops, thanks.

    2) Lasting Smite needs bolded.
    Ack! I normally put ability upgrades in italics below the thing they're upgrading, but I moved it.

    3) Paragon's Touch seems to be even worse than the oft-lamented Lay on Hands. It should refresh at the rate of class level per hour, in my opinion.
    Think you might be right. I had it in my head that Lay on Hands had less uses than that in the normal Paladin.
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    Your Paladin is suffering from Rogue Syndrome: i.e., it's almost worth taking any other class rather than the last level. This is slightly alleviated by you getting a caster level at that last level, but even so... Capstone. This class needs one. Deserves one, anyway.

    Hurrdurr, that's what I get for not reading the last ability. Still, like Siosilvar says below, you should probably update the table.
    Oops. DXD It was very late at night when I finished it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Siosilvar View Post
    Last couple abilities should be added to the table.
    Yep, oops, thanks.

    Sorry, what? Why would you need to give the Paladin less Lay on Hands?
    I thought the Paladin had less than I have it as standard.

    I'm not sure Indignation is worth a use of Smite. Unless you really need the -1 to saves, Smite is better.
    ...Looking again, I see there's no alignment restriction on Indignation. Still, point stands as it's a mid-high level ability.
    If someone's attacking you/your friends, you're still gonna get mad.
    I may do an ACF for it though. It wouldn't work for evil.


    Judgement, as well, is probably a three-or-four-use-er, not a five.
    Okay.

    You've also moved Divine Grace back some and Aura of Courage back by 10 levels. Although the class should be less diptastic, that's a little drastic.
    Divine Grace was moved purely to remove dips, whereas Aura of Courage I just entirely forgot about until the last minute. So I boosted it a bit.
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    The reason why per day mechanics were adopted in 3.5 relates to the habit of players to "game" their expenditures. Hence, encounters will be put off until 5 minutes before the refresh and then be used to the limit of the refresh, leaving them with no net loss in the next encounter. In play, believe me, this is just as annoying as the 4 encounter workday...

    I'd suggest either wording it so that it's specific that it only applies per hour were no points were spent or just go with giving them a per day pool.

    I'm actually wondering why you didn't just fold the whole shebang of spellcasting into the Paragon's Touch ability, as it seems silly to have both a points pool and a vancian spellcasting ability on the same character.
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    Ah, but they don't get the entire pool back each time. They just get a fraction of it.

    They have normal spellcasting with far more varied applications, while the touch is almost all healing/harming. Also notice there are stronger spells in there.
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    Even a fraction will lead to such behavior. You used to get varying amounts of pp back per hour or ten minutes in 2e and it was incredibly agrivating, not to mention somewhat straining on versimilitude when people get up to it.

    Allow it and it will happen,besides it seems counter intuitive that they regain points every hour, on the hour, no matter what they do in the meantime. If you want to use non-daily recovery, at least charge an action for it; 5-10 minutes like the manoeuvre rearranging in TOB seems like a good precident, max 1/encounter
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    So, 1/encounter they can refresh class level?
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    I'm one of those folks who adopted the 4e idea of a "short rest" of 5 minutes of breath catching refreshing encounter abilities.

    Yours works too but you should probably stipulate it being after the encounter so "after each encounter, the paladin may spend 5 minute in prayer and recuperation; if he does so, he regains a number of Touch points equal to his level"
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    That seems reasonable.

    Edit: Epic levels added in. To be honest, they're pretty dull. Personallly, I'd be multiclassing after 20th.
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    Lix, I come to ask you this question - do you feel that a combination between your paladin and the Harrowed are a flavorful enough combination to warrant a Prestige class?


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    Do I think a possessed paladin is awesome enough to be a PrC?

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    One problem with the capstone. It specifies that it ends when you can't SEE any more foes. What if you can't see them but you know they are there? All it would take woul be invisibility or a darkness spell to make them drop dead... Also, can they heal themselves while using it?

    Other then that, it sounds like a great fix!
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    Ooh, nice catch. And yes, they can heal.
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    Maybe give them some sort of rage ability when Indomidable is active? It's not like you try and protect yourself at that point. Also, it needs to be that they keep fighting until there are no enemies that they are aware of within a certain area or give the ability a time limit. Otherwise, if you knew that there was, say, an evil Lich on another continent, you could invincibly travel there over a month and kill it.

    I really like how this works, it feels like the original Paladin class, but is finally not woefully underpowered. Also, don't you think it's ironic to have designed a Paladin class and be recruiting for a harem?
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    Maybe give them some sort of rage ability when Indomidable is active? It's not like you try and protect yourself at that point. Also, it needs to be that they keep fighting until there are no enemies that they are aware of within a certain area or give the ability a time limit. Otherwise, if you knew that there was, say, an evil Lich on another continent, you could invincibly travel there over a month and kill it.

    I really like how this works, it feels like the original Paladin class, but is finally not woefully underpowered. Also, don't you think it's ironic to have designed a Paladin class and be recruiting for a harem?
    Rage is tempting, and that's a good point that I'm not sure how to word around. It was originally within sight. Maybe if I say 'until there are no enemies that they can sense?'

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    The rage could be like a barbarians rage, and I think the Indomidable ability could be worded so it only works for enemies that are part of this encouter. Make it so if the Paladin stops fighting, the effect immediately ends. The definition of "fighting" should be fairly clear to a good DM.

    And you really found a LG god of that?!? Is the god really LG by most peoples standards, or is it just another rediculous third-party sourcebook. And yes, I am taking the stereotyped view of Paladins, but thats a stereotype because most of them are LG.
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    She was homebrew, but she seemed LG to me.
    The problem with LG is that it's often viewed more like Miko than someone more actually laid back. Roy is LG, and he hits on Miko and loves Celia.

    ...this is offtopic. Continue in PMs if you like, or I'm sure there are dozens of alignment debate threads.

    As for the rage, Indomitable is pretty strong as is. I'm wary of making it stronger.
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    We're worried about making a Paladin overpowered? Everything... Seems... Backwards... Yay!
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    Pretty good, but I don't like the capstone. it's flavorful, but due to how common resurrection is, I could see a paladin just suiciding the BBEG, killing him, than dying, their needs to be some way to die while you are .indomitable. Maybe make it like Stance of immortal Fortitude from ToB, but without automatic ending. Also, it removes the threat if death from the game: I find it unlikely that a 20th level character couldn't get in some healing before the ability ended.
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    Threat of dying? At level 20, there IS no threat of dying. And I sort of feel that a paladin should be very, very good at not-dying.

    (envisions a paladin fighting an army, and slaying EVERY SINGLE ONE before collapsing at -2395476 hp)
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    So... what happens when two 20th-level paladins get into a fight against each other then? Do they just keep fighting until the universe ends then keep fighting even after that?

    Sure, it's cool, but toning it down a little really wouldn't hurt.
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    So... what happens when two 20th-level paladins get into a fight against each other then? Do they just keep fighting until the universe ends then keep fighting even after that?

    Sure, it's cool, but toning it down a little really wouldn't hurt.
    Pretty much!

    Why? It's not stronger than some stuff that other classes can do at 20th. It's much cooller in fluff than crunch.
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    It's powerful, but not particularly unbalancing. There are still many tactics that would be effective. Disintegrate would still turn them into a pile of ash, for example. I think people who think it is too powerful are comparing it to the abilities of the original Paladin class, which is woefully underpowered.
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    It's powerful, but not particularly unbalancing. There are still many tactics that would be effective. Disintegrate would still turn them into a pile of ash, for example. I think people who think it is too powerful are comparing it to the abilities of the original Paladin class, which is woefully underpowered.
    Yep, I mean, Disintegrate, a nice wall of force, flying + dispel magic makes his immortality pointless... plus, the paladin with heavy armor will have quite slow speed once any haste effects wear off...

    And then there's stuff like an extended Delay Death around, which does essentially the same thing.

    That's the problem I usually see with "fixes", perhaps not most, but a fair number of people tend to compare the abilities with that from the original class, rather than with a more powerful one, that's why it is usually a good thing to say which power level one is aiming at.

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    Do they just keep fighting until the universe ends then keep fighting even after that?
    Now, that'd be extremely cool
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    It's powerful, but not particularly unbalancing. There are still many tactics that would be effective. Disintegrate would still turn them into a pile of ash, for example. I think people who think it is too powerful are comparing it to the abilities of the original Paladin class, which is woefully underpowered.
    Thanks for helping, but... what are the chances of them failing the disintegrate save? XD

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    Even without disintegrate, something mind affecting that made the Paladin no longer see them as an enemy would work. (such as charm person.). If you wanted to find the rules for it, you could try sundering limbs. Polymorphing effects would work, and teleporting away would end the effect even if the enemy returned immediately. If you're creative, there are all kinds of ways to kill them other then hit point loss. Suffocation/drowning, ability score damage, the list goes on and on.
    EDIT: The disintegrate spell deals damage even if they make the save, and any creature reduced to "0 or fewer hit poins" is turned into a pile of ash. Since they have to be below zero for Indomidable to activate, it woud kill them.
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    EDIT: The disintegrate spell deals damage even if they make the save, and any creature reduced to "0 or fewer hit poins" is turned into a pile of ash. Since they have to be below zero for Indomidable to activate, it woud kill them.
    Damn... that'd be lame...
    Now that you say it, it's a pretty nice way to slay a Frenzied Berserker.

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    ...that renders the entire ability pointless. No capstone should be beaten by a staple 6th level spell.

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