I guess I've fallen onto the quote title bandwagon. Somebody shoot me.
For those of you who have read The Way of Kings and got excited at that quote, I'm sorry to disappoint, this is not a Windrunner class. As much as I'd love to, I wouldn't want to even make an attempt at a first pass of that until we see more of the series and magic system from that book unravel. Instead, this thread is a Paladin fix. Kaladin in my mind exemplifies the Paladin virtue, and the oath is a prime embodiment of that.
For those of you who haven't read The Way of Kings, the important thing to get out of the above is you aren't missing anything important (though if you haven't read the book, go get it. It's a great read). This topic is for a relatively quick and easy of the Paladin. The intent is to bring the Paladin up to tier 3, primarily making use of already existing abilities, but bringing in more synergy.
: Lawful Good
: A Paladin's primary abilities are Strength and Charisma. A Paladin uses Strength of arm for attacking and damage, and uses charisma to empower his divine gifts.
The Paladinís class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (cha), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Nobility and Royalty) (Int), Knowledge (Religion) (Int), Listen (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str).
4+int mod per level, x4 at first level
Table: The Paladin
Weapon and Armor Proficiency:
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+2|| Aura of Good, Detect Evil, Smite Evil || 1 || - || - || -|
|2nd||+2||+3||+0||+3|| Lay on Hands, Special Mount || 2 ||- || - || -|
|3rd||+3||+3||+1||+3|| Divine Channeling || 3 || - || - || -|
|4th||+4||+4||+1||+4|| Divine Grace, Bonus Feat || 3 || - || - || -|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+4|| Battle Blessing || 4 || 1 || - || -|
|6th||+6/+1||+5||+2||+5|| Restoration, Bonus Domain || 4 || 2 || - || -|
|7th||+7/+2||+5||+2||+5|| Aura of Courage, Bonus Feat || 4 || 3 || - || -|
|8th||+8/+3||+6||+2||+6|| Improved Divine Channeling || 5 || 3 || - || -|
|9th||+9/+4||+6||+3||+6|| Turn Undead || 5 || 4 || 1 || -|
|10th||+10/+5||+7||+3||+7|| Bonus Feat || 5 || 4 || 2 || -|
|11th||+11/+6/+1||+7||+3||+7|| Remove Disease || 5 || 4 || 3 || -|
|12th||+12/+7/+2||+8||+4||+8|| Bonus Domain || 6 || 5 || 3 || -|
|13th||+13/+8/+3||+8||+4||+8|| Bonus Feat || 6 || 5 || 4 || 1|
|14th||+14/+9/+4||+9||+4||+9|| || 6 || 5 || 4 || 2|
|15th||+15/+10/+5||+9||+5||+9|| Font of Divinity || 6 || 5 || 4 || 3|
|16th||+16/+11/+6/+1||+10||+5||+10|| Bonus Feat || 6 || 6 || 5 || 3|
|17th||+17/+12/+7/+2||+10||+5||+10|| || 7 || 6 || 5 || 4|
|18th||+18/+13/+8/+3||+11||+6||+11|| Bonus Domain || 7 || 6 || 5 || 4|
|19th||+19/+14/+9/+4||+11||+6||+11|| Bonus Feat || 7 || 6 || 5 || 4|
|20th||+20/+15/+10/+5||+12||+6||+12|| || 7 || 6 || 6 || 5|
Paladins are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor (heavy, medium, and light), and with shields (including tower shields).
Aura of Good(Su)
-The power of a paladinís aura of good (see the detect good spell) is equal to her paladin level.
-At will, a paladin can use detect evil as the spell.
Smite Evil (su)
-A number of times per day equal to 3+cha modifier, a paladin may channel divine energy to smite evil with all of his attacks for the next round. He adds his charisma bonus (if any) to the attack roll and deals 1 extra point of damage per paladin level. If the paladin accidentally smites a creature that is not evil, the smite has no effect, but the ability use is still consumed.
Smite Evil is treated as turn undead for the purposes of feats and pretige class requirements.
-A paladin has the ability to cast a number of divine spells, drawn from the Paladin spell list. Unlike a Wizard, a Paladin does not need to prepare his spells. He may cast any spell from his spell list spontaneously like a Warmage or Beguiler.
To cast a spell, a paladin must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10+twice the spell's level. The difficulty class for a saving throw against a Paladin's spell is 10+twice the spell level+the Paladin's wisdom modifier. His caster level for any spell cast is equal to his Paladin level.
Like other spellcasters a paladin can cast only a certain number of spells per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on Table: The Paladin. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Charisma score.
Lay on Hands(Su)
-Beginning at 2nd level, a paladin with a Charisma score of 12 or higher can heal wounds (her own or others) by touch. Each day she can heal a total number of hit points of daamge equal to her paladin level x her charisma mod. A paladin may choose to divide her healing among multiple recipients, and doesn't have to use it all at once. Using lay on hands is a swift action.
Alternatively, a paladin can use any or all of this healing power to deal damage to undead creatures. Using lay on hands in this way requires a successful melee touch attack and doesn't provoke an attack of opportunity. The paladin decides how many of her daily allotment of points to use as damage after successfully touching an undead creature.
-Upon reaching 2nd level, a paladin gains the service of an unusually intelligent, strong, and loyal steed to serve her in her crusade against evil. This mount is usually a heavy warhorse (for a Medium paladin) or a warpony (for a Small paladin).
As a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is the equivalent of a spell of a level equal to one-third the paladinís level. The mount immediately appears adjacent to the paladin; it may be dismissed at any time as a free action. The mount is the same creature each time it is summoned, though the paladin may release a particular mount from service.
Each time the mount is called, it appears in full health, regardless of any damage it may have taken previously. The mount also appears wearing or carrying any gear it had when it was last dismissed. Calling a mount is a conjuration (calling) effect.
Should the paladinís mount die, it immediately disappears, leaving behind any equipment it was carrying. The paladin may not summon another mount for a week, or until she gains a paladin level, whichever comes first, unless the mount is somehow returned from the dead.
-Starting at 3rd level, a Paladin may choose to channel her divine spells into pure divine energy. By taking 10 minutes and sacrificing a paladin spell, the paladin may add an amount of healing to her lay on hands pool of daily health equal to the spell level squared times 10. So a first level spell grants 10 hp, a second level spell grants 40 hp, a 3rd level spell grants 90 hp, and a 4th level spell grants 160 hp.
The amount of healing you may have at any one time with Lay on Hands may not exceed twice your paladin level x charisma mod. So if you are a 4th level paladin with a +3 charisma, you start each day with 12 points of healing. You could not have more than 24 points of healing stored in Lay on Hands at any given time.
-At 4th level, a paladin gains a bonus equal to his charisma modifier (if any) to all saving throws.
-At 4th level, and every 3 levels thereafter (7th, 10th, etc), the paladin gains one bonus Divine or Devotion feat.
-A 5th level paladin gains Battle Blessing as a bonus feat. If the Paladin already possesses this feat, she may choose to take any other feat that he qualifies for instead.
-A paladin of at least 6th level may choose to use up 5 points of healing from Lay on Hands to remove a single point of ability damage or drain from the target.The Paladin may choose to spend more points to heal more, or provide hp in addition to removing the ability damage. (For example a Paladin could spend 30 points of healing to restore 4 points of strength damage and 10 points of HP damage)
-A paladin of 6th level gains a domain. He may add the domain spells to his Paladin spell list, and gains access to the domain's power. The Paladin may choose the Law, Good, or Protection domains, or may choose a domain appropriate to his deity. At 12th and 18th levels, the Paladin gains access to an additional bonus domain.
Aura of Courage(Su)
-Beginning at 7th level, a paladin is immune to fear (magical or otherwise). Each ally within 30 feet of her gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects.
This ability functions while the paladin is conscious, but not if she is unconscious or dead.
Improved Divine Channeling(Su)
-At 8th level the Paladin's ability to channel divine energy improves. By taking 10 minutes and sacrificing a spell slot, the Paladin gains a number of smite evil uses equal to (2*spell level - 1). So a first level spell grants 1 use, while a 4th level spell would grant 7 uses.
-A 9th level Paladin is able to channel his divine energy much like a Cleric does. By expending a use of Smite Evil, he may turn undead as though he were a cleric of his Paladin level -2.
-Starting at 11th level, a paladin may choose to spend up to 40 points of healing from Lay on Hands to remove a disease inflicting the target.
Font of Divinity(Su)
-A Paladin of 15th is a conduit of divinity, and is able to use his channeling to greater effect. When channeling a spell to increase Lay on Hands healing, the amount added to the pool is increased by 50%. The maximum healing allowed from Lay on Hands is now increased by 50% as well. (So a 15th level Paladin with a +6 charisma modifier starts each day with 120 points of healing, and may have up to 360 points of healing in the Lay on Hands pool at once. Sacrificing a 1st level spell adds 15 points to the pool, and sacrificing a 4th level spell adds 240 points).
Additionally, when channeling a spell for additional uses of smite evil, you now gain an additional +2 uses. (So a 1st level spell provides 3 uses, while a 4th level spell provides 9)
Removed Features. I had originally added several more abilities to the Paladin, including a nice capstone. But realized as I was doing it, I was drifting away from the original goal, which was creating a working paladin fix with minimal new abilities. The main things added to the Paladin was Smite Evil being a turn undead mechanic, and the ability to use spells to gain more smite evil and more healing. If you're curious about the abilities I was considering before chopping them, check the spoiler. I do think they may have been worth including, but would have represented a much larger deviation from the core mechanics than originally intended.