Classic Fantasy Paladins for the Holidays
I picked up Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions for 77 cents on Amazon, this is something I’ve been meaning to read for a while.
This book reportedly influenced the OD&D alignment system and gave rise to the Paladin, the proto- fighting-man subclass from Greyhawk, the first OD&D supplement. Here is the original text for those who are curious (from the 1979 12th print, pp. 8-9):
Charisma scores of 17 or greater by fighters indicate the possibility of paladin status IF THEY ARE LAWFUL from the commencement of play for that character. If such fighters elect to they can then become paladins, always doing lawful deeds, for any chaotic act will immediately revoke the status of paladin, and it can never be regained. The paladin has a number of very powerful aids in his continual seeking for good: He can “lay on his hands” to cure wounds or…
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