anonymous asked:

Do you have any pictures of paladins who look like they've been through some serious shit? I know that's oddly specific so let me explain: I'm making a paladin for an upcoming Pathfinder game whose backstory is that due to a mission gone wrong she ended up stuck alone in the Worldwound for a while and came out traumatized but determined to push onward so her order assigned her some backwoods to recuperate. I'm just having trouble nailing down her look and could use visual inspiration. Thanks!

Sure, I can find some stuff. First one that comes to mind is this one of the Lady Warden from For Honor.

Kim Junghun

And since you’ve said you’re looking for inspiration for a female character, I’ll keep on that.

Peace, At Last by Pedro Krüger Garcia

Clara by slaine69

Pray, by Paul Duizings


Badge of Honor by Jeff McAteer


The Last Protector by jescole

Evil Big Wind

Evil Big Wind

The swordsman called Seven Falling Black Feathers strode with a slow and confident swagger up through the wide and winding valleys of the Felldales, his heavy sky-steel great-blade glinting upon his bare back, his late father’s worn leather sandals strapped-tight upon his tanned feet, and a song thundering in his heart.

Today is good, the swordsman decided after a moment, breathing deep and closing his eyes.

Around his neck was a gift from his youngest daughter: tiny white snail shells – polished, glimmering like little beads – strung upon a knotted length of scavenged, lusterless grey rubber. He treasured it, and had sworn to wear it every day; his mother’s gift, a gnarled wineskin once half-full of fermented mushroom-tea, was already near empty. The violet mark of his wife’s savage love-bite at the right side of his throat – his favorite gift of all, in truth – ached, and the huge man’s pale, scarred face burned slightly to remember the mingled hunger and pride in her bright blue eyes as she sent him forth to go a-reaving.

Yes. It is a good day, the swordsman thought.

The braids of his long, ash-blonde hair caught at drifts of the cold breeze, ripe and raw and rippling on this early autumn afternoon … and the swordsman laughed to himself.

Ash and aluminum were on the air.

It smelled like killing, and the killing was good.

original image from here

Seven Falling Black Feathers was a full high-man of the tribe, this day. He had bedded his wife, bested a horde of summoned slave-fiends, and recited the many names of his honored ancestors, each, all in full view of his family and of his Lady, Speaker of the Evil Big Wind. He had been proven a worthy warrior, a proper husband, and rightful heir to a legacy of blood and thunder.

Each hunter, demon-caller & flame-seer of the tribe had been offered the chance to challenge him – one final time – in single combat, to the death, for the rights to his name; not a one had stepped forward.

By their silence, they had made Seven Falling Black Feathers a full voice in the Speaker’s Choir.

The sky-steel blade on his back sung with him now, glowing; another strong baby grew in his wife’s belly, soon to be born with a fierce name blessed by the spirits.

Today, he was the deadliest thing on the planet.

That was enough to make any man smile.

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Class Feature Friday: Oath of the Mendevian Crusade (Variant Oathbound Paladin Oath)

Also known as the Oath of the Crusade in less Golarion-y places, today’s entry is a variant of the Oath Against Fiends, and is associated with fighting directly against fiendish incursion.

More specifically, this variant is tied to the ongoing crusade against the demons of the Worldwound, fighting back against an otherworldly invasion that, were it allowed to spread, would overtake the entire planet.

Outside of the Golarion setting, the purpose of this oath need not be so severe, but paladins that utilize it will certainly spend more time fighting against fiends directly, and opposing their more indirect schemes as well.

Those paladins who take this oath often have little use for magical flame in combat, and so, the ones bonded with their weapons gain the ability to enchant their blades with might against fiends.

Furthermore, with the regularly recurring demonic abilities to possess mortals, these divine warriors are blessed with the ability to banish such beings from the bodies of innocents and their comrades by laying on hands.

This variation doesn’t change any of the other abilities, so in many cases, you may have trouble finding a reason, other than story-wise, to NOT take this version over the original. I suppose I you want fiend-focused power but still want flaming weapons and another mercy not related to possession, you would probably go with the original.

Interestingly enough, even though this variant is geared towards demons lore-wise, the fact that the oath replaces flaming, rather than electricity, means it works slightly better when targeting fire-immune devils. I have no doubt most GMs will allow a variant code of conduct accordingly.


The Crusade of Shining Light pushes into kyton territory on the plane of shadow, but they are repeatedly stymed as they come across terrain that is impassable for most armies. The only path forward lies through a shadow marsh, but there are worse things than shadowy crocodile parallels in those dark waters.

Baksu the Gem-Hearted has been blessed by the Lord of the Twinkling Cavern, god of goodness in the underground. The young oread has been training for some time to fight in conflicts with the drow and their demon masters. His faith is true, but as young as he is, he will need help to survive the coming trials.

Just as paladins swear oaths to fight against fiends, so too might antipaladins do the same. The Oath of the Dark Crusade not only targets goodly outsiders, but also dispels the goodly blessings of such beings.