Disclaimer: All rights and credit for the guide goes to Anne Stickney. The original topic can be reached here: https://www.engadget.com/2012-11-17-for ... ccounter=1
The paladin is a warrior of the Holy Light -- a person of exceedingly strong moral convictions who fights just as valiantly as any warrior on the field. However, it's his morals and his faith that make him differ from the usual warrior you see on the battlefield. Paladins are known to uphold all that is good in the world, fighting against all that is evil.
The paladin is a follower of the Holy Light. This isn't necessarily a theistic belief system so much as a philosophy that is carefully practiced by both priests and paladins of the Order. The Holy Light is almost a "pay it forward" system of charitable deeds and actions, one that works on the presumption that there is an innate connection between self and the rest of the universe. Emotion connects an individual to the universe -- and being true to one's own emotions will cause emotion in others, creating a ripple effect of good in the universe.In all things, a paladin must reflect the Light which supplements our strength. To strive to be divine for one of our kind does not mean we strive for godhood--we strive to be good in all actions.
When the tenets of the Holy Light are practiced to full extent, a paladin can never truly die -- his deeds, actions, and words will live on in perpetuity, continuing to inspire others for ages to come.Valor, and all the virtues that go along with it, are like rare minerals: you must cherish them when you find them because of their value, but you must also take time to harvest them... refine them. When mixed together properly, a strong alloy is formed, sometimes unbreakable by even the most powerful blows.
This strength, your faith, your bravery, must be tested. You must learn to never lose faith and realize that with the power of the Light, you can overcome things that most others cannot.
The origins and purpose of paladins, are something that the paladin has likely been taught ever since he decided to become a paladin. Being a paladin ties into exactly who he is at his core. There is no such thing as an "evil paladin" -- because a paladin that seeks to spread evil in the world will soon find himself with absolutely no access to the Light at all. It will abandon him.
The paladin is in a constant struggle with what the world is, and who they are being in the face of it. A paladin can absolutely be upset, despairing, or even angry at the world -- but his status as a paladin shifts with his moral convictions. One wrong decision won't ruin a paladin, but it will weigh on his mind far more heavily than your average adventurer. And while there may not be evil paladins in the world, there are those that are zealous to the point of seeming madness. The paladins of the Scarlet Crusade are a good example. They practice the Light, and the Light grants them power, even though they use that power for what seems to be evil intent to an outside observer. But to a member of the Scarlet Crusade, their devotion is and has always been to the Light. Their conviction is to eradicate the undead -- it's simply that they view anyone that is not a member of their organization as a potential undead waiting to happen.Bravery, regardless of the situation, is as much a part of paladinhood as the Light, your armor, and your weapon. Protecting the weak, and not losing faith are two more lessons you must master while you study in the Cathedral of Light.
It's that conviction behind them that keeps the Light on their side, because that conviction is for the purpose of good. So one could easily roleplay a religious zealot of a paladin -- one who is convinced that his reasonings are the right reasonings, regardless of whether or not the rest of the world views it that way.Although called upon to smite evil in these harsh times, you must always remember that it's aiding others that will truly set you apart from the citizens of Azeroth. Compassion, patience, bravery--these things mean as much to a paladin as strength in battle.