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Code of Conduct for Paladins of Heironeous
Posted on Mon, January 27, 2003 by Dogadmin
Aaron_Wilbers writes "This is the Codex of Honor I have created for a Paladin of Heironeous. It follows what was written by the various authors of Greyhawk materials and my thoughts on the subject. I hope you enjoy it.

Author: Aaron_Wilbers


Code of Conduct for Paladins of Heironeous

by Aaron_Wilbers

Used with Permission. Do not repost without obtaining prior permission from the author.


Codex of Honor

A righteous warrior always observes the rules of honorable warfare. The tenets of honor and chivalry are to be upheld even in the face of enemies that do not grant the same respects. Never strike a helpless opponent or one who is down and unable to defend himself.

Service to ones fellow man is the highest service one can undertake.

Law and justice are the cornerstones of a righteous society. Never subvert the rule of law in the name of expediency or put oneself above righteous authority.

Relentlessly pursue evil and destroy it, but never let the desire to smite the evils of the world take one outside the rule of law and justice. The ends do not justify the means.

Lethal force is not always the best option for dealing with evil. Do not let wrath cloud ones mind to other options that may lead to greater good.

Show the power and righteousness of Heironeous in every action and word. A righteous warrior can fight evil by providing an example of courage and good to all those who know him. Changing the hearts of men by example is one of the noblest ways to spread justice and law.

Be careful of who one associates with, the subtle influence of less righteous companions has been the downfall of many a noble warrior. A righteous warrior never associates with those he knows to be of questionable character.

Treachery and deceit are the tools of Hextor. Avoid them at all costs. Better to die a thousand deaths in the name of truth than to live by lying.

Beware the lure of riches and worldly possessions. The desire to acquire wealth and personal power will blunt the edge of a righteous warrior and cause him to center his attentions on things that do not spread law and justice, or show the power and humility of a knight of Heironeous. A knight who tithes half of his wealth to the church is blunting the lure of gold.

Note: Heironeous, paladin, Hextor"
 
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Re: Code of Conduct for Paladins of Heironeous (Score: 1)
by Argon on Sat, July 12, 2003
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Well done I like the way it rolls of the tongue and into the ears. I've decided to utilize it in my campaign. Some of the text could also be tweak for other gods as well.



Re: Code of Conduct for Paladins of Heironeous (Score: 1)
by abysslin (abyss@canonfire.com) on Fri, January 21, 2005
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Seems pretty sound to me.

I would have liked to see the codes buried inside of a greater volume of content, however. Much like how christians quote 1 line excerpts out of their bible.



Re: Code of Conduct for Paladins of Heironeous (Score: 1)
by TwiceBorn on Sat, February 11, 2006
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Great article, I think I might incorporate some of this in my campaign.  One thing, though...

"Show the power and righteousness of Heironeous in every action and word. A righteous warrior can fight evil by providing an example of courage and good to all those who know him. Changing the hearts of men by example is one of the noblest ways to spread justice and law. "

"Be careful of who one associates with, the subtle influence of less righteous companions has been the downfall of many a noble warrior. A righteous warrior never associates with those he knows to be of questionable character."
 
I think there might be contradictions in these statements... could a paladin not associate with persons of questionable character if he thought that he could change their hearts and minds via example? This is something I can see occurring in my campaign. 

Thanks for the contribution!




Re: Code of Conduct for Paladins of Heironeous (Score: 1)
by monkey1703 (hahahahahahaha01@qmail.com) on Thu, April 20, 2006
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this makes perfect sense! i am a paladin of heironeous.




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