For centuries, the elite of the Sultansworn have served as personal bodyguards to the royal family of Ul’dah. Known as paladins, these men and women marry exquisite swordplay with stalwart shieldwork to create a style of combat uncompromising in its defense. Clad in brilliant silver armor, they charge fearlessly into battle, ever ready to lay down their lives for their liege. To be a paladin is to protect, and those who choose to walk this path will become the iron foundation upon which the party’s defense is built.
Paladins are exceptionally skilled protectors of those weaker than themselves. They use martial skill and a command of White Magic to defend and heal themselves and others. As such skilled guards are mostly employed to protect the wealthy and powerful, many paladins are quite charismatic and socially adept. Paladins wear heavy armor, usually quite ornate and beautifully made. Most are trained in the use of a sword and large shield. While the Sultansworn are the most well-known and visible Paladins, the Knights of Ishgard are almost as famed in story and song. Gridania’s conjurer’s guild trains those with a connection to the magic of nature and skill at arms to defend the Padjal, and those who can’t fit into the orders of the other city-states often find employment as bodyguards for the wealthy of Limsa Lominsa.
One-Handed Weapons, Shields
+Essence Parry Bonus, additional +Essence on any Defend Other actions
Cover: Once per turn, the Paladin may use the Defend Other action to protect any character in Close range.
Passage of Arms: For 10m, 1w the Paladin may cause her iconic anima banner to manifest in a defensive posture. This action counts as a Full Defense action, but in addition to the normal effects, she may use the Defend Other action to protect anyone within Close range from any attack she is aware of, with no limit per turn. At Essence 3, Onslaught penalties no longer apply to these defensive actions. The paladin may use this ability at no mote cost when at Iconic anima banner, though loses 1i for each defensive action taken in this way.
Paladin Class Charms focus on protection of others, leadership in battle, and healing.