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I'm an old time roleplayer who became a soldier who became a veteran who became a developer who became a dba who became a manager who never gave up his dream of a better world. Even if I have to create it myself.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Real-life Paladin

Being a paladin isn't all about slaying demons and banishing the undead.  It's also about Truth by Example.  A paladin's everyday activities should inspire others to be more Lawful Good simply through observation.

The linked story below is about such an individual.

NYPD Boots (via USA Today)

This officer earns honorary paladinhood in my book.

photo credit: scoutnurse via photopin cc

Police officers take a lot of flak from a lot of jackasses - I know this firsthand, as I was a policeman for a few years in the 1990's.  I have always imagined paladins taking the same sort of flak.  But for paladins - and many police officers - it's worth it just for the chance to put a little good in someone else's life.

Next time a bonded mount or holy avenger quest comes around, think about incorporating simple stories like this.  Any fighter can kill a demon and add an extra notch to their sword, but a true paladin knows when to set the sword aside.

2 comments:

  1. I love how you take real life and relate it to D&D.

    Here's my take on the Blackguard (fallen Paladin):
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/23/pepper-spraying-cop-photoshop-justice

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    1. Glad you like it. I guess after so many years of playing RPGs I can't help but to seek out correlations.

      That pepper spray guy is pretty disenchanted, but doesn't seem as aggressively evil as I'd imagine a blackguard or antipaladin to be... maybe this guy is closer?

      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/11/former-florida-cop-to-be-executed-for-murdering-people/

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