They don’t have to be religious or “holy”. It is a French term for a noble or knight. Paladins sound better since we got a thing for fancy words and make them feel special or elegant?
You know those nuns that hit people with rulers?
That guy that swings his hammer down In court rooms. The Judge. Now, take that and give em combat training alright. Slap a big ol’ hammer In their hands. Give them the power of the divine light Imbued as magic. Bam, I guess lawyers now have something to aspire to.
Whoopi Goldberg in the movie “Sister act”
A religious person who physically fights for what they believe is justice. So I’d think most “Paladins” today would be extremist’s of whatever religion they belong to who believe what they are doing is right and that they are vanquishing an evil that they feel threatens some aspect of their religious beliefs.
Words from other languages frequently come over to English to make a differentiation between, for example, a noble and a crusader.
They’re based on the Knight Templars from the middle age, but obviously extremely stylized at this point.
WoW Shamans have very little to do with their Native American counterparts either, for example.
I worked in behavioral healthcare, in a hospital setting for some of that.
I was trained in proper use of restraints, and how to use shields irl. This was on top of “healing” people on the day-to-day.
I was going to say the same thing, although I think some of the Paladin imagery and themes probably also come from Arthurian legends.
A Nidalap is a self-righteous poser. A sanctimonious loser. He spells his name backward to conceal his true identity.
Yeah there’s a lot of that too.
Diablo 2’s Paladins on the other hand stay pretty close to the source material.
An heroic champion, advocate or preserver of a noble cause, especially a knight, any of the twelve Companions of Charlemagne’s court or the Knights of the Round Table.
In modernity, personally, any whom steadfastly holdeth to theyr principles even in lonesome dark and beset by haggard brigands that would theyr life spare if only they theyr conviction renounceth; one whom is not mean nor petty, and whom would his own finery and heraldry dirtieth so he may a man on his path fallen hoisteth the quicker to his feet.
As pertaineth to the lore of Warcraft, one whom is pious and adhereth vigorously to theyr faith’s gospel with such fervor that theyr body breaketh long ere shaketh theyr devotion.
And everyone who is anti vaccinations are unholy DKs irl
Paladins keep mmo’s alive. Every other class equals peasant.
Tbh,there where no true paladins in real life it was all a myth like most everything relative to fantasy.
In real life, a paladin was a court official of the Merovingian and Carolingian kings of the Frankish realms.
In real world medieval literature, they were twelve heroic companions of Charlemagne’s court, who did noble deeds, similar to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian stories.
The most famous tales of the (real world) legendary Paladins is the Song of Roland (Chanson de Roland), which tells a fanciful account of events surrounding the Battle of Roncevaux (778 AD).
Next you’re going to say there are no mages and warriors don’t heal themselves by hitting someone who’s almost dead.
Yup, there are mages and or witches and wizards just the names are different from which area they represent .In real life their are . As for warriors that heal on their own accord in real life ,well,there are plenty of graves to prove they don’t self heal.