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I am obsessed with this class. They are awesome, capturing my imagination like no other. I am starting a new play through from start to finish with a Invoker turned Fighter (at level 2). That's about as close as 2nd ed will allow one to get to the martial prowess--abjuration/evocation--complimentary magic of the EK. But...what IS Eldritch? Sure it's a cool word, but what IS it? And why are there knights? It's mysteriousness is appealing. I remember an old episode of the DnD cartoon when a Celestial Knight made a cameo, and I can only think of Eldritch Knights in a similar way. Wading into the fray with a two-handed sword and an aura of intimidation...slashing through several foes with tactical efficiency...while a foe is impaled, a hand leaves the hilt and lays waste to reinforcements with a chain lighting spell...the sword is freed in time to parry a massive attack from a seasoned fighter, followed by a touch attack that drains that foes life and strengthens the Knight...
Fully armored arcane spell casting combined with great martial combat is what they are all about.
What alignment should an eldritch knight be?
Do they have a code, what is it?
What familiar suits them best?