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I've posted this on the steam forums but I recently found that beamdog generally has a bigger audience so I wanted to post my question here... so here goes...
This has bugged me for a bit so bear with me if I make this wayyyy to complicated then I should.
But I'm on my first playthrough of BG2 I'm currently playing as a paladin. So I recruited Keldorn and I had him in my party for quite some time so I know what kind of character he is. And from the looks of him so far, he seems the lawful good type like he is... but I find that he is really ruthless toward those that committed a crime and evil characters as a whole. For example
1. That mission where Edwin wants you to kill the Cowled Wizard that's on his case.... Keldorn states that the cowled wizard isn't to be considered as innocent and I should do the deed and kill him. (Keep in mind that I only kill in self-defense really.)
2. Hatred toward Viconia because she is a Drow and attacking her even when she has done no crime. (It really must suck being a drow)
3. One piece of dialogue with Jaheria and Keldorn states that Keldorn shows no sympathy or sees that his enemies could be redeemed.
Now what bugs me is that I play as a Paladin and I do not act like this lol. I usually show mercy to people and I don't really break laws except for breaking in homes, (gotta explore everything yo.) and stop those who do break them (I confront them verbally but never fight unless I have no choice.) But seeing Keldorn actually puts a surprise because I feel like I'm not playing a paladin correctly. And seeing how Ajantis and Anomen act the same way... I'm surprised how ruthless they can be at times like sometimes I view Keldorn just as bad as Viconia because of their extreme prejudices toward a race/group of people.
So my question about paladins are...
Is Keldorn a good example of a paladin?
Why are most paladins such as Keldorn/Ajantis (Specifically) ruthless?
Am I playing a Paladin correctly? (Enforcing the law, seeking justice but showing mercy to those, even to those that deserve it. and using violence as a last resort if he doesn't wish to listen and etc....)
EDIT: Now I stated I go in a more negotiable route than going in headstrong and killing all evil... which brings me up to Jaheria/Keldorn's Banter... I feel like that purging evil is possible by non-violence (as shown with Viconia's alignment change and many NPCs that redeemed or found the good in their ways in some missions that I've done in BG1/BG2.)
I feel like that I'm doing a good job with being a Paladin so far... and I guess Keldorn's devotion to Torm and being a inquistor is the answer way Keldorn is ruthless.
Just my thoughts... what are yours on paladin rules and whatnot?