I just completed TOB for the first time with my fighter/thief and was utterly intrigued by the full backstory of Charname! Now, I'm thinking of playing a Paladin from BG1 all the way into TOB (including SOD which I've not tried yet).
I have a few questions that I hope you guys who have played Paladins before can help answer:
1) In terms of role-playing a Paladin, how do you guys interpret the class of Paladin at the start of the game? I imagine Charname shouldn't be classified as a Paladin yet since to be promoted into the ranks of a Paladin I reckon you need years of experience and numerous remarkable achievements. I know perhaps its for the sake of simplicity when you pick classes, but the way I see it, Charname should perhaps start off his journey as a squire, just like Anomen and Ajantis, and only after Charname has completed the Paladin Stronghold quests in BG2 then he could be finally recognized as a full-fledged Paladin.
2) What deity does your Charname worship? I'm thinking Torm as I like Torm as a figure of who is aware of his past humanity and preaches duty, loyalty and righteousness as opposed to Helm or Tyr whom I feel are too zealous for their own good. Does anyone know if Torm wields a sword and shield or a two-handed weapon?
3) What weapon proficiency and style of fighting do you guys prefer? Sword and Shield, Dual wielding or Two-handed wielding? What is your ideal image of a Paladin?
4) Lastly, what do you guys call your Charname Paladin? I'm having trouble thinking of a cool name.
Personally, I think the class of a Paladin for Charname is really interesting. It's like you have two opposing extreme ideologies clashing in one person: Torm vs. Bhaal; Good vs. Evil. Who will triumph? I can imagine Gorion indoctrinating Charname since young with the faith of Torm/Helm in the hope that perhaps believing in the force of good will aid in Charname's struggle against his evil heritage. I can also see Torm showing a great interest especially in Charname and granting him greater strength and wisdom in order to offset the growing darkness in him.