Hey there! Just a couple of lore related questions - I've tried to google around a little bit, but haven't really found anything. I thought maybe somebody well better read than myself here might be able to help me out a little!
Alright firstly - what exactly is divine magic in the Forgotten Realms? Is it actually.. magic? Or is it perhaps more akin to us (in real life) saying a prayer, and then something actually answering it? If so, doesn't it then follow that a load of 'common folk' would be able to use this divine 'magic', simply by saying a prayer? ... I'm just trying to get my head around what it is
Secondly, I suppose along the same lines.. I believe
I heard that in later editions of D&D, a 'holy' character; cleric, paladin, etc. doesn't necessarily have to worship a particular diety, and instead can put their faith in something else entirely, such as a personal experience.. or something. Is this true? Or did I dream that up somewhere?
I'm asking, really, because I'd like one of my characters to be a Paladin - but I'm pretty against them having even some semblance of 'magical' ability..
Essentially I just want to roll a 'fighting-for-justice-protector-of-mankind' character.. but without any magical prowess at all, or even any history in a church or religion. Basically just a really
nice guy, who doesn't give much credence to any particular diety. Can a paladin be that? I'm thinking maybe I ought to reroll them as a fighter, but a paladin's 'protectors of the innocent' description just fits so perfectly.
But anyway I don't want to ramble! Would be glad to hear anybody's thoughts!