In the narrative playthrough I am documenting on the Challenges & Playthroughs subforum, my main character recently joined forces with Ajantis (see Chapter 1, Parts XXXII - XXXVIII: https://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/78398/ausar-the-riven-fighter-mage-playthrough/p3)
. As many of you probably know, Ajantis is a paladin of Helm, committed to stamping out all manner of evil and injustice in the name of his god.
While writing up the narrative, an interesting question occurred to me: How does a lawful good paladin who worships a lawful neutral deity (e.g.
, Helm in 2e) square his zeal for absolute righteousness with the understanding that his god not only accepts the worship of certain evildoers (n.b.
lawful evil is only one step removed from lawful neutral, and so a valid alignment for Helmites under 2e rules), but even grants some of them (i.e.
, clerics) divine powers? The cognitive dissonance must be pretty substantial, no?
Would love to hear what you think!