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Poem: "Shine On"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>>"Accessibility", I think is kind of key to both characters. Not just to the readers, but to other characters within their stories, the ones they're supposed to be helping.<<

Yes, that makes sense. Some paladins are there for inspiration, to show that it's possible to live a pure life. Others are there for determination, to show that it's possible to hold your faith regardless of purity or the lack thereof.

>>That's one of the other benefits of having, themselves, been among the downtrodden and the weak: The people they're trying to help can tell that those paladins do, in fact, know what they're going through, what they're up against, and they haven't given up yet.<<


One thing that really shows this is Shahara's mount. She's not riding a war-trained battlesteed or a heaven-horse. She's riding a mule. And she gives up even that so the villagers can replant their fields.

That reminds me, I should add Caz from The Curse of Chalion to our list of gritty paladins. He's described as a saint, but that's basically a synonym, as it just means someone who's a direct vessel for divine power. And he surely has a knack for picking his life up out of the mud of the road.
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