12/01/2012 09:21 PMPosted by DragonsonPaladins, not only in Fantasy, but in RL, have and always be a western concept. The first being Charlemagne's 12 peers, being a symbol of Christianity against the Sarcen (or muslim) hordes. Then, where the name Paladin comes from, is the Judices Palatini, which were high ranking judges in the papal court. In eastern history, there is nothing like the Paladin. By default, Paladins aren't fit to go to a eastern based race like the Pandaren.
this isn't real life
But thing is, it's where the Paladins get their concepts. It's where the name comes from to begin with. In Real life, though there isn't a DnD style paladin, the very word comes from another word that pretty much translate to 'holy judges'.
If you bring in the DnD concept of the Paladin, paladins, through each iteration of the books, always had a theme of 'warrior devoted to the cause of one deity, and is thus, blessed with powers'.
In WoW? In the Paladins talent trees and ability's all have names relating to judgements, and a divine power that comes from a single cause. Blood Knight, Vindicators, Human and dwarf paladins, even the tauren sunwalkers have a theme in common. They fight for the justice of their sole cause. Sunwalkers are all for the balance of nature, Blood Knights are all for the Sunwell, and the Draenei, Human, and Dwarf paladins all have something in common when it comes to the Church of the Holy Light. They're pretty much religious Zealots devoted to protecting and upholding the right to their Religious beliefs.
Kinda like the Twelve peers from Charlemagnes's courts. Info taken from Wikipedia
The paladins, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, were the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, according to the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. They first appear in the early chansons de geste such as The Song of Roland, where they represent Christian martial valor against the Saracen hordes. The paladins and their associated exploits are largely later fictional inventions, with some basis on historical Frankish retainers of the 8th century and events such as the Battle of Roncevaux Pass and the confrontation of the Frankish Empire with Umayyad Al-Andalus in the Marca Hispanica.
The word paladin comes from Judices palatini. High ranking judges in the Christian courts.
For the eastern inspired Pandaren, who worshiped 4 different causes in the form of the Celestials for such a long amount of time, and having history that is based around being calm and keeping your emotions in check, having something like a Paladin is almost unthinkable, since it'd require to split yourself off to devote to one singular cause, and because of the split, likely cause some zealotry and bitter feeling towards each other, which in Pandaria is a terrible thing to have happen, (because Sha).
Even with the Wandering isle, that history of needing to be mellow, and having separate ways to follow, has leaned Pandaren to Monks, rather than Paladins.