I'm assuming they can be neutral good.
I'm asking because would they lose their Light powers from being chaotic? For example cussing, getting !@#$faced, or going to the club (lol).
Without spoiling too much, we can tell you that wielding the Light is a matter of having willpower or faith in one's own ability to do it. That's why there are evil paladins (for example, the Scarlet Crusade and Arthas before he took up Frostmourne).
For example cussing, getting !@#$faced, or going to the club (lol).
Paladins do not need to take:
Vows of chastity
Vows of poverty
Vows of abstinence
That is also not 'Chaotic Good' to go out and party. Nor is it 'Lawful Good' to not do these things.
Lawful Good - Basically means you respect the law. You hold utter faith in the law and are rather narrow-minded. You find it difficult to bend, and you generally will never break from the laws of the land. You'll tend towards utter honesty and rarely, if ever, deceive or lie.
Example: You encounter a murderer. You know he's a murderer but have not witnessed him commit a murder. You would bring him to justice by dragging him to the authorities who would give him a trial and then execute him. You would not execute him on the spot.
Chaotic Good - You trust in your instincts. You'll do whatever needs to be done despite what the law might say. You will deceive and lie if necessary. You will withhold information if necessary. You will act how you think you can best achieve the goals of good.
Example: You encounter a murderer. You confront him and take justice into your own hands acting as judge, jury and executioner without consulting the proper authorities.
A paladin, quite honestly, runs the gamut of Lawful to Chaotic Good. It depends on your interpretation of how your character would react. Some paladins will only ever be Lawful some will edge themselves between Lawful/Neutral/Chaotic. The more important aspect is that paladins will rarely tread in Lawful/Netural/Chaotic Neutral territory and almost never tread into the evil alignments.
*The Tauren, so far as I'm aware, are the exception.
Why is it that when I think of a chaotic good paladin I think of like drive-by good deeds.
Or the well-meaning superhero who does well-meaning but stupid things.
Things like defusing explosives in a building... that is ready to be demolished.
Or swooping in to save the damsel in distress from a villain and beating the villain up... in a play, making the whole darn thing FUBAR, so bad it can't be improved out of.
I very strongly disagree with your definitions of Lawful/Chaotic.
Lawful means that you value social order and structure and, in effect, place needs of the many over those of the individual. Chaotic means the opposite: you place the balance on the individual and their personal freedoms and liberties. Neither is necessarily an absolute.
A lawful character need not respect a nation's laws. Typically they do, but it is also possible that they could see some laws -- even an entire society -- as unjust and not following an ethic of the greater good. A lawful good character could easily be a protester or even a revolutionary. Imagine a lawful good character who opposes slavery... on the other hand, a lawful good person could live in a society with slavery if his moral code somehow justified it.
I agree that a LG character would probably not lie -- but he might, if he felt it was for the greater good. But a chaotic good character, by virtue of being **good** wouldn't like lying, either. Saying that "you will deceive and lie if necessary" because you're CG is just FALSE.
I see; I had always assumed the Draenei were more 'preserve the balance' types due to the inclusion of Draenei into the Earthen Ring, but obviously that doesn't necessarily define their entire culture, seeing as there are figures in the Earthen Ring that aren't like the rest of their respective races. (Goblins, for one; then you have Wildhammer Dwarves; Orcs for sure)
You can disagree with them as you like, but I wasn't defining them. Pathfinder was.
A Chaotic Good character follows their instincts, acts on their own principles and beliefs, all for the greater good. They're going to lie and cheat and etc. because they aren't bound by the laws of tradition or the land.
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