Human (True Blood Azlanti), Paladin of Iomedae
Status: Alive, adventuring – Preparing to enter Shudderwood
After The Opening ceremony of the new court house and the hanging of Lord Cormarc, Lancel is now trying to gain leads on the Order of the Palantine eye hoping that he can gain their trust and infiltrate his way in.
Lancel Dane grew up in Lepidstadt and was raised by his father Elmore due to his mother dyeing during his birth. Having no siblings his father always had high expectations of him and taught him to show no weakness or fear, as well as being respectful of his noble status. This arrogance of having the purest of blood rubbed off Elmore to Lancel which means that often during battle he will choose honour and glory over what could otherwise be a wise decision. Lancel was always trying to please his father in any way he could which more often than not ended in some reckless feat that did more harm than good.
In recent years House Dane has been losing some of its power and prestige as the Order of the Palentine eye gains ever more power. While Elmore has tried to work the political mine field for quite some time it is only recently the Lancel has held any responsibility or contributed towards his father’s goals.
Elmore decided that Lancel needed to grow up fast. He decided that sending him off on his own into battle was the best way to do so. His departing words were, ‘come back to me only when you’re a man…’
Lancel left his house in his armour that bore the dints of many tourneys yet he was nervous about facing real opponents and needed guidance. He decided to seek out the heroes of Harrow stone, for the tales coming into Lepidstadt about the small band of warriors was exactly what he aspired to. However when he met the other paladin he had heard so much about he was sadly disappointed for he only stood 4 feet tall.
He joined up with them never the less dreaming about himself being the new hero in the tales. He set out with them hunt down the beast of Lepidstadt. However, his childish dreams of dragon slaying soon turned to the true horrors of battle. It was in those towers of Cormarc’s castle that Lancel saw true evil, redefining what it meant to be a paladin in his heart.
Lancel realised his true calling in those dark days and came back to his father, a man……
A conversation Elmore had with Lancel during one of his teachings of the Paladin code 2 years ago to the day…
Elmore: A Paladin is always Loyal.
Lancel: But father, does that mean we must be loyal just to our friends or our enemies too? Why should we be loyal to those we suspect of plotting truly evil deeds?
Elmore: Well son, A Paladin is always Honest! If a paladin suspected someone of evil deeds he would confront him about it.
Lancel: But father, what if by confronting them you knew it would end in your death? Wouldn’t that only put us further behind in our life long service to vanquishing evil? And what if by not being completely honest we could gain their trust leading to a far greater evil?
Elmore: Son! A paladin should never lie or seek to deceive a person.
Lancel: But father, what if by a simple act of deception you were able to steer someone out of harm’s way? Or what if you deceived an enemy into believing your prone? Are there not times we can use the skill of deception for the greater good?
Elmore: You should never be deceptive in the way you fight. You should be righteous in combat!
Lancel: Why don’t you tell that to a flesh golem who is playing dirty! What is the point of dying a glorious death just because you refuse to swing a blow your enemy has not foreseen? It is no wonder that there is so much evil in this world when every Paladin is fighting as predictable as the next! Our enemies must laugh at our codes of honour and righteousness as they exploit them using our predictability as an advantage. Should not the true honour be in slaying evil and not dying because we followed all of our god’s blessings with no sense other than black and white?
Elmore: Lancel, enough of this questioning! A Paladin seeks to do that which pleases his god in all manners of the Code, and knows that the purity of his soul has a profound impact on the abilities the gods bless him with. If you keep up this disrespect for our beloved Iomedae you will lose all the power she blesses upon you!
Lancel: Father, I believe you are wrong. All the teachings in the Paladin code lead to one thing. Vanquishing evil and restoring a world of honour justice and righteousness. I believe the Paladin code acts as a guideline we are meant to follow to help lead us on the right path. Though I’m sure many days will come in which these codes must be tested, even put aside temporally for the greater good. If Iomedae believes I am unworthy for speaking such things than May she smite me down!
Elmore: Enough of this! I think it is time for a break. Lancel, you have disappointed me today. We will resume this lesson tomorrow. I hope you reflect on today and return with a little more respect.
Lancel: yes father…