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Re: Detect Evil.


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ASlapForJoffrey wrote:

Because of due process I would presume. Paladins are lawful good after all and most respect some kind of formal nature of dealing with evils in society. This doesn't exactly extend to your local cult of Bhaal but then the paladin is already pretty smite-happy to begin with.



What kind of due process prevents slapping on the cuffs? Even with due process police do take suspects into custody in our world. Then comes the investigation, but the suspect still waits that out in prison.

Regardless, in a world where evil is objectively evil, being able to detect it is like wearing your criminal record on your forehead. It is very difficult portraying a believable evil character, then the Paladin walks by and goes 'this man is evil' and the crowd starts throwing rotten tomatoes.

Of course, I don't believe any player here would play Detect Evil in such a way, but the subtext is still there.: If you are against the Paladin in a discussion of someones personal integrity, you're probably on the wrong side of the discussion. And it is hard to justify arguing against somebody who has a powerful lie detector handy.

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Re: Detect Evil.


It came up in game, a few days ago. Nathell used his ability, and picked out a random man in a crowd of people, in Andrune. To his senses, the man was evil - But he was also just an ordinary person, who was not engaged in demon-summoning and/or infant-murdering. It caused Nathell some grief, that he was unsure how to deal with this.

I think detect evil, is largely a burden on the paladin. Knowing that someone is evil, and yet being ultimately powerless to do anything about it, as a preventive measure.

If a paladin starts acting on this knowledge alone, or encourages the crowd to start throwing rotten vegetables, is he not discriminating and harassing someone without proper reason? That is certainly illegal - And I don't think it's much of a stretch, to say it's evil too.

Detect evil, while powerful, is also a good way for a paladin to lose his way. Evil or no, until a paladin catches someone with his hands in the proverbial cookie-jar, it's not going to be enough to do anything other than keep an eye on the person, and maybe trying to encourage him to see things differently.

Otherwise, the paladin is well on his way to falling from grace.

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Re: Detect Evil.


Essentially, paladins are not ends-justify-the-means kinds of people. If they are, they tend not to be paladins for very long. It's a fine line.

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