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The Faraway Paladin
The Faraway Paladin, also known as Saihate no Paladin or The Paladin of the End is a light novel series by Yanagino Kanata. In it, Will is raised by three undead in a city of the dead: the boisterous skeletal warrior Blood, the motherly (and mummified) priestess Mary, and the spectral mage Gus.
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The Faraway Paladin mixes Western fantasy with the popular isekai genre, and lampshades, homages, and reconstructs a variety of tropes common to its source material. The series is being translated by J-Novel Club and released digitally. A total of four light novels have been released in English, with a fifth to be started in January. The following works are available at this time for purchase.

  • The Faraway Paladin: The Boy in the City of the Dead
  • The Faraway Paladin: The Archer of Beast Woods
  • The Faraway Paladin: The Lord of the Rust Mountains: Primus
  • The Faraway Paladin: The Lord of the Rust Mountains: Secondus

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The Faraway Paladin provides examples of:

  • Batman Gambit: Will's arrival in the city of the undead was Stagnate's doing. Mary, Gus, and Blood would never harm or abandon an infant, and they wound up taking care of him and raising him. Stagnate knew that should any of the three come to care more about Will than guarding the seal, their souls would be forfeit and Stagnate would gain the fealty of some of the most powerful undead around. Mary and Blood do fall for it, and Gus very nearly ruins things by almost killing Will as he realized that this would happen and wanted to keep the world safe. Gus can't bring himself to finish the job.
  • Blade on a Stick: Will takes up a spear, "Pale Moon", after looting it off a monster. It quickly becomes his primary weapon thanks to its hardiness, reliability, and reach.
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  • Clingy Jealous Goddess: Gracefeel is not happy in the fourth book when we (the readers) find out rather humorously that Stagnate is a female goddess and has apparently decided she is in love with Will.
  • Cool Sword: Overeater, a demonic sword that heals injuries and fatigue by taking the life from others. It's powerful enough to injure an Echo of a god and greatly increases the strength of those who wield it. However, it's also cursed and dangerous to use. Drawing it means that Will has hit the Godzilla Threshold. He hits that threshold when he faces off against the god of undeath, Stagnate, for Mary's, Blood's, and Gus' souls.
  • Deal with the Devil: Before the story even began, Blood, Gus, and Mary made a deal with the Death God Stagnate in order to defeat a powerful enemy in the city, becoming Undead. Stagnate wants their souls in the end as they are very powerful and favored individuals.
  • Eye Scream: Under her mask Mary's face is badly burnt and she has no eyes.
  • Fallen Hero: In the eyes of the Wise Gods, Gus, Mary, and Blood qualify as this. They were once great heroes, but signed a pact with Stagnate and became undead even if it was for selfless reasons. As such, whenever Mary prays to the fertility goddess she once served she bursts into flame.
    • Later subverted when it's revealed that their patron deities ultimately forgave them for their choices.
  • God of Evil: Surprisingly averted with Stagnate. She considers the fact that people have to be torn apart by the cycle of death and rebirth a tragedy, and would rather all people live eternally as they are. She was once considered one of the wisest gods of the setting's pantheon, and while part of it was a gambit to gain three powerful followers, her desire to defeat the Demon King who threatened all life was genuine, as her goal is to preserve life as it is.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In the fourth book, when Stagnate decides to help Will, she points out to the titular Lord of the Rust Mountains (an immensely powerful dragon) that he is in the fallen dwarven kingdom, where an army of dwarves died. Quoth Stagnate:
    Stagnate: "This is the Iron Country! The mountain where brave warriors of fire linger in regret of falling to an army of demons and a foul-dragon! Now return! Your allies and descendants have come back and with them stands an unmistakable hero! They have returned to defeat the demons and take on the dragon, and reclaim the mountains that were your home! Slumbering lost, he is no warrior who would stand by now! I call upon you to take up the sword of revenge and bury your regrets! Feed the fire of courage once again! Warriors of the dwarves!" Cue the thunderous march of thousands of boots and the arrival of a glowing spectral army of dwarven warriors.
  • Happily Adopted: Will is happily taken in by Mary, Blood, and Gus, calling them his parents and grandfather without hesitation.
  • Honor Before Reason: This is the elves' hat. They are so locked into this that the heroes basically have to blackmail them to HELP them.
  • Instant Expert: The minute Will gains priestly powers due to his oath, he can cast very powerful prayers because he spent most of his life learning to pray with Mary.
  • Killed Off for Real: Mary and Blood die for good once their contract with Stagnate is voided when Will defeats him.
  • Luckily Myshield Will Protect Me: Will carries a small round shield to defend himself. It's effective for covering his blind spots even while using a spear.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Mary, Gus, and Blood defeated one before they became undead, and were aided by Stagnate in order to keep him sealed, as Stagnate is the god of undeath because she doesn't want anyone to die and be separated from those they love. As such, an omnicidal maniac directly goes against her dogma.
  • The Paladin: Exactly what it says on the tin. Will swears an oath and gains powers that are typically given to paladins, even though he's technically a priest. He also behaves much like a paladin.
  • Raised by Orcs: Played with. Will was raised by three undead heroes. But since they were originally human, they imparted their values onto Will rather than the typically negative connotations associated with this trope.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. Will has ruby-red eyes but is a cheerful and kind person who won't hesitate to throw himself into the thick of things to help others.
  • Super Speed: Will can use bursts of speed with Acceleratio, using this to Speed Blitz his foes with Pale Moon.
  • We Can Rule Together: Stagnate offers this to Will after seeing how powerful a fighter he is.
  • Reincarnation: Unlike many other Light Novels, here Will retains only vague memories of his past life and it gives him no advantage in the new world. The first time it comes up more than in his passing inner monologues is when he realizes that his parents died before he did, but he can't remember feeling sad about it, and wonders if it means he was a bad person.

Alternative Title(s): Paladin of the End, Saihateno Paladin

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