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Dec 20th 2010 at 3:05:04 PM •••

  • The Paladins of the Sapphire Guard of The Order Of The Stick, at least until the fall of Azure City. No, wait, listen. The majority of the Sapphire Guard range from reasonable and friendly to Superman in a blue cape, but when they end up with Lawful Stupid powerhouses such as Miko Miyazaki, they don't reeducate them; they send them on missions all over the world in order to rid themselves of their caustic presence "often for months at a time" - if this is standard procedure for paladin orders, jerks like Miko are the only paladins most will ever meet! Even their leader assumed that they were all like that, and ended up abusing their trust so badly they couldn't keep Miko from killing him!

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Dec 20th 2010 at 6:56:43 PM •••

It's not standard procedure, since Thahn, Haley's second in the Resistance, was clearly not a Lawful Stupid paladin, and he was also one of the paladins regularly sent as a messenger. Miko is the only example we see like this, and it's made clear that Miko is an isolated case. Hinjo doesn't say they only use assholes for messengers, he's saying Miko, specifically and uniquely, is such an asshole that they like to get rid of her for months at a time.

Remember the Party's first meeting with her: Roy and Durkon, on learning Miko's a paladin, don't react with "Oh, she's a paladin, she's lawful stupid." They say, "Oh, she's a paladin, she's clearly on the side of good," and it's only after prolonged exposure to her that they see her as an asshole, so it's clearly not a case where the world thinks Paladins are Lawful Stupid because they all only send out the worst of them to see other civilizations.

Bottom line, it's a single case in only one of what's probably many orders of paladins, and you're saying that means all paladins everywhere act like that.

Dec 20th 2010 at 10:20:29 PM •••

It factors in some way - Hinjo devoutly believed that all his paladins were too Lawful Stupid to be of use in anything but a stand-up fight, and most of Azure City didn't even know they existed.

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