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An Adventurer’s Guide to Paladine – Krynn’s Most Fabulous God

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May 08
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In the world of Krynn, one god embodies majesty and goodness above all else. Behold, Paladine, the Platinum Dragon.

It stands to reason that one of the most impactful gods in a series called Dragonlance would be a dragon. It’s right there in the name. And on Krynn, Paladine takes the cake. Not only is Paladine, aka Bah’Mut, aka Dragon Father, aka Skyblade, a special sparkly dragon. He’s also one of the first gods summoned to the world by Krynn’s overdeity, known only as The High God. Which is how you know Krynn was created on April 20th.

Paladine

As you might have guessed from the aliases listed, Paladine shares a lot in common with another Platinum Dragon, Bahamut. They both have mirrored platinum scales. They’re both champions of good. They both inspire knights, and have a propensity for traveling in disguise. More on that in a minute.

But what makes Paladine different is that he is representative not just of “goodness” but of the strive to be better. He’s the kind of god that will pull up a chair and listen. He will genuinely help you figure out your problem and, worse yet, will remember it and ask you how it’s going when you run into him at a party three weeks later.

Because Paladine is also a god of redemption. At the heart of Paladine’s story is the drive to bring those who have fallen to corruption back into the light.

Paladine’s Relationships and Followers

As you might expect, this means that a lot of Paladins really dig Paladine. Again, it’s all in the name. But he was no aloof god. Even for Dragonlance, Paladine was surprisingly active. He took a spouse, Mishakal, patron goddess of motherhood, and boy did they live up to that name. Paladine and Mishakal had three children, Kiri-Jolith, Habbakuk, and Solinari.

And you’d be hard pressed to find a significant event throughout Krynn’s history that Paladine hasn’t had a hand in. A propensity which led ultimately to his being made mortal for a time.

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A Fabulous God in Human Clothing

Paladine

Paladine had a special affinity for Kender. During the War of the Lance, he would often take the guise of a befuddled old mage named Fizban the Fabulous. As Fizban, he helped to shove events along as they were meant to be.

And in the centuries before that, before Krynn’s great Cataclysm, Paladine gave a vision of dire portent to Lord Soth (before he was a Death Knight). He gave the fallen lord a quest to retrieve an artifact and deliver it to a high priest – but ultimately that backfired. And great destruction followed.

Even so, Paladine fought on, as he ever did. Always fighting for good and looking for the best in everyone.

Happy Adventuring!

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