Talk:Holy Paladin (3.5e Class)
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If the Holy Paladin is a highly specialized version of a regular Paladin, then consider making this a Prestige Class, instead of a Base Class. While it seems to be fairly common, making a 'special' base class is something of a misrepresentation of the distinction between the two classes. Base classes are those that literally any character can become, despite varying levels of success, and are only meant to be distinguished from other base classes via archetypes and some abilities based on said archetypes. Prestige Classes, however, are classes that distinguish the character as a 'special' type of individual, much more than just a Fighter or Paladin, but a Holy Knight in direct service of his deity, or a Master Monk, who has risen beyond the levels of normal ascetics by having an epiphany. These are unique classes that are possibly rare in the world, but legendary for the most part, and have unique sets of skills and abilities that show that they are more than the common, rank-and-file individuals of most characters, as is what it means: "Prestige".
This seems akin to what you're trying to describe for this class. Jwguy 08:51, 24 April 2012 (MDT)