Shalandain, Crusader Paladin

(AD&D 2nd Edition 1993 Trading Card #32)

The human paladin named Shalandain is the second-in-command of the Company of the Chalice’s ongoing operations on the Rock of Bral. She relentlessly crusades against the neogi and other aberrant threats in Bral’s crystal sphere. Her commander is the renown wizard-knight named Sir Edarin Niallson (LG male half-elf, wizard 8 / knight 6).

Their sleek, redesigned squidship, The Foresight, is often moored at Bral’s docking caverns, and the order’s base of operations is a large building with a central courtyard located on Lamp Street across from Kimbo’s Exotic Arms. When not at Chalice Hall, Shalandain can often be found praying at the Planar Church of the Seven Heavens.

It is believed that the Company of the Chalice originated on the world of Gondorin in Herospace, although it exists in the space lanes well beyond that crystal sphere. The company requires applicants to be goodhearted, and there are many paladins and clerics of good deities among its membership. The company of heroes seeks out evil in all its forms and often crusades not only against twisted aberrations and undead atrocities, but also vicious pirates and other evildoers.

Adventure Hook

It is not by accident that the Company of the Chalice built their hall so close to the embassy of the mind flayers. Sir Edarin hates mind flayers with a passion, and he chose the spot for Chalice Hall with the intention of challenging the mind flayers’ place on Bral. His zealousness has led to confrontations between the company’s more powerful members and the mind flayers. However, he has recently gone missing and Shalandain worries that her mentor pushed the aberrations too far. She is seeking goodhearted heroes to find Sir Edarin by any means necessary.



SHALANDAIN (CR 11)

Female Human Paladin 11

LG Medium Humanoid (human)

Init +2; Senses Listen +4, Spot +4

Languages Celestial, Common

AC 24, touch 12, flat-footed 22

hp 77 (11HD)

Fort +13, Ref +9, Will +11

Spell Resistance 16

Speed 30 ft. (6 squares); Gravity Plane 15 ft.

Melee Fate’s Promise +20/+15/+10 (1d8+8/19-20/x2) or

Melee Fate’s Promise +20/+15/+10 (1d8+8 plus 2d6/19-20/x2) vs. evil creatures

Face 5 ft. Reach 5 ft.

Base Atk +11; Grp +14

Atk Options Cleave, Power Attack

Special Actions Lay on Hands (can heal 44 points/day), Smite Evil 3/day (+4 to attack, +11 to damage); Turn Undead 7/day (turn level 8, turn damage 2d6+12)

Paladin Spells per Day (0/2/2/1; DC 15 + spell level)

Prepared Paladin Spells (CL 11)

  • 3rd – cure moderate wounds (DC 17)
  • 2nd – knight’s move [SC], owl’s wisdom (DC 16)
  • 1st – cure light wounds (DC 15), moment of clarity [SC]

Abilities Str 16 (+3), Dex 14 (+2), Con 14 (+2), Int 12 (+1), Wis 18 (+4), Cha 18 (+4)

Special Qualities Associates, Aura of Courage, Aura of Good, Code of Conduct, Detect Evil, Divine Grace, Divine Health, Lay on Hands, Remove Disease, Smite Evil, Special Mount, Spells, Turn Undead, Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Feats Alertness, Cleave, Leadership, Power Attack, Weapon Focus (longsword)

Skills Appraise +1, Balance -4, Bluff +4, Climb -3, Concentration +9, Craft (carpentry) +3, Diplomacy +15, Disguise +4, Escape Artist -4, Forgery +1, Gather Information +4, Handle Animal +9, Heal +11, Hide -4, Intimidate +4, Jump +2, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) +8, Knowledge (religion) +6, Listen +4, Move Silently -4, Profession (soldier) +7, Profession (Spacehand) +7, Ride +9, Search +1, Sense Motive +9, Spot +4, Survival +4, Swim -9, Use Rope +2

Possessions +3 field plate, boots of star striding, Fate’s Promise (+5 holy cold iron longsword), masterwork steel shield, traveler’s outfit.

Belt Pouch Potion of fly.

Boots of Star Striding These boots allow the wearer to tread upon the gravity plane of any ship without drifting away. While the wearer’s speed is cut in half, jumping down to the gravity plane does not result in oscillation. The wearer gains all the benefits of boots of striding and springing, a +2 competence bonus to all Jump checks, and can always Take 10 when making a Jump check to or from a gravity plane or even the deck of another ship. (Value: 5,900 gp)

Fate’s Promise is a unique holy avenger. It has the following spell-like abilities: at will – greater dispel magic; 1/day – bull’s strength; 2/day – heal. (Value: 279,030 gp)


Associates While she may adventure with characters of any good or neutral alignment, a paladin will never knowingly associate with evil characters, nor will she continue an association with someone who consistently offends her moral code. A paladin may accept only henchmen, followers, or cohorts who are lawful good.

Aura of Courage (Su) Beginning at 3rd level, a paladin is immune to fear (magical or otherwise). Each ally within 10 feet of her gains a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects. This ability functions while the paladin is conscious, but not if she is unconscious or dead.

Aura of Good (Ex) The power of a paladin’s aura of good (see the detect good spell) is equal to her paladin level.

Code of Conduct A paladin must be of lawful good alignment and loses all class abilities if she ever willingly commits an evil act. Additionally, a paladin’s code requires that she respect legitimate authority, act with honor (not lying, not cheating, not using poison, and so forth), help those in need (provided they do not use the help for evil or chaotic ends), and punish those who harm or threaten innocents.

Detect Evil (Sp) At will, a paladin can use detect evil, as the spell.

Divine Grace (Su) At 2nd level, a paladin gains a bonus equal to her Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws.

Divine Health (Ex) At 3rd level, a paladin gains immunity to all diseases, including supernatural and magical diseases.

Lay on Hands (Su) Beginning at 2nd level, a paladin with a Charisma score of 12 or higher can heal wounds (her own or those of others) by touch. Each day she can heal a total number of hit points of damage equal to her paladin level x her Charisma bonus. A paladin may choose to divide her healing among multiple recipients, and she doesn’t have to use it all at once. Using lay on hands is a standard action.

Alternatively, a paladin can use any or all of this healing power to deal damage to undead creatures. Using lay on hands in this way requires a successful melee touch attack and doesn’t provoke an attack of opportunity. The paladin decides how many of her daily allotment of points to use as damage after successfully touching an undead creature.

Remove Disease (Sp) At 6th level, a paladin can produce a remove disease effect, as the spell, once per week. She can use this ability one additional time per week for every three levels after 6th (twice per week at 9th, three times at 12th, and so forth).

Smite Evil (Su) Once per day, a paladin may attempt to smite evil with one normal melee attack. She adds her Charisma bonus (if any) to her attack roll and deals 1 extra point of damage per paladin level. If the paladin accidentally smites a creature that is not evil, the smite has no effect, but the ability is still used up for that day.

At 5th level, and at every five levels thereafter, the paladin may smite evil one additional time per day, as indicated on Table: The Paladin, to a maximum of five times per day at 20th level.

Special Mount (Sp) Upon reaching 5th level, a paladin gains the service of an unusually intelligent, strong, and loyal steed to serve her in her crusade against evil (see below). This mount is usually a heavy warhorse (for a Medium paladin) or a warpony (for a Small paladin).

Once per day, as a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is the equivalent of a spell of a level equal to one-third the paladin’s level. The mount immediately appears adjacent to the paladin and remains for 2 hours per paladin level; it may be dismissed at any time as a free action. The mount is the same creature each time it is summoned, though the paladin may release a particular mount from service. Each time the mount is called, it appears in full health, regardless of any damage it may have taken previously. The mount also appears wearing or carrying any gear it had when it was last dismissed. Calling a mount is a conjuration (calling) effect.

Should the paladin’s mount die, it immediately disappears, leaving behind any equipment it was carrying. The paladin may not summon another mount for thirty days or until she gains a paladin level, whichever comes first, even if the mount is somehow returned from the dead. During this thirty-day period, the paladin takes a -1 penalty on attack and weapon damage rolls.

Spells Beginning at 4th level, a paladin gains the ability to cast a small number of divine spells, which are drawn from the paladin spell list. A paladin must choose and prepare her spells in advance.

To prepare or cast a spell, a paladin must have a Wisdom score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a paladin’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the paladin’s Wisdom modifier.

Like other spellcasters, a paladin can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on Table: The Paladin. In addition, she receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Wisdom score. When Table: The Paladin indicates that the paladin gets 0 spells per day of a given spell level, she gains only the bonus spells she would be entitled to based on her Wisdom score for that spell level The paladin does not have access to any domain spells or granted powers, as a cleric does.

A paladin prepares and casts spells the way a cleric does, though she cannot lose a prepared spell to spontaneously cast a cure spell in its place. A paladin may prepare and cast any spell on the paladin spell list, provided that she can cast spells of that level, but she must choose which spells to prepare during her daily meditation.

Through 3rd level, a paladin has no caster level. At 4th level and higher, her caster level is one-half her paladin level.

Turn Undead (Su) When a paladin reaches 4th level, she gains the supernatural ability to turn undead. She may use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Charisma modifier. She turns undead as a cleric of three levels lower would.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency Paladins are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor (heavy, medium, and light), and with shields (except tower shields).

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