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Paladins are a caste in the Brotherhood of Steel.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Insignia of western paladins

Paladins are the protectors of the Brotherhood and their primary, elite fighting force. Each is a highly trained combat veteran with high tech equipment at their disposal. They are responsible for maintaining security, from enemies both within and outside of the organization.[1] The ranks of the paladins are reinforced through promoting veteran knights of exceptional combat aptitude. It's generally impossible to become a paladin any other way.[2][3]

Head paladin[edit | edit source]

The head paladin is the overall commander of the paladins, responsible for implementing the elder's combat plans, enforcing Brotherhood laws and discipline on top of overseeing the overall training regime. They are a veteran, a talented soldier and are required to periodically convene with other caste heads and the elders.

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Star paladin[edit | edit source]

Star paladins are only answerable to their elder and are given a wide authority to do what they see fit to accomplish their objectives.[4]

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Senior paladin[edit | edit source]

Veteran paladins may be promoted to the position of the senior paladin. Short of elders and caste heads, this is one of the most prestigious ranks in the entire Brotherhood.

The Midwest did not change this rank's function, only the name, paladin commander.

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Paladin[edit | edit source]

The primary fighting force of the Brotherhood, paladins are expert soldiers armed with top-tier weapons and armor.

There are no differences in this rank between loyalist and rogue chapters.

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Junior paladin[edit | edit source]

A rank designating a veteran knight, freshly inducted into the paladin caste. Despite the name, they are still fierce, experienced warriors. Loyalist chapters eventually eliminated this rank, with paladin candidates promoted directly to paladin.

The Midwest, however, retained the position's name and function. There is no equivalent rank in the East coast chapter.

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Star paladin[edit | edit source]

The Eastern chapter of the Brotherhood in the Midwest has renamed the position of star paladin as paladin lord, but otherwise, it is identical in practice (one step below the general).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Vault Dweller: "{1011}{}{Paladins}"
    John Maxson: "{1111}{Gen_63}{Paladins are in charge of all security and outside activities. I remember tradin' with the Hub, goin' on scouting missions for the Elders. Ah man, those ware a good times.}"
  2. The Vault Dweller: "{1010}{}{Knights}"
    John Maxson: "{1110}{Gen_62}{The Knights make the weapons. And when he's good enough, a Knight can advance to become a Paladin and then an Elder and so forth. Right now Rhombus is the head of the Knights.}"
  3. David Hendee, Fallout Bible 8: "Yes, Knight before you can become a Paladin. Becoming a paladin is special."
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "What about the Enclave?"
    Cross: "As a Star Paladin, I answer only to Elder Lyons. He has given me leave to pursue the restoration of Project Purity as I see fit. By aiding you in your travels, I shall fulfill that mission as best I am capable."
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