The Paladinship is a sisterhood inside of The Church and is used as the private army and task force of The Church.
Members of The Church are required by church doctrine to allow one of their daughters, when they come of the age of five, to be taken by The Church to become soldiers known as Paladins. This selection process is based off of intricate genealogy work that has been undertaken by The Church for centuries.
When a Paladin is inducted into the sisterhood, she is sent off and raised in groups of her peers as if they were family. They are rigorously trained their entire lives in combat and church doctrine and ritual. Life for a Paladin can be brutal as there are many tenants (listed below) that they must follow or be intensely punished and “re-educated”.
Tenants of Paladinship:
One of the major driving tenants of Paladinship (as listed above) is chastity. All Paladins must remain virgins or be executed. Sex is seen by the sisterhood as a loss of innocence and therefore an inability to undertake God’s work.
A few of the other driving tenants are more interconnected. The Church provides all Paladins with arms and armament as well as necessary room, board, transportation and supplies for their missions. Paladins are not allowed to deviate from their given standard-issue equipment and under most circumstances, keep no money of their own, unless extremely necessary. This ties in to vows of both poverty and humility. The Church sees the ownership of such property as not only being detrimental and promoting attachment to physical things, but also finds that the more a Paladin has, the less humble she becomes. The same is true for keeping trophies and mementos of battle. On top of that, such trophies are also considered to be the antithesis of spirituality, as Paladins are supposed to treat battle not with joy or anger, but as a humble duty to their God.
This is not to say that all Paladins are alike. Some Paladin archetypes include, but are not limited to: the green rookie (full of hope), the grizzled veteran (who only sees her duty as a job), the renegade (who believes following God’s message is always more important than following direct orders or even one who would rather follow orders than care about her duty to God). Paladin law and responsibility, while being strict, is ultimately up to the individual Paladin as there are rarely others around to govern them due to the fact that Paladins generally travel alone or in pairs.