Paladins are warriors granted divine power through the strength of their conviction, but they are a stranger lot than most realize. Most assume that paladins receive their magical abilities directly from EL in the same way that clerics receive their spells from their patrons, but the truth is not so simple. A paladin literally does draw strength from the conviction of the oath that defines them, and in reality its possible for a paladin to have no expressed religious patron at all. The confusion arises due to the fact that paladins of EL are so common, while evil paladins are so rare that most people assume that it is simply impossible to even be one. This has forced learned people to question the literal source of a paladins power, or more directly, how does making a strict oath grant one power? Most assume that even paladins with no patron are still being granted supernatural abilities by some otherworldly force. This assuption puts forward the idea that regardless of their religious status, good paladins advance EL’s causes and are still granted powers much like his clerics. Likewise, evil paladins have attracted the attention of some malicious entity that is manipulating the paladin to its own end. A less common opinion proposes the ambient magic of the world that is used by all casters is subject to manipulation by a powerful force of will. The existence of sorcerers lends some credence to this belief.
Most paladins come from different walks of life informed by the oath they choose to make. Whites knights are often paragon of civilization, acting with the powers that be as a bastion against the Everdusk. These paladins are especially common in dwarven society, for they bring a source of divine magic into their ranks that they would otherwise be lacking, and are revered for the role they play. Green knights are most commonly seen among the ranks of the elves, vowing to protect the nature that’s been been allowed to flourish thanks to their clerics and druids, but can be seen elsewhere if more rarely. The perception of paladins on the park of the common folk tends to lend them a lot of authority when they play these roles, but dark knights eschew all that and tend to be loners. They are not seen much as protectors, but more as harbingers of vengeance. They are given a wide berth and left to their own devices for the most part.