I'm in a D&D campaign currently, and one of my friends is playing a paladin of Aedrie Faenya, the elf goddess of freedom and the skies (from Forgotten Realms). Now, Mike does a good job at playing a upbeat, free spirited, holy warrior, but I'm not sure if a Chaotic Good diety like Faenya would have paladins. I don't think it's actually stated as such, but my impression is that paladin's, being Lawful Good, could only follow dieties that were one alignment step removed from LG (i.e., LG, NG, or LN). I don't think it actually says that under paladin (unlike clerics), but here's my reasoning:
1. Being Lawful Good and All That That Implies. LG is, by its very nature, a temperament and philosophy that prohibits change. Rules are there for a reason, and that reason is to uphold the common good and to protect people. CG thrives on finding ways around the rules and is described in the Player's Handbook as rebellious. Given the informal structure of a CG religion, I find it hard to visualize a LG character fitting in.
2. Code of Conduct. Paladins have a very stratified code of conduct. Inherent to it are the heirarchy and punishments for breaking the code. Very organized. Again, I don't see a CG religion having this sort of setup.
In truth, Mike does a great job with the character, and everyone's having fun. I'm not about to make a stink over the character, especially since we are all having fun and it's not a deep game (not a lot of RPing going on). But I was wondering if anyone else found the idea of a LG character following a CG diety as hinky as I do, and if there were any ideas as to how this could work. Thanks.