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I'm starting into Pathfinder Society and for once have an idea for a character that is mostly backstory instead of class-driven. More than likely cliche, but I would like to roleplay the idea of a young son leaving his home to search for honor and glory. This character would be the second or third son to a minor Lord. His father, an honorable man, raised him to hold honor above all others. Think of Brienne from Game of Thrones in male form.

Class wise, I believe fighter would be best (two handed fighter specifically) but I honestly have no idea of the depth of Pathfinder classes. I did find a third party Knight class, but I am unsure if PFS allows third party and I'm not so crazy about the class abilities anyways.

So, oh wise sages of the Stack Exchange, I beseech thee:

  • Can a character become Knighted? Would this grant any boons (such as a charisma boost)?
  • Are there any PFS classes that embody the ideals of honor over everything? Paladin leans a bit too far towards the side of good for me. This character would focus on lawful much more than good v evil.
  • Along those lines, could I start fighter and aim for any prestige classes that fit the bill?
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Does your mental image include a mount? Does your mental image include casting spells or employing other magical abilities? – Hey I Can Chan Jan 15 '14 at 0:33
@HeyICanChan I would love to be able to ride a mount a la Chev, however, I'm concerned about needing a mount to be useful and not having the space. I have no idea where our adventures will be. And not really to the spells and magic, but could if needed. – Tobel Jan 15 '14 at 1:07
You could fluff the Leadership feat as receiving a knighthood, perhaps? Or some other class ability or feat? – Paul Hutton Jan 15 '14 at 5:47
Leadership's a rather poor model for that; knights are soldiers, not necessarily leaders or commanders, and all too often were simply expected to run people over. A command role is not automatic. – Lord_Gareth Jan 16 '14 at 3:30
True. Any other feat or class ability you can think of? – Paul Hutton Jan 16 '14 at 17:08
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Cavalier is literally the "I am a Knight" class

Check it out in the PFSRD - it fills all the various Knight tropes, and isn't...insulting, the way some melee classes can be. Be warned that you may suffer from utility problems when it comes to out-of-combat encounters.

Knighthood confers no non-RP bonuses

Being knighted is an entirely roleplaying-based event and will not boost any of your character's ability scores or otherwise affect their sheet, especially not in Pathfinder Society.

Paladin Can Work, But...

I wouldn't suggest it. PFS can be unforgiving about alignment requirements, and it emphasizes Good over Law, which you've stated that you don't want to do.

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It may not suit all of your needs, and would certainly set the flavour for the character, option would be a Chelaxian Hellknight. They do look...well, hellish. They are part of a nation led by Lawful Evil devil-worshippers. But, if you work at it, there is no reason why you couldn't play a Lawful Neutral Hellknight. There are even Prestige Classes specifically for them, like the Hellknight and Hellknight Signifer (for spellcasters), and neither requires you to be evil, just Lawful.

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These guys won't fit the flavor he's looking for in his character. Plus they're really childishly-written and quite possibly the saddest thing I've seen produced to represent LE in some time. However, the -1 is for that first part; this answer doesn't address the presented character. – Lord_Gareth Jan 15 '14 at 2:59
As I said in the answer, it doesn't suit ALL of his needs, but it is a PFS-legal way of playing a Lawful Neutral member of a knighthood. The fluff may or may not suit, but it does tick the boxes of several of his requirements. – YogoZuno Jan 15 '14 at 21:24

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