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12-21-2011 @ 3:43PM
I know i'm making to much of this but how does the Light differ between a Paladin and a Priest?From this article she was Priest an became a Paladin, and in game the use of the light Differs quite a bit between Paladin and Priest, but why would a former Priest become Paladin no longer have the Priest like abilities along with the new abilities of a Paladin?
12-21-2011 @ 4:00PM
The Light doesn't differ, its how it is harnessed and used that makes the priest and paladin different. In gameplay and lore they are fundamentally the same, since both classes have access to the shields and holy-based attacks. The only true difference is equipment, and for the priest, they are able to harness the Shadow as well.
12-21-2011 @ 4:05PM
The simple answer:Game Play v. Storyline Segregation.The more complex answers:Priests are, in theory, supposed to be the more "contemplative" sorts -- according to the Lore, they do the support work of making sure that Azeroth has its extraordinarily high degree of near-universal literacy, operating schools, hospitals, orphanages, and conducting enormous quantities of societal labor of the more passively protective, physically and spiritually intercessional type.Paladins are, in theory, the more "muscular" proponents of their faith -- the active defenders, the shield AND the sword, sallying forth to smite evil wherever it lurks, and while they've got healers of their own, as far as the Lore is concerned, paladins who are actually able to heal as effectively as priests are really fairly rare.The role of the priest is to educate, inform, support, repair. The role of the paladin is to hit evil things and be hit by them, so no one else has to be.
12-21-2011 @ 4:15PM
Priest and paladins do have the same powers, but it all depends on the user's mentality and how he/she chooses to wield the holy light. Priests focus on helping the sick and needy, and thus use their power primarily for healing and defense. A paladin, however, uses their powers to seek out, defend, and administer holy justice, and thus use the light to infuse their weapon strikes and smite enemies. Paladins have the ability to heal and shield allies too, but they choose to use their powers more for offense than defense.
12-21-2011 @ 4:32PM
I think the others hit it pretty square on, but I wanted to chime in:You are looking into a little bit hard. There needs to be a little bit of suspension of lore in favor of game mechanics. But the gist of it is, lore-wise, that paladins are more holy warriors: they imbue weapons and attacks to fight their foes. Priests channel the light in more subtle way, in a way that will help their allies. When you compare priests and holy paladins, they are both healers, and they both channel the light to heal, they both use shields/bubbles.... but admit it: if the only differnce between paladins and priests was the armor type, no one would play a priest. This is where you have to suspend the lore to create gameplay choices.
12-21-2011 @ 6:19PM
I wasn't really trying to be hard handed, I understand it's more of a gameplay mechanic.But I was taking a more broad view of this.Basically the only difference between a Priest and a Paladin is the gear they decide to strap on themselve and the over outlook they take to thier roll.But the gameplay mechanic would make it seem they have different version of the Light on thier side. The spells they cast are in a sense the same but they are a lot different in the function of how they work.And as DevilSei put it Priest can go Shadow, Just think if a Shadow Priest decided "Today I'm taking the Hammer and plate to work" Shadowdin?
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