I like a challenge as much as the next person, but are those two classes incompatible with each other?
Then was there one that Sir Launcelot had sent unto
that place for to espy what time the queen should go unto
her death; and anon as he saw the queen despoiled into
her smock, and so shriven, then he gave Sir Launcelot
warning. Then was there but spurring and plucking up
of horses, and right so they came to the fire. And who
that stood against them, there were they slain; there might
none withstand Sir Launcelot, so all that bare arms and
withstood them, there were they slain, full many a noble
knight. For there was slain Sir Belliance le Orgulous,
Sir Segwarides, Sir Griflet, Sir Brandiles, Sir Aglovale,
Sir Tor; Sir Gauter, Sir Gillimer, Sir Reynolds' three
brethren; Sir Damas, Sir Priamus, Sir Kay the Stranger,
Sir Driant, Sir Lambegus, Sir Herminde; Sir Pertilope,
Sir Perimones, two brethren that were called the Green
Knight and the Red Knight. And so in this rushing and
hurling, as Sir Launcelot thrang here and there, it
mishapped him to slay Gaheris and Sir Gareth, the noble
knight, for they were unarmed and unware. For as the
French book saith, Sir Launcelot smote Sir Gareth and
Sir Gaheris upon the brain-pans, wherethrough they were
slain in the field; howbeit in very truth Sir Launcelot
saw them not, and so were they found dead among the
thickest of the press.
Alas that ever this war began. Now fair fellows, said the king,
I charge you that no man tell Sir Gawaine of the death
of his two brethren; for I am sure, said the king, when
Sir Gawaine heareth tell that Sir Gareth is dead he will go
nigh out of his mind. Mercy Jesu, said the king, why
slew he Sir Gareth and Sir Gaheris, for I dare say as for
Sir Gareth he loved Sir Launcelot above all men earthly.
That is truth, said some knights, but they were slain in
the hurtling as Sir Launcelot thrang in the thick of the
press; and as they were unarmed he smote them and wist [knew]
not whom that he smote, and so unhappily they were
Wasn't there something about the 1E Cavalier having the ability to have any alignment possible?
The purists can argue compatibility or not. 3e folks can talk broken builds and alignment restrictions.
I call too much anal retentiveness.
Is it fun? Is it a cool backstory? Is the player having fun?
Let's say Hrothgar the Barbarian washes up from a wreckage of his Viking longship. By a twist of fate, a local Lord - a pious man and worshipper of a Lawful Good god finds him on shore and nurses him back to health. Hrothgar is thankful for the aid and begins hanging around the Lord's paladin order and eventually accepts the Lord's faith. While he never got used to heavy armor, his primitive 2 handed axe fighting berserker fighting style combined with the direction of the light made him a fearsome bastion of good and order. Able to shrug off injuries and smite those who would undermine the powers of mercy using unorthodox tactics alien to the average knight.
This isn't 'Nam, there are rules!
But rules are just a framework. Rules are you roll a D20 and add a number to determine success and failure. Rules are you gain advantage for flanking. Rules are you need expensive material components for some spells.
But, if a great player had his heart set on an awesome backstory would you break his motivation and possibly turn him away because of an outdated mechanic that does nothing to improve experience?
Plus, unless you are giving this thing monster HD and abilities (3e,5e) is a multiclass Pally/Barb really a I WIN button at level appropriate encounters?
Personally, I see the "Nights Watch" as either Rangers or Psuedo-Rangers. There are plenty of Night's Watch people who don't possess the necessary courage to be true Rangers. That guy who Jon Snow beheaded was a perfect example. Just a cowardly "Fighter", if Fighter is even the appropriate word.You've seen/read/at least know of Game of Thrones? And the Nights Watch? The military order of defenders on the frontier that can be seen as knights....
Who says an entire "order" is involved? I'm thinking more along the lines of individuals within barbarian tribes.That sort of order is going to be a hybrid of knight and barbarian.