I am almost done with my current 3.5 D&D campaign and I’m chomping at the bit to try D&D 5th Edition. One of my regular players will be taking on the task of DM, so I will get to play after a long dry spell. During the long national trial that was 4th Edition, there was one class that I always wanted to try: the avenger. I never got to try it out and figured that I never would.
Then came 5th Edition.
When you make a PC in 5th edition, you pick a race and class. At about 2nd or 3rd level, you choose a specialty to further define your character’s class. For example, Rogues can specialize as a Thief, an Assassin, or an Arcane Trickster. For paladins, you choose an Oath that defines you. One of those oaths is the Oath of Vengeance. In the description for this oath, it even says the following (note the bolded sentence):
“The Oath of Vengeance is a solemn commitment to punish those who have committed a grievous sin. When evil forces slaughter helpless villagers, when an entire people turns against the will of the gods, when a thieves’ guild grows too violent and powerful, when a dragon rampages through the countryside—at times like these, paladins arise and swear an Oath of Vengeance to set right that which has gone wrong. To these paladins— sometimes called avengers or dark knights—their own purity is not as important as delivering justice.”
I’m gonna be Batman–err, an Avenger– err, a Paladin! Can. Not. Wait.