The templar is a divine warrior—an agent and crusader for his god and his church. Most are champions of a religious order, using their faith to gird them against the plots of heretics, infidels, and pagans. Others are devoted to a specific holy duty, perhaps one that has been entrusted to their family for generations. Templar are the versatile warriors that inspire awe and fear in those they meet. The personality and training of a templar is influenced by the dogma to which he subscribes. Those who ascribe to a religion with requirements for charity, chastity, and truthfulness might seem saintlike, while those who worship a care-free earth mother might appear far less chaste and knightlike. Templars conform closely to their faith’s ideal, making them stereotypical examples of their culture.
Often templars see themselves as necessary parts of the faith performing unpleasant or dangerous tasks that may be required. These templar often become quiet brooders who do their duty grimly, even when in service to gods of love and joy. They believe they are creating a better world for their church, but they know when this better world comes there may not be a place for them in it. Templars do well as primary front-line melee combatants. Although they lack the rage of barbarians or the broad range of combat skills of fighters, templars’ powers of conviction compensate well for these lacks. They can function anywhere a fighter could, and might aid party members in ways a fighter cannot. A templar traveling with a cleric of the same faith might well see himself as the cleric’s guardian, though templars of warrior gods are just as likely to stand aside in combat, to allow the cleric to prove worthiness of their martial deities’ respect.