Most paladins embody virtue, and they channel the holy virtues to defend their allies. But not all cleave to such high-minded ideals. Shadow power can be channeled through anger, fear, and a consuming desire for control. A blackguard is a striker who taps into menacing facets of the divine through the dreaded vices: dark emotion and ambition rather than high ideals. Heroic blackguards are dark warriors who combine heavy weapons and armor with fearsome deific might.