Consider these possibilities:

* One of his ancestors was seduced by a traveling awnshegh, in disguise
or through the use of the persuasion ability
* One of his female ancestors escaped from the holding of the Gorgon or
some other awnshegh carrying an unborn child

If his mother had been seduced by some traveling awnshegh and
impregnated, wouldn't his noble father have made every possible effort
to hide his true bloodline? This being the case, he might easily have
been accepted for religious training as the son of a nobleman. The PC
himself might not be aware of his heritage...

It's going to be interesting to see how long the character will remain a
paladin while dealing with the taint of Azrai's blood. Once the
transformation starts, he's in for a lot of torment and anguish, and
don't think for minute that the Haelynites are going to follow an
awnshegh leader. Talk about a schism...

I'm not saying that great Azrai bloodlines should grow on trees, mind
you, but with a little imagination the player and DM could come up with
a background device to account for the heritage.

Jonathan Ingram

> -----Original Message-----
> Wow. You might want to reconsider your campaign set-up. It's highly
> unlikely
> that a Great Bloodline of Azrai has survived since Diesmaar and:
> 1) not been corrupted into an Awnshegh
> 2) isn't in charge of some big kingdom
> 3) isn't infamous- or famous if the DM is kind
> 4) would be trusted by anyone
> 5) produced a paladin of healyn
> I'm not trying to hammer your set-up, just point it's inconsistent
> with the
> BR setting as it's presented. A Great bloodline of Azrai would spring
> from a
> legendary champion of the evil one- The Lost, the Emperor of Anduria
> or a major
> awnshegh. Parents such as this would be hard pressed to raise a
> normal child.