|This article is about the paladin order. For the paladin subclass in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, see The Shieldbearers of St. Elcga (subclass).|
The Shieldbearers of St. Elcga are an paladin order of Aedyran warriors who emphasize honesty and diplomacy over cruelty and aggression. They are well known for their skill in negotiations. The Shieldbearers were founded in honor of an elven noble who helped unite the Aedyr and Kulklin kingdoms after a long war.
The order began as guards for Elcga, a noblewoman emissary of Kulkin, who bartered for peace with the Kingdom of Aedyr in 2399 AI.
During a peace negotiation, an Aedyran archer shot Elcga in the arm, provoking battle. Elcga nevertheless made a second attempt at negotiation, accompanied by three elven knights whose only arms were shields they held in front of Elcga to protect her. Elcga succeeded, helping form the Aedyr Empire. She later died of her wounds, and the knights who protected her founded the Shieldbearers of St. Elcga in her memory, who continue to act as guardians and diplomats in Aedyr and beyond.