the name is a bit cliche, but is easy to remeber and clearly presents the character as righteous and angry and thus is successful. Indeed the whole character is nothing new, but as a example of an archetype this is good and the details are fairly unique. I also enjoyed the prose.
There is spark here, something to build on but nothing to play with
Maybe if the Paladin was fully fleshed out character, maybe if there was some character that could give voice to the significance of the statue then perhaps the need to intervine would pop more. If there was both a Paladin that had worth while traits and an advocate for the statues return that had worth while traits then maybe we would have something to play with.
Then there is the Volcano, I like the idea fo the PCs taking all these risk, betraying their Paladin to commander and traveling miles only to return the statue to a town and culture that is about to be wiped out. That is nice, really nice situation actually. you should really punch that up.
"YOUR GRACE, I am sorry, I was on my way to warn you , to save you really from a plot against your very life....when your wife... she fell over...I, of course, went to help her up when her bodice got snagged on a....No?....alright your Grace, do yourself a ...grace...if you will. Believe me when I say the murmurers in the stables are actually murders sent by the King. NO! NO!" Simons ducks the swing of a polearm.
" DON'T THANK ME. "
Leaping on to the sill of a bay window.
" I will show myself out your Grace," Nodding to the Duchess before adding before his dive into the mote. "Never forget you are a lucky man your Grace."
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Against my more cynical judgements, I was seduced by this one.