Kore the Paladin is a major villain in the D&D inspired webcomics Goblins.
Kore is a dwarvern paladin from beyond the Godskull Mountains who has made it his mission to vanquish all evil in the world of Goblins. He believes that all monsters are evil, and indiscriminately slaughters orcs, ogres, and goblins alike, in a world where it is made clear that this is not the case.
In his first appearance, Kore attacks a tavern housing several orcs and an ogre, as well as a dwarf child who had been raised by an orc who had killed his father last winter. When the orcs realize his presence, the ogre immediately warns the others that if he gets inside his tavern, they will all be dead, and that he had slaughtered entire armies.
After killing the orc assigned to guard the tavern by snapping his neck, Kore takes the keys from him and unlocks the tavern. He immediately slaughters everyone inside, including the dwarvern child, telling him that he had been hopelessly tainted due to being raised by orcs, even after the orc who adopted him begged him to spare his life with his dying breath.
A few days later, Thaco warns the eponymous goblin adventuring party about him after he notices him in the distance, telling his party that no monster was safe as long as he was nearby. Bigears asks Thaco how he can kill the innocent and still retain his paladin powers, to which he is unable to explain.
After rescuing Fumbles from a public execution in Brassmoon, Kore attacks the goblin adventuring party. When their leader (Chief) stays behind to hold him off, Kore the Paladin proceeds to torture him horribly, knowing that his cries of anguish will cause his comrades to return to him.
When Minmax and Forgath arrive to battle the Goblin Adventuring Party (believing them to be a threat to the world at large due to the legend of the White Terror), he proceeds to attack them as well.
Powers and Abilities
Kore the Paladin wears a heavy suit of armor, and carries a shield that he can use to defend himself from enemy attacks. Despite regularly murdering innocent monsters (and children), he is shown to be able to use paladin abilities, such as Lay On Hands. He also wields automatic crossbows that he can use to shoot his enemies with deadly accuracy.
He also wields a pair of axes. He is considered by the monsters to be a one-man army. Having a rope magically fused through his throat did little more than briefly impede him. Kore can also use the Speak For Dead spell, allowing to extort information from dead enemies, such as Young And Beautiful, who had been killed by Forgath using Inflict Minor Wounds.