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My choice of name is a reference to the Paladin of the American Western Television Series Have Gun � Will Travel that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963.
Paladin was like the James Bond of the old west. Like a chess master, he sought control of the board through superior position, and usually killed only as a last resort.
Paladin's great advantage over adversaries was not his impressive equipment, or his ability as a marksman (superior as this was). Paladin's edge was his rich education; he had an infallible ability to relate ancient antecedents to his current situations.
He was a champion of justice, highly-principled and ethical, always concerned with "what's right�.
The name Paladin, his real name was never revealed, and his knight symbol is in reference to his name � possibly a nickname or working name � and his occupation as a champion-for-hire. The theme song of the series refers to him as "a knight without armor." There are numerous chess references and symbols.
In addition, Paladin drew a parallel between his methods and the chess piece's movement: "It's a chess piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move in eight different directions, over obstacles, and it's always unexpected."
Palidin's routine switch from the all-white suit of his urbane urbanite personna in San Francisco, to his other-side who wears all-black attire for quests into the lawless and barren western frontier, is also a chess reference.
Paladins choice of weapons including the derringer draws a primal comparison to an "extra" advantage weapon so typical of the arsenal of gadgets of which James Bond availed himself for an edge. Paladin's intuitive sense of chess-like strategy often anticipating moves ahead of his adversary and backing it up with formidable skills in all areas of personal combat, plus his epicurean tastes and implied lust for women (when relaxing in San Francisco) made him very much a "James Bond" of the old west.
LYRICS of PALADIN SONG
Have Gun Will Travel reads the card of a man.
A knight without armor in a savage land.
His fast gun for hire head�s the calling wind.
A soldier of fortune is the man called Paladin.
Where do you roam?
Far, far from home.
Paladin is defined as:
1. A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
2. A defender or advocate of a noble cause. (A defender of faith).
3. Any of the twelve Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.