Divine paragons strive to emulate their god’s ideals as closely as possible. They might see themselves as an incarnation of their deity in the flesh, or they could simply seek to embody the physical and spiritual ideals set forth by their deity. Many divine paragons go as far as to alter their appearance, as best as possible, to look similar to their chosen deity, but such a level of devotion is not required by the archetype.
A divine paragon is intensely devoted to a single deity, and her alignment must be identical to her deity’s alignment. She gains Deific Obedience as a bonus feat, even if she doesn’t meet the feat’s prerequisites. She gains access to her boons at an accelerated rate (see below) rather than the standard HD-based rate granted by Deific Obedience (and as such cannot benefit from the accelerated rate granted by the Deific Obedience feat).
When the divine paragon selects her domains, she must designate one of the two domains she gains as her devoted domain. She gains all of this domain’s granted powers and domain spells normally. For her other domain, she gains only its domain spells—she does not gain any of the granted powers of that domain. Instead, she must choose from the evangelist, exalted, or sentinel boons granted by her deity. At 5th level, she gains access to the first boon granted by her deity.
At 11th level, she gains access to the second boon. At 14th level, she gains access to the third boon.
In order to retain access to her domain spells, the domain powers of her devoted domain, and the boons granted by Deific Obedience, the divine paragon must perform her obedience daily. If she fails to do so, she loses access to these abilities until she next performs her obedience (but she can still cast spells, channel energy, and perform other abilities granted by her cleric levels).
This ability alters domains.
At 1st level, a mark appears somewhere on the divine paragon’s body. The mark’s location varies by individual and faith, but takes the form of the deity’s holy symbol and generally appears in a location easy to display, such as on the hand, forearm, chest, or face. An uncovered divine brand functions as a holy (or unholy) symbol and as a divine focus for spellcasting. The divine paragon’s aura is even more powerful than a typical cleric’s as a result of her devotion, and her cleric level is treated as 1 higher for the purpose of determining the strength of her aura when it is viewed by spells like detect good.
This ability alters aura.