Among the philosophies of Men, none is more widespread -- or debated -- than that of Law. For many, if not most, Law is little more than a shorthand term for "civilization" and the order that supports it. It is the opposite of Chaos, which is likewise understood merely as disorder and the inevitable outcome of failing to defend civilization against the Men and monsters who would destroy it. A minority, mostly clerics and those strongly devoted to a god or gods, take Law very seriously, aligning their lives with it in such a way as to work magic. This magic is different than that of magicians, which has a touch -- or more -- of Chaos about it, for clerical magic exists to strengthen and defend civilization rather than to bend reality to one's will.
For an even smaller minority, though, Law has nothing to do with the gods, as they see it as existing before and beyond the gods. To these few, Law is the cosmic principle upon which everything, even the gods, depend. There are even some who believe that Law is a god itself, though one as far above other gods as the gods are above Men. According to this understanding, Law is the true identity of Anyastos, as revered in the Thulian Great Church and is the true source of all things. Intriguingly, the dwarven concept of "the Great Maker" bears some similarities to this interpretation of Law, for it was the Great Maker who brought into being the cosmos by laying down the axioms under which it would operate.
The mysterious paladins are are so strongly associated with Law that they are popularly called "the paladins of Law," despite clerical disapproval of this epithet. Paladins lead simple lives in accordance with Law, whose dictates, they say, are written into the very fabric of all beings and can easily be learned by those willing to seek them out. They see Law as inseparable from Goodness and view the teachings of most god-faiths on the meaning of Law to be, at best, lacking and, at worst, actually contrary to the true nature of Law, at least as they understand it. Needless to say, paladins find few friends among clerics of any faith, though some (particularly those of Typhon) consider paladins every bit as much as threat as they do demons and other agents of Chaos.