Paz is a goblin who catches the flu. This leads him to think that he is dying and he decides to cheat his way into an easy afterlife by doing good deeds until he dies. He doesn't notice that he recovers, so as he fears he is closer to the grave, his deeds become more and more extravagant. After a time, he ends up believing that he is a good person, becomes a paladin, and slays a dragon. This earns him the spot in Heaven he had been coveting.
Most people only remember the end of the story, and the moral that heroism can come from anywhere.
To understand many of the nuances and jokes contained in this book, the reader must have extensive knowledge of the politics and history of Taldor. Paz encounters many historical figures in the political and religious fields. Scholars are still arguing over the many political message that can be inferred throughout the book, and every couple of years, a family will come out asking the state to ban or burn this work. This leads to rough waters of the book alternately being praised and banned, depending on the political mood.
- Paz: The protagonist, a goblin paladin