While my personal interest lies in Runewarden vs. Paladin, I figured we could have a slightly more open discussion and include Infernals.
I've seen over and over that Runewarden is the king of hunting. I'm interested in talking about what advantages it has over Paladins (or Infernals, in case anybody wants to talk about those), and what the latter bring to the table that RW lacks. It seems Paladin could be more useful in a more supportive hunting role (with their heals). Also wondering about the same question, but for 1v1 and group combat instead.
I ask because I want to build a character with more of a "fire" theme as a Knight. I might be wrong, but runes and runeblades seem more lightning/raw magic oriented.
Finally, what's the appeal of sword and shield spec? I like that theme best, and I'm wondering what it brings to combat that isn't done better by the other specs (damage from 2h or DWB, or afflictions from DWC) from what limited knowledge I've gathered from old forum posts.
I'm planning on joining Targ so the alignment requirement of Paladin isn't a problem.