Yeah, if you look at this video (best one I could find)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxFPzC6X_94
The Paragons clearly do the death animation and don't get up or anything after the fight.
Well, in my mind, I'll just pretend they slunk off when the players moved on to the next boss, wounded and with hurt pride, deciding it would be best that they didn't worship Old Gods anymore.
I mean, how many times have we "killed" important NPCs, looted something from their dead corpse, only to see them show up in a future battle?
I don't want to kill them.. but I'm pretty sure if they die during the fight they're..well dead. I don't like that AT ALL but this was the same way I felt when Illidan died. I liked Illidan.. He could have just been imprisoned again but they chose to kill him..