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What Alignment Means

Alignment is central to a D&D character’s personality. D&D uses two measures to determine a specific character’s ethical and moral attitudes and behavior.

The moral axis has three positions: good, neutral and evil. Good characters generally care about the welfare of others. Neutral people generally care about their own welfare. Evil people generally seek to harm the others’ welfare.

The ethical axis has three positions as well: lawful, neutral, and chaotic. Lawful people generally follow the social rules as they understand them. Neutral people follow those rules find convenient or obviously necessary. And chaotic people seek to upset the social order and either institute change, or simply create anarchy.

Relationship to Family

Family elders are expressing disapproval of you to the rest of the family. Do you:

Accept the criticism and change your ways
Seek a compromise with the elders
Besmirch the reputation of the elders as you ignore their scorn
Silence the elders any way you can

Would you give up a promising career to aid the family in time of need?

In a heartbeat
Yes, with some reluctance
Only if I was certain I’d be able to return to my career soon

Would you betray a family member to advance your own career?

Yes, without a twinge of guilt
Yes, if I could do it secretly
I’d resist the temptation
I find the very idea abhorrent

Do you respect the leaders of your family?

Their words guide my actions
They’re role models for me
They’re often out of touch with my life
They’re out of touch with reality

If your family had arranged your marriage to someone loathsome, would you:

Go through with it, proud to serve your family
Agree, hiding your reluctance
Subtly work against the union

You’re estranged from a family member. On his deathbed, he seeks reconciliation. Do you:

Speak to him, but hold your ground
Refuse to speak to him
Discuss your estrangement openly and without rancor
Actively seek reconciliation, and heed his dying words

Relationship to Friends

A powerful but corrupt judge offers you wealth if you’ll testify against a friend. Do you:

Condemn your friend and take the money
Take the money and testify, but try to keep your testimony ineffective
Refuse the offer and refuse to testify
Testify on your friend’s behalf, no matter the consequences

Do you become close to friends, or hold most people at a safe distance?

I have an abundance of close friends
I have some close friends
I have few close friends
I try to keep people at a distance

Have you ever betrayed a friend?

I’ve done so more than once, and I sometimes get away with it
I’ve done so once
I’ve been tempted to do so, but I’ve never gone through with it
I’d never contemplate such a thing

How do you view lifelong commitment to a single romantic partner?

I’m waiting to find such a romance
Such a romance would be ideal -- if it’s achievable
I worry I’d miss out on what others have to offer
Tie yourself to one person? Huge mistake

Do you insist on repayment when lending money to friends?

Yes, and I write up a contract so there’s no misunderstanding
Yes, but I try to be flexible about the exact terms
No, although it’s sure nice to be repaid
No, they just owe me a favor

Are you still in touch with childhood friends?

Yes, we correspond regularly
Yes, we try to keep in touch
No, I move around too much
No, I don’t have anything in common with them anymore

Relationship to Community

Do you donate time and money to improve the local community?

Yes, the needs of the community are my top priority
Yes, I donate as much as I can once my own needs are met
No, I don’t have enough time or money to spare
No, my local community would be a waste of time and money

Your community is threatened with invasion. Do you:

Help defend it to your last breath
Man the barricades with the rest of the community
Flee as soon as things look grim
Cut a deal with the invaders to act as a spy

If you were injured and required immediate assistance, would members of your home community agree to help?

Yes, because they know I’d do the same for them
Yes, because I’m generally well liked
Probably not, because I’m distrusted by the powers that be
Definitely not. I’ve made some enemies here

Do you respect the laws and authorities in the community?

Yes, without question
Yes, they’re generally the best way to govern
When it suits me -- there are some laws I just don’t agree with
I don’t pay attention to the authorities; they’ve got no hold on me

Do members of the community shun, avoid, or mock you?

Yes, their small minds can’t handle anyone outside the norm
Some do, because I don’t always fit in
No, I’m generally seen as normal
No, I set the standard for what is normal in my community

Would you stand for office or seek to represent the interests of the community in some public manner?

To do so would be an honor I’d joyously accept
Of course. It’s everyone’s duty to do so
Only if no one else could handle the job
No, I don’t want to be responsible for the community’s welfare

Relationship to King and Country

Your country is wracked with famine. Would you:

Share what food you had with others
Eat as little as possible yourself, and share the rest
Steal what food you needed to survive
Steal as much food as possible, then sell it back to the community at a high price

If offered enough money, would you slip a poison into your king’s drink?

Yes, and I’ve done similar things before
Yes, if I thought I could get away with it
No, although a vast sum of money would tempt me
No, and I’d warn the king of the plot

A plague is sweeping across your country. Would you:

Undertake a dangerous mission to find a cure
Heal the sick as best you can
Avoid contact with the sick
Flee the country

Do you respect the lawful authority of the rulers of the land?

Yes. Long live the queen!
Yes, our rulers are generally fair and just
No, a ruler is no better than anyone else
No, rulers are invariably corrupted by power

If you were offered a reasonably lucrative deal, would you spy for a hostile foreign power?

Yes, because my nation could stand to be knocked down a peg
Yes, because my nation’s secrets mean little to me
No, because I might get caught
No, because I’d never violate the trust my nation put in me

Do you rely on the government to enforce contracts and property rights?

Yes, because maintaining the rule of law is more important than any individual dispute
Yes, because the courts are best equipped to handle such disputes
Are you kidding me? The government can’t even pave roads
Absolutely not. If I can’t defend it myself, I don’t deserve to have it

Thoughts on Crime and Punishment

If imprisoned, would you injure or kill others to escape?

Yes. Serves ’em right for locking me up
Yes. They knew the risks when they took the job
No, except for minor wounds that will heal easily
No. Those guards are just doing their jobs

Do you accept a noble’s right to treat badly the serfs who work on his land?

Yes. They’re lucky they’re not slaves
Yes, because sometimes only fear will motivate them
No, nobles should rule as kindly as possible
No one has any "right" to treat another badly. Period

You have accidentally committed a crime. Do you:

Confess, and attempt to make restitution to the victim
Confess, throwing yourself on the mercy of the court
Hide your involvement, lying if you have to
Try to pin the crime on another

If guilty, would you confess to a crime?

Yes, because it is my duty to do so
Yes, because it might get me a lighter sentence
No, I’d make the magistrates prove my guilt
No, and I’d try to "prove" my innocence

Would you express a revolutionary political opinion if threatened with punishment?

Yes, I’d rather be punished than remain silent. Up the revolution!
Yes. Somebody’s got to speak the truth
No, although I might privately express my opinion to friends
No, politics aren’t worth getting worked up about

While traveling, you witness an assault. You are ordered to testify, which will delay your travel significantly. Do you:

Slip out of town at night to avoid testifying
Deny you saw anything
Remain reluctantly, testify, and leave
Remain until the trial’s conclusion in case further testimony is needed

Thoughts on Business and the Economy

What is the best use of wealth?

To help the destitute and less fortunate
Provide for the needs of friends and family
To stay on top of the heap yourself
To not only stay on top, but keep others from climbing to your level

When confronted by beggars, do you:

Give generously
Give moderately
Give only what I wouldn’t miss anyway -- a copper or two at most
Ignore them as you walk by

By using magic, you could fool village merchants into thinking your copper pieces were made of gold. Do you?

Yes, and I’ll buy as much as I can
Yes, but I’ll only cheat the rich merchants
No, it’s too risky
No, those merchants have families to feed

You have two job offers. One pays more, but the other is secure and steady. Which do you choose?

Definitely the lucrative job; steady work sounds like drudgery
Probably the lucrative job, although I’d look into the secure job
The secure job, unless the other job was outrageously lucrative
Definitely the secure job, because I plan for the long term

What’s the best path to wealth?

It’s a matter of luck and being in the right place at the right time
Staying flexible so you can take advantage of good opportunities
Following a long-term plan that incorporates a comfortable level of risk
Hard work and perseverance

If you accepted a job or contract, would you try to finish the task even if it got much more dangerous?

Yes, my word is my bond
Yes, because it’s good to have a reputation for dependability
You can bet I’d be renegotiating
If it’s no longer a good deal, then the deal is off

Done? Then submit your answers to find out your character’s alignment!

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