What Drives a Character?

Alignment: by JB Claussen and Jason Nichols


An alignment is not required, but certain events/ group memberships may be alignment inclusive. (i.e. must be “Ethical” to be a certain type of priest, or “Chaotic” to join a certain guild, etc.) If you choose not to take a specific alignment, your character will be considered “Neutral” for such purposes. Remember: Don’t take it, if you can’t play it.

“Good” Alignments: focus is on others before self. “Divine” or “universal” law equals true law.

Virtued: “for the greatest good”
This character does not see any “gray areas” in a person’s actions. What others see as neutral, is perceived as an intertwining of good and evil. The result is a person with absolutely no ethical questions about their actions.

Ethical: “For the greater good.”
This character will obey every law...unless it is absolutely evil, and then they will follow the greater good as they understand it. This person has a rigid code of morals and ethics, and will tend to see things in black and white. They can compromise, however.

Moral: “Do what is right.”
This character will work within the law, as long as the law is fair, however, they will eventually act in accordance with their conscience. They often have a well developed sense of right and wrong.

Conscientious: “The end justifies the means”
This character will do what is right no matter what it takes. Because of this, some conscientious characters may do some fairly “evil” things in order to accomplish their “good” goals.

“Neutral” Alignments: Actions are based on social norms. Law of the land equals true law.

Lawful: “What is, is right”
To this character, the law of the land is the supreme authority. This is the ideal police officer or soldier, never questioning orders ( unless the orders are against regulations) and a political or military leader’s dream.

Neutral: This is the default character alignment, if one is not bought. The character is either a typical product of society, or has compromised between their own sense of ethics and that of their society. The character may be known as a conformist, “going with the flow”. Neutral may also represent a character that doesn’t exactly fit any other alignment.

Chaotic: “I do what I want, when I want!”
This character is the nonconformist and anarchist, shunning the law just because it’s the law. There is a method to their madness. They will do just about anything they feel like, but will usually abide by certain social “norms”, thus they do have subconscious limits to their behavior. Keep in mind: they are “neutral”, not “evil”.

“Evil” Alignments: Focus is on self. Others are only a concern if they can do something for you. Self equals true law.

Deviate: “I am the law!”
This character follows a strict code: their own. they will uphold their own code of honor unfalteringly. they adhere to the social and ethical mores of their society, but they work for their own goals. The end, however, does not justify the means.

Amoral: “I did it my way.”
This character has their own way of doing things, and they don’t care what you think of them. Their guidelines may change over time, but they usually remain fairly predictable. This person will either be honest, or lie through their teeth... whichever is more advantageous.

Depraved: “I do what I want, when I want, to whomever I want!”
This is the truly unbridled chaotic character, the one who will indulge in any whim, no ,matter what it involves or what the potential consequences may be.

Fiendish: “Use a spoon...it’ll hurt more!!”
This character is evil incarnate. Like a Virtued character, this person has a true understanding of good and evil... they merely choose evil. When given a choice, this person will always choose the greater of two evils, if they cannot choose both...