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How do you change the alignment of Hazirawn, the magic sword from Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Well, Gellak the Half-Orc Bard kind of inherited the sword after his friend, Durrash, killed the previous owner and then inconvenient-like got himself killed defending us from a dragon. The thing is ...
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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

I'm playing a warlock, a follower of the old god Cthulhu (chaotic evil). My character is chaotic neutral, and has been doing some not-so-neutral things (in my opinion). My patron god is a big part of ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

The concept With the vanishing of alignment restrictions on Paladins in 5e, I have been toying with the idea of a (PC or NPC) Lawful Evil Paladin. My particular image is of a Noble background ...
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What's the deal with alignment languages?

In early D&D, there was the concept of an "alignment language." The original "little brown book" D&D says only: Law, Chaos and Neutrality also have common languages spoken by each ...
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My novice players slaughtered some NPCs out of hand. Do I write this off as a learning mistake or show them the consequences of actions?

I have two roleplaying newbies in a 5th edition D&D campaign. I started them at level 1 to prepare them for joining some more experienced players for a level-4 campaign in the near future. The ...
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What do I do about a player with the half-celestial template turning non-Good?

In my party, I have a half-celestial cat folk that has behaving badly. Prioritizing loot over rescuing people, forgetting he can heal (or refusing to heal), and going off to do his own thing all the ...
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druid and neutral alignment for planar wildshape

One of my players is a druid and they recently took the feat planar wild shape. We ended up getting into an argument due to his neutral alignment. Good druids must use the celestial template ...
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Can an evil character worship a good deity?

I am making a bard character, that will be a complete diva, throwing glitter everywhere, hitting on anything that moves, I poured an insane amount of points into charisma, and have chosen the most ...
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How do you play a character stripped of alignment? [closed]

We are playing a game that doesn't rely too heavily on alignment except for the paladin and that we are on a campaign to stop demonic forces, so we are encountering lots of chaotic-evil outsiders. ...
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How to make D&D-like Alignment work [closed]

This is something I've been thinking about for some time, and now KRyan's Excellent Answer made me think about that again: is there a way to make alignments work, albeit not as intended? I'm looking ...
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Are you affected by your own Blasphemy spell?

Are you (the caster) affected by a Blasphemy spell you cast if you are non-evil? If you are, if you raise your CL somehow (feats/items), are you affected by 2 or more effects? Can you cast it with a ...
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Does a “Helm of Opposite Alignment” work on demons?

Reading the description of the Helm of Opposite Alignment, I don't see anything which would prevent it from working on demons. But somehow I have the strong impression that the evil of a demon is an ...
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Is making a bet you can't lose an evil act? [closed]

Background The campaign's upcoming antagonist was raised in a good-aligned but poor home in a typical Dungeons and Dragons setting. He's since dedicated himself to wealth redistribution, using the ...
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Do the D&D source books assume any particular ethical system?

AceCalhoon's answer to this question got me thinking, is there any reason to believe that the D&D source books assume a specific system of ethics, such as deontology, virtue ethics, or ...
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What is a good way to explain the difference between a Chaotic Neutral character, and a character who is just crazed?

When I first started playing with a group of completely new players, one of the first things I did was to explain the alignments as best I could at the time. When describing Chaotic Neutral, my exact ...
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How do you adjudicate what alignment a PC's actions are?

We have a group of three characters: The lawful good paladin (acolyte), the lawful good fighter (soldier) and the chaotic good druid (criminal). All try to help NPCs in need, won't fight between ...
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Are Paladin Tenets Subjective?

In the 5e rules as framed (not based on your own personal philosophy or opinion), are Paladin tenets, like the Oath of Vengeance's Fight the Greater Evil, meant to be subjective or objective (or is ...
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How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect ...
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Can I change the alignment of my intelligent item?

I am a chaotic neutral ranger who has a belt of physical might that I dropped a lot of gold to have my sorcerer make for me. He rolled a natural 20 so the GM imbued it with sentience and rolled that ...
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How can I redeem the unjust?

I'm playing a LN paladin (vengeance)/warlock (Great Old One/Tome) soon, and I want to redeem enemies I deem worthy of my mercy. With create thrall I expect to be in complete control of an enemy at ...
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Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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Is an unchangable character bad roleplaying ettiquite? [closed]

I'm new to DnD, playing 5th edition. Some of us had decided it might be cool if my character could convince the rest of the party to join a cult, which might involve persuading them to change their ...
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Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...
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What rules or powers would break if I remove alignment?

I am planning to run a new campaign using the Zeitgeist Adventure Path. The campaign involves competing ideologies and philosophies, and the players will need to position themselves with regard to ...
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How can the Rod of Seven parts turn a player to Lawful Stupid without it becoming unfun for the other players?

I've been going through the Rod of Seven Parts adventure/source book, and it's a fun read. The side effects of the Rod are mighty interesting to read, but it makes me wonder how assembling it would ...
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Anyone know of a good generic moral/alignment tracking system?

More specifically, system for tracking a characters morals/alignment, like Humanity in Vampire or darkside points in Star Wars. I'm looking for a system that's either designed to be generic, or could ...
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Can a Half-Dragon's alignment change from their dragon's alignment type?

Is it possible for a Half-Dragon's alignment to change from their dragon's alignment type? For example, if a blue Half-Dragon (Lawful Evil) had an alignment-affecting spell cast on them, or was bitten ...
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Chaotic Good and Fleeing Thugs: Yet Another Alignment Problem [closed]

I'll try to keep this short. The Party of Five leaves The Tavern, following Quest NPC. Suddenly, they are jumped by three bugbears, which seem to have a beef with the Quest NPC. Quest NPC teleports ...
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Why are Dragons “Always X” alignment?

As per this question and the answers provided therein, Dragons are of the "always X" alignment. Which means... Always: The creature is born with the indicated alignment. The creature may have a ...
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Are there “Good” goblins?

Plain and simple: Are there "good" goblins? Every goblin I've seen is always evil aligned in the DnD 4e Monster Manuals. I know this could apply to other RPGs but as DnD is what I'm familiar with, ...
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Is it possible for cleric to cast spells of opposed alignments?

Are there are means for clerics to cast spells with incompatible alignment descriptors? I can think of two possibilities. The first is creating a spell that temporary switches the caster's alignment. ...
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When laws conflict what does a Lawful character do? [closed]

I was thinking of Lawful dragons originally but this question could apply to extra planar creatures and even Paladins visiting from another country. It also applies to followers of gods who might obey ...
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How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions? [closed]

I'm playing a chaotic good cleric in a Pathfinder campaign! I would like to know your opinion about something that happened during our last session. After we defeated a group of trolls, we returned ...
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Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed

Could you have a chaotic neutral character, who in a public setting appear lawful good? Saving people, turning in bad guys, following all of the laws of an area to a T, if he knew that by doing so it ...
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How can I give rogues opportunity in a different alignment system? [closed]

In my campaigns not all goblins are evil, not all lammasu are good, etc so killing sentient creatures on sight based on race is strongly discouraged. Well, sneaking up and sneak-attacking is a rogue ...
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What happens to a ranger when her alignment changes to CN in 3.5?

I have a PC ranger in my campaign whose alignment just changed to CN from CG. I give the usual 3 strikes and then I change a players alignment. As a ranger though does she lose all the abilities that ...
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How do I deal with PCs who are evil?

There is a certain player in my group who always wants to play an evil aligned character. Now, I always tell him that he should make it unaligned so that he can still do the more "bad" things but it ...
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How do I figure out the alignment of a morally ambiguous character?

I am working with someone on a campaign that involves some members of a church of a good deity who cross moral lines in the name of good. Among them is an inquisitor NPC who delights in torture and ...
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How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil? [closed]

I'm playing a 9th level wizard, and playing him as a necromancer. He is nice and very outgoing, and has plans to build a city in which he will have a church for every alignment, as well as an ...
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Would the alignment of a character with multiple personality disorder change? [closed]

A character has a certain alignment that in general defines how he acts. With multiple personality disorder or other similar disorders (maybe bipolar disorder with severe depression/severe mania), ...
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Can a character change alignment and deity during the campaign?

Here's the situation: my PC's alignment was neutral, but I don't feel like it matched the personality I wanted him to have. Can I change my character's alignment and, as consequence, his deity?
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What has an “aura” for the purpose of Detect [Alignment] spells?

A buddy of mine said something about only certain types of creatures/characters (such as outsiders, alignment subtypes, and divine/profane classes) generate an "aura" for the purpose of Detect ...
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What to model the behavior of D&D's chaotic evil Orcs on?

Instinctively, I find myself modeling a tribe of Dungeons & Dragons Orcs as similar to Klingons from Star Trek, or Vikings, or even a gang of bikers or skinheads. But none of these models truly ...
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Good alignment on characters facing a vampire

While running the Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil campaign, two of my players were arguing about what they should do about a vampire NPC. Try to change the vampire's alignment and turn him ...
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Must a half-fiend be evil?

The half fiend alignment says that it has any evil alignment. Can that be different by 1 step during character creation or change to a non evill one later on? (thus chaotic neutral, lawful neutral or ...
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How can a GM justify changing a player's alignment?

Lately, in one of my campaigns, I've been having problems with a character who everyone agrees is acting out of alignment. Everyone, that is, but him. The problem, of course, is that he's playing a ...
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pathfinder: how to handle evil actions

I have a player in my current campaign, who is slaughtering captured goblins. He has encourage other players in the group to join him in considering them to be vermin. And has talked about ...
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What happens when an Inquisitor's alignment changes?

According to the rules: An inquisitor’s alignment must be within one step of her deity’s, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. So what happens when the alignment of an ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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DND 3.5 Alternate Alignment System [closed]

I've been a DM in DND 3.5 for a while now, and have been sitting down working for this last week on potentially a new campaign setting which I'd like to have ready in a few months - there is no ...