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Can a dhampir be chaotic good? [on hold]

I had a discussion with a player about the alignments, and my player said she wanted to play the homebrewed 5e dhampir as chaotic good vs. chaotic neutral. The reason she cited came from ...
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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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Can a paladin of Iomedae simply kill every evil creatures he encounters?

A paladin gains some of his powers from his deity and he loses them if he does not act within the code of his deity. What would happen if a paladin of Iomedae just kills every evil creature he detects ...
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Is Coup de Grace on sleeping and bound opponents an evil act? [closed]

So I was recently participating in a Pathfinder Society game. Our ship was attacked and boarded by pirates. First thing that happened was one of our party cast sleep, and succeeded in putting four of ...
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Is the alignment of children specifically mentioned anywhere?

Is there a rule that says what humanoid children have as an alignment? I know that, barring a specific exception, the general rules of alignment would apply. Animals have a specific mention in the ...
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Do children have an alignment in Pathfinder?

Do Young monsters or humanoids (or babies) have a different alignment to adult versions of those monsters/humanoids/babies? Do they have an alignment at all? Are they capable of having a non-neutral ...
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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?

The following came up during my campaign: The characters got their hands on some Black Dragon eggs. The PCs put out the thought that if they got the eggs to hatch, they could raise the dragons to be ...
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Can a demon or devil be redeemed?

Alignment is an essential part of the nature of celestials and fiends. A devil does not choose to be lawful evil, and it doesn’t tend toward lawful evil, but rather it is lawful evil in its ...
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Does D&D 5e have specific rules for what is good and evil?

It's clear that in the game of D&D, 'good' and 'evil' are objective. The 5th edition Player's Handbook gives a few small examples of alignment behaviour on page 122, such as: Lawful Good (LG) ...
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Is poison evil in Pathfinder?

I thought I recalled in 3.5 poison use was considered an evil act. Is this the same in Pathfinder? I looked through the poison rules and didn't find it. Defining poison use: The act of using poison ...
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Can transformation or polymorph affect my alignment?

The alignment of my character is Lawful Neutral Sorcerer, with the spell Form of the Dragon. This spell allows you to transform into either a metallic or chromatic dragon. A metallic dragon's ...
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Can a character with two warring personalities have two alignments?

I have a half-orc character that was brought up by orcs to be evil. While he was growing up his human conscience used to give him doubts about what he was doing but he ignored it. Then something ...
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What is the alignment of a Gold Shadow Dragon?

What alignment are Gold Shadow Dragons? I recently purchased a miniature booster box and inside I found a Gold Shadow Dragon and have not been able to find any sources that describe its alignment. ...
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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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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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Alignment change spell/item in 5e

My fiance is running a campaign and the players have the opportunity to obtain a wyrmling black dragon. Now black dragons are chaotic evil, but the monk of the group believes that it shouldn't be ...
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How do I deal with one evil PC in a party of good PCs?

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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Do characters lose feats if they lose the pre-reqs

Specifically the feat Versatile Channeller Versatile Channeler Prerequisites: Channel energy class feature, necromancer or neutrally aligned cleric (see below)... .... [editted ...
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Is there a spell or effect that reveals or identifies alignment?

I am looking for an effect that you can cast on a creature (or character) to reveal its true alignment. As long as it reveals true alignment, I don't care if it's a single target effect, a zone ...
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Is the alignment conflict in the Ranger/Druid multiclass combination evidence of an error?

In 2nd Edition D&D, it mentions in the Player's Handbook that Half-Elves can multiclass as Ranger/Druid. This is a contradiction with the alignment rules, stating that a Ranger must be Good and a ...
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Can a chaotic evil character/creature follow orders? [closed]

As far as I can tell from different sources about alignments, chaotic evil characters just do "evil for evil's sake", and are quite unpredictable and easy to provoke. Now, can such a character follow ...
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Are there any alignment restrictions for Zhentarim members in Adventurer's League?

I was wondering if there were any specific rules in D&D 5e (Adventurer's League) with regards to alignment for members of the Zhentarim. When looking at the Wizard's website, the DMG and the ...
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What to do when being Lawful and being Good are mutually exclusive? [closed]

Do any of the D&D guidebooks or rulebooks, from any edition, state what should be done when a Lawful Good character is faced with a dilemma where "being Good" would require breaking the law, and ...
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How can I play a lawful rogue? [closed]

I wanted to try something new in a Pathfinder campaign, so I created a lawful good cleric/rogue. Problem is, I have no idea how to play a rogue as lawful, due to this: From the PRD: Life is an ...
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How can a “typical rogue/thief build” justify being any non chaotic/neutral alignment? [closed]

So, if you're playing a generic "Monkey see, monkey take" type rogue who steals from everyone and gives to himself, is there any way you could justify being any alignment other than chaotic neutral? ...
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Aside from paladins how strict is the alignment restriction for classes?

For the Paladin itself I saw the reasons why it has a alignment restriction with the class being representing the champion of a god. But today I found also other classes having alignment restrictions ...
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Is there a resource for Animal Ethics and Intelligence? [closed]

I would like to know if there is a hard-and-fast rule indicating that one creature is "intelligent" enough to be considered too sacred to slaughter, for D&D 5e in particular, and for other systems ...
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History of the Alignment System

Who created the alignment system? Was it Gary Gygax & Dave Arneson (D&D)? Or David A. Hargrave (Arduin)? Or perhaps Michael Moorcock and Paul Anderson? Where did it come from? In what ...
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What would the character-optimization consequences be of using the “one-step” rule for Warlock alignment?

Although the source material for the Warlock class in D&D 3.5e makes no specification on what alignment a Warlock must be (and explicitly mentions Good-aligned warlocks more than once), it is not ...
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Is Death Domain Evil? [duplicate]

I am looking to create a cleric in e5 DnD. I was wondering if it is possible, to make a neutral good cleric, that still uses Death Domain. My idea was, that he sheperds the souls of the dead to their ...
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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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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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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 ...