Given the following from the 5E MM (pg 176).

Monstrous Motherhood. Hags propagate by snatching and devouring human infants. After stealing a baby from its cradle or its mother's womb, the hag consumes the poor child. A week later, the hag gives birth to a daughter who looks human until her thirteenth birthday, whereupon the child transforms into the spitting image of her hag mother.

Hags sometimes raise the daughters they spawn, creating covens. A hag might also return the child to its grieving parents, only to watch from the shadows as the child grows up to become a horror.

Would a hag-child raised by it's parents end up necessarily evil? Or merely horrific?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is your question “can a hag be raised to be not evil?” \$\endgroup\$ Mar 18, 2016 at 16:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is likely a setting-specific question, and even then, some settings may not have an answer for this question. Voting to close as Primarily Opinion-Based. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ While I support closing as Primarily Opinion-Based, I did receive a response from Mike Mearls. twitter.com/mikemearls/status/713153356517117953 \$\endgroup\$
    – mklauber
    Aug 11, 2017 at 13:42

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The intent I read in the quoted passage is that it should be evil, however it is up to the DM. The MM p. 7:

Feel free to depart from it and change a monster's alignment to suit the needs of your campaign. If you want a good-aligned green dragon, or an evil storm giant, there's nothing stopping you.

I believe it might be an interesting story to redeem a hag child.

Similar questions appeared about Demons and Celestrials a while ago here: Can a demon or devil be redeemed?


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