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Questions tagged [alignment]

This question involves ethical and moral alignments in game systems.

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Is raising the undead an evil act for lawful good characters? [duplicate]

Situation: A character playing a lawful good (Oath of Devotion) paladin found a wondrous item called "Night caller". (This item is a whistle that allows you to cast "Animate dead" at night and call ...
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Is negative energy inherently evil?

It has been established that using spells with the [evil] descriptor are evil acts (duh), and raising/using undead is evil (understandable). My question is, does using negative energy in any form ...
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Can evil outsiders be sanctified?

In the Book of Exalted Deeds, there is a spell called Sanctify the Wicked. The effect of this spell essentially comes down to forcing an evil creature to undergo a year-long process which culminates ...
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Can a Warlock become Neutral Good?

In my game group there is a player who plays a warlock-druid (1-1). He started as a warlock. He realized he was playing as an NG, but he took CN for the restrictions regarding the alignment of his ...
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How do I fix the group tension caused by my character stealing and possibly killing without provocation?

I am a beginner to D&D. I chose to be chaotic neutral for the freedom of basically doing whatever I want. I was wondering if I was starting to be "that guy"... By that, I was hoping you know that ...
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Are babies of evil humanoid species inherently evil?

The Monster Manual lists certain creatures as Evil. For example the Duergar, or Grey Dwarves, are Lawful Evil. Is a Duergar baby evil? Here's the situation: A Duergar child is born to the king and ...
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Are positive and negative energy from their respective planes inherently good and evil?

Are positive and negative energy from their respective planes inherently good and evil? I am talking about the positive energy plane and negative energy plane from the great wheel model, which ...
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What is D&D lore establishing Evil/Good = Dark/Light? [closed]

D&D is strongly rooted in the duality of Dark/Light (and the tones black/white) as an equivalent for Evil/Good. This is tiring for a number of reasons both as a GM and as a player. While examples ...
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Is using the Consume Life power of the Twilight Sage an evil act, or are the rules silent about it?

While building one of my Pathfinder Society characters, I was thinking about making an Arcanist and applying the Twilight Sage archetype. One of its abilities reads as follows: Consume Life (Su) ...
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How does the Ring of Mind Shielding interact with effects that affect a certain alignment?

The Ring of Mind Shielding, an uncommon magic item (DMG, p. 191), has the following property (emphasis mine): While wearing this ring, you are immune to magic that allows other creatures to read ...
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How can our party forcibly change the alignment of an NPC? [closed]

I can’t really explain why as it would require a deep, deep delve into our campaign’s lore, but our party needs to find the way to change the alignment of an NPC. He’s a homebrew nephilim that was ...
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Can a Rogue Modron be a chaotic monodrone in 5e, whereas in previous editions it could not?

In the AD&D 2e book The Planewalker's Handbook, p. 76, it says this about Rogue Modrons (italic emphasis in the original, bold emphasis mine): ...most folks can't tell a rogue modron from a "...
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Which alignment-changing forces are strongest? [closed]

I would like to have a campaign where key battles between Good and Evil are fought over which key heroes change from/to one alignment set to another (one 'team' or cult is NE/CE/LE vs. another group ...
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Can my evil pirate character remain evil under the new Adventurers League rules?

I am trying to make heads or tails of whether or not my character can remain Lawful Evil under the current rules of Adventure League. I first scribed the character to be Lawful Evil in Season 7 where ...
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Is it a good act to change a bad guy to being a werebear? [closed]

Is it a good act to change a bad guy into a werebear? Since the alignment of a werebear is always lawful good, this would convert the bad guys. But... is it a good act to ignore his intention to ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura mask a creature's alignment?

One of the options for Nystul's magic aura is: Mask. You change the way the target appears to spells and magical effects that detect creature types, such as a paladin's Divine Sense or the trigger ...
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If I make a mummy an angel using a Disguise Undead spell, does it possess the relevant aligned aura?

Disguise undead (Spell Compendium 66) is a glamer that adjusts the touched corporeal undead creature to look like a similarly-shaped creature to an extent you decide, and also masks the undead ...
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Do alignment subtypes allow natural weapons to bypass regeneration?

Regeneration in D&D 3.5 is pretty weird on its own, but a discussion with some friends today made me realize that, as far as I can tell, alignment subtypes allow a creature to bypass damage ...
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How can we non-lethally subdue a fellow PC character?

In our party we have a sorcerer who looks for opportunities to prank our wizard and paladin. We're new to RP and aren't yet sure about our options for something like this. Is there a way for a lawful ...
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How can a lawful good Paladin help a lawful evil Giant? [closed]

The story: The Fire giant King has a daughter who was possessed by a powerful Demon. The Daughter is also a powerful evil Cleric with a hundred followers. Under the influence of the Demon she and her ...
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Is there an opposite for Dark Speech?

3.5e Book of vile darkness Page48 mentions dark Speech. In short, it's a language of the evil gods of pure vileness. I was wondering if there is also a Good aligned variant of this?
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Can a skeleton be a good paladin that serves a good god?

In the Monster Manual on page 272 it says that skeletons are lawful evil and in the passage of info it gives on them it says Skeletons arise when animated by dark magic. They heed the summons of ...
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Does a sentient weapon polymorphed into a creature retain the sentience's personality/alignment?

Consider the spell true polymorph. If you turn a creature into a creature, the new creature retains its alignment and personality. If you turn an object into a creature The creature is ...
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Are all undead evil? [duplicate]

Based on the creature type undead, are they innately evil? The creature type listing for them does not list it, but its mentioned in the things that everyone knows about the undead. But does that mean ...
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Does a Divine Soul Sorcerer's alignment affect their choice of Divine Magic affinity?

The Divine Soul Sorcerous Origin from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (page 50) has the class feature Divine Magic at level 1. It allows you to pick a "free" extra spell based on having an "affinity" ...
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In the history of the Forgotten Realms, has a Nightmare ever been cleansed of evil?

Okay, so this is a bit of a weird question, but as the title says, has there ever been a case in the history of Dungeons & Dragons where a Nightmare has ever been turned back to good? I've only ...
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How do you make a character's alignment change in-game?

I want to change the alignment of my warlock drow in game from neutral evil to neutral good. Can you just change it? Do you have to have a monster change it? Can I make the reason because of the ...
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Does a Helm Paladin become fallen if he does this? [closed]

I am DM'ing the official adventure "Expedition to the Demonweb Pits". As the game progresses the party (Human paladin, LG Dwarf cleric, N Human rogue) will find themselves in a situation where: My ...
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What are the implications of running a game with only 2 Major Deities: God and the Devil?

I've been wanting to simplify the general pantheon of 5th Edition down to 2 major moral forces, mirroring the horizontal spectrum of the alignment system: (Good [Neutral] Evil) It seems simple ...
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How can I show-not-tell my players that they are The Bad Guys?

My players have an interesting habit of changing their behavior on a dime. Between objectives, they'll be trying to fix problems at small towns they pass through and helping the locals, but once they ...
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Can an evil character fool Detect Evil by doing good deeds?

A player in my Pathfinder campaign has chosen Lawful Evil as their character's alignment. I've given this my blessing since Lawful Evil characters tend to disrupt the game the least in my experience, ...
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Is a character's OFFICIAL alignment their ACTED or INTENDED alignment? [closed]

I have a Tiefling character. Being a Tiefling, she is half-demon and her demonic nature is in her personality, i.e., she has a contempt for structure, law, and society and enjoys seeing others in pain....
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Why is creating a golem not considered evil? [closed]

Creating a golem requires binding an earth elemental to it. It is akin to enslaving an intelligent being (the stupidest of them, small earth elementals, have an intelligence of 4 , minimum for ...
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Does Robe of the Archmagi change its colour if the wearer changes alignment while attuned to it?

I have been reading about the item and got curious: if I am neutral, for example, and I am attuned to a Robe of the Archmagi, will it turn from grey to black if I turn evil?
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Is not helping a dying PC party member a bad thing? [closed]

One of our PCs was down and "bleeding out". It was my turn and no enemies were left alive, I chose not to help my party member due to me believing that my character doesn't care enough due to his past ...
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How can I make alignment shifting harder to undo? [closed]

I am currently running a LONG campaign. We are playing about 3 hours everyday and having a ball :D The problem is that my players oscilate quite a bit between alignments. I tried to use +1/2/3 and -1/...
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What particular concerns are there for a chaotic evil PC? [closed]

The other day a person at school asked what I though of him playing as a chaotic evil character, I said I wasn’t sure. But as I think about it I become more and more confused. Why might it be a bad ...
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Can a “good” character qualify for necrocarnate just by using necrocarnum?

Is using necrocarnum such an evil act that a character who is otherwise good can qualify for the necrocarnate class solely on the basis of being willing to use necrocarnum? Sort of a the-ends-justify-...
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Are there official guidelines for a DM to change the alignment of a player's character?

Most players in my game chose various forms of Neutral for their character's alignment. However, in time, I notice that two of them are showing very clear signs of actually doing surprisingly good ...
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Would a correctly aligned weapon work against a creature under undetectable alignment?

If an evil character was under undetectable alignment, would align weapon or a holy weapon automatically work or does the spell fool it, or does something else happen?
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Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

I gave one of my players a handout of the major Gods in Faerûn as I am running Storm King's Thunder pretty soon. My player wants to be a Chaotic good paladin and is not interested in any of the ...
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Does a familiar detect as a specific alignment?

Okay, so what I've learned: the table for Detect Evil states that a creature will detect as evil if it has enough hit dice. But familiars are also in some ways an extension of their master. Let's say ...
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Can I play a non-evil vampire?

I've been wanting to play a vampire, the full ECL 8 variant, but the whole “being evil” thing bugs me. Does one always have to be evil when wanting to play a vampire?
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Should the players accept the point of view of the GM about alignments or the other way around?

I want to run a good alignment campaign in D&D 5e with my friends, but we are not even at session 0 and we already have a major disagreement. I usually GM tabletop RPGs that are not D&D, ...
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Do Barbarians in Pathfinder lose any class abilities if they become lawful?

Looking to make a starting level 6 multiclass character with barbarian/monk/druid levels. First two levels are barbarian, then the others. I know paladins lose paladin-stuff if they slip from lawful ...
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Can a monster cause a PC's alignment to change?

I'm DMing 1e "Village of Hommlet" and I think Lareth the Beautiful would enjoy causing the (1st level PC) lawful good cleric to become evil. Can he do this?
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What is the alignment of a familiar from Find Familiar?

If I cast find familiar, what is the creature's alignment? I ask because the majority of entities that change forms retain their alignment and the familiar is simply a spirit assuming the form of a ...
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In which D&D editions does alignment play a big part?

D&D 5e was my first tabletop game and I was disappointed to see how little does the alignment influence the game, since I am a big fan of the Good-Evil, Order-Chaos axes. In which editions does ...
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What are the benefits of worshipping a god? Do alignment differences matter?

I am helping one of my players make their character, a Dragonborn Ranger, and we are both struggling when discussing his god, so I have a couple of questions... Does the god need to share his ...
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At what level of evil does a paladins smite start to work?

When would something be evil, but not evil enough for a paladins smite evil to function? Would it function off of detect evil chart as when something is evil enough?