Questions tagged [alignment]

For questions primarily centered around ethical and moral alignments in game systems. Please note that questions about "what alignment is [person/act/society X]?" are off-topic due to subjectivity; see https://rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5357/are-questions-about-alignment-on-topic for more details.

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According to Book of Exalted Deeds, how to choose between two evils?

The Book of Exalted Deeds says that evil means used to prevent greater evil cannot be used by good characters, and says: Some good characters might view a situation where an evil act is required to ...
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Is being evil aligned, in and of itself, an evil act?

As asked in the title. Is being an evil aligned creature, in and of itself, considered an evil act? I was playing a Paladin at one point, and my more chaotically aligned party members wanted me to ...
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Can celestials serve evil deities?

From what I’ve read, evil-aligned celestials are an extreme rarity, but evil-aligned deities exist. I’ve even heard that if a celestial turns evil, they stop being a celestial. Celestials supposedly ...
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Is it possible to count as Evil for the purposes of qualifying for a feat?

Changelings have the Racial Emulation feat to let them count as other races for qualifying for things. Goliaths and Half-Giants have Powerful Build to let them count as Large in several circumstances. ...
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Can angels, demons, aeons change what they are only through magic or also through alignment change?

After reading about Erinyes and a few other denizens of the different planes, I'm wondering: Is there some magic behind a denizen of a plane becoming that of another one, or is a simple alignment ...
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Can a character with good/neutral alignment attune to a sentient magic item with evil alignment?

Can a character with good/neutral alignment attune to a sentient magic item with evil alignment? The greatsword Hazirawn in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure is described as "A sentient (...
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Does a simulacrum'd creature's statblock include its personality and knowledge/memories? [duplicate]

Basis: In the clone spell, it states clearly that The clone is physically identical to the original and has the same personality, memories, and abilities, but none of the original’s equipment. ...
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Is a player able to change alignment midway through an adventure?

My players are level 9 and one wants to change alignment from lawful to chaotic. I have the DMG, but I can't find anything about changing alignment half way through a campaign. Personally I feel ...
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Can a PC's alignment be forcibly changed?

Can a PC's alignment be forcibly changed? I've been skimming through the classes on PFSRD, and noticed a lot of them have alignment restrictions. Many state that if their alignment changes, they lose ...
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What is the difference between true neutral and unaligned?

Something I’ve never gotten is that true neutral and unaligned seem to be the same in the long run. The only difference is that unaligned is for wild animals, and true neutral is for intelligent ...
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Why does Blasphemy destroy undead which are generally evil?

I was reading the spell Blasphemy and its got contradictory texts/ Its area for example says Area nonevil creatures in a 40-ft.-radius spread centered on you Then the spell effects Killed: ...
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How can I integrate a Chaotic Evil character into a Good-aligned party without disrupting the party dynamics? [closed]

I have had a recent interest in playing a Chaotic Evil character, but most campaigns I have run into are decidedly not Chaotic Evil-aligned. The Chaotic-aligned parties are usually also Good-aligned, ...
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What challenges arise from playing a Chaotic Evil character in a heroic party? [closed]

I have seen several questions similar to this one closed for being too broad, but it certainly seems like an often-enough asked question that I will attempt to narrow the focus down such that it is ...
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How can I create a Neutral undead-like creature?

After reading What rules say that summoning undead is evil, and what rules say why? and the accepted answer thereto, I wondered if there was a potential workaround to the inherent issues involved in ...
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What balance issues would arise from a Chaotic Good Paladin?

I have long been annoyed by the inability of Chaotic Good warriors to become empowered by their unwavering faith in freedom and human decency, and so am considering a custom archetype that would allow ...
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Do the subraces of the playable Aasimar race come with alignment restrictions?

This question, in addition to a player of mine who recently wanted to play a Lawful Neutral Fallen Aasimar (but ended up doing something different), got me thinking about something... Playable ...
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How to deal with a Murder Hobo Paladin?

Our party has a Lawful Neutral Oathbreaker Paladin that has been very much a murder hobo from the beginning. We have been able to keep him in check in most cases but in our recent session he went off ...
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Does any lore text explain why the planes of Acheron, Gehenna, and Carceri are the alignment they are?

Acheron is between pure law and lawful evil; Gehenna is between pure evil and lawful evil; and Carceri is between pure evil and chaotic evil. But this seems wrong to me. It seems to me that Acheron ...
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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....