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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Does the Axis matter for the consideration of “Sharing an alignment component”?

Specifically in regards to the Insinuator archetype for the Antipaladin, my question is really about their variant Smite Impudence feature. It states: Smite Impudence (Su): Once per day, an ...
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Does an attack from a chaotic-aligned character break regeneration/chaotic?

I am DMing an adventure where the players can fight an arbiter inevitable. The inevitable is listed as having regeneration 2/chaotic. The book says that the type after the slash is the damage type ...
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What is the best way for an evil NPC to avoid the effects of a Talisman of Pure Good?

I'm a first time DM and perhaps foolishly gave one of my PCs (whose backstory is that his family was killed by a demon) a talisman of pure good after completing a quest. Now I am regretting it, ...
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What ways are there to protect yourself from alignment-based effects?

Following along with this related question, I'm looking for ways that one can protect ones self from things that adversely affect them based on their alignment, such as taking extra damage from a Holy ...
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How exactly does a creature with an alignment subtype suffer alignment-based effects?

For example, say you "redeem" a demon (an outsider with the chaotic subtype), so its alignment is now true neutral. Let's cast order's wrath at caster level 10th on our demon. The spell deals 10d6 ...
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Is there a way to make a creature be treated as a different alignment temporarily?

I'm looking for a way (preferably by spell) to temporarily make an unwilling creature be treated as a different alignment, without actually permanently altering it. I'm looking for a way to have ...
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What power I actually get as a Cleric with Fire domain?

Turn or destroy water creatures as a good cleric turns undead. Rebuke, command, or bolster fire creatures as an evil cleric rebukes undead. Use these abilities a total number of times per day equal to ...
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Why are the beholder deities chaotic evil?

In 2e Planescape material and the Monster Mythology accessory, the beholder gods are listed as chaotic evil. The Great Mother has a realm in the Abyss, and Monster Mythology specifically notes her ...
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Are there any anti-slavery war deities who also have the Lust domain?

I'm looking for any deities accepted in 3.5 for my character to follow. The character is also CN if that helps any. The domains I'm looking for would be lust and battle/war but also hates oppressors ...
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Evil characters and magic in Pathfinder Society organized play

If a Pathfinder Society player brings a 'typically evil' character to a Pathfinder Society game, what should the GM and other players do? This also can extend to characters casting magic with the evil ...
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The Bard wants to convert a Goblin to the good side. Are there any rules against this?

Upfront: I DMed a lot from 1990 to 2005, but not D&D. So I'm decent quality and experienced, but rusty and a total novice with the 5e rules. I do believe that fun trumps rules, and that alignment ...
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What happens to a devil who draws the balance card from a deck of many things? [duplicate]

I recently read the accepted answer to this question, and this part brings a good question: A devil does not choose to be lawful evil, and it doesn't tend toward lawful evil, but rather it is ...
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Can good-aligned damage hurt good creatures

Recently I've been trying to make my dream characters into tangible concepts which is why I've asked so many different class-related questions. I was skimming through templates and found the soulfire ...
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How and when should a lawful good character punish evil behavior? [closed]

I'm new to dungeons & dragons and social gaming in general, and I need some guidance on things that are making it not fun for me to play. I joined a campaign with the guidance that it was a good ...
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House-ruling spells about evil and good to give them back their flavor from old editions

As an ex D&D 3.5 and D&D 2 player, I feel bad that 5e don't make spells that about evil and good (like "Protection from Evil and Good" and "Detect Evil and Good") don't actually interact with ...
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Can a neutral or even a good-aligned character realistically have a nightmare as a mount?

So I've got a player in my campaign whose character, of chaotic neutral alignment and level 16, has been in search of a magical mount. After much research ingame, the character has grown an obsession ...
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What happens when an outsider changes alignment?

In the SRD's bestiary, most outsiders have an alignment listed. In D&D 5e celestials and devils are locked into their alignment - if they change they become something else. That made me curious ...
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Killing Bound Enemies as Chaotic Neutral [closed]

After defeating and interrogating a bound redbrand ruffian in a dungeon, I decided to kill him after he cannot provide more information in order to prevent him from being freed later on (or ...
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Does Golarion's Shadow Plane have any Good creatures?

Paizo bends over backwards to express that being next to the Positive Energy Plane doesn't make you good, nor does being near the Negative Energy Plane make you bad. Heck, they even list the Shadow ...
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Undoing the alignment change of the Book of Vile Darkness

So I'm the DM in a campaign (which I know gives me a lot of leeway) but I try to stick as close to the books as I can. One of the NPCs attuned to the Book of Vile Darkness, and failed the associated ...
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How can I meet the needs of players in a party whose characters have opposite alignments?

I am currently DMing a Star Wars D&D campaign. One character has a backstory that includes 'setting orphans on fire'. Needless to say, he is a murder hobo and a Sith. One of my other characters ...
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If a celestial gets corrupted and turns evil, does it get converted to a fiend?

We know of multiple celestials (Malkizid, Thah Rahalar) that served evil deities. After their fall, do they necessarily become fiends or devils? Inspired by this question.
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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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