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Are babies of evil humanoid species inherently evil?

tl;dr: With some exceptions (such as fiends, which are innately evil), alignment is a description of the moral outlook and attitude towards society of an individual. Racial tendencies are not hard and ...
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How to deal with a Murder Hobo Paladin?

Don’t argue with him about his character, argue with him about the game itself He is never going to agree that his character would or should behave differently, or that what he did was bad roleplaying,...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

Don’t play chaotic evil characters like that It seems somewhat obvious so I was hesitant even typing this answer, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen questions of this sort crop up so I might as ...
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How can I show-not-tell my players that they are The Bad Guys?

You know you need to signpost your actions - but something I've learned in my - cough - years of DMing is that often when I think I'm making something incredibly obvious, my players think I'm dropping ...
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What happens to a Devil when its alignment is forcibly changed?

Alignment is to a devil what matter is to a creature of the Prime Material. PHB p. 122 Alignment is an essential part of the nature of celestials and fiends. A devil does not choose to be ...
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Can a DM tell a player if/when they act or roleplay in a manner that isn't their alignment?

Don't tell him how to roleplay Doing so would be a vast overstep in a social circle, as it would be telling someone how to play the game (taking control over the one thing they should have total ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player

Here's the problem you are having: it doesn't actually make sense for your group to be adventuring together. There's a bunch of do-gooders plus one person who actively sabotages the rest of them. Why ...
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The Bard wants to convert a Goblin to the good side. Are there any rules against this?

Is there a RAW or RAI that prohibits this? To the contrary: it is easily supported by RAW. From the Monster Manual: The alignment specified in a monster’s stat block is the default. Feel free to ...
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How can I convince evil characters to save the world?

Evil characters need a world to live in too They may not need any convincing. Evil is predominantly about egotistical self-interest, and little could be more in their self-interest than the world not ...
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Convincing my Curse of Strahd DM to reduce an inflicted character flaw that goes against my character's core beliefs

You're in Ravenloft, a setting designed around dread, horror, and the inevitable moral corruption of even the best good people, exploring the temple of the darkest forbidden knowledge in known ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

What is Chaotic Evil? Chaotic evil characters are unpredictably violent, and sooner or later they are going to turn on other party members with murderous intent. - OP This isn't what a CE character ...
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Are all Liches innately evil?

The description in the MM seems to indicate that yes, all liches are necessarily evil: Wizards that seek lichdom must make bargains with fiends, evil gods, or other foul entities. [..] A lich ...
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How can I show-not-tell my players that they are The Bad Guys?

Some suggestions: Wanted posters. Historically, paper was expensive and many people in the middle ages weren't literate, but fantasy roleplaying games are not necessarily this historically accurate. ...
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If my world-building makes undead not intrinsically evil, what rules changes would I need to make?

You don't need to change anything As far as the rules are concerned, the alignment of NPCs is under the complete control of the DM. In the DM basic rules, page 3 under alignment, we are told (similar ...
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What does "chaotic" as in "chaotic good" or "chaotic evil" mean?

The term 'chaotic' is part of the alignment system in D&D. Within the alignment system, your personality and decision making is rated on two scales. One from good to evil, and the other from ...
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Why are skeletons lawful evil while zombies are neutral evil?

While not outright stated as a justification, this can be inferred from the description given in the monster manual: Skeletons have traits like Obedient Servant which indicates that they mindlessly ...
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Should the players accept the point of view of the GM about alignments or the other way around?

The DM decides what campaign he runs While it's true that roleplaying is a cooperative effort, and it's better to find a consensus... Your campaign is yours. It's your world. You decide how it works. ...
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Can a demon or devil be redeemed?

5e Specific Answer: Yes, you probably can, but it is hard. The 5e adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus has an option to redeem a fiend. Moreover, the following 25.08.2017 twitter exchange is ...
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

In AD&D, the cosmology of D&D which had gradually developed over the course of numerous publications was codified into the Planescape setting, which focused on adventures on the planes besides ...
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Is there an iconic monster or creature for each alignment?

The methodology I've settled on is as follows: The creature is the dominant inhabitant of the correct alignment plane (according to the Manual of the Planes). The Greyhawk (default setting for D&...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

There are some excellent answers here, but to add to them: Evil can be a team player. One of the most likeable characters I've played in games was a Chaotic Evil kobold who was utterly without human ...
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How to deal with a Chaotic Evil player character as a player

Ask the player "Why?" Have you asked the player why she's doing this? In a meta-game, not-in-character kind of way? Not to be confrontational about it, but is there a reason she's trying to ...
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What does "chaotic" as in "chaotic good" or "chaotic evil" mean?

D&D has a concept called “alignment,” which is a kind of shorthand for one’s ethical, moral, and philosophical outlook on life. It has two axes, the good-evil axis and the lawful-chaotic axis, and ...
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Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

Paladins are not tied to their deity (or lack of a deity) any more than anyone else In previous editions, paladins gained their power from there dedication to their deity or alignment and could even ...
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What are the implications of running a game with only 2 Major Deities: God and the Devil?

This is not homebrew. Quite the opposite, the Dungeon Master's Guide mentions dualism as a valid religious system, see page 11, "Other Religious Systems", emphasis mine: In your campaign, you can ...
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Has a god ever changed alignment?

Here are four examples from the Forgotten Realms, with clear in-game stories explaining the cause of the changes: Mystra, the goddess of magic, has had multiple incarnations. In her initial ...
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What is the difference between true neutral and unaligned?

The reasoning behind their actions is what alignment means You hit the nail on the head when you said unaligned is wild animals and true neutral being for intelligent creatures. Alignment is a ...
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Are all Liches innately evil?

Workarounds to a DM decision likely won't be helpful I'm going to answer as a frame challenge. Your DM has made a ruling on evil characters and per the Monster Manual a Lich is evil (page 203). ...
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Does any lore text explain why the planes of Acheron, Gehenna, and Carceri are the alignment they are?

Noted in your forum thread, but the best descriptions of Acheron and Carceri that I have seen—based in, but not directly quoted from, actual text—are those by Jade Ripley (who goes by Lord_Gareth here ...
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Is a player able to change alignment midway through an adventure?

Barring magical/other interference, alignment is a player choice. Nothing in the rules forbids this. While it is not explicitly said that player can change alignment at will, Player's Handbook (page ...
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