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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?

Good or Evil: intelligent creatures can make moral choices The alignment specified in a monster’s stat block is the default. Feel free to depart from it and change a monster’s alignment to suit the ...
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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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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

So here's my issue: I like my character, I like our party, and I don't want to pull a 180 on my character and make him nice or throw away important motivations for him. Well, it sounds like your ...
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What rules say that summoning undead is evil, and what rules say why?

Rules citations: Animate Dead has the [evil] descriptor. "This is an evil act" is right there in the spell descriptor: Evil: Spells that draw upon evil powers or conjure creatures from evil-...
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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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Can a Black Dragon Hatchling be raised to be good? Or is it inherently evil?

To address the second part of your question, from the 5e Monster Manual, page 7: The alignment specified in a monster's stat block is the default. Feel free to depart from it and change a ...
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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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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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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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My novice players slaughtered some NPCs out of hand. Do I write this off as a learning mistake or show them the consequences of actions?

Han Solo, Robin Hood, and the three Musketeers: all would be stereotypical Chaotic Good characters. And none would have a second thought about dispatching their prison guards, whether it's ...
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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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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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Is Good or Evil alignment based on the perception of the creature?

There's two questions wrapped up together here that need to be separated: So if a character does something evil but they can justify their actions as good are they themselves still of a good ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

Nope, you're good. The rules for 5e allow for this kind of paladin all but explicitly. You should have no trouble making and running this character.
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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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Is Good or Evil alignment based on the perception of the creature?

What he did was evil, but... In D&D, at least on the 3.x side, your perception of what you did doesn't matter - some acts are evil, some others are not. Assaulting the logger in a violent manner ...
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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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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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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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Can I be a follower of an evil god and not be evil?

Yes, you can follow an evil being without being evil yourself. Unlike 3.X, 5e has no real alignment restrictions. Good characters can follow evil deities and vice versa, and chaotic characters can ...
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How can we change the alignment of our black dragon hatchling?

There are three ways to forcibly change something's alignment on the books. But none of them really work out well for you. Forced attunement. Arguably the least dangerous option, if you can somehow ...
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