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No, not necessarily... There are particular examples of evil celestials in the other answers. I will try to give an answer from a more general perspective. Monster Manual (page 15) describes fallen angels in two paragraphs (one of which also makes a mention of Zariel): Fallen angels retain their power but lose their connection to the deities from which ...


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Not necessarily Zariel There are some cases of celestials turning into fiends upon becoming evil, such as the archdevil Zariel: Zariel was once an angel, but her impetuous nature and love of battle led to her fall. In her previous life, she was charged with observing the battles on Avernus and tracking their progress. From this exposure, she grew ...


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Celestials that are corrupted and become evil don't necessarily turn into fiends There is an example of such a case in a published adventure (spoilers):


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This answer comes with caveats: Your literal question of "Which interpretation is right" is going to depend on who you're asking and what side of the fourth wall they're on. Alignment questions are difficult to properly answer here if they require us to apply real-world judgment, which the vast majority of them do. I'm going to assume that the adjudication ...


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As a paladin, you may personally be lawful, but your cause, your quest, your goal, is Good. Being lawful is about honor and honesty and integrity; it is your means to an end—but the end goal is Good. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you should overthrow the lawfully-elected mayor of a town just because that mayor happens to glow under the effects of detect ...


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Zariel (Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, page 180) was a celestial (solar), but she now serves Asmodeus as the Archduchess of Avernus. However, her fall seems to have turned her in to a Lawful Evil Archdevil. I don't know whether she could have stayed a celestial, or whether she could have kept a Good alignment.


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It is possible for celestials, even the most powerful ones, to be tricked by evil deities. They might become pawns, initially unaware that they are being played with. They might eventually get corrupted and fall. A famous example is Malkizid, a solar who was seduced into betraying Corellon by Lolth, and was later cast into the Nine Hells. Another example (...


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Good aligned outsiders, per the Monster Manual, are Celestials. Evil aligned outsiders are Fiends. The Subtypes differ for each, so making a subtype of another kind would work. An Outsider (Eladrin, Demon) would have the evil alignment but the Eladrin and Demon subtypes. It works within the rules. An evil deity can still do good deeds, but usually for ...


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