Content of the article: "Resource Compilation of Alignment Background Traits"
Part of the problem I see with the alignment system is its ambiguity. What does it mean to be lawful? What does it mean to be neutral? What does it mean to be good? As a result, players and Dungeon Masters who use this system tend to fall into clichés.
To help avoid this and give folks a more holistic sense of what these alignments are supposed to mean in the D&D multiverse, I've compiled and sorted all the ideals listed in the Player's Handbook's backgrounds chapter. Note, character traits that were listed with the (Any) tag were not included. Enjoy.
|I always try to help those in need, no matter what the personal cost.||I will do whatever it takes to become wealthy.|
|I distribute the money I acquire to the people who really need it.||I'm only in it for the money and fame.|
|Material goods come and go. Bonds of friendship last forever.||If I become strong, I can take what I want — what I deserve.|
|I steal from the wealthy so I can help people in need.||I'm only in it for the money.|
|There is a spark of good in everyone.||Solitude and contemplation are paths toward mystical and magical power.|
|When I perform, I make the world better than it was.||I can attain more power, no one will tell me what to do.|
|People deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.||The strongest are meant to rule.|
|My talents were given to me so that I could use them to benefit the world.||Knowledge is the path to power and domination.|
|My gifts are meant to be shared with all, not used for my own benefit.||I'm a predator, and the other ships on the sea are my prey.|
|Respect is due to me because of my position, but all people regardless of station deserve to be treated with dignity.||In life as in war, the stronger force wins.|
|It is my duty to protect and care for the people beneath me.||The rich need to be shown what life and death are like in the gutters.|
|It is each person's responsibility to make the most happiness for the whole tribe.||N/A|
|What is beautiful points us beyond itself toward what is true.||N/A|
|The thing that keeps a ship together is mutual respect between the captain and crew.||N/A|
|Our lot is to lay down our lives in defense of others.||N/A|
|All people, rich and poor, deserve respect.||N/A|
|The ancient traditions of worship and sacrifice must be preserved and upheld.||We must help to bring about the changes the gods are constantly working in the world.|
|I hope to one day rise to the top of my faith's religious hierarchy.||I am a free spirit — no one tells me what to do.|
|I trust that my deity will guide my actions. I have faith that if I work hard, things will go well.||I never run the same con twice.|
|I never target people who can't afford to lose a few coins.||Chains are meant to be broken, as well as those who forge them.|
|I don't steal from others in the trade.||The world is in need of new ideas and bold action.|
|The stories of legends, and songs of the past must never be forgotten, for they teach us who we are.||Tyrants must not be allowed to oppress the people.|
|No one should get preferential treatment before the law, and no one is above the law.||Everyone should be free to pursue his or her own livelihood.|
|It is the duty of all civilized peoples to strengthen the bonds of community and the security of civilization.||Inquiry and curiosity are the pillars of progress.|
|Emotions must not cloud our sense of what is right and true, or our logical thinking.||I must prove that I can handle myself without the coddling of my family.|
|It is my duty to respect the authority of those above me, just as those below me must respect mine.||Life if like the seasons, in constant change, and we must change with it.|
|If I dishonor myself, I dishonor my whole clan.||Noting should fetter the infinite possibilities inherent in all existence.|
|Emotions must not cloud our logical thinking.||The sea is freedom — the freedom to go anywhere and do anything.|
|We all do the work, so we all share in the rewards.||When people follow orders blindly, they embrace a kind of tyranny.|
|I do what I must and obey just authority.||The low are lifted up, and the high and mighty are brought down. Change is the nature of things.|
|We have to take charge of each other, because no one else is going to do so.||N/A|
|I'm loyal to my friends, not to any ideals, and everyone else can take a trip down the Styx for all I care.|
|I like seeing the smiles on people's faces when I perform. That's all that matters.|
|There's no good in pretending to be something I'm not.|
|I'm committed to the people I care about, not to ideas.|
|Meddling in the affairs of others only causes trouble.|
|The natural world is more important than all the constructs of civilization.|
|The path to power and self-improvement is through knowledge.|
|I'm committed to my crewmates, not to ideals.|
|Ideals aren't worth killing over or going to war.|
|I help the people who help me — that's what keeps us alive.|
- Alignment Chart – Morality Overhaul
- The amount of people who think this game is like a Rockstar game is absolutely insane
- BSG, from a very senior player, please consider consulting your player base before MAJOR quest, or gameplay changes.
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