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My RP background is not D&D

Escapist
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Dec 28 2012, 11:48pm


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My RP background is not D&D [In reply to] Can't Post

but I have encountered this system and played D&D before. Nonetheless, at times I find the alignment system a bit confusing and it seems to fail to account for variation in people that may depend on the situation. OR maybe I am just too chaotic to get this ... anyway ...

The trouble with law is that it is not a single coherent body and it really is a messy overlap of conflicting "laws" rather than a consistent and sensible whole. But maybe lawfulness is more a desire / willingness to submit and hold onesself to external principles in spite of internal motivations?

And then I have to ask, what about "natural law" and the principles of yin and yang and karma and the like. Do these count or is it only law if a person somewhere is defining it alongside a strong and well defined hierarchy for the governance of its application?

That being said, I wonder about Eowyn. If the laws of her heart, love, and desire to fight for/beside Aragorn, then I would say she was true and good in her choices. Was it for love or was it for self satisfaction? It was strong enough to hold her toe-to-toe against fear and evil incarnate so I think it's more than mere selfishness.

I'm going to lean towards good but perhaps chaotic good or neutral good ... or lawful depending on what "counts" as law. For example, Sauron had a lot of laws that all of the elves and company were breaking flagrantly, no? Surely even the most lawful of characters must break some rules. The question might be one of which law is followed rather than whether or not a law is followed and the degree to which that law is intrinsic or externally motivated ...

Subject User Time
Discuss the "Allignment" of various characters (might be fun) noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 28 2012, 7:21pm
    Wrong! Wrong! (just kidding) CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 10:09pm
        Movin' up, movin' down noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 28 2012, 10:44pm
            Rating the Ring and Boromir CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 11:44pm
        Regular elvish trick noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 28 2012, 10:56pm
        My RP background is not D&D Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Dec 28 2012, 11:48pm
            Which law? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 29 2012, 9:06am
                Rulers? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 29 2012, 10:35am
                Law and culture Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Jan 1 2013, 8:05pm
                    Such as the Mafia CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 1 2013, 9:01pm
    Not much is lawful... Mim Send a private message to Mim Dec 29 2012, 5:19pm
        How awful to be lawful? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 29 2012, 10:17pm
            Not totally convinced Mim Send a private message to Mim Jan 1 2013, 7:55pm

 
 
 

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