What’s Your Alignment?

It’s not all about the Horde vs the Alliance.  In any nice old  RPG as you create your character, you choose your character’s moral alignment.

If they let me just choose, I always chose Lawful Good.  Because I want to be the best good I can be 🙂    

A lawful good character typically acts with compassion and always with honor and a sense of duty. Such characters include righteous knights, paladins, and most dwarves. Lawful good creatures include the noble golden dragons

Sometimes, they give you questions to answer to determine your alignment.  Then, to my consternation, I am sometimes Chaotic Good.     

A chaotic good character does what is necessary to bring about change for the better, disdains bureaucratic organizations that get in the way of social improvement, and places a high value on personal freedom, not only for oneself, but for others as well. Chaotic good characters usually intend to do the right thing, but their methods are generally disorganized and often out of sync with the rest of society.

So not me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons)

Time to see how you fare:

Online Alignment Test Wizards of the Coast

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd%2Fdnd%2F20001222b

My Result:




I also liked Buzzfeed’s What’s Your Moral Alignment

https://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/whats-your-alignment?

They had some gnarlier questions, with some rather impossible to pick a good choice scenarios.  My husband got to the second question and refused to go further because none of the choices were what he would do.

I came out Neutral Good.   You are guided by your conscience, rather than any formal laws or traditions.  You may occasionally break the rules, but it’s generally in the service of the greater good.

9 thoughts on “What’s Your Alignment?

  1. A lawful neutral character typically believes strongly in lawful concepts such as honor, order, rules, and tradition, and often follows a personal code.[9] Examples of lawful neutral characters include a soldier who always follows orders, a judge or enforcer that adheres mercilessly to the letter of the law, and a disciplined monk.[9] Does this sound like Saurfang?

  2. A neutral character (also called “true neutral”) is neutral on both axes and tends not to feel strongly towards any alignment, or actively seeks their balance.[9] Druids frequently follow this dedication to balance and, under Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules, were required to be this alignment. In an example given in the 2nd Edition Player's Handbook, a typical druid might fight against a band of marauding gnolls, only to switch sides to save the gnolls' clan from being totally exterminated.[8]

    Most animals are originally considered true neutral, because they lack the capacity for moral judgment, guided by instinct rather than conscious decision. The 4th edition introduced an additional alignment called “unaligned” for creatures not sapient enough to make decisions based on alignment, even that of neutrality, which is also used in 5th edition. Lots to parse there. Do you act on instinct? Do you generally not “take sides”.

  3. Hah! Just what you'd expect from a game clearly made by someone of Lawful Good alignment! Who else could come up with all those rules?

    I thought the options for the Buzzfeed questions were (relatively) reasonable, especially compared to the sometimes robotic choices in the WOTC one. If the Buzzfeed ones seemed more onerous it's because they engage your humanity in a way the WOTC don't seem even to attempt to do.

  4. We'll just note it says right on the D&D explanation of Lawful Good “Lawful Good is the best alignment you can be becauses it combines honor and compassion”. So..Chaotic Good…not as good. Good though! True Neutral sounds a bit scary. “Lack the capacity for moral judgement”. Moving right along,The WOTC test seems more like what I find in games, whereas the Buzzfeed test keeps digging to find a place where your choices are rather impossible. It forces you to make “bad” choices you'd never make.

  5. Chaotic good best good!

    I got CG on the Buzzfeed test, which apparently makes me Ron Swanson from Parcs and Recreation. And I guess he is. I might have made him Chaotic Neutral and I bet he thinks he's CN, but he does keep doing the right thing even though he tries not to so I guess that counts as “good”! Chaot ic good is also the alignment I'd like to be.

    On the WOTC test, however, I got Neutral (aka True Neutral). I quite often get that in these tests, especially when, as in this case, the questions are bland, impersonal and generic. It's very easy to be neutral when the questions you're answering don't generate any emotional spark. The Buzzfeed questions do a much better job of painting a picture and drawing you in, which is why, I think, my answers there are warmer.

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