Blaugust Day 25 ~ D&D Alignment

While I was on holiday, we did actually have wi-fi and during a rainy evening I found an online D&D alignment test.  Instead of *ahem* taking the test as a character, I took the test as me.  Which, as my most of my characters are very similar in terms of morality to myself, is practically the same thing 😛

I did wonder where I’d end up and I tried very hard to answer truthfully instead of rigging it.   It is difficult to translate though, as the questions are obviously designed with a faux-medieval setting in mind rather than our modern day society.  It’s also difficult to answer in terms of what you think  you might do compared to what you actually would do.  For example, one of the questions is:

Would you express a revolutionary political opinion if threatened with punishment?

  • Yes, I’d rather be punished than remain silent. Up the revolution!
  • Yes. Somebody’s got to speak the truth
  • No, although I might privately express my opinion to friends
  • No, politics aren’t worth getting worked up about

I would have loved to have answered as 1 or 2, and while there is no danger then I certainly do stand up for what I believe in, but you’re being threatened with punishment.  Would I really go to prison for my beliefs? or put my family in physical danger for them?  I’d like to think I would but in actuality probably not, so I answered number 3.

This question  I found very amusing:

If your family had arranged your marriage to someone loathsome, would you:

  • Go through with it, proud to serve your family
  • Agree, hiding your reluctance
  • Subtly work against the union
  • Flee

I chose Flee 🙂

I ended up as Chaotic Neutral.  Which I’m generally fine with and I expect this is a fairly common category to fall into.  Chaotic Neutral is defined as:

A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn’t strive to protect others’ freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. The chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). The common phrase for chaotic neutral is “true chaotic.” Remember that the chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom both from society’s restrictions and from a do-gooder’s zeal.

–excerpted from the Player’s Handbook, Chapter 6

It probably does describe me fairly well, as well as any other psychometric test anyway.   It obviously does have it’s limitations and I don’t take it (or any other tests) too seriously – or maybe… it’s coz I am Chaotic Neutral eh? eh?  I have been viewed as a bad influence in a couple of jobs (I never did quite understand why to be honest and I found it quite funny at the time.  Um I should add nothing that needed any disciplinary action :P)  and I’m not particularly zealous about anything (I don’t have firm religious or political beliefs or any kind of rules really – I tend to go with what works and what is generally within the law I suppose)  Personally, I’m unsure about not being motivated by good.  I believe I am but that I just don’t do enough about it.  I do get over whelmed by the amount of sheer misery and injustice out there and just wonder where on earth you could start.

If you take the test, let me know in the comments – I’d love to know what categories people fall into 🙂

I found this on Deviantart, the Nine Divines from the Elder Scrolls classed by the D&D alignments by SpacePirate369.  It was too pretty not to include 🙂

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16 Comments

  1. Well, I got:

    Lawful Neutral

    A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs her. Order and organization are paramount to her. She may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or she may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. The common phrase for lawful neutral is “true lawful.” Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot.

    –excerpted from the Player’s Handbook, Chapter 6

    Which isn’t all that surprising. Though I do border on zealotry depending on the topic. :p I am also not sure how dependable I actually am… I can be quite a slacker or forgetful at times. Hm. Maybe I should just retake the test!

  2. Neutral

    A neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. She doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most neutrality is a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil. After all, she would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, she’s not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. The common phrase for neutral is “true neutral.” Neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion.

  3. “Based on your answers to the quiz, your character’s most likely alignment is Neutral.”

    I would have guessed chaotic neutral. i would have preferred chaotic good. Seems my most comfortable seat is on the fence.

  4. True Neutral – when playing any D&D thing I would always end up as neutral/good or chaotic/good so I guess this means I have become less good with age, oh dear. Most typically in D&D games I would play a Paladin (usually my favourite class) so start as lawful/good then be unable to whip starving peasants for stealing bread and lose the lawful alignment.

    In a gaming context my standards probably have fallen as I am now regularly stealing things in ESO – I don’t think I have ever done this in a game unless it was unavoidable in a quest. Why is this I wonder? Oh I remember it was because of this wood elf going on about how easy it is and how much gold you can make. The bad influence thing is starting to make sense 🙂

  5. Lawful neutral for me. I think when you take the quiz as yourself, it is much harder to choose what is “good” because of the potential repercussions.

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