Lawful good combines honor and compassion for the innocent.
Lawful good characters uphold society and its laws, believing that these laws are created to work for the good and prosperity of all. They believe that an ideal society is one with a well-organized government and law-abiding citizens. They are both honest and benevolent, and will work within the established system to change it for the better, and will strive to bring order to goodness that other good-aligned characters might pool their resources to better the world. Lawful good characters combine commitment to oppose evil with discipline. Most lawful good characters live by a strict code of honor, or by the rules of conduct set down by their deity. They will generally selflessly act by these codes even at the cost of their own life.
It must however be stressed that blind obedience to local laws is not required by the Lawful Good alignment. For example, Paladins are not in violation of their alignment if they decide to take up arms against a usurper on behalf of the rightful king, even though that means going against the sedition laws instated by the usurper. This is because the word "law" is actually taken for the concept of "order", and order may fight order.
An incorruptible cop, a ruler or politician who acts for the good of the people, and a heroic soldier who strictly obeys the laws of battle are all examples of lawful good characters as well as Sir Galahad, knight of the Round Table, Captain America, Superman and Commissioner Gordon.
This alignment desires good without bias for or against order.
Neutral good characters do good for good' sake, not because they are directed to do so by the law or by whim. These characters believe that the forces of law and chaos should not moderate the need for people to do good. These characters will support social structures only when they are for the good of the community. If overthrowing an existing social order is what needs to be done to foster good, then they will not be afraid to do so. Their need to help others and reduce suffering may take precedence over all else.
Doctors, healers, healing clerics, tending the injuries of wounded no matter if they are good or evil, for their oath is to heal first. A knight who stands up to his own master to protect a wrongfully accused servant and an aid worker who feeds the starving in a war zone are all examples of neutral good characters. Neutral good can associate and work with evil towards a good outcome. Neutral good would always come to the assistants of any creature asking for help. Examples of neutral good characters: Obi One, Spiderman, Yoda
Chaotic good combines a good heart with a free spirit.
Heroes of the downtrodden, chaotic good characters act as their conscience directs them with little regard for what others expect. They believe firmly in making their own way in life, and dislike others who try to intimidate or use their authority on them. They are kind and benevolent, and are strong individualists, hostile to the claims of rules, regulations, and social order. These people will actively work to bring down unjust rulers and organizations and to liberate the oppressed. They find lawful societies distasteful and will often avoid them, living outside of society.
Rebel leaders fighting corrupt or tyrannical regimes, vigilantes acting for what they see as the greater good, mercenaries who only work for the good guys, and anyone who "robs from the rich to give to the poor" are all examples of chaotic good characters. Examples: Drizzt, Luke Skywalker, Neo, Anakin Skywalker (young), Wolverine
Lawful neutral combines reliability and honor, without moral bias.
Lawful neutral characters are directed by law, logic, tradition, or personal code. Order and organization are paramount to them. They may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government.
This does not mean that Lawful Neutral characters are amoral or immoral, or do not have a moral compass; but simply that their moral considerations come a distant second to what their code, tradition or law dictates. Upholding the law, “No one is above the law”
A Judge, a soldier, or a government employee, city-guard, bounty hunters; following rules or doctrine to the letter, not allowing your personal bias to get in the way. A follower of a strict spiritual or physical regime; athletes, martial artists, monks, samurai warriors. Example: Spok, Judge Dread, Batman, Detectives, Police officers, Sherlock Holmes
The neutral alignment is without prejudice or compulsion.
Neutral characters do whatever seems to be a good idea. They do not feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good and evil or order and chaos. They think of good as better than evil, after all, they would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. However, they are not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way.
This is the most common alignment of sentient creatures and the alignment of almost all animals and other creatures of very low intelligence. You can be Neutral , but have a slight tendency towards good: You’re a good guy, you go about your day and are nice to people but pretty much stick to your self and just worry about your own needs; i.e. work, school, love life, money. Sometimes you will give a little charity or go out of your way to help a friend in need. Tendency towards evil just tends to be a bit of a loner, not really very social , does not get involved in any ones problems just worry about yourself and for the most part. If you found an easy way to get something fast and easy you would take it. And extra 20 out of a teller, found a wallet you would keep the money, don’t mind shoplifting occasionally, whatever you need to do to get by.
True Neutral characters see good, evil, law and chaos as simply prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate that the middle way of neutrality is the best and most balanced road in the long run.
Some true neutral characters will actively support neutrality and balance in the world. They will avoid having to support any one side, whether that be good or evil, order or chaos; and will work to see that all of these forces remain in balance. Characters of a True Neutral persuasion hold a philosophy that the world(s) must be balanced in order to flow properly, there must be enough good in the world and enough evil in balanced proportions in order for life to grow and evolve. If a shift occurs in the balance and one side becomes more powerful then the other then stagnation may occur and growth will stop. In these situations these True Neutral characters will band with side of the underdog to make sure the balance is maintained. The balance between these two opposing forces in prominent in this philosophy. If there was too much evil in the world then more powerful good forces must rise to destroy it. It there is too much good in the world then dark forces maybe allowed to interfere in the world that much more. Druids choose a True Neutral philosophy, however there main concern is for the protection and welfare of nature, which they see as the pinnacle of neutrality. They will help to maintain the balance but will always put the needs and protection of nature first.
Chaotic Neutral is freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal.
Chaotic neutral characters follow their own agenda. They are individualists first and last. They value their own liberty but do not strive to protect the freedom of others. They avoid authority, resent restrictions, and challenge traditions. Chaotic neutral characters don't intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy, but they will eliminate anything that they feel gets in their way. Motivated neither by good (a desire to help people) or by evil (a desire to hurt people) they can choose either method they find tolerable for the moment.
Chaotic neutral characters may be unpredictable, but their behavior is not totally random –these characters often have a set agenda or goal they want to obtain and this comes first and foremost to them. However, they do act on momentary whims, and can be unreliable, for if a situation does not serve this characters immediate needs they may choose to forgo participating. As some would say, "the only reliable thing about them is that they cannot be relied upon!"
A wandering rogue who lives both by work for hire and petty theft, an eccentric mage who experiments with dangerous magic just to view the results, and con artist or hustler who plays all sides against the middle to further his own aims are all examples of chaotic neutral characters. Examples of chaotic Neutral characters would be Han Solo, The Punisher and the Spawn. If playing this character alignment determine what it is that your ultimate goal is and how far you are willing to go to achieve it. In a group this character maybe distracted by immediate desires and can wonder off to do their own thing, meeting up with the group later. They may or may not come to a group members aid if they are in trouble, preferring rather to move ahead and let them catch up or thinking “They will be all right, someone else will take care of them”
Lawful evil is the methodical, intentional, and frequently successful devotion to a cruel organized system.
Lawful evil characters methodically take what they want within the limits of their personal code of conduct (which are frequently their laws, as this alignment tends to only work for people in positions of power) without regard for whom it hurts. They care about tradition, loyalty, and order but not about freedom, dignity, or life. They play by the rules, but do so without mercy or compassion. They are comfortable in a hierarchy and would like to rule, but are willing to serve. They loath to break promises, and are therefore very cautious about giving their word unless a bargain is clearly in their favor.
This reluctance comes partly from their nature and partly because they depend on order to protect themselves from those who oppose them on moral grounds. Some lawful evil villains have particular taboos, such as not killing in cold blood (but having underlings do it) or not letting children come to harm (if it can be helped). They feel these personal morals put them above unprincipled villains but also know that they are protected by the orderly, systematic structure they exist in.
An example of a lawful evil organization would be a cult practicing human sacrifice and torture, with a strict code of conduct, strict system of hierarchy, but evil practices. Another example is a dictator. Devils are considered the embodiment of Lawful Evil. Darth Vadar.
Neutral evil is pure pragmatism without honor and without variation.
Neutral evil characters do whatever they can get away with. They are out for themselves, pure and simple. No tears for those they kill, whether for profit, sport, or convenience, and they have no love of order and holds no illusion that following laws, traditions, or codes would make them any better or any more noble. On the other hand, they do not have the restless nature or love of conflict that a chaotic evil villain has.
Some neutral evil villains hold up evil as an ideal, committing evil for its own sake. Most often, such villains are devoted to evil deities or secret societies.
Career criminals, particularly those who harm others for money, such as hit men, are the most obvious example of Neutral Evil. Lex Luther.
Chaotic evil characters do whatever their greed, hatred, and lust for destruction drives to do. If they are simply out for whatever they can get, they are ruthless and brutal. If they are committed to the spread of evil and chaos, they are even worse. Fortunately, their plans are haphazard, and any group they join or form is poorly organized. Typically, chaotic evil people can be made to work together only by force, and their leader lasts only as long as he can thwart assassination attempts.
These characters will commit any act to further their own ends. Chaotic evil is sometimes called "demonic" because demons are the embodiment of chaotic evil. Many serial killers would fit this description, as would indeed most of the more violent and reckless criminals found in the worst sorts of places. Psychopathy, as defined by the twenty points of Hare's Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) certainly comes close to the concept of chaotic evil. However, not all chaotic evil characters are psychopaths. The Joker.
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Most creatures in the world will not radiate an Good or Evil unless they are composed of either good or evil energies. All divine castors, undead, and outsiders radiate either Good or Evil.