Anyone who has even just began to delve into Dungeons and Dragons and begun to delve into the complicated looking Character Creation sheet will have seen a space reserved for Alignment.
For those who have the sense to not get addicted to the game, alignment is a categorisation of the ethical and moral perspective of your character. It’s an odd system you don’t really see outside of Dungeons and Dragons created to aid in role-play and to demonstrate a character’s outlook on life. (You may have seen those memes with famous characters/actors on a grid)
Alignment is a cool system where you have two major choices:
- Lawful, Neutral or Chaotic
- Good, Neutral or Evil
Lawful, implying honor and respect for society’s rules; chaotic, implying rebelliousness and individualism; and neutral, seeking a balance between the extremes.
These two categories can intersect in any way and create some cool characters and role play situations as well as helping you to stay somewhat consistent with your character’s behaviour. Alignment is one of those things that some D&D games rely on more than others.
As a concept it can be quite entertaining to apply Alignment to video game, film and book characters. Does your favourite character love to watch the world burn? Or follows the law to the letter? Or do they strive for balance?
Like those random psychology surveys you find online it can be quite fun to work out your alignment!
For me I’d have to go with Chaotic or perhaps Neutral Good. I tend to struggle with going along with rules I disagree with but it’s unlikely that I would become some kind of Dark Lord and take over the world!
So what’s your alignment? Are you Chaotic, Lawful or Neutral? and are you Good, Evil or Neutral too?