Balancing the Nine Alignments

If you are reading this blog you are most likely my friend, which in turn means that one or more of these three things has happened:

I have talked to you about tabletop roleplaying games

I have asked if you play tabletop roleplaying games

We have played tabletop roleplaying games

Simply put I love them and will have a conversation about them whether the other individual kindly listening is a willing participant of my T.E.D. talk or not. So for those of you who know me, it means that it was only a matter of time before I ended up writing about tabletop roleplaying games as well.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with them; welcome to my T.E.D. talk.

RPGs or Role Playing Games are better known as Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder. It is a cooperative game that allows you to build a character from your imagination to take on a story that has never been heard and will never be told again. As a player, you make your character and play through different scenarios within a story that the DM or GM has brought to the table. The role-playing comes out when your character must interact with a character within the adventuring group or the world the storyteller is sharing with you.

Now it is not common to play yourself ( I wouldn’t I spend to much time with me as is) in these games but a character you have brought to the story. That character may have a different personality than you, as an example I can use my current character Woodwort the gnome druid. Why we have some similarities (mainly hooch) we also have our differences (he’s a gnome). When building Woodwort I gave him an alignment from the alignment grid in the book; which is true neutral.
The nine alignments are Lawful Good, Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, Lawful Neutral, True Neutral, Chaotic Neutral, Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, and Chaotic Evil. Now, these alignments are used primarily for two things, various perks in the game for your character and a helpful roleplaying guide. Woodwort is a druid a timeless ancient of the forest and a representative of mother nature, he has seen more than he lets on and is surprised by little. He strives to find the balance between all perspectives and feels a tilt in any direction can have rippling consequences.

This is not me, or anyone for that matter. We may be able to relate to that way of thinking but we will eventually tilt in one direction or another usually due to factors of some nature and the choices we make responding to them. The factors that change our moods are too many to count individually but can be summed up to external and internal factors. I could go on and attempt to define these categories but that would lead to a tangent no one is prepared for, what is important is to realize that we are not constants no matter how hard we try.

We shift our views of the world around us from moment to moment. One moment we can be lawful good and pick up the trash in the street to chaotic evil when we find out that trash was a twenty-dollar bill and pocket it. We can’t base our lives as a whole on the nine alignments because we are a mix of all nine within our lifetime, but what we can do is use these nine alignments as guides.

I know that this constant shifting of alignments and views makes us all sound unstable and that’s because we are. Instability is one of our greatest strengths as a species, it can bring horrible things; I will never say it is all positive but it does help us a great deal. The ability for us to judge a situation not only by what we sense in front of us but also by past experience makes us somewhat unique. Other creatures can do this but the deep thoughts between pros and cons that we can use to outweigh instinct are invaluable.

Now I will let you all off the hook because I am not going to be going into any of the alignments in-depth with this post (This is where you sigh in relief). But what I plan to do for my future posts is dive into all 9 separately significantly extending my T.E.D. talk (this is where you groan and leave the site).

I’ll be starting off with Lawful Good and working my way through leaving what people believe are the juicy ones for last. In my next post, we will explore the good and bad of the first alignment and how you must even balance between the extremes within it. Trust me, lawful good does not mean lawful nice.

I’m looking forward to this series of posts and hope you will too. Now for a shameless plug!

You all can meet Woodwort and the rest of his friends on Edge of Legend on Twitch every Wednesday night at 8 pm pst. Nat 20 Productions is run by my friends both behind the scenes and on-camera 24/7 so a huge shout out to them for all the work they do. If you would like to join us for an original story with battle, intrigue, and funny moments then please tune in and become legends right along with us.