Alignment Caernym

Here I handed the players the questions of the D&D Online Alignment Test to answer in character. In bold is the answer they've chosen. In italics are comments they added.

The Questions

Relationship to Family

  • Family elders are expressing disapproval of you to the rest of the family. Do you:
    • Accept the criticism and change your ways
    • Seek a compromise with the elders
    • Besmirch the reputation of the elders as you ignore their scorn
    • Silence the elders any way you can
  • Would you give up a promising career to aid the family in time of need?
    • In a heartbeat
    • Yes, with some reluctance
    • Only if I was certain I'd be able to return to my career soon
    • No. The needs the Church are the needs of all believers, so by serving the Church I serve all families. If Heironeous would want me to serve my family he would send me a sign.
  • Would you betray a family member to advance your own career?
    • Yes, without a twinge of guilt
    • Yes, if I could do it secretly
    • I'd resist the temptation
    • I find the very idea abhorrent. Such are the ways of Hextor, the very thought would require severe physical cleansing.
  • Do you respect the leaders of your family?
    • Their words guide my actions
    • They're role models for me
    • They're often out of touch with my life
    • They're out of touch with reality. While I have great respect for them, they cannot relate to my life as a servant of Heironeous.
  • 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
    • Refuse.
  • You're estranged from a family member. On his deathbed, he seeks reconciliation. Do you:
    • Speak to him, but hold your ground
    • Refuse to speak to him
    • Discuss your estrangement openly and without rancor
    • Actively seek reconciliation, and heed his dying words. Holding fast to my beliefs, naturally.

Relationship to Friends

  • A powerful but corrupt judge offers you wealth if you'll testify against a friend. Do you:
    • Condemn your friend and take the money
    • Take the money and testify, but try to keep your testimony ineffective
    • Refuse the offer and refuse to testify
    • Testify on your friend's behalf, no matter the consequences
  • Do you become close to friends, or hold most people at a safe distance?
    • I have an abundance of close friends
    • I have some close friends
    • I have few close friends. Few understand or accept the close personal relationship with the Church and Heironeous
    • I try to keep people at a distance
  • Have you ever betrayed a friend?
    • I've done so more than once, and I sometimes get away with it
    • I've done so once
    • I've been tempted to do so, but I've never gone through with it
    • I'd never contemplate such a thing. Such are the ways of Hextor, the very thought would require severe physical cleansing
  • How do you view lifelong commitment to a single romantic partner?
    • I'm waiting to find such a romance
    • Such a romance would be ideal — if it's achievable. A physical relationship would of course be second to the divine one I have with the Invincible.
    • I worry I'd miss out on what others have to offer
    • Tie yourself to one person? Huge mistake
  • Do you insist on repayment when lending money to friends?
    • Yes, and I write up a contract so there's no misunderstanding
    • Yes, but I try to be flexible about the exact terms
    • No, although it's sure nice to be repaid
    • No, they just owe me a favor
    • No, if they truly needed the money a chivalrous person would expect no compensation.
  • Are you still in touch with childhood friends?
    • Yes, we correspond regularly
    • Yes, we try to keep in touch. Although, again, an education to serve a God has somewhat estranged us. Some make an effort to reconnect, others drift away.
    • No, I move around too much
    • No, I don't have anything in common with them anymore

Relationship to Community

  • Do you donate time and money to improve the local community?
    • Yes, the needs of the community are my top priority
    • Yes, I donate as much as I can once my own needs the needs of the Church are met
    • No, I don't have enough time or money to spare
    • No, my local community would be a waste of time and money
  • Your community is threatened with invasion. Do you:
    • Help defend it to your last breath
    • Man the barricades with the rest of the community
    • Flee as soon as things look grim
    • Cut a deal with the invaders to act as a spy
  • If you were injured and required immediate assistance, would members of your home community agree to help?
    • Yes, because they know I'd do the same for them
    • Yes, because I'm generally well liked
    • Probably not, because I'm distrusted by the powers that be
    • Definitely not. I've made some enemies here
  • Do you respect the laws and authorities in the community?
    • Yes, without question. Naturally the authority of the Church supersedes this secular government.
    • Yes, they're generally the best way to govern
    • When it suits me — there are some laws I just don't agree with
    • I don't pay attention to the authorities; they've got no hold on me
  • Do members of the community shun, avoid, or mock you?
    • Yes, their small minds can't handle anyone outside the norm
    • Some do, because I don't always fit in
    • No, I'm generally seen as normal
    • No, I set the standard for what is normal in my community
  • Would you stand for office or seek to represent the interests of the community in some public manner?
    • To do so would be an honor I'd joyously accept
    • Of course. It's everyone's duty to do so
    • Only if no one else could handle the job. My first responsibility is to Heironeous and His Church.
    • No, I don't want to be responsible for the community's welfare

Relationship to King and Country

  • Your country is wracked with famine. Would you:
    • Share what food you had with others
    • Eat as little as possible yourself, and share the rest
    • Steal what food you needed to survive
    • Steal as much food as possible, then sell it back to the community at a high price
  • If offered enough money, would you slip a poison into your king's drink?
    • Yes, and I've done similar things before
    • Yes, if I thought I could get away with it
    • No, although a vast sum of money would tempt me
    • No, and I'd warn the king of the plot
  • A plague is sweeping across your country. Would you:
    • Undertake a dangerous mission to find a cure
    • Heal the sick as best you can
    • Avoid contact with the sick
    • Flee the country
  • Do you respect the lawful authority of the rulers of the land?
    • Yes. Long live the queen!
    • Yes, our rulers are generally fair and just. As long as their rule has the blessing of Heironeous
    • No, a ruler is no better than anyone else
    • No, rulers are invariably corrupted by power
  • If you were offered a reasonably lucrative deal, would you spy for a hostile foreign power?
    • Yes, because my nation could stand to be knocked down a peg
    • Yes, because my nation's secrets mean little to me
    • No, because I might get caught
    • No, because I'd never violate the trust my nation put in me. Such are the ways of Hextor, the very thought would require severe physical cleansing.
  • Do you rely on the government to enforce contracts and property rights?
    • Yes, because maintaining the rule of law is more important than any individual dispute
    • Yes, because the courts are best equipped to handle such disputes
    • Are you kidding me? The government can't even pave roads
    • Absolutely not. If I can't defend it myself, I don't deserve to have it.

Thoughts on Crime and Punishment

  • If imprisoned, would you injure or kill others to escape?
    • Yes. Serves 'em right for locking me up
    • Yes. They knew the risks when they took the job
    • No, except for minor wounds that will heal easily
    • No. Those guards are just doing their jobs
    • If they are lost to the Light of Heironeous their lives are forfeit.
  • Do you accept a noble's right to treat badly the serfs who work on his land?
    • Yes. They're lucky they're not slaves
    • Yes, because sometimes only fear will motivate them
    • No, nobles should rule as kindly as possible
    • No one has any "right" to treat another badly. Period
    • The serfs should have the courage to stand up for themselves.
  • You have accidentally committed a crime. Do you:
    • Confess, and attempt to make restitution to the victim
    • Confess, throwing yourself on the mercy of the court
    • Hide your involvement, lying if you have to
    • Try to pin the crime on another
  • If guilty, would you confess to a crime?
    • Yes, because it is my duty to do so
    • Yes, because it might get me a lighter sentence
    • No, I'd make the magistrates prove my guilt
    • No, and I'd try to "prove" my innocence
  • 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
  • While traveling, you witness an assault. You are ordered to testify, which will delay your travel significantly. Do you:
    • Slip out of town at night to avoid testifying
    • Deny you saw anything
    • Remain reluctantly, testify, and leave
    • Remain until the trial's conclusion in case further testimony is needed

Thoughts on Business and the Economy

  • What is the best use of wealth?
    • To help the destitute and less fortunate
    • Provide for the needs of friends and family
    • To stay on top of the heap yourself
    • To not only stay on top, but keep others from climbing to your level
  • When confronted by beggars, do you:
    • Give generously
    • Give moderately
    • Give only what I wouldn't miss anyway — a copper or two at most
    • Ignore them as you walk by
  • By using magic, you could fool village merchants into thinking your copper pieces were made of gold. Do you?
    • Yes, and I'll buy as much as I can
    • Yes, but I'll only cheat the rich merchants
    • No, it's too risky
    • No, those merchants have families to feed. Such are the ways of Hextor, the very thought would require severe physical cleansing
  • You have two job offers. One pays more, but the other is secure and steady. Which do you choose?
    • Definitely the lucrative job; steady work sounds like drudgery
    • Probably the lucrative job, although I'd look into the secure job
    • The secure job, unless the other job was outrageously lucrative
    • Definitely the secure job, because I plan for the long term
    • My “job” is the service of Hieroneous. He will guide me to my next task.
  • What's the best path to wealth?
    • It's a matter of luck and being in the right place at the right time
    • Staying flexible so you can take advantage of good opportunities
    • Following a long-term plan that incorporates a comfortable level of risk
    • Hard work and perseverance
  • If you accepted a job or contract, would you try to finish the task even if it got much more dangerous?
    • Yes, my word is my bond
    • Yes, because it's good to have a reputation for dependability
    • You can bet I'd be renegotiating
    • If it's no longer a good deal, then the deal is off

The Verdict

Neutral Good
A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. The common phrase for neutral good is "true good." Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias toward or against order.

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