Strip 140 - Alignment Tutorial - Part 6 (Chaotic Good)

26th Feb 2015, 12:00 AM in Corvus Village
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Raxon 26th Feb 2015, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Funny, in all the stories I read, Robin hood left merchants and rich traders alone. He stole from prince John, who was taxing the people into poverty and starvation. Those who earned their fortunes through fair measures were free to keep their money.

A vigilante group who steals from nonessential government programs to fund a soup kitchen would be one interpretation of a chaotic good character. "I'm sorry, mr president, but it seems your new porsche every day budget was reallocated to a series of soup kitchens to feed the starving masses."

Another, more fun version would be a con artist for the greater good. One who tricks people into giving or doing good things for others of their own free wills.
Otaku 26th Feb 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Otaku
"I'm scared."
I... I actually understood and agree with most of that. In fact I was going to make a similar post but then figured I'd see what you had to say Raxon.

I am a bit scared by this, but also pleased. ;)
Raxon 26th Feb 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
At the time, rich merchants were still considered peasants by royalty, or, even more distastefully, were thought to be trying to buy their way into nobility. In the nobles' eyes, at least the common peasants understood their place in the world.

Yeah, royals, nobles, tax collectors, and anyone like that was fair game. If any merchants had been robbed more than once, they would start taking paths around sherwood, or stop trading in that area altogether. Besides, you can't feed the starving with silk, or spices.
Malroth 26th Feb 2015, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Malroth
Funny thing is though, When Prince John took the Regency due to Richard's Joining The Crusades, he found the country was so far in debt due to his brothers lavish party lifestyle it was in danger of being siezed by the French the Spanish and the Church, He reinstated several on the books but uninforced taxes, mostly on the wealthy merchants and nobles who then decided to make up their losses by taking the money back from their employees/serfs, for attempting to balance the books in a responsable manner Prince John will forever be remembered as a horrible Tyrant.
Rooker 26th Feb 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Rooker
Ooh! Leverage! A band of five con artists stealing for the good of people who've been ripped off by con artists, big business, and other kinds of ne'er-do-wells. If you haven't seen Leverage before, it's a great show.

Interesting piece of information, Malroth. I had no idea that was going on. But that is how romantic retellings of historic events often turn out. I find that very disappointing. From the 90's version of the Robin Hood movie it was also implied that Prince John was involved in the murder of his father, so I had always gone based on that version (which I watched more than Disney's Robin Hood) explaining why Robin of Locksley was always after Prince John instead of most other people.
Yuko Hoon 26th Feb 2015, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Yuko Hoon
Literary pieces tend to make villians of the best political figures. Prince John is not the only one suffering from this: Cardinal Richelieu is always depicted as the evil mastermind in any version of the Three Musketeers, when he was in fact the best ruler France has ever had. Most of this infamy comes from bad publicity made by political enemies.
Raxon 26th Feb 2015, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Agreed. In reality, from what I've read, if robin hood existed, he was likely just a notorious highwayman. Other accounts say he and his band were extremely violent criminals. There is no major evidence one way or another, so I am guessing he was probably a common highwayman who gained a lot of notoriety during a time when the people were being taxed heavily.


Also, I would like to add this. Vlad Tepes also gets an unfair shake. Sure, he ruled with an iron fist, but he protected his people, and threatened horrible, bloody retribution on anyone who threatened their safety. He wasn't a great ruler, but he wasn't the murderous psychopath the legends make him out to be. He got the nickname Vlad The Impaler for his own brutal brand of showmanship/propaganda. Criminals to be executed were impaled on pikes for all the world to see.
DamonIsa 26th Feb 2015, 6:36 PM edit delete reply


Not to mention his role in stopping the Ottomans who were themselves not exactly known as Angelic figures of Strawberry pie and fluffies.
DtDoom 26th Feb 2015, 7:58 PM edit delete reply


"And by being so brutal in his executions"
People feared the consequences of breaking the law. Leading to the lowest crime rate in recorded history.

And, people mostly feared to attack him, because if he'll shove a pike up your ass for stealing a loaf of bread, what's he gonna do to you for invading his lands? (Thus leading to a period of relative peace)
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