Strip 150 - Alignment Tutorial - Part 16 (Chaotic Evil)

21st Mar 2015, 12:00 AM in Corvus Village
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Raxon 21st Mar 2015, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Pretty good summation.
Otaku 21st Mar 2015, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Otaku
Works well enough. I mean I'm that guy that dislikes the alignment system in general so that is about as high a praise as I am likely to give.
SeriousBiz 21st Mar 2015, 5:12 AM edit delete reply


That's... one of the better definitions I've seen.

I've sometimes toyed with the idea that only lawful and chaotic neutrals concern themselves with order and personal freedom per se. For good and evil, the vertical axis defines the horizontal one, with "lawful" representing long-term planning and "chaotic" impulsive behavior. It's a patience thing.

A lawful good person does good deeds because they know that doing them will improve the world in the long term. They're patient and big on social change, and they don't mind that they're not going to be around when their utopia is fulfilled, as long as they get to do their part to improve the world. Most characters traditionally defined as rebels would actually fall under the banner of lawful good, as they're fighting to make a better society, a long-term plan. In this system, a chaotic good character does good things simply because helping others makes them feel good, with little to no long-term planning involved. Their longest-term plan could be summed up as "pay it forward".

Similarly, a lawful evil character knows that working within the system yields better results to themself in the long run. They can be very patient in their plan to create a world where their whims will be law. A chaotic evil person does evil deeds mainly because they enjoy the power rush they get from causing pain to others. Just like the traditional definition, they are impulsive and aggressive. Neutral good and evil fall somewhere in the middle.

On the one hand, I feel like this system fixes a certain discrepancy between the chaotic alignments that has always bothered me, that chaotic good fights against an unjust system (what do they do in a just system, then?) while chaotic evil is... just impulsive evil? On the other hand, this system can arguably be more restrictive than the traditional alignment system.

Oh well. It's still fun to think about.
Kyosuke Nambu 21st Mar 2015, 9:51 AM edit delete reply


I agree. Especially with the "Rebels being lawful good" (I am not being sarcastic) as it is something I have been saying myself for years.
fellow 21st Mar 2015, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
fellow
The devotee who works towards a goal would be something I'd call Lawful evil, myself.
Raxon 22nd Mar 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
If the goal is achieved through mass murder and whatever evil whim enters their head, I think the goal is mostly incidental to their fun.
fellow 23rd Mar 2015, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
fellow
I suppose it matters weither the goal comes first, or their fun.
DtDoom 23rd Mar 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply


Even chaotic characters need goals. Otherwise they have no reason to be adventuring.
Otaku 23rd Mar 2015, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Otaku
Next is the Stupid Alignments, right?

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The way this strip is going, they've got to be canon! ;)
Raxon 24th Mar 2015, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Next are the chainsaw alignments. There's only Chainsaw Good, though, so it won't take long.
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