Thursday, December 1, 2016

PANGEA ULTIMA: Law vs. Chaos.

Though I mentioned alignment in my previous post, I thought I should give the concept a more thorough treatment. So in regards to alignment in the world of Pangea Ultima, I am steering away from Good and Evil as cosmic constants. This is in-part to reflect the Grey and Black morality of Sword and Sorcery settings, and to allow more freedom in how a player character, NPC or the worlds governing bodies and civilization function.
The Three-Fold alignment system being used in the setting are as follows:

Law implies honor, trustworthiness, obedience to authority, and reliability. On the downside, lawfulness can include closed-mindedness, reactionary adherence to tradition, disapproving, and a lack of adaptability. Those who consciously promote lawfulness say that only lawful behavior creates a society in which people can depend on each other and make the right decisions in full confidence that others will act as they should. In the Nine-Fold Alignment system, Lawful characters would be either Lawful Good, Lawful Neutral or Lawful Evil.

Chaos implies freedom, adaptability, and flexibility. On the downside, chaos can include recklessness, resentment toward legitimate authority, arbitrary actions, and irresponsibility. Those who promote chaotic behavior say that only unfettered personal freedom allows people to express themselves fully and lets society benefit from the potential that its individuals have within them. In the Nine-Fold Alignment system, Chaotic characters would be either Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Evil.

Neutral implies someone who is with respect to law and chaos has a normal respect for authority and feels neither a compulsion to follow rules nor a compulsion to rebel. They are honest but can be tempted into lying or deceiving others if it suits him/her. In the Nine-Fold Alignment system, Neutral characters would be either True Neutral, Neutral Good or Neutral Evil.

Clerics, Deities and Cults. 
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