Hey peeps, TSO coming to you live, 32,000 feet over Illinois, enroute to Las Vegas to be sumptuously exploited by The Man (Sheldon Adelson and the fine folks at the Armed Forces Foundation) with 50 of my wounded brothers and sisters who will be in sin city watching Army defeat Navy. In the meantime, since this is a long flight, I figured I’d throw out geek bait.
Superbowl6Romeo sends me a ton of email, a large percent of which goes unread, because let’s be frank, those Firefly and How I Met Your Mother DVDs aren’t going to watch themselves. Nonetheless, the other day I did click on one, entitled “The Best Dungeons & Dragons Character Alignments.” You can lie and say you have no idea what that means, but let’s be honest for a minute, you people are no less dorks than I am.
Now, among other gems, this page states that:
When I was a young D&D player, I thought Lawful Neutral was the most boring alignment. Then I read the Games of Thrones books and met Stannis Baratheon. There’s something very compelling about a dude who follows the law no matter how good/bad/insane the law is, with no regard for others or even himself. It might make for some (excitedly) awkward moments, like when that evil king orders the party to do something evil, like execute that princess. Sure, the rest of the party may be appalled, but Lawful Neutral ain’t care. Someone get him an axe.
Anyway, as I was reading through the piece Jonn wrote yesterday about the MRFF and religion, it got me thinking about this page S6R’d sent, and I started wondering what Character Alignment those of us who blog here would be.
I’m definitely lawful. I don’t speed, I show up everywhere 20 minutes early, and I treat all flights like they are international and arrive at a ridiculous time. When I see traffic arrows in a parking lot I follow them. The thought of breaking a law actually makes me break out in a cold sweat. The last time I broke a rule was at Ft Polk the night we moved into the box, but before the fight had actually started, and me and my buddy RoRo body breached the wire and headed out to do a leaders recon we weren’t supposed to do. You know, just to see “enemy dispositions.” When we got back to our FOB thing, all the lights were on, and I assumed we’d been busted. I urged him to have us walk up to the main gate and turn our selves in. He told me to stop being a homosexual, leaped the wire again, and acted like nothing was wrong. No one would have cared either way I realize now, but I was so nervous I may have skid marked by BDUs. It probably stems from The Citadel where I got busted for damn near every offense in the book.
That said, I have to admit I’d probably run over a kid enroute to catch a Stolen Valor guy. So I guess that makes me Lawful Neutral? I don’t know to be honest.
Jonn though, doesn’t strike me as too caught up on rules. He’s definitely Chaotic, but is he good, evil or neutral? Joe probably thinks he is evil, others probably thing he’s good. I think he just doesn’t give a shit. But, I don’t think there is a “Chaotic Doesn’t Give a Shit” category.
ArmySergeant would be lawful good. At least in her own mind. We might quibble on whether she’s actually good, but she believes it 100 percent. She’s probably not going to read this as she is likely enroute to North Korea to follow up on the unicorn cave find from a week ago. That’s just the way she is.
Anyway, what do you guys think? What is our collective character alignment over here?