Dark Sun: The Karsto Campaigns
Virtuous – A virtuous character will generally do for others as he would like others to do for him. He is inclined to hold the morals of both society and himself under equal scrutiny, and come to ideal conclusions. He means well, and tends to act when his actions will bring about good results for those involved. A virtuous person is a good mediator, because a he often draws mutual bridges between disagreeing perspectives to maximize interpersonal benefits. Occasionally, the virtuous’ values seem to play to contradicting sides simultaneously, seemingly attempting to support both in conjunction. A virtuous person is the most likely of all the alignments to see the best in everyone, and attempt to be a benefactor to all within reason.
Principled – A principled character bases their moral perspective on a more global or absolutist viewpoint. Principled individuals feel that they must uphold what is right and act accordingly. A principled character always subscribes to the belief that there are certain things that are always wrong (these absolutes are often rooted in the principled person’s culture, but usually include things like murder, rape, theft, etc.). While his actions may not always reap the desired consequences, he strives to make ethical decisions. A principled character has a stronger tendency than any other alignment to protect the collective well-being of other people and the society he lives in. Since a principled person’s morality is often anchored to their culture, they can be intolerant of other cultures, asserting that their principles are more sensible and moral.
Bohemian – A bohemian character can be meticulous about their inner sense of what is right and what is wrong, but this moral compass is not based on whatever standards their community advocates. Their actions are motivated by what consequences they will bring in accordance with their own sense of what is right, and not so much by how they are brought about. Their sense of what’s right is sometimes in contention with the status quo, but rarely are the bohemian’s views and actions harmful to anything but the status quo. While bohemians don’t feel like duty is important, they will be helpful and even sacrificial to those who are deserving. As such, bohemians often seem to support the perceived righteous underdogs of the world — though the reasons about why the underdog is in the position of needing help is usually irrelevant to a bohemian.
Miscreant – A miscreant embodies self-centeredness. They are concerned with maximizing the most personal gain out of life. A miscreant’s gain could be another person’s loss, and the miscreant doesn’t tend to pay much mind to this. A miscreant appreciates social order, agreements and contracts when it is beneficiary to them. If a law or agreement hinders a miscreant, they are prone to not honoring it if they think that they won’t be caught and punished. Conversely, a miscreant will uphold and even champion orders that benefit him (even if these orders hinder or harm others). A miscreant may view many of his relationships as a means to an end, although that’s not to say they are incapable of caring for those who are close to them.
Inexorable – An inexorable character’s moral fibre is callous but contained. An inexorable person is prone to cruelty but tries to be just to some degree. They are usually only concerned with the outcome of an act because their intentions are not always benevolent. If an inexorable person finds himself in a position of power, he is inclined to mold his area of control to his liking and the liking of his immediate mutual beneficiaries. Inexorables are not above using loopholes and errors made by others to advance themselves. However, rarely will an inexorable character commit to heinous action unless it is to get results. When results are desired, the inexorable will disregard moral bounds that can be sacrificed in order to achieve them. Above all, inexorable characters are moral pragmatists, and view opposition forces as obstacles to be overcome by any means justifiable.
Reprobate – Reprobate characters are true free spirits. A reprobate does what he desires without factoring how it affects other people. He is fairly unpredictable, and threatens the security of others because his unbarred selfishness usually leads to conflict in some way or another. A reprobate wants total liberty for themselves, but may not support this right for others. This is not to say that a reprobate is unaware of how their anti-social behavior contrasts with the majority of societies; a reprobate may feign (perhaps very convincingly) their agreement and accordance with social norms around them to fit in. While often extremely selfish and careless about the suffering of others, reprobates are not inherently incapable of love or passion. In fact, when a reprobate finds love, he is probably the most likely of the alignments to keep it from harm. The reprobate’s world means everything to him, and when the things he loves are threatened with erasure, he becomes a champion to the cause of its protection. Aside from all of this, the world is often a lonely place for a reprobate. His selfishness in conjunction with his detachment from societal norms can make him a difficult individual to tolerate and trust.
Bystander – A bystander character is primarily focused on his own desires without being violent about securing them. He is content with another person living their life the way they want, so long as it doesn’t infringe on the bystander’s own rights, or anyone the bystander cares about. The title of ‘bystander’ is a bit of a misnomer; the bystander person will interfere in matters that concern them if they are persuasive enough. Perhaps a bystander would like to think that he is all for the well-being of strangers, but the effort to secure this on a noteworthy scope is futile. Or perhaps a bystander might wish to let most things take their course because he perceives the world’s flux as inevitable, and as long as this flux doesn’t harm him or those he cares about, he is disassociated from its consequences.
Equitable – Equitable characters are fair individuals who usually make decisions based on justice and favor deductive reasoning for their actions. Equitables desire concise, effective ways of making moral decisions. They don’t like making special cases for people and situations because they believe doing so creates a haze that contradicts and obstructs their deliberate ethical perspective. Equitable characters sometimes conveniently grab onto an external collection of rules, typically a system of some sort (nature, dogma, legislation, etc.), although this is not always the case. They may not feel personally responsible for the well-being of others, but instead place that responsibility on the moral structure those people live under. If an equitable’s personal interests are violated by the interests of the established collective, he will stifle his feelings on the matter as effectively as he can. If he feels too much dissatisfaction with the establishment, he will attempt to change it to his liking within the bounds of protocol, or relocate to another environment that is more in accordance with his views.
Aberrant – Aberrant characters revel in being unrestrained. They are unconcerned with accommodating others if all it does is just bog them down in life. Aberrants are unlikely to form rigid principles because a principle formed now may not serve them well later. Some aberrants don’t even bother trying to appear responsible to others, because they just might end up disappointing them. An aberrant holds his own self-interest above the interests of strangers, but he is not any less inclined to help those he is close to (unless helping them is too inconvenient). Immediate consequences of an aberrant’s actions are very important, as they often dictate whether or not he will carry through with something. As such, aberrants are often seen as impulsive. Aberrants have tendencies to involve themselves in counter-cultures in order to feel a sense of belonging, as they cannot derive this feeling from a community who doesn’t value the aberrant’s deviant tendencies.