The following list contains brief descriptions about the various alignments that are available to the characters in the world of Dragonlance.
A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He
combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He
tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice.
Such a character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. A paladin who fights evil without mercy and protects the innocent without hesitation is lawful good.
This is the best (or most virtuous) alignment a character can be because it combines honor and compassion.
A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do and is devoted
to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden
A cleric who helps others according to their needs is neutral good.
This alignment means doing what is good without bias for or against order.
A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for
what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He
believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it
when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own
moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society.
A ranger who waylays the evil baron's tax collectors, is chaotic good.
This alignment combines a good heart with a free spirit.
A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him.
Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order
and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong,
A monk who follows his discipline without being swayed either by the demands of those in need or by the temptations of evil, is lawful neutral.
This alignment means that a character is reliable and honorable without being a zealot.
A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly
one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos.
Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way.
Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run.
However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.
This alignment means that you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion.
A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last.
He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids
authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions.
A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it.
However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.
This alignment represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do- gooder's zeal.
A lawful evil villain methodically takes what he wants within the limits of his code
of conduct without regard for whom it hurts. He cares about tradition, loyalty, and
order but not about freedom, dignity, or life. He plays by the rules but without mercy
or compassion. He is comfortable in a hierarchy and would like to rule, but is
willing to serve. He condemns others not according to their actions but according to
race, religion, homeland, or social rank.
He is loath to break laws or promises. This reluctance comes partly from his nature and partly because he depends on order to protect himself from those who oppose him on moral grounds. Some lawful evil villains have particular taboos, such as not killing in cold blood (but having underlings do it) or not letting children come to harm (if it can be helped). They imagine that these compunctions put them above unprincipled villains. The scheming baron who expands his power and exploits his people is lawful evil.
Some lawful evil people and creatures commit themselves to evil with a zeal like that of a crusader committed to good. Beyond being willing to hurt others for their own ends, they take pleasure in spreading evil as an end unto itself. They may also see doing evil as part of a duty to an evil deity or master.
Lawful evil is sometimes called "diabolical" because devils are the epitome of lawful evil.
This alignment is dangerous because it represents methodical, intentional, and frequently successful evil.
A neutral evil villain does whatever he can get away with. He is out for himself, pure
and simple. He sheds no tears for those he kills, whether for profit, sport, or
convenience. He has no love of order and holds no illusion that following laws,
traditions, or codes would make him any better or more noble. On the other hand,
he doesn't have the restless nature or love of conflict that a chaotic evil villain has.
The criminal who robs and murders to get what he wants is neutral evil.
Some neutral evil villains hold up evil as an ideal, committing evil for its own sake. Most often, such villains are devoted to evil deities or secret societies.
This is a dangerous alignment because it represents pure evil without honor and without variation.
A chaotic evil character does whatever his greed, hatred, and lust for destruction
drive him to do. He is hot-tempered, vicious, arbitrarily violet, and unpredictable. If
he is committed to the spread of evil and chaos, he is even worse. Thankfully, his
plans are haphazard, and any groups he joins or forms are poorly organized.
Typically, chaotic evil people can be made to work together only by force, and their
leader lasts only as long as he can thwart attempts to topple or assassinate him. The
demented sorcerer pursuing mad schemes of vengeance and havoc is chaotic evil.
Chaotic evil is sometimes called "Demonic" because demons are the epitome of chaotic evil.
This is the most dangerous alignment because it represents the destruction not only of beauty and life but also of the order on which beauty and life depend.