The ethical and moral guidelines of any person or being.
The struggle of good and evil. Primarily, Evil beings are selfish or immoral while Good beings are selfless and moral.
The tendency or desire to do things which benefit the world other than the self, for reasons other than the self. Without an inward motive, one who is good attempts to do that which helps and preserves others.
Ex: Angels are naturally good-aligned, who exist to help mankind, defend against that which opposes mankind, and otherwise serve a purpose other than overtly benefiting themselves, or overtly hurting others. That which they do, they perceive to be right, because it serves to improve and assist the less fortunate.
The tendency or desire to do things which benefit the world other only for the self or one's allies, for reasons solely pertaining to the self. Only with an inward motive will an evil being attempt ever to serve the well-being of others.
Ex: Demons are naturally evil-aligned; they turned against their original purposes in nature (at their commanding officer's bidding) and now seek almost solely to corrupt, dominate and intimidate mankind. Nothing good may be said of them except that they are not in total control of the world, and that they DO have weaknesses; otherwise, woe unto all other sentient races...
The difference in personal guidelines. Lawful beings are usually disciplined and loyal. Chaotic beings are usually dynamic and spontaneous.
Adoption of a set of rules or ordinances that may be followed to produce, or prevent a certain effect. It's that simple. A formula, just like math or science, except restricted to social conduct, and followed more loosely than math or science. Laws vary from territory to territory, land to land. Anything adhering to a set of defined rules or laws is called lawful.
Ex: Most fay are lawful. They follow set rules and traditions, and they even possess rules for those who break rules. There is a formula for how to conduct nearly every aspect of a fay species life, be it fairy, sprite, or the like.
Abandonment of any set of rules at all. Rarely can a society even be sustained on this wild means of governance. It is governance of the self with only regard for the here and the now (if even that); chaos is the polar opposite of law,ad allows for much more improvisation that would adherence to law. Those who do not adhere to any set of laws are called chaotic.
Ex: Most goblinoids are chaotic; goblins, bogeys, boggarts and the like, all tend to work toward that which will just show them a good time, or produce a "funny" result, with no regard for the safety of those involved (even themselves)
- It should also be noted that being chaotic can also come to mean "serving the opposite purpose of the natural alignment of one's race"; for example, an evil nymph is called chaotic, because normally, they are mischievous, but overall, good; however, if Count Dracula were to turn over a new leaf and renounce his lifelong legacy of brutal murder and torture, he could also be considered chaotic.
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