[PnP] Alignment troubles

roghainmod at chello.nl roghainmod at chello.nl
Fri Oct 14 14:25:54 CEST 2005

Greetings all,

Long time lurker but making some noise due to a new set of players asking complicated questions I never thought of before.

I have trouble with the use of alignments for PCs. First, let me try and explain what I think is what the rules say, then post the questions arising from my understanding.

As far as I see it, PCs only have alignment when the roll a certain special event (Fanatical Power, for instance) or if they are non-human – elves and faerry being elder (sidh) and dwarfs elder. Magic users do not have alignments but have orientations, which are a less stringent form of alignment. A PCs wizard with chaos orientation does not NEED to attack law aligned forces on sight, a chaos aligned creature DOES attack law forces on sight.

So, here come the questions:

1) Elves, faerry and dwarfs cannot be wizards because their alignments would conflict with the orientation? Same with shamans, then?
2) Once trained as a shaman, a PC cannot also be a wizard due to conflicting orientations?
3) What about the various priests – I would assume their orientation should be like the deity they revere? But the rules seem to only mention alignment when on the subject of priests – they have alignment NOT orientation – are priests supposed to act like any creature with such an alignment? Can a priest also be a wizard or shaman or sidh magician?
4) Can dwarfs only be runemasters or is it possible to be (say) shadowweavers?

Enough already.

Thank you for your time,


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