Alignment

Alignment consists of three parts. The first of these is your character's priorities, a hierarchy of loyalties. Secondly are your character's morals, the attitudes and traits that shape your character's outlook on life. Finally, your character's beliefs are any superstitions, principles, habits, etc., that your character has.

Priorities

Your priorities classify how you view authority by giving a hierarchy of loyalties. They give a general sense of what things outside of yourself are most important, and which you would put before yourself. There are seven priorities: Deity, Sovereign, Race, Homeland, Family, Comrades, and Self. Rank these in order of importance. If a priority has no importance for your character or you do not recognize the priority, do not list it at all. Example: If even without higher priorities, your character will not listen to his or her family, and might even do just the opposite of what they suggest, then do not list Family among your character's priorities. Comrades must be on the list. Other priorities may be added if necessary, such as Lover or Pets.

Morals

Morals quantify your personality in those areas that are easily compared. They are the attitudes and personality traits that most strongly shape your outlook on life. There are six areas, categories roughly, that you must quantify your character in: Courage, Curiosity, Disposition, Honesty, Loyalty, and Violence. At the simplest, each of these can consist of just an adjectival rating: how violent are you, how honest are you, etc. Hopefully, you will go further, adding both color and detail. Rather than "I am honest to a fault and get violent at the slightest provocation," try "I have an ingrained belief in honesty, which makes it a struggle for me to lie, even to protect others. Iıve always had a temper, and will react with violence to even the hint of provocation. Iım especially sensitive to being called a hothead or being told that Iım lousy with a sword. However, Iıd never kick a man when heıs down, and donıt like the idea of others helping me in my fights." You need not commit your character on any besides these morals, but you are encouraged to do so. Following is a list, but it is by no means complete. Feel free to use any other traits you can think of. In many cases qualifiers can and should be used ("polite to men, but curt with women"). Also, specific fears, hatreds, desires, etc., should be listed here. You can freely add morals during play or between sessions, but you may not remove them without specific permission.

Beliefs

Beliefs are those things that do not fall in the realm of either of the two above categories. They are the superstitions, principles, habits (good or bad), and psychological limitations that we all have, and that make us unique. All characters have some principles or superstitions, such as: resurrection is impossible, black pigs bring good luck, always carry a knife in your boot, never walk through a door behind an orc, spit in the face of all dwarves, it is dishonorable to fight a woman, etc. Any more-common superstitions, such as never look at the full moon over your left shoulder and donıt walk under a ladder, are also possibilities. Finally, obligations and regular habits also belong here, such as paying an annual tribute to the priesthood that resurrected you, ³needing² a weekend in the poshest inn available once a month, or drying your boots by the fire every night. At least two-thirds of your characterıs beliefs should be hindrances of some sort. Your character must have at least one more Belief than the sum of the Priorities he or she does not recognize and his or her level. There are seven categories that most beliefs fit into, though your characterıs beliefs need not necessarily fit into them:


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