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Lawful Neutral, not Legal Neutral 
29th-Jul-2009 01:12 pm
MC Frontalot - Nerdcore Rising
In addition to the game I'm going to be running which I posted about a few days ago, I'm going to be playing in a new game soon. My plan is to play a rogue with the Ascetic Rogue feat so he can multiclass monk. I want him to have the abilities of a monk, but he's not going to be an actual monastery monk. I view him more as a rogue who prefers to fight hand to hand (and is good at it). I don't want to play lawful good, and lawful evil is not an option for this game (even if it was it's my least favorite alignment and I probably wouldn't play it). So to meet the alignment restriction and be something I want to play, he needs to be Lawful Neutral.

I don't usually play lawful characters. I also usually come up with a character concept first, then think of how to build it, this time I went the other way around. The concept I came up with is that he's a member of a mafia type criminal organization. They have a strict code of conduct, but they're engaged in illegal activities. I think that fits the spirit of the intended alignment requirements without forcing me to play a cleric of St. Cuthbert who wants to put everyone in jail for spitting in the street.

I'm planning on putting together his code of conduct and will probably base it on the mafia's ten commandments as posted on wikipedia.

So what do you all think? Think this is a fair way to play a Lawful Neutral character? Or do you think I'm trying to skirt the rules so I can play a criminal monk?
29th-Jul-2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
both those things are true. but i'm pretty sure the dm is going to let me make up my own code, and flesh out the basics of this mob the character is in. the organization would be lawful evil, but not all the members would have to be. i'm not planning this character as a contract killer for the mob. more of an enforcer type, or a common street soldier. as for the rogue as not a rogue, sure, absolutely. i was considering playing this character as an agent of the government. a spy basically. but i didn't like the idea as much as i like this one.
29th-Jul-2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Huh. THAT gets into the really interesting area of "Can a Lawful Neutral person belong to a Lawful Evil organization?" One of my players (I do one-shots) wants to play a LN cleric of Asmodeus. I'm allowing it, even though it stretches credulity (especially considering the *type* of LN he is), but I did require him to explain precisely how that all worked. (And I'm still not 100% sure that his character backstory--including carrying the Ruby Rod in the blood wars--makes any sense at all, but since it's a one-shot, I'm not too concerned.)
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