Sep 21, 2020 2:33 PM
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"I've tried to convince other people to try it and they usually think it's missing the point. 'true followers of our god all make it to Heaven, so you just have to ask yourself if you're a true follower, not what other people are doing'."

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"It's an expensive thing to try if you aren't pretty sure the results will flatter your rulers. - not saying they're faked. They're done publicly. Just - anyone who wasn't pretty proud of their results to start wouldn't even think about getting them systematically."

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"Enh, maybe you could do it as part of an inquisition or something."

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"I know someone who's working on a more sensitive version of that Early Judgment spell that shows people a glimpse of their afterlife. If you get that good enough to ping for everyone you could take statistics on the still-living."

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"Sounds like a good project."

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"Do you know how you read?"

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"Nope. You can check me if you want, although you should be aware that my vicious propaganda campaign thinks drow all read chaotic evil no matter what we do because Pharasma's racist. I don't think that's fully true but technically all I'm certain of is that she's not insurmountably racist against infants."

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"I wouldn't expect - actually I should just check and not argue. Detect Alignment.

chaotic good, see, going to get you some raised eyebrows in Osirion but it's a perfectly good afterlife."

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"I don't think it'd agree with me, actually. I'd take Nirvana if I both could pick and had to. They do the actually caring where people wind up from the other end, see."

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"Well, if you want to be more lawful I guess you're in the right party."

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"I'm chaotic good."

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"But he has to work very hard at it," he says to Belmarniss. "Since he can't, you know, break any laws."

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"Sure, give me lawfulness tips, can't hurt."

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"Mostly, I try to imagine explaining myself to someone who is basically decent but has no confidence in my judgment or my honesty or my reasonableness being above the human average - so I can't lean on 'sure this would've been a terrible decision for most people, but you trust me, right -' and if it sounds, in my head, like I'm making excuses, I don't do that. I can ...try to give examples, or something, as it comes up."

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"See, people who don't think I'm outperforming my species to begin with aren't going to hear me out, they're going to throw rocks at me."

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"- yeah. You can mostly only be lawful in a society that believes in your capacity for lawfulness. That's why Osirion's the way it is. I don't know if there's still a way to imagine it, though."

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"Even if I imagine I've put on my Regular Elf spell first I'm just not sure the described approach is for me. I like doing things that would look like a terrible decision as implemented by most people and plan to do lots."

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"Then the alignment's not very surprising."

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"Elysium's all right. No one'll stop you from continuing to meddle in the world, if you wanna and can figure out how."

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"Oh, I'm not saying it'd drive me to despair, or anything."

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"And lots of people get lawfuller late in life. When they settle down. I guess possibly you do not plan to do that."

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"I suppose the urge could strike but not really."

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"Killing kids is evil so that might be driving a lot of the - universalness of the alignment among drow."

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"Well, it doesn't explain the men."

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"Huh. - might also be evil to get a woman with a child if she's going to kill it. I'm not sure. That'd have important implications if so."

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