This will be the fourth part in a nine part series where I get to interview characters of the various alignments in Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder.
This should give insight and illustrate the richness that can be found in each character alignment in an organic way.
To this end, I have chosen out nine NPC’s from campaigns I have written and went across the dimensional borders to speak to these characters face to face in their natural element.
Looking out upon the open court before me, I see the crowd gathering to watch my sentencing and apparently inevitable hanging, I speak to myself quietly,
“Greetings and salutations loyal Nerdarchy readers. It appears that the court did not look favorably on my aiding a known assassin escape.
Now I find myself on trial for my actions, and I do not believe this will end to well for me but, thankfully I find myself before the honorable and lawful neutral aligned Inquisitor Esteban Reyes. We shall see, if nothing else, justice done on this day. “
Climbing the podium and banging a gavel, the ornately dressed Inquisitor turns his face to the crowd to his left before scanning to the right, “Order, order in the court. The court of His Majesty the King in the trial of this man, identified as one Nigel, also known as Nubz, in the aiding the escape of the known assassin Fallindrithin Bal’efore. Now, Mister Nubz, how do you plead?”
Unable to contain my usual snark, I smirk as I exclaim, “Usually on my knees but in this case I will state I am not guilty on grounds of following the laws laid down by the Lord of Light, and the morals set forth by all good people.”
The inquisitor bangs his gavel to silence the chuckle that arose from the crowd. I can tell in the way he looks at me that he has weighed me, measured me, and found me wanting. “Order, order, we will have order within this proceeding. Now the accused has admitted to committing the crime, but is taking the defense that he was acting as a divine agent. This is acceptable as a defense, now do you have proof and testimony to back up this claim?”
Eyebrows raising in stark surprise at being referred to as a divine agent, “Well, the Lord of Light does state one of his greatest tenets is one shall not suffer an innocent to be
enthralled or victimized by a demon. I put forth that the Prince, the victim of said assassin, was possessed by a demon and was merely being released from said slavery.”
Murmuring arises from the crowd, met with the thundering of the gavel in Esteban’s left hand, the look of contempt on his face apparent, “Order, I will not call for it again, order in my court! Now you claim the late Prince, son of the High Paladin and our king, and the heir to the throne, was a slave to a demon? If what you say is true, your defense would be proven and freedom assured. I will remind you that the accusation you make will increase your crime and lead you to be disemboweled while alive if you cannot prove it.”
Grinding my teeth at the smile the inquisitor had at the thought of my guts hanging out, I answer the question at hand, “Well, your honor, I like yourself, am a man who considers himself a good judge of character… of character alignment if you will; and like you, I am a man who prides himself on his ability to judge quickly. To this end, I judged Fallindrithin to be a man who was acting in the best interest of the Prince and with intent to free him from demonic possession by any means necessary. “
The inquisitor thinks for a moment on what I stated, “I still have not heard any form of proof.” His gavel remains poised as this man, dedicated to the letter of the law over his own personal feelings of right and wrong, waits to hear my proof.
Smiling as I press on, I reply boldly,
“I found that the history of peace that was in stark contrast to the recent acts of subjugation and genocide to be proof of said possession. How else can you explain such a polar shift in the prince’s alignment of character?”
Esteban nods in agreement before sighing what seems to be his final olive branch to me, “This is not proof though.”
“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence though.” I reply swiftly, biting my cheek for using a quote I once mocked.
Raising an eyebrow, the inquisitor strikes his gavel on the podium thrice after proclaiming, “This is true, and seeing as the evidence against you is likewise only assumptions, I have no choice, but to measure the two against each other in equal weight.
Therefore, I proclaim this court to declare you not guilty for reasons of divine providence in the crime of accessory to the murder and assassination of our prince.” The Inquisitor then, despite any feelings of the crowd or himself, motions for my release before stepping down from the podium to move on to his next task.
His faith in law and order, the bindings of society, reaffirmed as the only constant.
Because after all is said and done, the morality of good vs evil is to grey to not find providence in the only constant, law.
Blowing out a sigh of relief and rubbing my barely saved neck, I whisper, “I can role with it.”