Friday Five: Alignment

Friday, December 11, 2015
This week's Friday Five:
  1. In Dungeons and Dragons, you are asked to select an alignment: Do you favour lawfulness or chaos? Are you on the side of good or evil? Your answers define your alignment: Lawful Good, Lawful Neutral, Lawful Evil, Neutral Good, (true) Neutral, Neutral Evil, Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral, and Chaotic Evil. Which are you? Neutral to Neutral Good, I think. I'm not into anarchy, but I don't always abide by the law. I do, however, like to think I'm more good than evil. I mean, I don't intentionally try to harm anybody. And I volunteered last week! That's gotta count for something...

  2. In Veronica Roth's Divergent, set in a post-apocalyptic utopian society, citizens choose factions based on competence and values. The Dauntless are the brave, the Amity are the peaceful, the Erudite are the intelligent, the Abnegation are the selfless, and the Candor are the honest. Which faction would you test most competent for, and which would you choose strictly on your values? I would probably test most competent for the Erudite... But I think I'd choose Amity. They just seem the most easygoing and cheerful and positive. I'm definitely not ballsy enough to be in Dauntless, Abnegation just seems boring as fuck, and the Candor are just full of douche bags.

  3. You've probably answered this before, but answer it again. In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, students are sorted into houses based (primarily) on character. Gryffindor values courage, Hufflepuff values loyalty, Ravenclaw values cleverness, and Slytherin values ambition. Which are you, and which is the most recent love of your life? I think I'd be in Hufflepuff. Again, I'm not particularly brave, so Gryffindor's out; I like to think I'm fairly intelligent, but Ravenclaws seem too snobby; and though I have quiet ambition, I don't think I'm cunning enough to be in Slytherin. I haven't had a "love" in a while, but I think the last person I was in love with would also be in Hufflepuff.

  4. In the late 1970s, a Saturday morning cartoon called Laff-A-Lympics pitted characters from different Hanna-Barbera programs in a Battle of the Network Stars kind of weekly competition. The Scoobie Doobies were captained by Scooby-Doo and made up of then-current Hanna-Barbera characters, including the entire Scooby-Doo gang, Dynomutt, Captain Caveman, Speedy Buggy, and Hong Kong Phooey. The Yogi Yahooeys were captained by Yogi Bear and made up of characters from the 50s and 60s Hanna-Barbera programs, including Huckleberry Hound, Augie Doggy (and Doggie Daddy), Quickdraw McGraw, and Grape Ape. The Really Rottens were the villains, captained by an original character named Mumbly and made up of original bad-guy characters who cheated at every opportunity. Which team do you belong to? And if you remember the program, which team did you cheer for? I was born in the '80s, so I obviously don't remember the program (actually, I'd never heard of it until now), but I think I'd pick the Scoobie Doobies, because I don't like Yogi Bear and I don't like cheaters. Plus, the entire Scooby-Doo gang is in it.

  5. In the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, players draw mana (energy) from any of five different lands, resulting in different magical abilities. The Plains generate white magic (healing, order, protection, light), the Forests generate green magic (growth, strength, life, ferocity), the Islands generate blue magic (deceit, logic, illusion, knowledge, manipulation), the Mountains generate red magic (fury, passion, freedom, impulse, fire), and the Swamps generate black magic (death, ambition, darkness). From which lands do you generate your power, and which tend to rub you the wrong way? I think I generate my power from the Forests, and I think the Islands would be the most likely to rub me the wrong way.
2 comments on "Friday Five: Alignment"
  1. The idea of chaotic good is really interesting. I'm also neutral good like you - like most people, probably. (Errr, I got nerdy enough to find an online test to tell me what I am, lol!)

    1. So I took not one, but TWO online tests, because I am also nerdy enough to do so, and I ended up getting Lawful Neutral on both. :P


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