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The Alignment system used in the Warcraft RPG is based on the system from the venerable Dungeons & Dragons table-top RPG. There is no true analog to this system in the lore or the in game mechanics. That said, for RPG purposes many layers exist of good and evil, between chaotic and lawful. Alignment does not force characters into cookie-cutter molds. Personality quirks and life experiences make everyone different; it is possible to have a lawful good paladin grumble against the commands of his lord or a chaotic evil barbarian feel the lonely bite of a winter's evening and wish to have a pleasant conversation. Alignment is filled with shades of gray which colors an interesting character, not as a leash with which to chain them.

The animosity between the races of the Alliance and Horde can put lawful good characters at each others' throats. An orc can be raised within the shamanistic heritage of his people, learn to channel positive energy and become a healer, follow Thrall and his religion's rules to the letter, and still have no compunctions against killing a lawful good paladin who is following his lord's orders to rid the world of the orcs who killed his parents. It is easy for good characters to be at the wrong ends of swords, and it is just as easy for evil characters to band together to fight the greater good.

Alignment for races are listed as either “always”, “usually”, or “often” (such as “always neutral” or “usually chaotic evil”).

  • Always: All races of this sort have the indicated alignment. Exceptions, if they exist, comprise less than 1% of the race's population and apply to isolated individuals.
  • Usually: 80–90% of the race have the indicated alignment. Exceptions are thus rare and may be ostracized by the race's society.
  • Often: 40–80% of this race have the indicated alignment. Exceptions are uncommon, but not unknown.[1]

A faction alignment does not include a descriptor, but instead describes the overall alignment of the faction.

The Alignments Edit

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Lawful Good Edit

  • The lawful good character acts on the side of goodness, righteousness and order. The warrior who is beholden to a lord or a church, the priest dedicated to healing the wretched - anyone who cannot stand by while others suffer. They will chase evil to the end of the world. A few examples of this are the Argent Dawn and the Red DragonflightUther the Lightbringer is a good character example.
    • The lawful good character will always strive to do good; however unlike chaotic good, they refuse to go against any laws to pursue said good action. Therefore they will not murder an innocent in sacrifice to a greater cause, steal from the rich and give to the poor, or rebel against even the most terrible governments, they shall work within the system to the best of their abililty.

Lawful Neutral Edit

  • The hater of chaos, a lawful neutral character will stick to the letter of the law, whether it is their personal code of rules, their king's, or their religion's. This character finds chaos as abhorrent as evil and will not bend their personal guidelines even to help another if it will contribute to chaos. The Titans are most of the time Lawful Neutral, as are the Kirin Tor and the Blue Dragonflight.

Lawful Evil Edit

  • A being who gains power through methodically destroying others is lawful evil. Power comes through order, but one can be orderly about slaughtering innocents. Tradition is important, but goodness is not. The Scarlet Crusade and Cult of the Damned are of this alignment. Arthas Menethil after being driven insane falls here, as his obedience of Ner'zhul's commands was executed in a shockingly orderly fashion. Voidwalkers and the Beholder are also under this category.

Neutral Good Edit

  • Ultimately a giver, the neutral good character will do what they can to help, working within law or chaos; but ultimately they prefer their own counsel. Examples are the Order of Tirisfal and the Explorers' Guild. Thrall is a great pattern of a Neutral Good, as is the Green Dragonflight.

True Neutral Edit

  • A middle-of-the-road character, a neutral character finds it difficult to fit into any other distinction. They do what seems to be a good idea, whether it flows with law or chaos, good or evil. Often followers, though at times superb leaders, they'll rarely go against the group. The Bronze Dragonflight is a good example.

Neutral Evil Edit

  • A neutral evil character serves only their own needs/ends. They follow no law but also have no drive toward chaos. They kill or steal as they see fit to get what they want.[2] The Venture Co. and Defias Brotherhood are prime examples, as is Baron Valimar Mordis.

Chaotic Good Edit

  • The hero of the downtrodden, the chaotic good character cares not for laws and order but only for doing good. If they must break the law to help others, they will do so without compunction. This character will steal to feed a poor family or stand up to their own master to defend a falsely accused servant. The Cenarion Circle is a Chaotic Good faction
  • Arthas Menethil before turning into the Lich King falls into this category, ordering a city to be purged because they were corrupted.[citation needed]

Chaotic Neutral Edit

  • The true individual, the chaotic neutral character prizes their own freedom above all else. They do not want ties to either good or evil to influence them, preferring to make their own way as they see fit. Most chaotic neutral care nothing for people in their groups, have little to no allegiances, caring only for themselves. Most Elemental Lords, and the Netherwing Dragonflight are of this alignment. Kael'thas Sunstrider is a good example how a Chaotic Neutral can be.

Chaotic Evil Edit

  • With the drive of pure hatred, the chaotic evil character will do whatever they can to attain their goals. They are bound by no laws, masters, or morals. While unlikely to run down the street slaying innocents (chaotic evil does not mean stupid), this character would have no regrets in doing so. Examples are the Scourge, the Burning Legion, Deathwing, the Black Dragonflight and the Sha. Garrosh Hellscream is also a good example of how a Chaotic Evil can be.

Alignment groups Edit

Good-aligned Edit

  • Lawful good
  • Neutral good
  • Chaotic good

Evil-aligned Edit

  • Lawful evil
  • Neutral evil
  • Chaotic evil

Neutral-aligned Edit

  • Lawful neutral
  • Neutral good
  • True Neutral
  • Neutral evil
  • Chaotic neutral

Lawful-aligned Edit

  • Lawful good
  • Lawful neutral
  • Lawful evil

Chaotic-aligned Edit

  • Chaotic good
  • Chaotic neutral
  • Chaotic evil

Use outside the RPG Edit

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Although many people are familiar with the alignment system from D&D, it really has no use or justification outside the RPG. Unless some RPG source assigns an alignment to a character, there really is no system to justify a particular alignment for other characters. In WoWWiki, we do not care what alignment is assigned to a character not mentioned in the RPG, but any mention of alignment without a decent rationale is better off removed from non-RPG articles. In short: Removing an alignment mention from a non-RPG character is fine and possibly encouraged, but adding one is discouraged without very good reasons.

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