Monday, 14 November 2011

d20 You're Evil So Why Do The Others Tolerate You In The Party? Table


You're an evil PC, they aren't. How does that work? (d20)

1 - Ancient evil hieroglyphics to be translated? Working knowledge of the undead? Intimate knowledge of the sacred names of the 1048 Devil-Rat Children of Phraamfaze the Mother of Bastards? They need you and diplomacy means they choose to overlook the other stuff.
2 - Greed for gold is more important than philosophical differences.
3 - If you are going to band up with people who have thief and assassin and necromancy skills, nobody should be surprised to learn that they didn't learn these skills in Sunday School.
4 - It's a yin-yang thing, philosophically we need the complete, rounded nature of humanity in our party to be successful.
5 - Somebody has to appease the evil deities. Hastur knows, if the odd virgin sacrifice stops and it wakes up, all manner of Hell on Earth will break loose. Unpleasant? Yes, but so is cleaning sewers and digging the plague pits but somebody has to do it.
6 - The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
7 - They go down into holes in the ground, kill things and steal their stuff. It's hardly their place to split hairs upon social niceties.
8 - They think you are full of shit and doing it to gain attention.
9 - You are self-interested to the point of being Evil but respect honour (archetypal Lawful Evil thing).
10 - You hide it, very, very well.
11 - You believe that these fools are bound to your superior will. They might be happy to keep up the pretence.
12 - Your presence means that the Paladin doesn't have to dirty his hands with the tasks that he'd find difficult - everyone's happy that way.
13 - Compared to what's waiting down there, you're merely a badly behaved boy.
14 - They are cretins and think that they can "cure" you.
15 - They are too frightened of your evilness to object to your presence.
16 - Deep down, everyone is like you. Or would be if they weren't so weak. And they know it.
17 - Evil is sexy. They like you for it despite themselves.
18 - They are secretly fascinated and living out their impulses through you via proxy (*).
19 - None of you are friends - nobody gets close to other people in this line of work in case the inevitable happens. So why would they care?
20 - They think it's just a phase and you'll grow out of it once you meet a nice girl.

(*) Any single man with married friends will be familiar with this one.

2 comments:

  1. The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie has a couple of adventuring / mercenary parties with pretty evil characters in them.

    I'd say that most of that falls into a combination of, 'They go down into holes in the ground, kill things and steal their stuff. It's hardly their place to split hairs upon social niceties', 'Compared to what's waiting down there, you're merely a badly behaved boy', and, of course, 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'.

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  2. Hee! I think I've used all of these at some point or another. The Lawful Evil "would rather have civilisation than not" character who's saving the world largely so he can get on with his evil business in peace is my usual archetype...

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