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28th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM
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Moral Panic
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Newbiespud 28th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
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Players rejecting your presentation of morality and substituting their own: It happens a little more often than you'd think, and not even always in the murder-hobo abandonment-of-reason sense.

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Guest 28th Apr 2018, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Give them a clear, obviously evil enemy like a necromancer, and players will build a new empire on cheap labor instead.

What other kinds of villains have fallen victim to the whims of morally flexible parties like this?
LibbyLishly 28th Apr 2018, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
As a player, I actually struggle with trying to understand why necromancers MUST be evil. Reanimating corpses is totally a skill that could be used for good, yo. I'm also usually the one protesting killing the owlbear and the goblins... and I'm a non-evil rogue.

Basically what I'm trying to say here is that I'm 100% in Pinkie's corner.
Thor 28th Apr 2018, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
It all depends on how necromancy works. I many settings it traps the soul of whoever is raised as an undead in their ex-body. That's 100% evil if you don't have their permission.
LibbyLishly 29th Apr 2018, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
That's true, though everyone I've seen from zombie lore is that a reanimated corpse is completely soulless, just a shell. If that's consistent with the setting lore then I'd argue it's as neutral as any other magic.
Guest 29th Apr 2018, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
One of the explanations I've seen for D&D in particular is that necromancy links the body to the negative energy plane, which is basically the anti-life plane. Sure, you aren't doing anything to the original person's soul, but the thing piloting the body now is something else entirely (even if it has their memories), and will actively attack life and open more conduits to the negative energy plane. Which is bad.

Basically, undead want to supplant living things, wear their bodies like skin suits, and invite all their friends over for the party. Not that far removed from working with demons/devils, all things considered, even if undead are generally less intelligent.
Freelance 29th Apr 2018, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
The 2nd ed. Complete Mage's Book splat talked about the various school focuses. In the necromancer's case, you're dealing with the dead, the dying, and a whole lot of negative energy. Either you have a strong moral compass to center you, or the energies eat at you--there are practically no neutral necromancers.

Also, you know, lots of cultures see messing with their dead in such ways as sacrilegious.
ANW 28th Apr 2018, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
"Let's do it to it"?
Wow, Discord is already affecting them.
Greenhornet 28th Apr 2018, 6:23 AM edit delete