The 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Alignment Calculator
"Let them hate so long as they fear."
-- old adage
With regards to Law and Chaos, you are Lawful
With regards to Good and Evil, you are Evil
Lawful Evil people see society as a series of tiers. The strongest, smartest, and most capable belong at the top. The weakest, stupidest, and most incompetent belong at the bottom. To that end, a Lawful Evil person will respect and obey those more powerful than himself, while demanding respect and obedience from anyone less powerful (the cowardly "schoolyard bully" is a simplified personification of Lawful Evil). Such a person is capable of doing very bad things, but he will do them within a mostly legal framework. For example, an army officer (or cop) who tortures prisoners (or suspects) to get confessions. Or a smiling politician that pretends to be everybody's friend, but who puts the interests of his business associates first. Or a tyrant that imposes martial law and rules with an iron hand in the name of "patriotism." Lawful Evil people work within The System to get ahead and twist the rules to their own advantage. They are very ambitious and highly manipulative ... sneaky weasels that pretend to be your friends, smiling and polite right up until they stick the knife in. Smug hypocrites and silver-tongued liars, the kind of people who (as Col. Kurtz said in Apocalypse Now) have no moral qualms about bombing villages full of children, yet won't allow soldiers to write the word fuck on their airplanes because it's "obscene." That's Lawful Evil in a nutshell.
Yet as despicable as Lawful Evil is in most ways, it's not all bad. For one thing, it believes in playing by the rules. It doesn't exactly play "fair" but it does play by certain rules, and if you can beat it at its own game, it will respect you and acknowledge defeat (eg: the gentleman villian). A Lawful Evil person also believes in keeping his word and fulfilling his obligations. The problem is that Lawful Evil respects only the letter of the agreement, not the spirit it was made in. If you sign a contract with a Lawful Evil, he will live up to the wording of the contract and do what it says, but you'd better remember to check the fine print, because if there's a loophole or trick he can exploit, be sure that he will. The Devil is in the details, as they say, and Lawful Evil is the alignment of devils. This alignment respects skill and cunning, but it despises incompetence. If you have the upper hand over a Lawful Evil person, he will serve you with loyalty and admiration, as long as he doesn't think he can best you. However, as soon as you prove yourself incompetent and he gets the upper hand, he will dominate you without mercy. Like fire, Lawful Evil makes a wonderful servant ... and a terrible master.
Quick Scoring Guide
chaos scores of -8 to -19 : generally lawful
chaos scores of -20 to -29 : exceptionally lawful
chaos scores of -30 & down : inhuman
evil scores of 8 to 19 : generally evil
evil scores of 20 to 29 : exceptionally evil
evil scores of 30 & up : devil
Your polar opposite is : Chaotic Good
Fictional Examples of LAWFUL EVIL
Saruman the White, Grima Wormtongue, the Uruk-Hai of Isengard, and orcs in general (Tolkien) ... The White Witch of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) ... The Overlook Hotel (The Shining) ... Osmond / Sunlight Gardener (The Talisman) ... the assassin "Angel Eyes," who always finished the job he was paid for (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) ... Darth Vader (Star Wars) ... Fu Manchu (a man must keep his word even to an enemy) ... Ming The Merciless (the old Flash Gordon serial)
Possible Real-Life Examples of LAWFUL EVIL
Many fascist / totalitarian dictators such as Adolph Hitler, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, etc ... Richard Nixon and other power-mad politicians (ie : politicians in general) ... the Military-Industrial Complex ... the American Legal System ... the Media ... the Mafia (or at least, in theory) ... The Spanish Inquisition and its sponsor Pope Sixtus IV... Popes in general ... Organized Religion in general ... war-mongering generals (in general) ...
Your Destination in the Afterlife : HELL
According to Gygax, your soul is going to Hell. More specifically it's going to The Nine Hells, because in the AD&D universe, there are nine separate realms in Hell, each ruled by a different Arch-Devil. Same idea as Dante's "seven rings of Hell," except there are nine. Hell roughly corresponds to the Christian concept of the netherworld, a place of fire and darkness where sinners are punished. Hell is ruled by devils -- the incarnations of Lawful Evil. The devils rule Hell through a strict chain of command (as befits their alignment), although there is often infighting and sometimes outright war between different factions (as befits their alignment). The different "Hells" range from fiery infernoes to frozen wastelands to noxious swamps -- whatever they are, they're always harsh and inimical places. Souls that go to The Hells become humanoid blobs with only rudimentary intelligence, and these blobs are then tortured by the devils. After a millenia or so of torment, some of the blobs are promoted to minor devils themselves to replace the original devils destroyed in battle. Lawful Evil is nothing if not efficient.
In the AD&D universe, the plane of Hell has nine levels and lies between Acheron and Gehenna.
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