The 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Alignment Calculator
"That that is, is."
N.B : Absolute Neutral is just another way of saying True Neutral -- they're essentially the same. Neutral is Neutral. The only difference is, your score in the balance variable was exceptionally high, so I'm using the term "Absolute" to distinguish it from lesser scores. You can read the True Neutral description under "all possible test results" at the bottom of this page. The description here is similar, except a bit more philosophical.
There are two ways to score True Neutral ...
#1 : By choosing the "neutral" answer at least two-thirds of the time, and therefore scoring a balance of 20 or greater.
#2 : By choosing an equal or almost equal number of lawful, chaotic, good, and evil answers, so that these opposites even out to roughly zero.
Your score indicates way #1, which was the harder way. You answered most of the questions neutrally and objectively, something a lot of people can't do. Rather than choosing a wide variety of answers and averaging somewhere in the middle, you chose the actual "true neutral option" for most of the questions, which places you squarely in the center. You are a solid True Neutral, with a profound understanding of reality and a firm grasp of the universal principles that govern events. You see or at least sense the Big Picture, and realize that things ultimately tend to balance out. Evil is merely the equal and opposite counterbalance for Good, just as Chaos is for Order. Without one, you cannot have the other. Opposites define things and give them relevance. Everything is relative, and part of a larger pattern. Mankind also has his place in the Universe. In the grand scheme of things, mankind is essentially another animal, not so different than the animals that walk on all fours. Unfortunately, mankind believes everything revolves around him and acts according to his own belief system, which has a way of upsetting the natural balance of things ... something a True Neutral person wishes to avoid. The ancient druids, mystic priests of Nature and supposedly the architects of Stonehenge, are an example of the True Neutral philosophy.
True Neutral is the eternal Balance. It is the third way, the edge of the coin. It is the truth between opposing views, the equal and opposite reaction for any action. It is the answer to the riddle and the punchline to the joke. It is timeless cosmic principles and it is an amoeba. It is an animal acting on natural instinct, a regular working stiff looking out for Number One, and a brilliant philosopher speaking of Yin and Yang. It is forces in conflict yet at the same time in harmony, the perpetual ebb and flow of the Universe. It is that that is. It sees the world objectively and it doesn't judge -- it only responds accordingly. Self-preservation is the first law and everyone is responsible for himself. True Neutral does not go out of its way to help (or hurt) anyone. It does what it must to survive and puts itself and its loved ones first, but it doesn't resent other people for doing the same. In fact it expects other people to do the same, because this is only human nature. People love and hate, fight and fuck, work and play, win and lose and die. Life is the world around us, the world we know. People constantly try to make things happen, or stop things from happening, or argue about what should have happened, yet the only thing that actually matters is what does happen. This is Sun Tzu, viewing all the variables of war and making purely objective maneuvers based on mathematical odds ... this is Machiavalli, who knew that risk was unavoidable, and that all one can really do is assess the risks and act objectively, as it is far better to make mistakes of ambition than mistakes of sloth ... this is the person who is in tune with the world, the one who sees things as they really are and who acts accordingly. True Neutral considers everything and ignores nothing. It views the world with an animal simplicity, yet at the same time with a cosmic profundity. It is Aristotle's beast and god, lowest to highest, beginning to end, alpha omega. If some Greater Power guides the Universe -- whether it is an omnipotent architect of intelligent design, or an impersonal mathematical constant -- such a Power would be True Neutral. This is the alignment of The Big Picture, the inscrutable weave of Destiny.
Examples of True Neutral
Animals, plants, minerals, metals, time, space, and the Universe.
Your Destination in the Afterlife : ?
Gygax never actually assigned an Afterlife to the True Neutral alignment. If you look at the chart for the Outer Planes (Heaven, Hell, Olympus, The Abyss, etc) you'll notice that the center of the planar chart, which corresponds to the central alignment of True Neutral, consists of the inner planes (including the world of the living) surrounded by the Astral Plane. And the Astral Plane is nothing more than a medium separating the Afterlife from the world of the living. It is a vast emptiness which souls pass through on their way to their final destination. While the Astral Plane is technically an outer plane, it's not the Afterlife, just a conduit to the Afterlife.
As the True Neutral alignment has no Afterlife destination, you have to wonder if True Neutral souls are simply reincarnated over and over. Remember, at the exact center of the planar chart is the Prime Material Plane, which is the world of the living. Maybe that's the point Gygax was trying to make. Maybe True Neutral beings, humans as well as animals, just keep coming back around again and again, a perpetual balance where life is neither created nor destroyed.
After all, life too is energy.
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