The 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Alignment Calculator
"We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun ... we all shine on, everyone, on and on ..."
-- JOHN LENNON, Instant Karma
With regards to Law and Chaos, you are Chaotic
With regards to Good and Evil, you are Good
Chaotic Good people are free spirits. They play by their own rules and live life in whatever way best suits them. They resent being told what to do, and will break any laws they don't agree with. However, they still have a social conscience and genuinely care about their fellow man. They might be criminals, but not the kinds of criminals that callously hurt other people. A Chaotic Good might use illegal drugs and believe that other consenting adults should be allowed to use such drugs ... however, they wouldn't sell dangerous narcotics to school children, or shoot someone to get drug money. Likewise, they might engage in promiscuous sex and have loose morals, but they would never coerce anyone into anything non-consensual. Chaotic Good has a profound respect for the rights of the individual, believing that everyone should have the freedom to be what they want to be, regardless of laws, traditions, social conventions, or anything else. Chaotic Good people tend to be radical thinkers that challenge the status quo. They are often humanists, and seek to make the world a better place for humanity in general. Guided more by their hearts than their heads, they optimistically (and perhaps naively) believe that "peace will guide the planets and love will rule the stars."
Chaotic Good is essentially anti-establishment and anti-military. It doesn't trust the authorities, believing that all governments are inherently corrupt, and that Law and Evil tend to go hand in hand. The worst horrors to ever befall humanity -- the Nazi Holocaust, the Stalinist purges, Pol Pot's Year Zero, the brutalities of Mao -- were all made possible by militant police states using "law and order" to dehumanize and destroy innocent people. Fascist, communist, whatever ... political affiliation is ultimately irrelevant. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and money is the root of all evil. Thus, laws are often abused by the authorities to prop up their own egos and/or line their own pockets. Majority rule and forced assimilation do more harm than good, and people should be allowed to basically do their own thing without interference, as long as they aren't hurting anyone else. A hippie commune, a (peaceful) anarchist collective, and a loose circle of bohemian artists are examples of Chaotic Good societies, which is to say small groups of like-minded individuals co-existing in peace and empathy. In the Chaotic Good worldview, we're all in this together, we're all brothers and sisters, and we all shine on ...
Quick Scoring Guide
chaos scores of 8 to 19 : generally chaotic
chaos scores of 20 to 29 : exceptionally chaotic
chaos scores of 30 & up : crazy
evil scores of -8 to -19 : generally good
evil scores of -20 to -29 : exceptionally good
evil scores of -30 & down : saint
Your polar opposite is : Lawful Evil
Fictional Examples of CHAOTIC GOOD
The Elves of Middle-Earth (Tolkien) ... Robin Hood ... Zorro ... Bernard The Woodpecker (Still Life With Woodpecker) ... Wolf and his clan (The Talisman) ... BOC's "Sir Rastus Bear" and "The Great Sun Jester" ... Steve Miller's "Space Cowboy" (actually, a lot of Steve Miller song characters) ... Clint Eastwood as "Blondie" (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) ... Kowalski and Super Soul (Vanishing Point, possibly the most important movie about freedom ever made ... and the cool-looking black guy in the picture is Super Soul, if you were wondering)
Possible Real-Life Examples of CHAOTIC GOOD
John Lennon (songs like Instant Karma and Imagine pretty much epitomize everything this alignment stands for) ... Tolkien-influenced singer-songwriter Marc Bolan from T. Rex ... the visionary artist-musician Don Van Vliet (better known as Captain Beefheart) ... surreal cartoonist B. Kliban ... Abbie Hoffman ... Aldous Huxley ... Hunter S. Thompson ... George Carlin back in his Class Clown days ... folk rock hero Bob Dylan ... Patti Smith ... Bob Marley ("we can chant down Babylon with music") ... Jerry Garcia ... deadheads and/or hippies in general ... "The Counter-Culture" (before it sold out)
Your Destination in the Afterlife : OLYMPUS
According to Gygax, your soul is going to Olympus. In classical mythology, this was the home of the Greek gods, a shining empire situated atop Mount Olympus, where the gods (and those few mortals they favored) lounged around in the sun feasting on nectar and ambrosia. Gygax probably chose Olympus for this alignment because the Greek gods were very humanistic and emotional -- thus "chaotic" -- and because classical Greek culture was rich with art and theater and music, which are right-brained or "chaotic" pursuits. This isn't entirely accurate though, because if you read the Greek myths, you'll see that very few people ever made it to Olympus. You had to be chosen by the gods themselves, which usually meant you had to be a hero or champion of great renown. Just being a good person was NOT enough to get you invited to Olympus, and presuming to enter Olympus uninvited was a bad idea. Just ask Bellepheron. Those Greek gods were some moody bastards.
In the AD&D universe, the plane of Olympus has three levels and is located between The Happy Hunting Grounds and Gladsheim.
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