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    Kenneth Gauck
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    Alignment flawed? BR Guilders

    - -----Original Message-----
    From: Ben
    Date: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 7:16 PM
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    > So, If I may ask, do we mean "lawful and unlawful", "collective and
    >individual", or "predictable and random"?
    >

    If we look at some key sentances in the PHB we find (p.46), "Characters who
    believe in law maintain that order, organization, and society are important,
    indeed vital, forces of the universe." All the elements are there together.
    Collective refers to sociey, and predictability is a consequence of
    orderliness.

    The section on believers in Chaos, organizes the same three elements
    together, asserting that they are not important.

    When we look at a Chaotic character like Orthien Tane is no doubt engaged in
    illegal activities. No doubt he employs a policy of "buyer beware" and
    regards concepts like "a just price" to be absurd. Would Tane sell grain he
    knew to be moldy? Sure, why not? Worst case scenario, deny you were aware
    of the problem. He probably breaks contracts he no longer wants to fulfil.

    His weaknesses? His customers have been burned by him both in the terms of
    sale and the quality of merchandise. On the other hand business partners
    soon come to know they need to be on their gaurd, and understand that Tane
    thinks if you get fooled its your own fault.

    So why doesn't business go to someone like Siele Ghoried (LG) and the Spider
    River Traders? Because Ghoried follows the law, he can't get the same
    products at the same prices. When someone like Ghoried finds that his grain
    went moldy on him, he takes the loss (moldy grain can be poisonous). That
    is an opportunity for Tane to grab another customer. Ghoried consults his
    friends and attempts to avoid violating agreements, and considers contracts
    to be the whole basis of regular trade. Ghoried probably considers being a
    guilder a public trust, no less than a regent does. He looks to his
    customers and prides himself on their loyalty to him.

    People might prefer to trade with Ghoried, his quality is high and his
    approach in business of fair-minded. But, he doesn't deal in certain
    products, and his prices, while never gouging, are often higher than Tane's.
    In the end they are just as successful as businessmen, but their style is
    quite different.

    Kenneth Gauck
    c558382@earthlink.net

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    Alignment flawed? BR Guilders

    > So why doesn't business go to someone like Siele Ghoried (LG) and the Spider
    > River Traders? Because Ghoried follows the law, he can't get the same
    > products at the same prices. When someone like Ghoried finds that his grain
    > went moldy on him, he takes the loss (moldy grain can be poisonous). That
    > is an opportunity for Tane to grab another customer. Ghoried consults his
    > friends and attempts to avoid violating agreements, and considers contracts
    > to be the whole basis of regular trade. Ghoried probably considers being a
    > guilder a public trust, no less than a regent does. He looks to his
    > customers and prides himself on their loyalty to him.

    I don't feel like discussing alignment anymore (it's really getting
    kinda boring), but I do have one little question concerning what you just
    said: isn't Siele a woman?

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