Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Lawful Good Rogue?



In one of the Facebook groups I belong to, this question was posed and it got me thinking about it from the perspective of DnD 5E.

For starters we need to look at Thieves' Cant, as written it's firmly rooted in unlawful deeds, but you could easily change it's meaning toward religion or even revolution against a corrupt official or government.

Next, let's start with the Roguish Archetypes from the Player's Handbook:

I see know reason to prevent an Arcane Trickster from being Lawful Good. Their focus on sneaking and the arcane arts, after all. 

And Assassins, especially if they are following the tenets of a cult or even serving in some military role, can easily follow the laws that inform their origin. 

Thieves are tougher though. Could you stretch things that Robin Hood, for instance, was honoring the traditions of the true king in his fight against the apostate? Sure, with DM permission, of course, and it certainly represents an archetypal figure from fiction. Honestly, I see it working, but it feels like a stretch to me, with the Hunter Ranger working better in my opinion.

Now, let's look at the Roguish Archetypes from the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide:

Mastermind is super simple by tying the character to any organization that operates under a higher authority, be it a government service, or an agent of a noble or religious order.

And a Swashbuckler? Sure, just because you are LG, doesn't mean your not daring and filled with panache.

In the end, it all comes down to you what you envision and what your DM has in mind, but I am pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to stretch the Rogue into, for me, uncharted alignment.

Happy Gaming and Happy Memorial Day!
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