The 13 Masters of Evil
The world of Naramos provides players with an intermixing variety of options that intertwine with each other that allow characters to view things in totally different light. There are always two sides to a coin and many different paths you can take that might ultimately lead you to where you want to go, but those paths can be viewed by two totally different people in dissimilar ways. Even though the characters are aligned with the forces of good and their ultimate goal is to fight against the tierney of evil, how they do this and their view of “evil” will vary greatly depending on the choices the player makes for his character.
The races of men are a unified band of brotherhood from the outside looking in but those views aren’t seeing the whole picture. While the races of men have a “general” relationship with each other that is used throughout Naramos, players can take the intertwining web of race relations and decide how best to align their character. Does one see his dragonborn character as an ex-slave, as other races might, or does he see it as a protector of freedom that should be praised for his accomplishments? How will his thoughts and feelings about another races change when a human offers to “buy the slave” for a price? How does this dragonborn feel about the gnome race that allowed demons to walk Naramos because they didn’t follow simple rules or the Tiefling race that bind their soul with devils? Most dragonborn are friendly with the dwarven people because of the Act of Calm Serenity but the dwarven people have a deep hatred for the elven people. Does the dragonborn follow what they dwarves follow or does he have another reason for liking or disliking the elves? How does this same dragonborn feel about the Deva race and the fact that they cheat death on a daily basis? Would this same dragonborn lay down his life for that Deva if the time came? Could he? Would he? And even more importantly, should he?
And just like the views of humanity, the views of good and evil can be just as slanted. Who ultimately has the say as to what is a good act as opposed to an evil act? Because someone says they are good does that make them so? Do not all races deserve to live? If you kill another race for the calling of good does that make you good or evil in the end? This all leads back to the original god legend and the belief your character has behind it. If you look at the so called gods of good, were they not the ones to first have sinned? Thorax betrayed of Jusipher with Eliathandriel, was that not the original wrongdoing? If not for their betrayal and dishonesty to the other gods then evil might not have come into existence at all. Even some of the races of men, to this day, treat and resent the elven people because of this event, the whole half-elven existence comes down to a cheat and a lie, causes by the so called gods of good. But yet they call themselves the sacred gods and you follow them blindly, just because they say they are good. Depending on how you feel about this story and its impact upon the world, it’s truly not out of the realm of possibility that a character could actually worship one of the shadow gods and actually believe that he working for the right side. Granted this character would have a serious uphill battle working against him but the possibilities are there and present because of the intertwining relations of choice. Maybe your character falls somewhere in the middle, maybe they don’t fight for any side, or maybe they blindly follow their god no matter what.
These are all questions that need to be addresses because sooner or later there will come a time when your characters views, beliefs, and values will be tested. Your characters soul will be challenged based upon the decisions that you make for them. These decisions may or may not change the outcome of those events but how does this alter your views? You have to be prepared for the unexpected and be ready to defend your views or be willing to change them.
What would your character do if an elven assassin’s blade kills the dwarven king sending those two great kingdoms into war? Which side would you fight for? Could you slay a dwarf or elf just as quickly as you could an orc? If you’re suddenly slaying dwarves are you still fighting for the forces of good? Are you still on the “good side?”
What happens if the great human race declares they have signed a peace treaty with the demons and war with them is over? Could you sit adjacent to one and shake its hand in peace? If you couldn’t then who would be considered the evil doer? Would you continue the war like nothing happened? If you do then are you still on the “good side?”
What happens when your holy paladin’s god switches sides because he is betrayed by another of the good gods? Do you forsake everything that you have and switch to a different god of good or do you follow your god’s namesake to the bitter end? What happens if instead your god is killed and you lose all of your holy powers? Does that change your views on things?
There are endless possibilities of events that could surround your character with dire choices to make and you should make those choices based upon your characters beliefs and feelings related to all of the interconnect relationships that evolved around Naramos and beyond.