Normally, D&D measures alignment along two axes: good and evil, and law and chaos. In the center is ‘true neutral.’ I would like to characterize this differently for Dragonblade. I realized that Confucianism and Daoism are oriented toward each other in a similar way to law and chaos. Their founders (Lao Tzi and Kung Fu Tzi) lived around the same time, and are said to have met once. They disagreed on a lot, but shared a mutual respect.
So, what I’d like to do is to have two different, but comparable axes for Dragonblade characters: Benevolent versus Selfish, Legalism versus Freedom. So, these will be the nine alignments:
Balanced (Pure) Benevolence
True (Pure) Balance
Balanced (Pure) Selfishness
I also like that these alignments don’t necessitate a good/evil worldview, but rather one of balance/imbalance and ego/non-ego. This is more in line with the Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist cultures I’m looking to borrow from. If anything, Pure Balance would often be seen as the ideal.
For game purposes, Benevolent = Good, Balanced (Pure) = Neutral, Selfish = Evil, Legalism = Lawful, Freedom + Chaotic.