Should we replace the word 'morality'?

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Re: Should we replace the word 'morality'?
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:07:17 pm »
Wikipedia said:
Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are "good" (or right) and those that are "bad" (or wrong).
Which is different from the campaign concept, which reflects on how the player's actions and choices conform to morality, and is not morality itself.
So I think the word is misused in the campaign.

well its simple. in the world of balgaron, there is a set morality which saith you shall not lie, shall not kill and shall not do other "bad" stuff very similar to our own western social system.
if you have morality at zero, you are very close to the norm of the majority. if you have positive morality rating, it means that your own concept of morality has higher standards than the average balgaron morality. if it has negative value, it means you set lower standards for yourself. it doesnt reflect phodoms view of morality though, but only the players, since phodom never feels good after having decreased his morality value like slaying the archmage, while i actually think that fucker deserves it ; )

as you see, it fits pretty good. and its also a cool word and like totally underused. no other rpg i know uses that.

oh and because your main argument is that it doesnt fit the campaign: doesnt THIS

"Recognition of the distinction between good and evil or between right and wrong; respect for and obedience to the rules of right conduct; the mental disposition or characteristic of behaving in a manner intended to produce morally good results."

fit the campaign like a glass-shoe? i mean its like all about phodom being torn apart by his thirst for vengeance but also his kind heart, grief and lonelyness. i think his monologue after chp1 epicboss reflects perfectly why its so fitting.

its a concept that fits phodom, but as i said, its not phodoms own morality being displayed since he doesnt change his personality according to the players decisions but rather its the players morality contradicting with phodoms. thats what makes it so interesting.

what would you change it to? "reputation" ? its not really his reputation though since its really just whats going on in his heart and not what people say about him. if you have -4 morality, you are still the kind-hearted protector. its his inner conflict, not on the outside.