Campaign of the Month: December 2014
David’s Attitudes and Beliefs as of 22 Flaurmont 1000AC
IDEAS AND PHILOSOPHY
- laws help civilization progress. The only time they should be broken is in order to preserve civilization at large.
- man’s law is the lowest form of law, the highest is what is true and best for mankind. Sometimes someone must die outside of legal means, and sometimes the ‘law’ is what is causing chaos in the land.
- all men are subject to laws, but some men are chosen to be above the laws of man. David believes that he is one such person.
- chaos undermines civilization and progress.
- chaos favors the strong and enslaves the weak in the most inglorious of fashions.
- behind chaos is fear, and people should not live in fear.
Good and evil
- there is a place for both. Sometimes evil is required for the greater good. The only true evil is chaos.
War vs. Peace
- War and battle bring Glory. David is always eager for a fight, and as such may be more inclined to encourage a fight than a peaceful resolution, unless he feels that peace is ultimately in his best interest.
- He is David’s immortal, and David will always follow any specific direction given by Balthac. However, Balthac has very few tenants, and therefore David often follows what is in his heart
- David is still working out what Balthac’s true attitude is toward all Dragons, and toward Law and Chaos.
- David has a belief that because Balthac has offered so little direction, it may be his intention to have David define him as an immortal.
- All immortals of law are to be revered, all immortals of chaos are to be viewed with suspicion, and treated as enemies should their action prove them to be such.
- David will respect the holy men of any lawful, non-corrupt faith. David still has an especially high regard for Halaav, his once patron, and will therefore always support Sergei’s religious quest.
- David will not hesitate to pay alms to a Church of lawful immortals, and he will readily aid its clergy and flock should they prove worthy.
- David is no stickler for honest. If a lie must be told for the greater benefit of himself or the party, he will tell it. If a secret must be kept, he will keep it.
- Needless lying, however, creates a trap for the liar, so David believes that honest is generally the best option.
- He does not believe in cheating people out of money, wealth, or fame, unless it is absolutely necessary- he views such tactics to be inglorious.
Government and Nationalism
- David views himself as mostly above the governments of man. Like law, he feels government is a necessity, but that those who are wise enough may see past the limitations of government to the true good that is needed.
- Despite the above view, David will generally respect the authority of governments, and would rather be viewed positively by governments than negatively.
- David seeks to legally install himself in the Karameikian government in order to gain greater fame and glory for himself.
- David identifies fully as a Karameikian, and seeks the improvement and betterment of his country, which is one reason why he is keen to help Sergei in his Halaavian endeavours. If Duke Stefan asked David to fight for him against another nation, David would quickly side with Duke Stefan and aid him in the war.
Slavery and Oppression of the Lower Classes
- David is against slavery. He believes it is weak for anyone to sustain themselves upon slaves, or surfs. He believes there is glory in freeing the enslaved.
- It is the responsibility of a great ruler to do what he can to improve the lives of his people.
- It is David’s goal to gain fame as a liberator and great vanquisher of oppressors.
Money and Wealth
- David’s money and wealth have the primary task of making him strong and more powerful, as well as bringing glory to his name, which in turn will bring glory to Balthac. However, money and wealth are of lesser importance than the power and fame that comes from great acts and glory in battle. He will forego a monetary reward if he feels the alternative is greater power or fame.
- David feels that the fair distribution of wealth amongst the party is best, and that all party members should be expected to contribute to general adventuring expenses.
- Due to past experiences, David is against going into any sort of financial indebtedness.
- David believes that teamwork is vital to his own success and glory. If it were not for his companions, he would not be where he is today. Therefore, he sees contributions and sacrifices for the team as a necessary part of achieving his goals, so long as it is not suicidal.
- David believes in deferring to majority party rule in almost all decisions. He is trying to turn the party to see Dragons the way he sees them, but tries to do so with patience and finesse.
- David believes that the goals of every party member are important, and that consideration should be given to each individual so that all might progress.
- He believes that if an individuals personality or goals are too conflicting with the majority of the party that they should go their separate ways.
CREATURES OF THE WORLD
- No creature automatically deserves to die. All creatures are judged on their actions. All creatures deserve a fair chance.
- On the same token, no creature has an automatic right to life, so if David deems that death is warranted, he will deal it, regardless of the creature’s race.
- If a creature raises his blade against David, or is highly aggressive, David will slay him.
- For now, David believes that Dragons of Chaos and Evil are the ones that must be dealt with in the most forward and aggressive way. Lawful and good dragons who still interfere in mortal designs can be dealt with diplomatically and peacefully until a point that their interference demands aggressive intervention.
- David now seeks allies among dragonkind that are like minded as David
- Dragons are to be revered and respected, they are powerful and intelligent creatures. However, it is this very reason that there must be powerful representatives for humanity to stand against those that abuse their race’s birthright to greatness.
- undead are always worthy to die, and slaying them brings glory to humanity.
- undead do not have to die if their existence serves a greater positive purpose
- Creation of undeath undermines human dignity and takes the glory of mortal victory away- fight your own battles, don’t use undead to do it for you.
- David does not know much about ware creatures. He feels that they deserve a chance to make decisions, just as any other creature.
- David does have an immediate suspicion of ware creatures because he is unsure of how capable they are at living in a lawful world.
Non-human civilized creatures
- This includes Elves, Dwarves, Half-orcs, Half-elves, Gnomes, and Halflings
- David views all these races collectively as Humanity and Mankind, merely because he does not know how better to categorize this group. It is because these races have proven to be the most civilized of races.
- Being part of this category does not make David predisposed to the creature in any way. As with all creatures, their actions determine Davids attitude.
- Goblins, Hobgoblins, Orcs, etc.
- David enjoys slaying these creatures mainly because they are often senselessly aggressive, which gives him ample reason to destroy them without much thought.
- Just like with all races, if they prove to be civilized, or worthy of respect, he will give it to them and treat them as equals.
- David views outsiders similar to Dragons- if they meddle in mortal affairs they must be dealt with.
- Unlike most creatures, David is less likely to give these creatures a fair chance because he believes they are predisposed to either law or chaos. He is likely to attack devils and demons on sight.
- David often conflicts with Sergei’s more patient and measured approach to solving problems, but he holds his perspective in very high regard.
- David views Sergei has Halaav’s true representative, and will always support his religious mission.
- David tries to be sensitive to Sergei’s more ‘good’ approach to things.
- David is opening to the idea that Sergei is more geared toward aggressive spell casting, than healing. David greatly appreciates his ability to heal wounds in combat, but David has begun preparing his own healing spells more often in an effort to rely less on Sergei, and allow Sergei to prepare more aggressive spells.
- Camarau is David’s oldest friend within the party because they have been adventuring from the beginning. Therefore, David will always hold Camarau’s opinions in the highest regard, and is more likely to go along with Camarau than any other party member.
- David appreciates Camarau’s perspective on the preservation of nature, and agrees that humanity should try to take a sustainable approach to life.
- David is interested in helping Camarau achieve his goals, and believes that continued association with Camarau will be in his long term best interest.
- David views Druidic magic with respect, and while it is often not as aggressive as he might like, has been surprised by the versatility it provides in many situations. He will not forget that Camarau has saved his life many a time with an unusual and unexpected spel.
- David greatly respects Octavius’s prowess in battle, and his ability to strike many foes at once. He views him as an extremely valuable asset to the party.
- Though Octavius is a more experienced fighter than David, having served in the highly professional Thyatian military, David is often amused by Octavius’ forgetfulness and blunders in combat. He does not view Octavius as a particularly wise individual.
- David is not as close with Octavius, and so is not as eager to pursue his goals, but is still very willing to help should Octavius present enough determination to compel the party in his direction.
- He believes that Octavius is tied with Gimbly as the Most Likely To Die a Horrible Death in the party.
- David appreciates the mighty and destructive arcane power that Gimbly brings to the table, and hopes to see Gimbly grow stronger in his powers to the benefit of David and the party.
- He views the gnome as fragile, and tries to cover his physical vulnerability.
- David is not as close with Gimbly, and so is not as eager to pursue his goals, but is still very willing to help should Gimbly present enough determination to compel the party in his direction.
- He believes Gimbly is tied with Octavius as the Most Likely to Die a Horrible Death in the party.
- David’s first impression of Spark is his eagerness to move forward quickly, which David likes, but he worries that adding another over eager team member, like himself, might lead the party down bad paths.
- David is impressed with Sparks evocation abilities, and happy to see that he readily uses them to destroy his enemies.