I’m getting breakfast for the kids so I don’t have a lot of time to spend on this, but —
> hm hMMMM though my thought was she only complies with the rules when she agrees with them in the first place?
Well, I’m not much of an RPGer (I’ve only played one game), so my knowledge of this stuff is cursory, but the reference I used to double check my thinking was this: http://easydamus.com/lawfulgood.html — and it includes the line, “a lawful good character will not honor a law that runs contrary to his alignment.” While I do believe Carol will defy authority and break rules (and you’ll see that happen soon), I don’t think she’d do so lightly. (We also HAVE to take into account her history. As much as I’d love to forget her behavior during civil war, we don’t get to do that.)
I *do* think Carol would lie as a strategy — I’m not sure how strict these prescriptions are. (For what it’s worth — I also think everyone listed below as ‘well known lawful good characters’ would lie under the right circumstances too.)
Of COURSE we WANT Carol to be “Chaotic Good” — that’s the sexiest. But it doesn’t feel quite as true (to me, anyway). Look at this list of characters they put under LG and the ones they put under CG:
“Well known lawful good characters from film or literature include: Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Mister Spock (Star Trek), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), and Superman (DC Comics).”
“Well known chaotic good characters from film or literature include: Han Solo (Star Wars), Batman (DC Comics), Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter), and Robin Hood.”
To me, without a doubt, Carol is more the former than the latter.
(Even though I agree with the outcome, the “well she’s military” argument doesn’t work for me — Pappy Boyington and Chuck Yeager were also military. Occupation is not character.)
Look, I write character by intuition, not by a set of rules. Under my pen, she’ll behave the way that feels ‘in character’ to me in the situation in which she’s been place. But that said, if you ask me to look back at her history and say where she falls — Lawful Good.