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Dark Side Point Guidelines

The Five Questions
1) Did the Action Harm a Living, Sentient Character?
2) Did the Action Harm a Character at your Mercy? (Helpless, Unable to Meaningfully Defend Itself, etc.)
3) Did the Action Cause Serious Harm to a Character? (Physically, Mentally, or Emotionally)
4) Was the Action Unnecessary to Protect Yourself or Another Character from an Immediate, Obvious Threat?
5) Was the Action Deliberate and the Result Intended?


If the answer to all of these questions is “Yes,” then the action is almost certainly “blatantly evil” (a major transgression) and deserves increasing the character’s Dark Side Score. Examples include murder, torture (including acts such as intentional mutilation or maiming), slavery, rape, and any similar act considered reprehensible by most civilizations.

If exactly one question can be answered “No,” then the action is probably “questionably evil” (a moderate transgression), which might be worth increasing the character’s Dark Side Score. Examples include assassinating an Imperial warlord who is about to give orders to exterminate the population of a planet (it’s in defense of others, but he’s still at your mercy), tormenting a droid to extract information, or starting an unnecessary fight that results in serious injury.

If exactly two of the questions can be answered “No,” then the action is probably “dubiously evil” (a minor transgression) and likely doesn’t deserve increasing the character’s Dark Side Score. Examples include killing in self-defense or recklessly (but accidentally) causing injury to others.

If three or more questions can be answered “No,” then the action probably is not a dark side transgression at all. For example, destroying an object is not a transgression unless doing so also causes some sort of substantial harm to a character. Similarly, hunting an animal (not sentient) in the wilderness (not helpless) for sustenance (protecting yourself from starvation) is perfectly acceptable in all but the most unusual circumstances.

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