|James Jacobs Creative Director|
James Jacobs wrote:Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Are there heretical Deep One Hybrids out there who turned against the worship of Dagon and Mother Hydra or are no longer Chaotic Evil?
I imagine that, naturally, it'd be hard and such a PC would likely be the only such Deep One Hybrid in the world, but is it possible?
Also, when the final transformation to a true Deep One happens, is it effectively the same person? Does their alignment automatically shift to Chaotic Evil as a consequence of reincarnating into a Deep One, or is that just because most Deep One Hybrids are Chaotic Evil to start with?
When the change comes, it's as much a spiritual and mental change as a physical one. Which would mean in most cases shifting to Chaotic Evil save for exceptional circumstances.
That makes sense. If a hypothetical heretical Deep One Hybrid was dreading the change as they got older, would they have options to prevent it as the dreaded 60th birthday draws near? Would suicide even work, or would the change just happen as the Hybrid dies? If they worship a Good deity (say to the point where they could cast divine spells), would faith in that deity be enough to protect their soul?
Obviously a lot of the answers to these questions depend on who is GMing the game, but I'm curious as to your thoughts as Paizo's number one Lovecraft fan and as a GM. :)
Suicide would indeed work, as would reincarnation. Worshiping a good deity probably wouldn't stop the change, but could well be something that keeps the character from turning evil upon making the change.
This entire topic—what happens to a human hybrid who undergoes this change, is one of the most oft-repeated themes in Lovecraftian fiction... be it the story that started it all from Lovecraft himself with "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," or be it one of many many more stories written over the course of the next 90 years or so by various authors who explored this same territory, stories from many angles and themes, representing a wide range of actual skill in writing.
For me, it would depend on what kind of story you were going for as to whether or not the change would cause a change in alignment or not.