since quite a while the whole alignment thing causes me headaches. For my conversion of our campaign world I am currently rebuilding the pantheon. I got the whole part of assigning the different pathes laid out. No problem there.
But what bugs me is the fact that several spells (Castigate, I look at you) mention that they work only against a opposing alignment.
I take it that I have to assign some markers to the pantheon, who's good or bad... or in my case the entire pantheon is good at heart (not necessarily the priests, but that's another point) and their counterpart the demon lords/princes are the evil with their heart's content.
So if a spellcaster who adheres to the pantheon smites some demons with castigate he does the damage as stated, right? If he tries so with with some guys who happen to have the good alignment, since they believe like nobodys business in the gods... he is out of luck, right? No damage in that case with Castigate... I suppose.
And where stand those who don't have a alignment? Since they are neutral, do they happen to suffer no damage from either a good or evil castigate?
On another note? A pantheon/god can have multiple markers like good and chaotic, I take it. If you happen to be a true follower - per alignment - you can then choose which aspect you embrace more or less, right? This would also cause the different faith to have wildly different opinions in a lot of matters... like in the real world, with all the major faiths splintered in thousands of different opinions how to do things right.
So I hope you can help me to clear the whole alignment thing up. I have read the whole passage up and down - several times, but for now it seems I just can't wrap my head around it.
Feel free to rain on my parade.