2021-02-21, 04:39 PM (ISO 8601)
Barbarian in the Playground
Re: Implications of a demon-binding Neutral/Good military
Originally Posted by noob
I assume the popularity and assumption of the "redeemed fiend" is part of the influence of Planescape (especially Torment with Fall-From-Grace being a party member). In all the settings I've enjoyed most (and all the ones I've made), fiends are just physical manifestations of primordial evil; they're literally incapable of doing good without being forced into it, and destroying them amounts to removing a chunk of purely malicious energy from the cosmos.
Mind you, in that case, I think enslaving or compelling them instead of destroying them is mildly evil. My calculus is that it's an evil act (enslavement of a sentient being), performed for a neutral cause (advancing the cause on one's nation), with a minor incidental good effect (very slightly weakening the forces of evil). A nation would have to be pretty darn Good outside of this practice to balance out even on the Good side of Neutral.