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So, One of my players finally had their morality trigger, their morality being Jusice and Cruelty, so I have read the rules regarding this and any morality change is doubled at the end, so if one should gain 4 morality they would gain 8 or if they would lose 6 morality they would lose 12

 

BUT, an event happened that could be considered relevant to the characters morality (Justice and Cruelty) and I would say this player failed the moral choice so I dont know what to do about or if failing the moral choice actually means anything

 

So here is what happened, PCs happen upon a 2 groups in a tug'o'war over a salvaged protocol droid from some ruins, both claiming ownership (one because of holy religious traditions having marked the droid as his, The other claiming it was left unattended and posession is 99% of their laws so as it was in his hands it was his) the droid its not wanting to go to either party and would like to return to the ruins. anyway The PC with the triggered morality decides the first thing to do is to use the force to lift the droid and in turn the two parties who wouldnt let go  up in the air.,,,

 

While this is happening another character whos morality had not been triggered is now threatening them with a lightsaber, triggered morlaity PC not really doing anything to stop this, by the end of it PCs kinda listened to the reasons why both wanted the droid or offer any solution even having alittle scuffle with one of the groups and desecrating the religious practices of the other, and ... the PCs just TOOK the droid becomming theives essentially.

 

So to me, stealing something is kinda the opposite of justice, so what do I do with this information... anything special for failing this specific moral choice related to a triggered morality OR just continue like the book says and double any morality loss or gain ... I am already planning on giving 3 conflict for stealing the droid

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Taking the droid away from both of them is arguably the King Solomon Solution. ("You two can't agree on whose baby this is? Well, then...")

We'd really need to know more about the situation. On what basis does that guy's religion state that the droid belongs to him, and why should he suppose that everyone else (who doesn't share his religion) will automatically accept it? That's not reasonable, nor is it desecrating anything if someone else doesn't adhere to his beliefs. As to the other guy, if possession makes for ownership, then the PCs effectively just honored his tradition...

It would also depend a bit on what they want to do with the droid itself. If it wants to go back to the ruins and that's where they send it, they may well be doing the just thing, especially if it hasn't yet been established that its prior owner is no longer around and/or didn't specifically set it up as a caretaker. (If either of those is the case then those two salvage-claimants would become thieves by taking it.)

While their methods are problematic and probably worthy of some conflict - especially if one of them jumped straight to using threats - I'm not sure that this counts as 'cruelty'. Generally the justice/cruelty dynamic means going overboard with your justice to the point that it becomes vindictive ("Make them suffer for what they did!"), and it's not even clear that any particular outcome is a 'just' one here.

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14 hours ago, LMasterList said:

So to me, stealing something is kinda the opposite of justice,

No, stealing is against the law, opposite to the law if you want to word it like that, but the law is not equal to justice. Especially in Star Wars with an oppressive Empire ruling many world and criminal syndicate, like the Hutt cartel, running many other. And in this case it isn't clear which one of the two groups owned the droid. Both claimed property on it but claiming is just that a claim. So, the character didn't steal the droid. On the other hand since the droid wants to be returned to the ruins, not fulfilling its wish isn't making justice to it and that should trigger the character morality.

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