Astilaborian Virtue Ethics

A religion/ethical system founded by Imitrix and focused on the concept of Excellence, as demonstrated by one’s personal hoard. Effectively the religion of Astilabor (see List of deities) – draconic god of wealth and hoarding.

List of concepts (from real-world virtue ethics) -

  • Arete – excellence/virtue
  • Phronesis – practical/moral wisdom
  • Eudaimonia – flourishing; “the well-lived life.” “Good spirit.”
    • “The virtue of a knife is sharpness.”
    • “The virtue of a racehorse is speed.”

Four virtues:

  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Fortitude
  • Temperance

Virtue == mean between excess and deficiency. Very big for gem dragons – “the golden mean.”

Eighteen virtues (list now somewhat cut down) -

  • Courage (between fear and recklessness)
  • Temperance (between pleasure and pain)
  • Magnificence (between ostentation and shabbiness)
  • Magnanimity (between ?wastefulness? and parsimony)
  • Ambition (but know your place in the hierarchy)
  • Patience (irritation vs. doormat)
  • Truthfulness (between lying and brutal honesty)
  • Wittiness
  • Friendliness
  • Modesty (between shame and shamelessness)
  • Righteous indignation

Absolute virtues? maybe?

  • Intelligence
  • Science (??)
  • Wisdom
  • Good Sense
  • Understanding
  • Practical Wisdom
  • Art/Craftsmanship

On the extremes of the chromatic and metallic dragons:

  • Silver: too human; white: too bestial (Mind)
  • Red: too savage; gold: too doormat-ish (Patience)
  • Green: can’t take a joke; copper: too jokey. (Wit)
  • Blue: too ambitious; Bronze: too complacent (Ambition)
  • Black: too isolationist; Brass: too involved (Friendliness?)


The Hoardmistress.

  • Accumulation of wealth
  • Proper and suitable ostentation (just not too much)
  • Reputation: magnanimity

Generic dragon virtues:

  • Courage
  • Temperance
  • Ambition

Astilaborian Virtue Ethics

Varn Campaign World Elenloth