A/N: Note that this post contains spoilers for readers not caught up though the story. There is also a vague reference to something that happens in Game of Thrones, season three if you haven’t gotten around to watching it yet.
This exercise gave me so much trouble last year that I had Pyrelle walking me through every question on the on-line quizzes to try to figure out which alignment best applied to Elspeth. And having spent so much time thinking about character alignment, I knew Trygve’s immediately.
Chaotic good (heading toward neutral)
Trygve wasn’t supposed to be chaotic originally. I wouldn’t have mentioned it except that I got season three of Game of Thrones for my birthday and we started watching. I was reminded of Ser Barristan Selmy and when that happened I started fangirling the fuck out and remembered that Trygve was supposed to be a lawful good character, treating his station as thane as the closest he would ever get to becoming a knight. He was law-abiding and good and insufferable and still incredibly logical. At one point, I had him in the Silver Hand, but that got annoying and complicated. Anyway, as I wrote him, two things happened. First, my friend and reader Kiki mentioned in passing that Trygve reminded her of Anders from Dragon Age, a game I’ve never played. I sort of became obsessed with what I read and saw of him on the internet. Second, as I went on writing Trygve (while being inspired by videos of Anders on youtube), his logic started leading him to do the things that were right in his mind but went against convention and social acceptability.
This definition, taken from this site, suits Trygve perfectly.
“A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he’s kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society.”
At least, it did until he met Elspeth and found out she was dragonborn. When he was young and wandering Skyrim with his friends, he felt beholden to no one. But when he promised to protect Elspeth and learned that her fate was tied to that of the return of the dragons, things changed. Before this, Trygve would never have stabbed Onmund just to get him out of the way. He also would not do something else he’s going to have to do later. It’s for that reason that while I feel Trygve is mostly chaotic good, the stakes are much higher than they used to be, and he is far more willing to intimidate and overpower others for the greater good. I think for Trygve to remain chaotic good he would have to respect Elspeth and others’ ability to do what they want, however, they want—but he can’t do this when he knows it will, in some way, obstruct the goals of saving the world and all of that.