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A Matter of HonorD&D Insider Article
By Chris Sims

H onor is integrity. It is a state of balance between one’s values and deeds. A person of honor behaves according to what he or she believes is right, fulfilling duty and destiny in a quantifiable way. Therefore, honor can be measured. Personal or collective standards, or both, might define honorable behavior. In any case, what is expected is clear.

Yet honor is also relative. Different people and distinct groups define what is right and honorable in their own ways. Society might expect less than an individual does of oneself, but behavior that does not measure up to that expectation is labeled dishonorable. Those who hold to higher-than-normal standards might be regarded as paragons or fools, or they could belong to a subset of society that demands more, such as samurai and knights.

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