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I know that gaining points in one primary direction will allow you to unlock special items, but I was wondering how it affected your standing with your chosen faction. If I'm playing as a Jedi of the Republic, and go down the dark side path, do I become a Sith and/or have the option of joining the Empire? Do other Jedi or "good guys" respond less favorably towards me?

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Dark/Light and Empire/Republic are totally orthogonal in the game. All combinations are possible. –  Sjoerd Dec 18 '11 at 12:42
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You cannot change factions in TOR — what you pick is what you get.

That said, there are small differences depending on whether you are Light Side / Dark Side, such as verbal cosmetic changes in conversation. And your choices may affect companion affection.

Flashpoints are repeatable and have up to +/- 250 points' worth of dark/light decisions among them, and Diplomacy crew missions can yield DSP/LSP as well, so you can always completely reverse your stance (although that could potentially take a /lot/ of work...).

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So it doesn't change how others interact with you? –  Matthew Read Dec 19 '11 at 16:47
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@MatthewRead I believe it does, actually, but its just a verbal cosmetic change. You get the same results from the conversation. It also affects Companion affection, if you go against their tendencies. –  Raven Dreamer Dec 19 '11 at 16:49
    
Right, that seems to fit. Thanks –  Matthew Read Dec 19 '11 at 18:15
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