Here Comes The Flood wrote:Feels like you're overthinking this.
'Pacifist' doesn't apply to other Pcs, so why would it apply to NPCs?
"My code doesn't allow me to engage in violence."
"That's why I bring Tony."
*smacks baseball bat into his hand*
"... uh oh."
In essence, when you accept a limitation for an effect, such as not doing violence in order to gain a benefit, then you need to be bound by that choice or its no choice at all.
This does NOT apply to other PCs, since they're not getting a benefit, only you are, so the restriction doesn't apply (tho good roleplaying would see the pacifist encouraging the others to try non-violent solutions.) … but anything directly under your control, such as a companion, should either A) come with the same limitation or B) not give you the benefit that you get from the limitation.
Otherwise you get situations where you have to deal with, "By holding the bowling ball over the stairs, then releasing it, I'm not causing damage, gravity is. I'm in the clear!" It's the fair way to play.