Written by | Posted November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm A Girl and her Dog

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

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Integrating Character and (role)Playability
comment Comments Off Written by on July 27, 2011 – 6:50 pm

(For the record, I’m writing this in the Saucy hangout on Google Plus. We’re all writing together and it’s pretty awesome.)

So I’ve been playing Annorah (level 85 and running Trollish heroics now) quite a lot more than Aely. Which isn’t a slight against Aely at all, but more that elemental shamaning is awesome. It’s like ShamBLAST. Lava all over. Teuthida would be proud of all the blasting!

(I am considering speccing Aely into Holy again, and trying my hand at healing, for the record. I just… haven’t exactly had the gumption to relearn it all yet. But that’s another post entirely)

Unfortunately Annorah is… difficult… to RP. Back in the early days I wrote a (rather bad) piece of fic from her perspective – the only one I’ve written with her as a main character other than her part in the Bittertongue/Maggie plot last year. Since then, she’s been the epitome of difficult to RP. She’s a farseer, so I have to struggle with how she sees the future, and what kind of future that is that she sees (usually I go with a Galadriel type oracle – “things that are, things that were, and some things that have not yet come to pass”). Also, every time I’ve tried to RP with her, she’s a totally different personality.

Sometimes she’s grumpy or sarcastic, sometimes short tempered, sometimes witty, occasionally drunk. She’s smug on occasion, and other times so painfully shy as to sit and hardly speak for an entire evening. A few people (Gharr and Marty, I think) have mentioned that her personality shifts aren’t exactly out of character for anyone with any ties to the Elemental plane in Azeroth right now, but that doesn’t make it any easier to RP. Especially when I don’t really know which Annorah is going to show up. (Multiple Personality Shaman, FTW?)

And that makes her difficult to interact with. Unpredictable characters are difficult both as the roleplayer and within the roleplay community. There’s something to be said for a character like Aely, who will always be Aely, in the face of pretty much any situation. Even Tarquin, who is always dangerous, and Bricu, who is usually a Bastard, have their levels of continuity. Being predictably unpredictable makes people in real life hard to deal with, and no less so in game.

I also wonder if I just don’t GET the character yet. Multiple folks have told me that Draenei are just hard to play, and what about “reskinning” her as a Dwarf? But she’s NOT a Dwarf. That much I know. She’s got a history, and she’s a strong willed sort of Draenei shaman, with a bit of a vindictive streak and a serious crush on Nobundo. And mood swings, apparently.

Perhaps she’ll be more revealing during the upcoming raid events (I’ll hopefully be rejoining a TRI-esque 10 man on Monday nights) when we really get to start attacking the big bads of this expansion.

I know how much a raid instance and interaction with the forces that change the world can change a character. Arthas and the Scourge DEFINED Aely for most of Wrath, and she’s still finding her feet in the new world, but that kind of confusion is AS a character, not ABOUT her character, if that makes any sense?]

Anyway, I’ll let you know how it shapes up. Maybe just forcing her into RP situations will help, but my willingness to do un-fun RP is… uh… limited. I’d rather not have my “raiding” character and my “roleplay” characters split up, as I’ve always done both, so hopefully things will sort out as I do more shamaning.

If nothing else, I can still cast frostshock? Totems totems totems?

Anyone?

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