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The only beggar that’s succeeded.
comment 12 Written by on February 12, 2009 – 5:02 am

So BRK has posted a few times about his typical response to people that ask him randomly for gold – he sends them out on a quest for 99 light feathers, and if they come back, they get 40g. A few other people have reported similar tasks, and similar good responses, but overall – it’s rare that anyone bothers with the 99 feathers.

Being that I play on an RP-PVE server, we get our fair share of people that don’t know what RP is, or how it works, or they just have friends here (or they come here specifically to be asswaffles and grief RP). So it’s rare that I’ll run into low level players that are interested in RP.

Tuesday night, however, I came across a first.

A level 14 rogue approached me and waved. He was unguilded, wearing grey “ragged leather” items.

Rogue: alms for the poor?
Aely: Aye, lad – ‘ve ye been t’ Cathedral a’ late?
/rogue looks puzzled.
Rogue: i go every week.
Aely: An’ y’ve been t’ see th’ Orphan Matron, get a good meal?
Rogue: yes maam, every wednesday and sunday.
Aely: S’ what’cha needin’ gold f’r?
Rogue: to pay for my lessons maam and maybe a new dagger
Aely: A’righ – be good, an’ luck to ye – someday, mayhap we’ll see y’ on th’ lines.

And I gave him 2 gold. He thanked me, bowed, and walked away.

Did it take him long?  No.  The whole exchange took less than a minute. But he not only got the gold he was looking for (and possibly more, he didn’t ask for an amount), but we both had a nice little impromptu conversation, and hopefully I got to encourage both a new player on the server and someone new to RP.

Did he use capital letters and punctuation?  Not really. But he was trying – and honestly? The whole exchange made my night.

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12 Responses to “The only beggar that’s succeeded.”

  1. Nice! It’s always great to have these kinds of interactions – and you always make me so curious about the roleplay world.

    Avs last blog post..One of my major faults

  2. @Av –
    Unfortunately these little vignettes are fewer than I’d like, but they really do add a lot of character and depth to the world. I’ve known someone that played a character as the Stormwind Horse Patrol – a guy with a pitchfork in overalls that went around scooping poop and shooting the breeze with random folks. Most people didn’t interact too much with him, other than to tip him occasionally, but he added a lot of depth to the city.

    By Anna on Feb 12, 2009 | Reply
  3. N’aww! That’s pretty cute. :) And it’s definitely a big, big step up from the beggars I’ve seen. I hadn’t thought about the 99 light feathers idea, though. :D Maybe the Murloc Assasins should ask for Murloc Fins. ^_^

    My paladin tends to start lecturing people who ask for gold, and not stop until people run away. It’s all “Why, in me own day ye ‘ad t’ go out an’ work fer an honest living, an’ if it meant gatherin’ up manure fer th’ farmers, well, ye did it an’ didnae worry about gettin’ yer wee bonny dress dirty! Fer that matter, who ‘ad bonny dresses in those days? We were lucky t’ ‘ave frayed robes an’ rags t’ wear!”

    Someday she’ll run into someone who says “You had *rags*? Why, in my day we had to settle for scraps of linen cloth we found off kobolds!”

    Teuthidas last blog post..Dodging a bullet

  4. It takes a brave soul to ask Pill for money. Or Portals or anything. Pill is grouchy, but sometimes you get people who enjoy it.

    When my husband still played, he would hawk his engineering wares in trade and in /yell. One night we got invited to a White Tower guild meeting.. and Picklewisp starter trying to sell his wares there.

    Little RP conversations are always awesome.

    Itanya Blades last blog post..I’d really just like to kill someone

  5. That was a neat exchange! I have to say, if I had someone approach me that way (and I had the presence of mind to reply in kind) I would be inclined to donate gold to him too.

    Aneas last blog post..Just a little whorish

  6. Beggars like that are few and far between. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting one such beggar. I had such a fun time chatting with him I added him to my friends list. Sadly, however, I have not seen him online for months.

    It was a little encounter that convinced me to transfer to FM. I was walking around Goldshire with my low level character looking for a particular trainer. After not finding the trainer, I came across a person fishing behind GS. So, I asked her politely, “Pray tell, ma’am, who can teach me such-and-such?” She totally made my day when she answered in character. Had I asked the same question on my old server, I probably would have been ignored or even insulted.

    Garilos Durocs last blog post..Garilos Duroc: In Search of Frostwine

  7. I got to RP once with the guy who hauls off the corpses after Crossroads fights. It was a thing of beauty.

    By Mommacow on Feb 12, 2009 | Reply
  8. I love random, unscripted RP like that.

    By parsi on Feb 12, 2009 | Reply
  9. What fun random RP! And about the lack of capitalization and punctuation, like you said, he was trying. The effort was definitely worth the alms you gave him.

    Syranas last blog post..I’m in the Mood for Love~

  10. That was so epically full of win. Random, unscripted RP is always the most enjoyable.

    Arrenss last blog post..Love Is In The Air

  11. Nice story.
    I tried to play at RP server, but I didn’t know how to play / talk properly. I was worried that I’d be ignored if I don’t RP properly hence never considered playing on RP servers.

    thelyses last blog post..cute murlocs

  12. Dal was once ‘mugged’ by a low level rogue while riding the Deeprun Tram. He got on the train, stood behind me and emoted putting a knife to my throat. I gave him a couple of gold, then feigned death and dove off the train when it got to the station.

    By Dalbarr on Feb 13, 2009 | Reply

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