So, here’s the thing. I have an issue. It’s a personal one and one that I both accept and encourage within myself. I enjoy off-roading with my game choices: making choices regarding game play and character progression that break me out of all pigeon holes except one…the underdog position. This is true, because
- I find up-hill battles very appealing.
- I like seeing content that most don’t.
- I like to feel that my experience has unique qualities to it…you know, so I have something to write about.
Now here comes the Old Republic: a game that I’ve harbored a little plan for. It’s a plan I want to share with you, in the vain and fundamentally silly hope that it may prove contagious.
I want to play a Consular, as I’ve said. Of course, that character will not be my only champion…as I really want to see as much of the KOTOR-esque story-focused content as I can. Thus, I will also play a Sith warrior. A Dark Force wielder. In particular, I will play the Sith warrior caste member in such a way that he “falls”. I will play to maximize his light side points.
Why would I do this? Plain and simple, I want to see what Bioware has done with it. I’m sure the whole Jedi-falling-to-the-dark-side thing is all flushed out and will happen a lot (it’s en vogue to play a “Path of Corruption” these days, no?) but I’m willing to bet that the Sith-falling-to-the-light-side thing is just as flushed out. And what could be more rife with conflict and tension than that story arch? When Jedi fall, you get exiled or – in some special cases – memory-wiped. When Sith “fall”, well they want to try and kill you. And how fun would it be to be a Sith – leveraging Sith training and equipment – harried at all sides by your own. Sure, Sith will try to kill you regardless…but I’d like to see the dialog involved in them chewing me out/berating me for being weak…while I hack their faces off in a vehement, violent, albeit graceful way. (I’ll just be civil about it.) I am pretty sure you can’t change sides (i.e. switch or get switched from Sith to Jedi)…though that would be AMAZING. I’ll be content with being a renegade with some weird quest content unlocked to me for my strange choices.
Erickson said at one of the PAX Q&As I witnessed that we won’t gain Dark Side points for being snarky…only for evil actions; i.e. if you say you’ll kill the puppies but actually save the puppies you can hide from your dark Sith Master that you’re “falling to the light side”. Whether I will be snarky, I’m not sure. But will I be a disturbing, misunderstood pariah/anti-hero? Yes, please.
If you can’t stomach the idea of saving puppies with a horrifically disfigured, tattooed, and terrifying-to-behold Sith warlord, well…you can do so vicariously here, starting probably sooner than I like to think.