Long time lurker of these forums, seldom writing posts. I was gone for the better part of a year at least and came back now, haunting the MUD again if I'm able.
My char, who most of you know on a different name, has a problem. She has made mistakes a lot of them. And one, as I am starting to realise more and more, was becoming a dark elf. That has nothing to do with the fact of being evil, she's a twisted elfie and has always been, but rather with the implications that come with it.
The biggest reason for my return is that I learned the situation in Arborea has changed. I can now at least sometimes run into people to interact with and enjoy the time. I composed this post to show people what I have experienced roleplaying a dark elf, hopefully sparking a discussion or two as to how the situation can be improved. First, the list:
- Being a dark elf opens some doors that were previously closed on you and there's
a little physical advantage as well.
- The whole process of becoming a dark elf is very well done and well thought out.
- having 'no way back' has a certain ring to it that I do like, especially for my
- Most people don't even bother to stop and engage in any form of non-violent
interaction. Even being thrown at with foul vegetables would be a welcome change.
- Being instantly on the enemy list of half the known world is certainly difficult at
best. And no, Asador is no alternative. Go there, you'll understand.
- Even the most dumb folded newborn tshahark telling that you are evil is annoying
and unsettling and destroys any form of potential trickery or mischief you might
feel up to.
- It feels more like you are a savage beast then a mortal creature that has chosen to
worship the powers of darkness. We have class too!
- It is a very lonely life for one who prefers a good RP event over a long battle.
Why would I have chosen to make my char dark elf then? It fits her. She is a very dark
creature, twisted and messed up in many ways, but also not altogether savage. She has her ways and she worships her dark powers, but she's no savage brute. You may find her helping you or being very kind if she believes you are of use to her. She may save a kitten from drowning if she believes it will further her goals. She may altogether like somebody and be uncharasitically selfless. Or she just may be waiting to place a dagger in your gut.
Yet, I find myself unable to live her character even to the slightest, because people don't bother to even get to know her. She's a dark elf, she's the enemy, she must die. Because all dark elves are sathonite priests, thus they must die. (That's fine for the priests of Taniel and the crusaders out there, they even, I believe must think that way, but ... the rest of you ? come on).
What is the purpose of this post? I think I wanted to visualise my little quarrels with my chars situation. I still do have a fun time mostly. The one or other of you is bound to have a good idea to improve things and I don't want to pass this opportunity by. So lets hear it!
You say in Common: We're not all savage beasts, you know.