Sasi wrote:Tantus wrote:
Yeah! There are those High Slaves who reportedly manipulate and host meetings for their owners. But to myself, this is as interesting as the next guy who comes along claiming to be a Great Warrior who's felled cities by himself. It's all bullshit. I'm not interested in how people want to be perceived, I want to see what they're capable of. I want to see what they've done and then I'll say, 'You, motherfucker are someone I can work with. Put on your rape-face and let's go subjugate some fucking cities.'
Why would it be uninteresting? Because it doesn't fit your basic idea of what a slave should be? But such a situation is -by the books- described in the books. It's not about how to be perceived. It's about a character, a role, a situation and how you character will react to it.
The funny thing is that in the books, a city will likely display their slaves, their beauty in order to impress important visitors.. But we are in SL Gor, where slaves are expected to remain unnoticed, in the decor... In SL Gor, let's display FW. Are they not, despite the books do not support this point, even made ambassadors?Tantus wrote:So I am particular about timings and won't appreciate some random element who won't be a productive part of that meeting, e.g. a slave using 20 minutes to roleplay passively about herself.
If she were actively included in the scene, given the chance of being noticed not just because she serves drinks, she would not be role playing passively about herself...Tantus wrote: But in my roleplaying experience, your average slave character behaves in very predictable ways and doesn't want to push herself beyond her envelope.
I remember a few years ago, back in the days of Tyros, Rovere and Vonda wars, my then characters owner was a City First Sword and attended IC Scarlet Caste High Council meetings on various sims regarding the ongoing battles and war. He used to take me IC, precisely as Sasi explains, to display his slave, to impress, to make other men jealous. A common Gorean trait in the books. He would actively include me in the meeting RP and not just to RP serving drinks. The practicalities of RP'ing a war cabinet of sorts were not exclusive to the other RP'ers present as Tantus suggests in this instance.
Sure, some of the slaves I came across were the "cerulean blue orbs sweep around the room as she shivers in anticipation" bots we all know and cringe over. Serving a paga was their lifeblood. And good for them. Whatever floats your boat. You like cleaning sandals - go to it. Post order conventions weren't so ingrained back then, for better or worse, and most people just skimmed over the common drink serve posts.
But I remember one particular Warrior whom got tired of my owners boasting and excessive pride in his slave at one of these meetings.. as I was so intelligent and beautiful (in my owners swagger) - would I not be the perfect operative to tease out information from an important ambassador under the influence of hot kalda and a hot tongue around his cock? My owner had to RP the quandry of possibly losing his slave if suspicions were aroused or the plot leaked, he was possessive and didn't really want to share me, etc etc... Or he would be the hero of the hour if war treaty intelligence were gleaned. It resulted in some fantastic RP for everyone involved - I was eventually IC taken by the jealous Warrior by tarn over the Tyros walls.
I guess my point to Tantus is please don't tar everyone with the same brush and give people a chance, whatever their character, by being more inclusive, at least intially. You may find a bot lifestyle kind of slave, you may find the best RP'er to ever cross your path. How will you ever know if you dismiss them before you even give them a chance?