But to take something that was said in another thread (and not derail that thread any further):
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.'
How do we feel about "exceptional characters" in role play? Is it the case that a character with a grand backstory or IC position is an automatic precluder to an interesting character, in SL Gor's connected multitude of sims?
I suspect my perspective might be different because I have stepped outside of SL Gor RP, and plenty, to the point that (until lately) it really hasn't been more than an occasional scene or sojourn for me in a good few years (and I'm pretty sure my time in connected "SL Gor" sims has already ended). There's just something very cool about seeing the king out and about in GoT RP and having to navigate all the obstacles and expectations that come with that. There's something awesome about meeting a legendary fighter or a renowned superstar as you go about your business. And of course playing those characters, taking on the responsibility that they invest to ensure that other people's stories are given a nudge with every interaction (and often even in their absence) is fun, too.
I tend, when I'm rerolling, to swing from famous/well known to not, while switching up personalities. So an infamous chaotic evil character will likely be followed by an unknown lawful good character, followed by an infamous chaotic neutral, and so on. So my experience has spanned being the "exception" and being the "rule" in equal measure.
By far, the "exception" has been the more difficult to play, in my experience. My very first attempt at a high slave was several years ago in Ar, when an (ostensibly good - in fact, downright snobbish) role player IM'd me to inform me that it wasn't "fair" to play a high slave, since there were other people who had been playing slaves for longer than me and were OOCly pissed. Which earned her a laugh, and I carried on doing my thang. And of course, almost without exception, every guy wants to be THAT ONE MAN who can resist the high passion slave's wiley charms and manipulation. And why not? If I get to be an exception, so do they, right? There are millions of NPC men to fall at my high slave's feet - and to be disinterested in the lowly pot girl alt that everyone and their dog seems to want to fuck.
But in the end, I do think that having "notable characters" with representative and intermingled histories, having a hierarchy of book-plausible characters to be at odds with each other, creating factions with those characters and other players can conflict, rise and fall, and the consequences of those rises and falls (up to and including the permanent death or banishment of characters) are brought to bear in future role play - where there is a coherent timeline and lore - just creates a more interesting RP environment in which to play.
In the end, I like the presence of notable/exceptional characters and the effect that has on the environment (when everyone's on the same, collaborative page), but in real-time RP terms, well-played exceptional characters and well-played rule characters can both be as interesting as each other.
How about you lot? Do we like exceptions portrayed in the books, or should they be relegated to the trash heap - high slaves, secret slut free women, bla bla bla. Or should everyone can play the "rule"?