After much contemplation, I’m finally going to start dipping my toes in the world of MMO Roleplay. I intend to take it slow, and going to start off with not one of my main toons on Guild Wars 2, but a low level one I’m slowly leveling. Here’s the profile I put together for her.
Name: Alexstraza Descu Aliases: Alex, Lexi, Pumpkin (only to her Pa) Race: Human (Krytan/Ascalonian) Gender: Female Profession: Guardian Apparent age: Mid-to-Late Teens
Alexstraza looks every bit the fifteen/sixteen year old girl that she is: youthful, wholesome, dirty-blonde hair pulled into pigtails, and big wide brown eyes. Although she is on the short side (five-foot-one), Alexstraza still has some years to grow into full adulthood. Her lean and wirey physique points to an active, hardworking lifestyle, rather than one of idle luxury.
When she’s not wearing farmer’s rags, Alexstraza dons a suit of armor with blue trims. Something about it being a family heirloom…
An incredibly strong sense of right-and-wrong, forthright, honest-to-a-fault: these are qualities that set Alexstraza on the path of becoming a Guardian. Add youthful enthusiasm and energy to the mix, and you have a potential future hero in the making.
On the other hand, she also lacks experience. She can also be overzealous. Her education is minimal, and she’s not a particularly smart cookie (yes, she can’t read or write very well). This is why she gained the dubious nickname “Bumpkin Knight” from the other villagers.
She believes in the Six Gods… because Pa and Ma say so. But she particulrly worships Kormir for what he represents.
Alexstraza is the daughter of Bront and Myllia Descu, and grew up on the Descu farm in Shaemoor. She is either the sixth or seventh (Pa and Ma were always vague about that) of nine children, which include six boys and three girls. Bront also happened to be a volunteer drill sergeant of the Shaemoor militia, and so Alexstraza and most of her brothers received militia training at one point or another. Ever since she was young, Alexstraza demonstrated a unique talent: she has always been, and continues to be deceptively and comically strong. Bront was particularly proud of his daughter for that reason; he attributed her strength to their one-tenth Norn ancestry (never mind that doesn’t explain why none of his other kids share the same trait, but who cares about details?).
Alexstraza used her strength to protect other children from bullies, and developed a reputation as a protector in the village. Unsurprisingly, this kickstarted her desire to become a champion of justice for the common folk! One day she would become a knight, and she trained tirelessly under Bront until she suspected that there was more to battle than bashing over an opponent’s head as hard and as many times as possible. So when the Seraph arrived to help defend the village from centaur raids, she begged and badgered until one of the Seraph sergeants agreed to give her proper combat training. The kindly sergeant even gave Alexstraza a suit of old beaten-up and broken Seraph armor, which the girl joyfully accepted and treated it like a new family heirloom.
And now, at fifteen-and-a-half years of age, Alexstraza is almost ready to take on the evils of the world. But first, she is looking to squire herself to some great knight or warrior, so she can learn how to be a proper knight…. and do proper knightly things. Reading and writing are preferrably optional.
STRENGTHS & TALENTS
Uncanny physical strength. Unwavering sense of justice. Energetic.
WEAKNESSES & SHORTCOMINGS
Inability to intimidate enemies. Uneducated. Not-so-smart.
No perma-death or mutilation please. This character is meant to be somewhat light-hearted!
This is going to be my very first attempt to making a Roleplay character on an MMORPG, so I am taking things slow. Bear with me!
Just to add a thought to the prospect of Roleplaying on MMORPG — while I’m very accustomed to RPing on Mushes and other text-based medium, the MMO environment is very different. The action takes place on your screen, rather than in your imagination, and poses are necessarily more condensed. How do I par down a RP pose down to a line or two, when I’m accustomed to writing paragraphs? It’s also a bit jarring to pose certain actions when your toon is just standing there idly. Those are things that I need to get used to.
I remember one of my friends on STO who tried to introduce me to RP at Quark’s, which I found really difficult to get into. I suspect if STO RP takes place on a starship and we all play crew members, there would be far more interesting than a bunch of Starfleet captains sitting around a table sipping Saurian brandy. I think tavern/bar RP is not really a suitable outlet for Star Trek-based RP; after all, we’re in Starfleet, we should be out exploring! Starfleet didn’t pay us to sit around a bar day after day.