This is Over Exposure, an investigative look at the galaxy around us to find out what is really going on behind those closed blast doors. The past couple of weeks we have been traversing the great frozen wasteland of Hoth, trying to carve out those crystals in the rough, the tourist attractions no one sees on this forgiving planet. This week, Over Exposure takes you to the Starship Graveyard!
Once overrun by pirates out for spoils, this kilometers-long landmark of galactic history is worth a stop on your Hothhian tour. Whether you're a history buff, or a war aficionado, Hoth's Starship Graveyard is sure to whet any sort of whistle one may have for mayhem. Made up of ships that fell from a great space battle during The Battle of Hoth. This battle was a historic event that helped shape the Great Galactic War. That's enough of a history lesson. On with the good stuff.
Now that both Galactic Republic and Sith Empire forces have given the pirates a run for their money (for the time being), now is a great time to go and take holopics of yourself and your buddies climbing the great jutting spires of the Vehement Sword: the Imperial starship which broke in half as it landed. Or, if you're feeling brave, take a vid of yourself lumbering around the well-protected outskirts of The Star of Coruscant: the Republic vessel which fell aground completely intact.
That completes our tour of the sights and smells of Hoth! Come with us as we snake through the hyperlanes to Taris! Until next week, HoloSeekers!
Mai Cash | Over Exposure
. The entire movie franchise and everything spawned after and because of it is all focused on one thing, one invisible entity that acts as the guide and buffer for the characters around it.
During the original trilogy, the Force is something of a mystery, but after that the Jedi fell, it's became a thing of myth and legend, an old story used to frighten children into behaving and being good citizens, or else they'd disappear like the Jedi did.
Initially, it's just a phantom, barely represented until Luke Skywalker
finds a pair of droids and starts an adventure.
In the films, there is a clear picture of black and white, good and evil, light side and dark side. This image is represented by having characters that in essence are rather two dimensional at first. You have the good guys, and the bad guys, and there isn't anything in between until the epic scene where Darth Vader
sacrifices himself to protect the son he never knew. That is the first real sense of atonement or grey that people see.
In The Old Republic
, this idea still exists. At the start of the game, each player must choose a side, the first thing said as you load in; yet through the course of your gameplay, you see a plethora of characters on both sides of the Force line that fall into a grey area or changes sides. Good guys become bad guys, bad guys become good guys.
In roleplay this is equally true, and a part of good storytelling often is to keep things open for your character to change based on their influence.
What do your characters see the Force as? Is it what guides a character to choose a side? Is there a dark side to the force, or are there just dark people?
When interviewing the player through the eyes of his character, one quote really jumps out at me: "The perfect galaxy would be one forever consumed by war. Where no one lays down their arms to resist the growth of progress."
That is a pretty grim view of things. But then, let us face it: there is a little bit of a warmonger in all of us, right? You cannot tell me that you would not be tempted to rally behind this ominously malevolent Darth
if given the chance. I then asked him about his day-to-day life, and I must say that the Darth was certainly not in any way forthcoming. An awkward silence hung upon the air and causing it to thicken with the slightest indication that it would be best to move on from this question and soon!
Indeed, Thyrus would seek to improve the universe; setting the galaxy alight on a wave of unrelenting conflict; burning worlds, snuffing out the lives of those not worthy of existence and creating a galaxy forever at war. Peace is indeed a lie for this Sith and there is no mistaking that.
I had to ask, beyond a desire to make the galaxy into a living and breathing barbecue, as to what the man's inspirations might be and his response was perhaps, at this point, rather chilling as expected:
"Have you ever been truly afraid, insect? Have you ever been afraid that your own heartbeat will betray your hiding spot from your nightmares? Truly felt anger pulse through your veins? Where you’ve been so wronged and witnessed such an injustice but been powerless to act? Once you’ve experienced these emotions in their raw form, you don’t need any other motivator."
There is always that one character in a book, maybe a character you roleplay with or someone in a movie who you secretly wish you could date in real life. Or am I the only one?
I think for me, the first character who comes to mind is Darth Jadus
). I know this guy has an army of fangirls and boys just swooning over every moment of dialogue within the SWTOR
storyline; they lose all sense of self at the word Jadus and simply spend hours and hours debating the merits of his effectual personality, his smooth hypnotic soothing accent and his rather pleasing manner (OK… that sounds odd).
However, when looking to at lore, there are a number of amazing characters to choose from; after all, charisma, even for Sith
, can be an important part of what makes a character so appealing to the audience. I decided to be a little avant-garde and Darth Nihl
shall be the focus of this small study.
Darth Nihl was a Nagai
Sith Lord serving within Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire
, previously a Nagai warlord initiated into the fold of the One Sith
by none other than Darth Krayt himself, and then becoming the Fist
: the go-to guy for all things war-based. Or better put, the supreme military commander for the One Sith.
He's a dab hand with a saber, broody as anything and just plain charismatic. Where do I sign for the civil ceremony (I would assume the Catholic church would not approve of my marrying a Sith Lord)?
So tell me: who is your secret crush?
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Why is everyone having awesome RP but me?”
In my experience, this is a common assumption amongst role-players, that somehow, somewhere, the rest of the RP community is happening, and the individual is left in some kind of hellish limbo where plots are left unfinished, stories untold, and the only thing left to do is to mope around at the cantina bar listening in to everyone else RPing together.
This ethos is both a self-fulfilling prophecy and utter myth in the same blue milk-laced breath. I’m glad to report that the solution and the cause of this malady are one and the same.
It is you!
Let me share with you that most hallowed of all evidence, an anecdote;
Many moons ago, after the collapse of SWG
and years of WoW
burnout, I found a game called Rift
. For me personally, it was like WoW
, but with RP I could get into. I was a shy and retiring character not knowing anyone and not doing a lot about it other than keeping to myself and not having more than a sentence or two of RP interactions with anyone.
Where lights burn brightest and liquor flows freest, emotions run at light speed. HoloGossip
met with a Hotshot Jedi Starfighter Pilot on Alderaan
to discuss a rather Sithy situation he got into on Hoth
. When HoloGossip
sent out feelers a few weeks ago
asking for updates on any other attacks by Sith
targets, this particular Hotshot Pilot came forward to discuss his battle with a Terrible Twosome. Here's the scoop:
Our Hotshot Pilot was fixing his starfighter on Hoth when the Terrible Twosome (a set of Sith twins) arrived to ruin his day. And ruin his day they did. With super-coordinated attacks, the Terrible Twosome not only managed to almost take out our Hotshot Pilot, but they totally destroyed his starfighter before the Pilot could capture the Twosome and put them in a holding cell in Aurek Base.
Before the Terrible Twosome could be sent to justice, however, they were rescued in the nick of time by a Punctual Bounty Hunter who incapacitated the guards, the Hotshot Pilot, and hauled jets. Never fear, though, this Hotshot Pilot has his gunship up and running again, and is back in the fight. When asked why such the quick turnaround, Hotshot said, "[The Sith] are hitting us right where we live now, and folks need to be ready, not scared." He then went on to add, "They can be beaten." Spoken like a true Jedi, and if the Sith are beaten, you heard it here first, right on HoloGossip.
[Both the HNN and HoloGossip take no official stance in this or any political and/or ideological conflicts. Thank you for reading. - Editor]
Mai Cash | HoloGossip
Shining Star Cantina - Alderaan
[Based on an ongoing storyline on The Ebon Hawk]
We all know about Boba Fett
. Some people may know about him, and not even know about his father. Jango
was killed swiftly by Mace Windu
in front of Boba. Near the final scenes of Attack of the Clones
, you see Boba as a young boy, holding his father's decapitated head. Do you believe this is what put Boba's pathway in motion? To become a notorious bounty hunter
as his father was? Was it to avenge his father's death, or was it some other trauma which set him towards this dark path?
If Mace did not kill Jango, would Boba have stayed the innocent boy he once was? Some may argue because Boba was already corrupted in a way. He helped his father track down and attempt to destroy Obi-Wan Kenobi's
starship with him still inside it. He hid Jango's armor when Kenobi came to their apartment. Though, once someone goes down a dark path, they can always be taken back onto the right one. It just takes time and effort, or a traumatic event.
What do you think? Was Boba pushed to the limit when he held his father's head? Or was he always a dark child?
This is Over Exposure
, an investigative look at the galaxy around us to find out what is really going on behind those closed blast doors. Last week, we landed on Hoth
to take a peek around what is being lauded as a New Age of Tourism on the frozen wasteland. So Over Exposure
is here this week to bring you a new look on a previously touched on subject
, the rideable, ownable tauntaun
While it makes sense to think that, when taken off their home planet, these creatures may be rather ornery, this is not the case; the tauntauns have proven to be loyal to their new captors. Having given up the taste of the lichen that grow up around the volcanic fissures for rations, rations, and more rations, these tauntauns have grown fat, complacent, and even docile on planets such as Tatooine (and even more unlikely places such as Carrick Station and Vaiken Spacedock).
The Over Exposure team has seen these loveable, docile, once-frozen beasts kitted out even in armor, ostensibly for riding into new areas of elite combat. Because nothing says, "Surprise!" to the Dread Masters like a Sith Lord riding into battle on the back of an armored tauntaun. Everyone knows that to battle fear, the surprise is a key element. When asked about taming the other beasts of the Hoth wild, such as the roaming ice-cats and the ferocious wampa, the tourism agents laughed in our faces. We're not giving up yet! It was once said the tauntaun couldn't tolerate Tatooine, Over Exposure wants to see wampa armed with autocannons fighting in Darvannis.
That's it for now! We have more yet to cover still on Hoth, so until next week, HoloSeekers!
Mai Cash | Over Exposure
The old Hollywood saying is that Fashion makes the man. For celebrities or celebrity wannabes, sometimes it's all about style. It's a telling of when you've made it, when you can drop money on a dress that would leave others jaw droppingly envious, or costs enough to feed a small village overseas.
To a lot of people, designer labels, handbags and suits are things they strive for, and anything generic, off brand, or knock off is cheap and insulting.
Finances and image are also part of characters in Star Wars
. Would Darth Vader
look anywhere near as fierce and frightening without his helmet and mask? Would Lando Calrissian
look as estately and well-off without his cape? What about Luke Skywalker
? Han Solo
? Leia Organa
Each of them has an image that they project onscreen that is aided by the powerful wardrobe they wear. Roleplayers have even helped create brand names and labels inside of SWTOR
, such as M. Star, and other fashion guru type characters.
So my question this week is, what do you characters wear? How does what they wear help project the image you're wanting them to have?
, Grand Master of an order known to many as The Lost Praxeum
, is a long standing player and now the leader of the guild previously mentioned, after having taken over from his predecessor Rasheke
. Alen comes to my notice mainly because I like his style! And when questioning the Grand Jedi Master
, one comes to better understand the character himself, as well as the player and his motivations. The following sentence very much stands out when interviewing the player, about Alen from an in-character point of view:
"I am but one man, and it's not me that's important - but that which I serve, that which I teach, and those whom I stand with."
Alen is a thoughtful character. He cares for those around him; his order, those other Jedi
both fighting along side him and those within his charge. He is a teacher, a spiritual leader and a great warrior in his own right; fighting Sith
and namely his arch nemesis Darth Thyrus
Alen's typical day can be described as serene if a bit hectic. Attending meetings, running lectures, studying within the archives
and advising others. One handy piece of advice he offers to visitors of the temple on Tython
would be this: "Word to the wise: don't expect anything but the vegetarian option to be served."
The next time I am on Tython I will be sure to bring sandwiches (BLT anyone?).