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?
Putting rumors aside, we'd like to know who you think will best portray the offspring of the most popular characters from Star Wars. Known actors, like Ryan and Zac (please say it ain't so)? Or perhaps unknowns (say it is so)? Pick your actors and let us know in the comments!
Father figures are important. Whether they’re present or not, the choices and actions of a father directly impact the lives of their children. They can transmit traits and characteristics, both genetically and through interaction. A father’s name could be a curse or a gift. Parental guidance often affects the path one takes, for better or worse.
In Star Wars
, we see several father figures and their impacts on a character’s development and story. Luke Skywalker
has the worst father in the galaxy. While it may be cliché to bring up Darth Vader
, he is the perfect example of how a character’s story could be influenced by family members. Of course, there are more subtle ways fathers influence Star Wars
is raised by Bail Organa
, and she becomes a princess due to her father’s title. She learns manners (not that she ever uses them) and becomes strong and independent, acting as the voice of reason, much like her father. Bail’s death is the turning point in Leia’s life. The status of your father, be it nobility or Sith Lord, can drastically change your character’s fate.
This Force Reflection asks: who’s your daddy? Has your character’s father, or lack thereof, influenced their occupation, path, or opinions? Or are you more of a momma’s boy? Is your character’s dad dead, and if so, how did his death impact your character? Let us know in the comments below!
Star Wars is full of deceit. Palpatine is actually Darth Sidious. Leia masquerades as an ubese bounty hunter. Padmé is a queen disguised as a handmaiden. Luke dons a Stormtrooper suit. Some of these mirages succeeded, others did not end well. Regardless, many characters in Star Wars are not who they appear to be.
Fake personas often aid heroes (and villains) in their quests. Going undercover or simply hiding the corruption deep in their soul can change the way the galaxy sees your character. Helmets, being a trending fashion, make it all too easy to hide your character's true identity. Face merchants can totally rearrange facial features. Some species can shape-shift into entirely new forms. Characters that take advantage of these chances to conceal themselves have many opportunities to infiltrate, sabotage, and gather intelligence on countless different individuals or organizations. Whether their true identity will be discovered is a risk they have to take.
This Force Reflection asks: Do you fake it till you make it? Has your character ever played dress-up to disguise their true identity? Why were they masquerading as someone they weren't? Was the illusion successful, or did they end up in a slave girl bikini? Let us know in the comments below!
The Star Wars
movies are filled with heroes. In the times of conflict presented, the Clone Wars
and the Galactic Civil War
, countless powerful figures step forward to bring renewed strength to what seemed to be a lost cause. R2-D2 saves Padmé
’s ship. Count Dooku becomes Sidious’s apprentice. The Chosen One is found. Luke and Leia are born.
In Star Wars: The Old Republic
, there is a similar conflict. The Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic are waging war, and each side has taken heavy casualties. If something doesn’t change soon, no one will be left standing when the smoke clears. The galaxy is in desperate need of strong leaders. Heroes that will light the way to victory. So who are these heroes? Who will save the Republic from disaster? Who will raise the Sith to their true potential?
This Force reflection asks: Is your character a New Hope? By their actions, is the faction they are supporting gaining strength? Is your character the savior either side has been looking for? Or is your character insignificant, maybe even detrimental to galactic efforts? Let us know in the comments below!
Everyone knows there's a thin line between In Character and Out of Character interaction; a very clear, and distinct point. You might be Daniel, a married Dispatch operator living on the New York bayshore behind the keyboard. At the same time, however, once you enter the game, an abrupt change occurs: you're now Dinals'otinparki, a savage Inquisitor for the Sith Order
, with a compulsive habit to flirt with anything that will let her. And yet, usually, you can log off. The two personas are distinct. At worse, you might get upset at someone's constant harassment of your character, but it's never too distressing.
But as the Jedi might say, attachment messes up with a person's neutrality. Another person's hunt for a boyfriend to compare Star Wars
trivia with might lead to them getting overly attached to someone; the person on the other end might be a little bit disturbed at how it affects their marriage. Romances are complicated enough in the Star Wars
universe, without dragging how complex real human beings are. After reading through the responses to the recent Force Reflection
, I felt obliged to contribute something towards the issue, particularly since a few responses have helped me. In this article, we're going to look at the point where IC and OOC meet in a romance. We're going to look at the points where it's acceptable, even something more, the parts when it gets vaguely odd, and that very distinct line you really shouldn't cross.
Most of us are enjoying TOR and, perhaps in this spirit, my first editorial here was fairly tame. I picked a small group of bug fixes and Quality of Life improvements that I, and many of my fellow subscribers, would like to see. There are, however, some aspects of this game which are not merely inconvenient or troublesome; they are deeply flawed, and it is better to confront this truth directly, head on, and sooner rather than later. An MMO is a very big ship, and TOR is a bigger one than most. If any corrections are to be made, they will take a very long time. Let us begin now, and let us begin with BioWare's single biggest mistake: the Legacy system surname.
It is important to note that others have already begun this conversation. We have written about the Legacy system here and Sebaya gathered your opinions and feedback
. Sa Chi has discussed it in a brilliantly titled column at All the Galaxy's a Stage
, "The Brady Bunch Legacy,"
and he expanded his thoughts elsewhere
. Baraslan and the gang at Beyond the Grind
have developed the BTG 9000
. While discontent with the Legacy system is easy to hear, there is a quick and clear rebuttal that we should not ignore: the system is not revealed yet. All we know for sure is that the Legacy system defines a surname for all your characters on one server; you can choose to hide that surname or display it as a title instead. Legacy levels, acquired over all your characters on that server, will grant small benefits in character creation or for the levelling-up process. The Legacy system is intended for those of us who like to make multiple characters, in other words. It may unlock new class/species combinations. BioWare recently announced the system would roll out in a more developed form in March with Update 1.2 and they showed us a Miraluka Sith
in a trailer.
All of this is well and good, and the benefits unlocked by Legacy levels may very well be a boon to roleplayers. They may be a jar of candy so tasty and high in calories that we forgive the drawbacks to the system. The drawbacks are, however, quite serious and they hinge on the one part of the system we do know: the Legacy surname.
Family has always played a large role in Star Wars
. Throughout the films and the games, we've seen our fair share of brothers and sisters. The most iconic pair being Luke Skywalker
and Leia Organa
. Having a younger or older sibling in role-play can add a lot more possibility to where a character's story can lead.
The possibilities are quite numerous of what can happen when a sibling enters the story. You could be rivals, competing for a parent's love or respect. You could be the best of friends, always watching each other's back and looking out for one another. Or much like Luke and Leia, you could be completely oblivious to the connection and find out much later of your ties.
With this week's Force Reflection, I have these questions for you: do you have any brothers or sisters? What's your relation to them? Does someone else role-play your family or do you only make mention of them in fiction? Or are they simply an alt you drag out for certain events and plots?
"Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom."
- William Shakespeare.
Love may be the single most dangerous venture one can partake in. Love has sparked wars and brought about peace, it has brought people together and torn best friends apart. In a galaxy at war, is love something that should be sought out, or should one sacrifice love in order to save said lover from the pain of loss? Is love's strengths more powerful than its own weaknesses?
In most stories love is a central theme. In this regard, Star Wars
is no different. There are many love stories and romantic involvements between the characters of the Star Wars
universe. Han and Leia
, Luke and Mara
, and Anakin and Padme
. But their venture into love during times of war have cost them greatly. Han and Leia's loss of children, Luke's loss of Mara, and Padme's unwillingness to continue living without Anakin. It could easily be argued that the choice to love one another was simply not worth it. That more pain came from loving than simply living without it. But is that simply a cynics view of love? Or the view of someone who knows little about life and the beauty of love?
Is love worth partaking in? What are your character's thoughts on love and life? Does your character put more effort into their mission/purpose and forgo love completely for the good of the universe, or are they a hopeless romantic who is constantly seeking out love? Well, let us know in the comments below!
One of the amazing things about the Star Wars
films is the iconic, timeless feeling it possesses. But the movies provide only a small taste of the overall picture and all of the different themes or "feels" contained within the Star Wars
universe. The Expanded Universe is full of not only varying stories, but interesting themes and tones as well. Some stories are fun and light-hearted, while others are dark or even disturbing. So how do you see the Star Wars
universe? Is it one of action-packed fantasy, futuristic slice of life, or dark noir?
One of the reasons roleplay within the Star Wars
universe can be so engaging is due to the interesting and massive amount of lore we as roleplayers have to use as inspiration. Stories like Dark Journey
tell a tale of a Jedi hunting a deranged serial killer in a very dark and gritty setting, something not always instantly associated with Star Wars
. On the other end of the spectrum we have The Princess Leia Diaries,
a story following the youthful antics of Princess Leia
and her dealings with high society. The depth of lore Star Wars
has allows roleplayers to relate to many different themes, tones, and settings, and then allows those roleplayers to venture off and apply similar themes to the story that they tell.
So, what is your story? Does it feel similar to another story inside or outside of the Star Wars universe? Do different characters each have different themes or outlooks on the galaxy, or is your take on the Star Wars universe something you apply to it as a whole?