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11-11-2007 @ 6:22PM
This is the first time I'm really going to disagree with you, David. You've remembered the roleplaying, but forgotten the game.In the example you gave, just because Ladyvira claims to be a Daughter of Seragas doesn't make her genuinely one -- the rules of blocking and offering (as I learned them when I did drama) allow for reinterpretation. The paladin could handle it the way you described, certainly, but this would be equally valid.Orthar says: Excuse me miss, can I ask you a question?Ladyvira says: Die, mortal! Taste the awesome powers of my demonic heritage! Feel your soul writhe and burn under my touch! Die! DIE!!!Orthar grasps his arm and winces in pain.Orthar says: Ah! Who .... what are you?!Ladyvira says: I am the daughter of Sargeras! I have come here to feed on your puny soul!Orthar: You will not claim me without a fight!Othar: /duel LadyviraNow, at this point, Ladyvira can either decline the duel... at which point she's clearly blocking and without much of a leg to stand on in future roleplay here... or she can accept it. And she'll be demolished.At which point, Othar can declare,Othar: Miss, I've fought the minions of Sargeras. I have been the darkness of Sargeras in their eyes. And you, miss, are no Sargeras. Be thankful you begged for mercy, for I will grant mercy to any, regardless of their evil.At which point he could walk off.Plausibility and consistency actually matter more in an MMORPG than in a novel. In the novel, there's an authoritative voice holding it together, we forgive more. In an MMORPG, it's a shared hallucination, very fragile and needing treating with care.
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