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1-05-2009 @ 6:54AM
*raises hand*I have an RP question I'm genuinely curious about.I'm a very experienced writer and a very experienced RPer, but I don't RP in wow because I have no idea what I'm doing and where to start, or if any of my character ideas work. So forgive my noobishness here.The thing is, I just don't like playing the commonfolk. I enjoy playing snobs, playing the cultured, playing vanity. A person following the set plotlines and backgrounds within wow pretty much has to be a simple commoner, farm-raised, normal life, dreamed of big adventure, but that is so unappealing to me.I love writing arrogant, unpleasant, out-of-touch-with-reality nobles, forced to rub elbows with the commons. Haughty daughters of rich, dysfunctional families with pedigree and bloodline and a lot of issues. Wealthy scholars who have the expectations and pressure of their parents poured into them.I guess the question is, is there ROOM for this sort of character in WoW RP without either stepping all over the toes of canon or coming across as "MY CHARACTER IS SO AWESOME AND SO MUCH BETTER THAN YOURS." It's ironic because the very reason I ENJOY writing this sort of person is because they're such unpleasant but complex people, which appeals to me much more than the apple-cheeked do-gooder. I'm not trying to create a Mary Sue, but I'm aware that extravagant clothes and noble beauty and a haughty air can come across as those things.I'd love to see some sort of coverage or article about social class and how a character fits into it and whether or not it's possible within lore and rp standards to play ALL different sorts of social classes, rather than just the same middle class average guy.Responses welcome and appreciated!
1-05-2009 @ 7:40AM
To me, sounds like a good candidate for a blood elf. You will easily fit the arrogant person in a shell of an elf, since supremacist thinking is quite common to them, while they may have actually lost all of their wealth, social standing and power during the dark times of Quel'thalas. I don't really see any Mary Sue traits there.
1-05-2009 @ 7:41AM
I can safely tell you that yes, there is room for this in WoW.Naturally there will be people who will shun you right off the bat, either because they think you're being impolite and haughty in an out of character way, and there are plenty of people who even if they catch on that you're RPing, probably won't deal with you too much because of the attitude.If you're willing to persist, however, you can definitely make it worth your while. There are all sorts of characters out there from my experience, and even avoiding the dreaded cliches will probably net you a few people that will interact with you. I imagine you'd even find a number of people who might dislike you in character, but will likely whisper you once they leave and say "That was really good, I'd be happy to run into you and RP with you again!" A lot of RPers, more than anything, are happy to find some kind of conflict. If you can provide a character that might not just agree with them completely, they'll probably find you interesting and come back.From a lore perspective, this is entirely feasible as a character, too. The easiest examples I can think of would be either Humans or Blood Elves. For humans, it's implied that there's a noble caste in Stormwind from the whole Defias chain, and you could probably draw from that to make your dysfunctional noble family. There are plenty of other human lands that you could hail from which might even be better for that: If you were, say, a deposed noble from Alterac (which betrayed the Alliance during the Second War), you could easily pass yourself off as being arrogant and haughty, annoyed at the fact that you've lost your lands and many of your rights despite your attitude, and even get annoyed that you're forced to work with low-life Elwynn residents. Plenty of possibilities there. Blood Elves are a little less established, but given that they were once the Highborne of the Night Elf race, it's hard to imagine them as being anything less than noble. Given that the Scourge sacked most of their lands only a few years ago in the timeline, you could easily have had your family shattered or shaken there. And even the other races probably have some openings. Warcraft has a lot of land and a lot of lore to play around with, and it wouldn't be too hard to adapt a piece of it to your character without breaking any rules.If you're looking for a place to give it a shot, I personally recommend Moon Guard as an RP server, but that statement is tainted by favortism since that's where I play. But of all the servers I've tried, I've had the best response and found the best RP community to be there, particularly on the Alliance side. There are plenty of other RP servers, though, and you might want to try poking around a few and seeing if any interest you.Don't give up hope. This kind of character can work, and I've even seen it work. It's not even that difficult to do, and can end up creating a really fun character to RP and RP with... even if, ICly, you hate each others guts.
1-05-2009 @ 9:15AM
Oh! There is plenty of room for snobs in wow. I happen to have one. o.oI see a lot of Blood Elves like this, and man are they ever fun to RP with. One particular Paladin I RP with a lot has a great concept that I think makes him an interesting sort of Blood Elf snob; though the character grew up poor, his family were servants to the upper class of Society, so he's very preoccupied with the proper way of doing things, but still gets looked down at because of his class.Personally I love haughty, snobby kinds of characters. My advice is to write a personality and history for the character you create and just jump right in!If you're on MG, I'd be happy to introduce you to a few Blood Elven women would be delighted to take you shopping and to the spa, and complain about having to invite certain lower crusters to the Winter Veil ball. XD
1-05-2009 @ 11:46AM
Yep, you can play a snobby character if you like. I think the key to it is trying to be snobby in such a way that it's clear you're only acting. You can kind of repel people and attract them at the same time by specifically choosing your moments of naughtiness to inflict the least amount of actual discomfort and unpleasentness as possible. You know how it is -- you can get a sense if the people around you are willing to tolerate a bit of uncouth behavior and play along with it. If you catch people out of the blue with snootiness, they may not know what to make of you and just write you off onto their ignore list. As Amelyra said, you just have to be clear in one way or another, that the rudeness is in-character only.
1-05-2009 @ 6:00PM
Arrogant Blood Elves are definitely doable from an RP perspective.We've got one in my guild on Silver Hand, and he's a lot of fun to interact with! My tauren warrior regularly refers to him as a "cute lil' guy" and musses his hair whenever the guild meets.
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