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#1 MysticAngelic

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:42 PM

I have this question in my head for some time now and it never really gets answered where ever I've searched. It's a more in depth question about the the choice you make during character creation and how it will ultimately effect the background and personal story of a character.

Let's use a Human race as an example here and let's fast forward to the step where you make a choice in "One of my biggest regrets is that __________"

Unknown Parents ("I've never searched for my true parents") — When I was an infant, I was abandoned at an orphanage. A kind couple adopted me and became my family. However, I've always wondered about my real parents.

Dead Sister ("I never recovered my sister's body") — My sister was a Seraph. Centaurs killed her while she was out on patrol. They never recovered her body, and it has always bothered me.

Missed Opportunity ("I passed up an opportunity to perform in the circus") — When I was young, I had the opportunity to perform in the circus, but I turned it down. To this day, I'm sorry I didn't leap at the chance.

Let's assume I chose Nobility in the previous step.

Q1: When I make a choice in one of my biggest regrets, does the choice I make effect the outcome of one another?

1. For example if I chose dead sister as my biggest regret, does this mean I also have unknown parents and missed opportunity in my history but they aren't as big of a regret as the choice I made? I may or may not get the chance to find my unknown parents and redeem myself from the missed opportunity.

OR

2. Using the same example, dead sister is my biggest regret. Since dead sister is the only regret I've chosen in my personal background, does this mean my biological parents are alive and live well and I didn't have missed opportunity?

What I'm confused here is does it matter what choice you make if ALL 3 tragic events exist in your character's background? or is it one path in my life history and the other two never existed?


Q2: In the opening cinematic, there was a line in the script that says "I was born into luxury...." and I've unknown parents. The details in unknown parents confuses me with the fact that I was born into luxury. "When I was an infant, I was abandoned at an orphanage..." Does this mean I was born in the upper class family but for some reasons I was abandoned, perhaps I was an Illegitimate child. A kind couple adopted me and became my family. The couple who adopted me happens to be in the upper class as well so everything else fits in my choice as a Nobility. There seems to a plot holes here? and I'm confused.


Thx for reading this long post and I appreciate someone with more knowledge can clarify a few confusions here :)

#2 sahirah05

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

Q2 : i would assume that you were abandoned by your biological parent for X reason and some rich folk picked you up.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:46 PM

Each choice has changes to the storyline.  For instance if you choose Noble and go with your regret was your parents.  The story has a slightly different feel to it then if you were from the middle class or the poor.  It ends up going in the same direction but simply with different feels because your background as a person was different.

Lets say you keep your background of being noble but change the regret that obviously changes the story even more than the background.  I would say the background of poor, middle, noble has a change of flavor while the regret has a bigger impact on where the story goes.

I didn't go very far in each of the ones I tried for the humans often stopping at around the level 16 story part.  I felt this gave some insight and I tried various selections so I would know which story I liked for my main.  If you would like I can tell you about the Noble that didn't know his parents as well as the middle class that lost his sister.

These two I can give in depth, others i just went a short way in.  Send me a private message and I will give you some spoilers.

Edited by DrunkenMadKing, 16 August 2012 - 09:50 PM.


#4 MysticAngelic

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:11 PM

View PostDrunkenMadKing, on 16 August 2012 - 09:46 PM, said:


Thx DMK for ur in depth reply but what I really want to know is the other 2 tragic events still exist in your character's personal history besides the chosen one (example: dead sister)?

I mean if all 3 events exist then the only difference is your character's personal view in his or her biggest regret out of all three tragic events? If this is the case and let's continue to use the dead sister choice as an example. Does your character concern about his or her unknown parents and missed opportunity at all? Maybe they're just briefly brought up from time to time because they weren't his/her biggest regret and the focus of the personal story is on dead sister and its impact on your character. This is part which confuses me the most. :P

Edited by MysticAngelic, 16 August 2012 - 10:12 PM.


#5 ProfGast

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:11 PM

The choices are mutually exclusive.  After all, I'd think you have pretty messed up priorities if you had unknown parents, and a missing sister, and yet your life's greatest regret was being unable to perform in a circus.

Edit: Each one triggers a different personal story questline, and to the best of my knowledge no mention of the other optoins

Edited by ProfGast, 16 August 2012 - 10:13 PM.


#6 MysticAngelic

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

View PostProfGast, on 16 August 2012 - 10:11 PM, said:

The choices are mutually exclusive.  After all, I'd think you have pretty messed up priorities if you had unknown parents, and a missing sister, and yet your life's greatest regret was being unable to perform in a circus.

Edit: Each one triggers a different personal story questline, and to the best of my knowledge no mention of the other optoins

Yes that would makes sense and I'd like my choices to be mutually exclusive. However it will contradict with the original question: "One of my biggest regrets is that __________" notice the plural regrets. I would then have to assume all 3 events exist in a character's personal history but the difference is his or her view about what he/she considered to be the biggest of all 3.

Honestly, I'd rather it to be mutually exclusive so I'd choose the lesser tragic of the 3 which is the missed opportunity and my sister is alive and well and we live with our true parent, and I wasn't adopted. I'm still confused :P

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:27 PM

Honestly, I think you're reading into it too much.  It lists three quest threads/options that you can choose.  If all three were present I would definitely phrase it differently.  I mean it's possible, I suppose that all three are present but that's definitely not the impression I got.  You'd really need someone who went further in the human lines than I did for a 100% confirmation but I don't see it as a "list of regrets I have, pick biggest" but more of a "This is my big regret, though I have had others."

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:31 PM

Regrets, I've had a few, but then to few to mention ...

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I played it my way.

#9 DrunkenMadKing

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:48 PM

View PostMysticAngelic, on 16 August 2012 - 10:20 PM, said:

Yes that would makes sense and I'd like my choices to be mutually exclusive. However it will contradict with the original question: "One of my biggest regrets is that __________" notice the plural regrets. I would then have to assume all 3 events exist in a character's personal history but the difference is his or her view about what he/she considered to be the biggest of all 3.

Honestly, I'd rather it to be mutually exclusive so I'd choose the lesser tragic of the 3 which is the missed opportunity and my sister is alive and well and we live with our true parent, and I wasn't adopted. I'm still confused :P

You are choosing your storyline.  Not all three are connected.  If you choose you don't know your parents it doesn't mean your sister is dead or that you wanted to run off to the circus.




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