haha i must be crazy. I agree, they really could have introduced Trahearne to our personal stories much more strategically, but I am playing a human Vigil ele and I really like him!
Id say it starts with the fact that I find him the most reliable NPC I've ever had to fight with in missions, and for these reasons:
1. atleast in my experience.. HE NEVER DIES. unlike logan, warmaster forgal, etc, he'll last forever against a million undead, which has been a big help to me. (or its atleast comforting!)
2. if im downed, he can usually rally me up (unless its a raging mob of course)
If I die and rezone at a checkpoint, he either zones with me, or comes running back to me. other NPC partners don't do this.
3. as a squishy ele who usually solos PVE, i really appreciate this. after the numerous missions ive undertaken with him, his presence has become somewhat endearing and reassuring to me.
yea that sounds real cheese, but this brings me to his dialogue. im afraid i personally cant see where some of you are coming from when you accuse his personality being underhandedly pompous, etc.? ive always liked his humble, calming temperament (& I don't quite get the "no personality" complaint- does having personality always require either being super snarky/sassy/dignified/sarcastic/tough/whatever to the utmost extreme? i dont understand lol)
He always struck me as earnest, not self tooting. I've also always liked hearing his commentary on Tyria's backstory throughout my travels, as familiar as it is to me.
(well, the whole "you're their primary target but they're obviously attacking me" comment from Claw Island, is awkwardly contradicting, but with all things considered, i feel that is more simply a writing staff fluke rather than a weakness in Trahearne's personality)
I'd say the moment that really struck me was at some point on I think, Claw Island, he said something to the effect of "I will not abandon you" because of my ability for something or other...And of course, Trahearne continues to express his loyalty/friendship to you throughout the story. I don't recall any other GW 1/2 NPC having that effect of comradery on me, and I just like it (well master togo was pretty boss). I dont know, I just find myself looking forward to fighting with him.
I like the fact that Trahearne becomes the ringleader against Zhaitan/etc- it just makes the most sense. Its too predictable and Mary-sueish for a young hero from Shaemoor who is already affiliated with a Order to uptake that kind of role. I've yet to really feel uprooted from my personal story or whatnot.
But yes- as with alot of things, Anet could've been more graceful with the story flow. And they could've been smarter with how they engineered NPCs interactions. Nevertheless, I truly like Trahearne for what Anet tried to serve him as, but unfortunately they failed at the perfect execution
so as far as his character goes, I may be biased upon being a soloing ele (who also loves British accents haha) but those are my 2cents...
Edited by citypigeon, 25 November 2012 - 08:14 AM.