draxynnic, on 04 December 2012 - 04:51 AM, said:
Gixx is a bit too "stereotypical asura" for my liking. Now, it makes sense that the asura are going to have got their fingers deep into Durmand Priory once they got the opportunity, but even (or, possibly, especially) in an enclave of scholars I would have expected the head honcho to be more... diplomatic. Gixx clearly thinks he's better than everyone and everybody and has contempt for non-asura cultures, and isn't ashamed of showing it - I don't know how the Priory selects its leaders, but I don't see him being voted in, and if he was appointed as a successor by his predecessor I don't know what they were thinking.
Sieran, I'd have to say, was probably my favourite of the mentors. Now, don't get me wrong, Tybalt does have his charms, but Sieran's exuberance and bubblyness is something I find refreshing.
The Ghost Rite kind of gives him a little depth though.
It's a lot of effort, but YouTube has clips, if you listen to him. He gets spun up and then catches himself. To me, it comes off almost regretful. That some small part of him enjoyed what Sieran brought, even as it annoyed him. Much like Flint Fireforge and Tasslehoff.
As far as his approach to the Priory. Asuran belief in the Eternal Alchemy to me comes off more as a spiritual philosophy than religion. They understand there are forces beyond them and while they try to squirrel it out, they seem far less interested in controlling them than understanding them.
When dealing with the idol of Balthazzar, he accepts its an artifact of power. He accepts it can be useful. It is a piece of the Eternal Alchemy. One that humans gave a face and a name to. Had it been a human NPC, they could probably have treated it with more reverence and indeed, might be hesitant to use it. Charr would scoff at it out of hand, because they dislike the concept of Gods in general. Sylvari... I dunno. Considering the fact that they're only 25 years old as race, I can't see them holding a high spot in the order. Magister might be it. Gixx might have already been installed at their awakening. Norn, same issues as humans. They have their own religion they hold steadfast towards. Articles of power tied to religion might be treated differently.
Though who knows. There's a Priory event in Brisband Wildlands where two human Arcanists are performing a ritual. I think one of them is a skeptic, going through the motions. The other one seems to believe, but doesn't seem to hold any reverance to the gods he's praying to, to enact the ritual. They seemed like a means to an end for him as well.
Edited by MazingerZ, 04 December 2012 - 08:36 PM.