April 15, 2014

The thing I really like about the ESO character creator is the sort of unique sense of personality characters can get. They can have scars or not, they can be rugged or not, they can wear makeup or not. Though, depending on the kind of scar, you may have to choose between that and makeup. I can pick their voice from a full set of options and it has a real place in the game from the combat noises to how they laugh in emotes.

I’m an altaholic, I almost have the full eight slots filled already with distinctive battle hardened ladies. I’m oddly attached to them, I care about what happens to them, and I’ve started caring about the world and the people they’re struggling to save. This is weird for me, in an MMO, but it probably has a lot to do with the phasing technology. The world of ESO isn’t static, it changes. Characters reference what my characters have done, there’s the odd occasion for snark. They’re not fully voiced, but they do have a voice.

I love the full body burn scars in this game and I love that they are available for female characters. My AD Breton Sorcerer (the bottom one), Catrine is obviously a beautiful woman. She’s someone who takes pride in her appearance, her hair is carefully done up, her skin painted, eye highlighted. The other half of her face is a wreck, along with most of her body, a crucial part of her sense of self was stolen and she’s trying to make up the difference. It’s unlikely to matter, she’s a Breton in the Aldmeri Dominion. A stranger in a strange land, a foreigner who landed in an enemy country. Those she encounters will see her as a burn victim first, a Breton second, and everything after that irrelevant. But it matters to her, so she keeps up appearances. She’s arrogant and superior too, she likes to sneer down her nose at the High Elves. Fair’s fair, right?

Comparatively, my Imperial Templar above her is a laid back warrior. She’s battered, but still maintains a sense of youthful innocence. Everything that comes at her just slides right off and she dedicates herself to the task of ridding Tamriel of Molag Bal. She takes her new life at an easy pace, one step at a time. When it comes to the Tribunal, she holds her tongue and prays to Meridia for patience. If they provide her with the opportunity to hunt necromancers and the undead, how can she say no? General assumption in the Fighter’s Guild is she’s a follower of Stendarr and it’s safer for all involved if things stay that way.

This game really has stolen my heart.

April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

Hilarious moment in ESO today, I found a man running from a ram. Oh, Khenarthi’s Roost. Don’t ever change. (Except you will because it’s a bug.)

April 14, 2014
Red Flags for Female Characters

freedoms-progress:

1. If something would be boring and/or undramatic for a male character, it would probably be boring and/or undramatic for a female character. If you’re writing a female character (particularly in a major role), I’d recommend thinking about whether you’d want to read…

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April 13, 2014

It was a weird moment for me, I was going back and filling in my quest journal in ESO and then suddenly I was playing an MMO that recognized where I was at in the main quest. My character asks all these questions, leading him on, and then at the very end says “Just so you know, Vox is dead, I killed her”. Then, everything my character had said before became very sarcastic.

It’s the little things that matter.

April 6, 2014

art-of-swords:

Dagger - Low Bind from a Reverse Strike

Fiore dagger work. Attacker coming from reverse strike. Defender goes for a hyper-extension, attacker bends the arm to break the counter, defender then forces the “Low Bind” or “Strong Key” to disable the attacker from break free.

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April 5, 2014

OTP!

(Source: massdeject, via gunpowderandspark)

March 31, 2014

It’s been a week and yet I still want to make a Dragon Age II AMV to the Google Dolls “Better Days”. Or maybe I just love the song.

March 30, 2014

Exploring Elder Scrolls Online: Ebonheart Pact

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