So, I’m not a roleplayer, and it’s really hard for me to develop “consistency” within a specific character because I often act the way the mood strikes me. My characters definitely do not have much of their own personalities. Having said that, here’s how I’ve been playing. In no particular order.
The Asshole Rule
“Thou Shalt Not Suffer An Asshole To Live.”
If you try to kill me, if you kill or try to kill my friends, or maybe just kidnap them, or betray me or mah friends, I will exterminate you IN THE FACE. I could get a gazillion dark points and the -100 of SHAME and I’d still do it.
If I go really far to the dark side, that just means there are way too many assholes in the galaxy. Well, fewer now that I’m done with them.
Jedi Code, Schmedi Code
Man, it is really easy to rack up the dark side points by doing normal things that normal people do but that violate the Jedi Code. Look, we’re all adults here. If two padawan want to make out in the bushes, that’s their business.
Leave Those Kids Alone
I just do NOT have the stomach to go full dark side if it means beating up orphans and stuff. Sure it’s just pixels, but no. The killing innocent people thing I just CANNOT do, which is why I will never have a really really dark character.
Torture is Gross
Ok, maybe it’s been in the news too much, but I can’t stomach torture. Well, unless the person is an asshole, in which case the Asshole Rule applies and we’re stuck in an infinite loop.
Being Smart Is Important
Now, why would I take on 5 dudes by myself if I can force persuade 4 of them to leave? I wouldn’t. Sure, they may deserve it (see asshole rule, above) but the thing I really hate is getting my ass handed to me following a conversation. It’s just embarrassing. In this case I have to weigh the smart path against the asshole rule and see which one wins.
OK, I have a soft spot for Corso. He’s staring at me with those puppy farm-boy eyes and if I make him unhappy, it’s so sad. It doesn’t matter that I can buy back his affection with presents, it’s just too hard to disappoint that boy. So sometimes I’ll do the right thing just to not get the -1 of Shame. This means that we occasionally let assholes live because Corso doesn’t like beating up girls. Sigh. At least he’s a fan of killing imperials.
I’m having far more luck being a jerk on my jedi knight because the robot is too damn cute but not as… disapproving? I’m ok with disappointing him every now and then. I’ll, uh, wipe his memory later.
Right now, I hate Risha and she’s not even my companion yet. I will do everything in my power to piss her off. In my dreams there is a dialogue option that says “Goodbye, Risha [Toss Out Airlock]”
This is one of the things that is character-specific. Obviously, smugglers are out for the money. I always ask about the money. This earns me the -1 of SHAME often enough. But then one of the things that Corso says when I click on him is something like “Do you have a plan to make us even richer?” Um, stupid Corso, where do you think money comes from?
As a smuggler, I will also take bribes. Well, never if it’s a bribe for something like torture, killing kids, etc. But if it is taking a bribe versus killing an asshole in the FACE, it’s a difficult decision.
The Greater Good
This is a tough one, and again it varies by character. Should corruption be exposed at all costs? Should I let an asshole live for the greater good? These are the ones I struggle with. Don’t we all?
How do you make morality choices in the game?