Companions and the -1 of Shame
My companions are really cramping my style. Each of them has their own little likes and dislikes and if I feel feisty and snark off in front of a non-snarky companion I get the -1 of Shame.
You know what I mean. The little companion portrait pops up and there’s a -1. It’s like a virtual eyeroll. Like “I am not annoyed at you enough to talk about it now, but we are definitely discussing your attitude once we get back to the car, young lady.”
Well, I want my companions to like me. Not necessarily for humping purposes, but because supposedly if they like me, they give me access to stuff. Quests? Faster crafting? Oh hell, I’m vague on the details, but I know I want them to like me.
But sometimes I’m baffled by what to say to get them to like me. I read the codex. I research on the internet. But I’m still flailing. I can go through a whole conversation behaving as I think the companion likes… sure I don’t get a -1 of Shame but sometimes I don’t get a single +15 of Luv. So I end up playing a whole scene in a way I totally wouldn’t in a way to get brownie points… and no brownie points.
Now I understand what it’s like to be a guy and want to say the right thing or a girl won’t drop her pants.
That was a quote by ME last night. Ugh. Seriously.
I went out and bought my companion a present he loves. I got 96 affection for it. There, now I can get the -1 of Shame 96 times and not worry about it. Much better.