Why I liked Quinn:
He’s largely what I think Cullen ought to have been.
That’s the thing though. The way the Sith operate, “winning” the war presumes that the war, as such, is something they ever intend to bring to a conclusion.
Total defeat, given the scale of the conflict, is a practical impossibility. Total victory may be on the mind of many an ambitious Sith, and while it’s unlikely, even if it were to occur there would always be some new war. At worst, clearly debilitating decisions potentially prolong the conflict. Seeing as the Sith are at best disinterested in peace, this really doesn’t present any kind of downside.
What I think war represents for the Sith is merely an opportunity to aggrandize oneself at the expense of external enemies in addition to internal ones.
In my opinion if you want to look for profound stupidity with few explanations beyond staggering incompetence (or the runner-up, institutional corruption), you gotta look at the Republic storylines.
Q:What are your favorite romances in various Bioware games? If indeed you play romances, and with enough frequency and enjoyment to have a favorite. Which are the ones you find most enjoyable and best written, and why?
Generally I wouldn’t say I have favorites. I pick the romance that fits my character best, typically. There are exceptions (“Jade Empire has polyamory? Well I’m doing that one every time then.”) but usually it varies from playthrough to playthrough.
On the other hand, if I had to pick a favorite I’d have to say Quinn from SWTOR. Unlike other romances, which I enjoy for various reasons in various configurations, Quinn’s barely disguised lust for (Dark Side) Sith Warrior and the extent to which he seemed to get off on her exercising power was consistently entertaining from start to finish. That the writer, I’m not sure who wrote it, definitely understood and actively implemented this dynamic (“You’ll play whatever game I want you to play”) put it over the top. No other BioWare romance has maintained my interest in a story more, relative to other aspects of the narrative.
So what does everyone think about Torian Cardera? I can honestly say I’ve never been excited about reaching Taris until playing bounty hunter. Since, well, mandalorian.
(I just noticed he never seems to cross my dash, and I’m probably going to hit…
Torian: “You’re hot.”
FemBH: “You’re hot too.”
Torian: [says something in Mandalorian]
FemBH: “Let’s bang.”
Behold, the Torian romance. It’s basically obvious mutual admiration combined with predictable romantic escalation.
Even Mary Kirby joked she had to “get up pretty early in the morning” to write a character so mild. (link)
For a compelling Mandalorian romance you basically need to play smuggler.
Mustache-tribute smuggler Farrokh is confronted with the consequences of his philandering.
The armor color bug in ship conversations claims another victim. Poor Risha and her pink/sky blue outfit.
I really need to stop switching between crafting and Tumblr…
The Cinematic Mustache