Uwagh, so lately I have been debating on creating my very first male character. The whole idea behind it is that he is to be Sera’s love interest, since I’ve always wanted to come up with some kind of backstory and lore behind my toons, even to the point of having a love interest. But there are so many things to consider – am I even comfortable playing a male character at all? I don’t have really have anything against guys playing female characters (except some cynicism, but its all just a matter of different perspective) but I’ve always found it just awkward for me to play any toon that isn’t female. This whole gender bias has been there since I first started playing games that involved anything with gender – so even in Pokemon games, I would reroll my starter Pokemon until I got a female. It’s not that I thought one was superior to the other – in a sense, even then I was projecting myself into the game in some way. In many MMORPG’s especially, this is the case because well, role-playing. It is funny, when I first understood the term role-playing I never applied it to myself. But in reality, I was a very heavy role player since I was young along with my younger sister especially. I think coming from us as an artistic family this makes a lot of sense.
You know, come to think of it, it’s astonishing that female Pokemons are less likely than a male one. The % ratio is literally like 12.5% vs. 88.5% or something like that. But that’s besides the point. 🙂
However, the reason for this male character is not so that I can mildly role play as a guy like with the role play (very mild, I’m talking to almost indistinguishable levels, haha!) I do with my other alts, but rather to build a character just so that in my mind/conscience, I can establish the character in the story. It is a difficult concept to explain! But I think something as novel and interesting as this will be fun.
One thing that bothers me a lot is that there will only be 1 male toon versus 9 other female toons. I don’t know why, but harems tend to bother me. Maybe it is because of the gender roles and the culture of our society today that just leads me to this uncomfortable feeling. Or that this is just numerically unbalanced. Whatever the case is, I may end up creating 2 male toons, heck maybe just 10 more male toons! Ack, but then I don’t like having that many… This is a confuzzling topic.
Let’s say I do make the male character. I already know that the name will be Reinegard Aran. The name doesn’t necessarily have a meaning, but was to have an elegant quality – “gard” usually means some kind of defender, in this case, defender of a certain celestial. 🙂 Aran just sounds cool to me! (Plus, I had just finished watching the K-drama “Arang and the Magistrate”).
I guess before I can make any decisions (after the first one of whether I should make this character at all in the first place) I should look at exactly what kind of character is he. I keep going back and forth between a dark character versus an upright, lawful character. The character could either be a half dragon vampire which is an interesting combo I think, or a powerful fighter. The color of the dragon heritage is also something I keep going back and forth about – black? Or gold? Colors have their meaning, elements, and alignments. Sigh, this is tougher than I thought.
Well, at the very very least, I know what he looks like for sure. I found this image just by searching half dragons when I was doing some research as to possible races (part of why I’m very set on a half dragon/half elf (meaning part elf, not to be confused with the Half-Elf) race – although there is no such thing as this in game so I’m stuck with Elf).
Look at dat bootiful face.
The more I look at it, the more it could go either way. He could be this powerful half (gold) dragon paladin warrior. But when I think of an elven Paladin in game, they just are so… scrawny. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not the image I’m looking for. Because then, a lean, dual wielding Ranger would be a better fit. But looking at the image once more, he doesn’t necessarily look like a lean, muscular person. He could still have that powerful image, but in a more subtle appearance – like a vampire. Now for the other personality, he could be like this dark, cold, black half dragon vampire knight (likely dual wielding again). But the the thing I’m so torn over the two is a matter of good and evil – Sera is definitely supposed to be this beacon of light, and while there are plenty of love stories out there where one character is like this embodiment of evil falling in love with the good side… I don’t know! xD It’s just kind of hard to think about it that way because I’m always rooting for the good side.
Then again, I shouldn’t judge based on appearance. 😛 Reinegard may have evil needs as a vampire, but perhaps somewhere in the story love changes him to become a greater person in protecting the one he loves. ❤
All this talk about romance and stuff makes me feel so awkward. Maybe because I’ve never really formally written any kind of fiction. I sometimes think about writing some DDO fiction as blog posts, but I think that is a bit much ehehe. For now, it’s good enough to just outline the story line by establishing the characters and basic setting. 🙂
Back to a more of a rather, gaming perspective. I am kind of leaning more towards a vampire theme, so I have done some planning already as to how the build would look like. Something like 11 Wizard/5 Ranger/4 Fighter would be ideal, with enough Wizard levels for basic, important spells and vampire form. Since he is TWF, 5 Ranger for the tier 5 enhancements. 4 Fighter grants me some more feats, and some tankiness with Stalwart Defense stance. I am likely going to make use of the racial tree taking Arcane Fluidity and making sure there is no ASF with a heavy armor build. Stat wise, I think he would be either STR or INT based, likely the latter even if STR is easier to raise. Simply because of Spellcraft to boost elemental damage from enhancements, some spell viability, and most importantly, to make use of Harper enhancements. Speaking of all this, I kind of worry if there will be enough AP for this all…
There are definitely some constants from this whole concept at least. Those are:
- Male Elf (true race would be a half dragon/half elf)
- Must be a warrior/combat toon of some sort – cannot be a caster (complete opposite of Sera)
- Two Weapon Fighting
… I can only think of those. Welp. There are those at least to surround the build around.
I will have to look into cosmetics and stuff into building the kind of character I want this one to be specifically. See, with the new golden armor and helm I could have easily done some sort of Paladin warrior theme. But as a vampire, I will have to find some kind of evil robe or something. Actually, I don’t want it to be just pure cloth – some kind of cloth with armor parts. That will be a challenge to find.
Outlining my thoughts here will hopefully help me finally decide sometime and organize my ideas. I wonder how bad this will look when I read back on it later.