#66 – “Faust Contact”


One of the key things about defining villains is not how the villains themselves are, but how people react to them. I had a situation regarding that a few days back in Ahn’Kahet – the Old Kingdom of Azjol Nerub – where I’d been roped into going along for an in character instance run. The thing was, my character was the only one who treated the ominous danger of the Faceless Ones and the Old Gods with anything near the unnerved respect they should have, and she’s otherwise generally the pillar of stability. This, in turn, turned a supposedly immense battle of life and death.. into a leisurely exploration into some old ruins, utterly ruining the entire atmosphere of the place and the impact it has.

Expanding on the above example, I often use similar things with Beyond the Tree by having the duo joke away with and shrug off the danger of a situation and approach it utterly casually. Of course, I also play with it by doing things like bringing Te’len along who does see how serious things are and react accordingly. While the duo are perfectly to handwave the danger of most situations they’re in, this isn’t true for the rest of the world they inhabit.

Additionally, it makes the occasional absence of jokes or remarks a very powerful tool for marking a situation as Very Serious.


4 Responses to “#66 – “Faust Contact””

  1. 1 Moltrazahn
    November 24, 2008 at 16:18

    Ahh, flashbacks to BFD.. “Whats with the strategicly placed fur” Glad to see they havent lost their tuch ^^ It also shows rather well of Hanis actuel strength since she with ease seem to block the strike and give a wellplaced uppercut and knock him out! … me guesses she has that “someone ordered a knuckle sandwich” achivement :P.

    Back to action, good to see!

    And yes agreed about the rp part. I can understand why one would take fighting with these foes as a real serious threat, and then i can also understand that you cant go around saying thatyou were the one killing Can Cleef and other end bosses, since that is just takeing way too much credit and dosent fit compared to what other lowerlevel players still has to do. So its a mixture. However i for one try to take it like you when rping in an instance, about to fight things over 1000 years old atleast is something to be reckoned with.

    Looking forward to the next part!

  2. 2 Raukangren
    November 26, 2008 at 08:55

    Ahhh! Some action by Hani. Hmmm, this karate style is somewhat predictable… Make some aikido moves and locks! =)

    Kiddin’, that was cool! =) SMASH into face of that demonic pest! RAWR! =D

  3. April 15, 2009 at 10:29

    i like the neck-breaking move of Hani in the previous comic

  4. 4 Thairalumen
    February 5, 2013 at 20:59

    Just wondering how Hani has yet to hack her ponytail off with every unsheathing of that huge sword.

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