Should Your Custom Beast Be Included Into Your Character's RP?

AlarinAlarin Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'iMember Posts: 31 Apprentice
edited January 7 in Meet and Greet

Having thoroughly entwined my custom beast into Alarin's RP to the point where people actually acknowledge and interact with Thaldorn, I've always wondered.... should your custom beast be a part of your RP? Why or why not?  Myself personally, my original thought was "Hey, I paid for this damn gorilla to talk and emote, this damn gorilla is very well going to talk and emote!" But as time went on, I found myself mentally forming Thaldorn's RP as I acted it out in-game, doing it so often that it's just as natural for me now as playing Alarin. The responses have been mixed, though most seem to enjoy Alarin's and Thaldorn's frequent bickering, off-the-wall antics (like what we did with the Christmas tree decorating during a festival in Glomdoring) and Thaldorn often bringing up historical events that he remembers. I figured, he's 578 years old. Hell yes, I'm using that!

So, for myself personally, I am going to say that they should indeed be a part of your character's RP, even if ithe role is small and infrequent. I'm glad I decided to try it and the response seems to be a positive one, so I will definitely continue to do it. I mean... why not, right?

Until next time, folks!

P.S. Special mention goes to @Alaula @Knorrith @Ferne @Reyqae @Aeldra @Romaan and a bunch of others who have responded to the RP and actually makes me want to come up with more. <3


  • AeldraAeldra , using cake powered flight Member Posts: 1,276 Transcendent
    I can say that I very much consider Thaldorn to be a separate entity at this point and treat him as such. I feel, for those that have the mental capacity to manage it, its a great outlet for RP. I would do more with my own, if I could manage the RP split. It is a lovely idea.
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  • SaranSaran Member Posts: 2,312 Transcendent
    I think it comes down to the individual player really.

    Malach (beast/flying death) and Enfys (dweller/elemental leaf being) have their own personalities, Malach is a bit easier cause he's basically just a brat and kinda like my youngest sister where Enfys is a curious kinda alien being.
    But also controlling two to three characters at once can get a bit much if people try to interact with all three heh
  • NepentheNepenthe Member Posts: 97 Master
    Everything can be incorporated into your character's RP - pets, artifacts, clothing, curios, skills. They're all available as hooks or platforms to develop your narrative. I love interacting with people's pets, personally, and by default I consider them separate entities from their owners with their own personalities and histories. Even pets that are played as extensions of their owners' psyches, like Luce's Kaiyo and Tikki's Kosuke, can have distinct voices, and it's a lot of fun to see how they differ from their owners.

    My custom beasts have always had sentience, but I've never had them speak. I've enjoyed the challenge of conveying their personalities through emotes alone, and it also saves me the trouble of having to verbally articulate their world views. :D
  • ShulamitShulamit Member Posts: 189 Virtuoso
    I sometimes forget that Euterpe and Polyhymnia exist, but they have personalities. They've even done stuff while I'm offline (I think old!Mysrai would send them to people? I've always been cool with that as long as they're both nice. No rude muses.) Although Euterpe can be brusk at time. Get to work! Polyhymnia is more relaxed.

    I also talk to my beast, even if it's not a custom beast. They also are unique!
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  • AlarinAlarin Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'iMember Posts: 31 Apprentice
    Thanks for sharing your insights, all! 

    Also... I realized too late that I posted this sucker to the wrong thread. Whoops. Hey, I'm still new to this forums thing. :D
  • FerneFerne Member Posts: 4 Inept
    I have my hands full RP'ing myself, let alone a second character at the same time... I'm forever in awe at that skill lol
  • EveriineEveriine Wise Old Swordsbird / Brontaur Indianapolis, IN, USAMember Posts: 2,968 Transcendent
    I see no reason not to. Back when Willpower was still a thing, and it cost WP to use a hunting companion, I would play it that when Ev's willpower got low from constant use of his bond through his timberwolf, their minds would switch places. It was great fun.
    Everiine is a man, and is very manly. This MAN before you is so manly you might as well just gender bend right now, cause he's the manliest man that you ever did see. His manly shape has spurned many women and girlyer men to boughs of fainting. He stands before you in a manly manerific typical man-like outfit which is covered in his manly motto: "I am a man!"

    Daraius said: You gotta risk it for the biscuit.

    Pony power all the way, yo. The more Brontaurs the better.

  • AlarinAlarin Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'iMember Posts: 31 Apprentice
    Ferne said:
    I have my hands full RP'ing myself, let alone a second character at the same time... I'm forever in awe at that skill lol
    I'll be the first to admit that it isn't easy when first trying it. I messed up so much when I initially started doing it with Thaldorn. It's much easier now and I've found ways to quickly cover up mistakes, as you and a few others have seen on occasion. xD
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