Priests and the flock

Anyone here from an RP server? Yes, mister Forsaken in the back?

Have you ever felt like as if between raiding monstrous beings for time-lost magical items and farming not-so epic monsters that there was something…lacking?

On most RP servers, the answer to that would be yes. When you are raiding full-time, any time not invested in the raiding itself is usually lost on preparing for said raids, or leveling alts. But you did roll on an RP server to be able to RP, right?

In my experience it can sometimes be hard to get the RP going, to be unique or have viewpoints that make RP interesting without falling into the “power-emoting” trap, portraying yourself as almighty, or trying your hand at a concept that is so far-fetched that people start ignoring you. Often this happens because when you raid a lot consecutively you slowly “lose touch” with your story, your goals. And when this goes on for too long, you start wondering why you wanted to RP in the first place.

Below I have summarized a few “questionnaire” style hooks to help you get going. Some of these will be about your mannerisms and personality, others about your faith and the way you deal with being an ambassador for a higher power (be it Light, Shadow, or Elune).

An easy way to make use of these is to just answer these questions for yourself, jot down any ideas that spring to mind as you do so, and then shape it together. For most people, it is more interesting to know why you made certain choices, and why you feel in a certain way, rather than the actual exclamation itself.

Try it, and I hope you find it a useful aid!

You, priest!

  • Is your name of any religious significance? And if it is, what does it mean?
  • If you don’t seem to be live up to the expectations set by your name, how do you feel about that?
  • What is the source of your priestly Power? And how did this come to you?
  • Did you have formal training? If so, where and for how long?
  • Was your training interrupted? Did you make any friends or enemies along the way?
  • Did you have any personal revelations or visions concerning your Power?
  • If you have, how does it shape your look on life?
  • Do you observe any religious taboos or rituals for your Power?
  • Do you own a religious artifact or symbol? What is it?
  • Are you a studious priest, or do you pursue your faith with your heart?

Priestly powers

  • Do you have any abilities with visual effects that are good signs of your power?
  • Perhaps you could place /emote incantations macros on them for when you cast them.
  • Are you a preacher for your Power? Or do you have these powers for a purpose?
  • Are you Shadow, Discipline or Holy? And what do you think of the other speccs not your own?
  • Does your religion have various orders? Which one are you in? How do these orders relate?
  • If you are a healer, why do you try to heal others? How do you feel when you fail at that?
  • If you are a DPS, what makes you hurt others? How fanatical are you in pursuing/inquisitioning?

You and the world

  • Are there people who look up to you, or rely on your help?
  • Are you a comforting priest to friends, or a cynical priest questioning “known truths”?
  • Are you a person people confide in, or ask advice? If not, would you want to?
  • Are there any Factions you have at Exalted you could be a “prime ambassador” for?
  • Do you have a distinct outfit, allowing others to immediately recognize you?
  • Do you hold sermons in capital cities?
  • Have you ever done/feel like doing a wedding? A funeral?

Plot Hooks

  • Try and stand in the starting zone of your race, and try and guide young adventurers in faith.
  • Lead your group into a prayer before entering an instance.
  • Thank your Power for good drops, and beg for better ones next time.
  • Quest for relics, not epics.
  • Do the Anathema/Benediction quest if you can.
  • Try and preach your faith in the middle of the capital of choice. Be surprised at the responses.
  • Say a quick prayer for the dead before hitting the resurrection button.
  • Do a “quest” to learn your new trained skills. Every excuse for an instance is a good one.
  • Learn some token “priest lines” and use them often.

These are of course but a few examples, but they work. Doing things like this is often different, refreshing – or at least not boring – and generally gets you a lot of responses. Try it if you are in an RP dryspell. I can’t count the number of times I was pulled out of a boring stay at the auction house for a wedding.


One Response to “Priests and the flock”

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

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