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How My Legacy Name Accidentally Affected Me

So in my last post I mentioned that I had finally completed Chapter 1 on my main character and had gotten to choose my Legacy name. I had known in advance that somewhere around level 34 (depending on how quickly you completed class quests) this was going to happen. Like I’ve already mentioned, I spent a little time choosing a surname I was happy with. But other than getting the name right and reaching one of the major milestones on the way to 50, I didn’t really think much about the Legacy system. I mean, the system itself is still sort of a mystery as far as what the exact benefits are and how everything is going to work. We know it’s going to be a family tree of sorts where all of your characters on a server will be related to each other in some way, but there’s really not a whole lot of information other than that out there right now. All we have at the moment is the surname and a Legacy XP bar which begins to rack up points.

What I didn’t anticipate, since I have never been someone who does any role playing or ever worried about my alts even knowing each other, is how my Legacy name would immediately impact how I felt about my alts. I had a very low level Trooper I had created before my main completed Chapter 1 and I plan on leveling her up after Kristalys hits 50. This weekend I decided to take a break from grinding through Balmorra and spend an hour or two on the Trooper. She was only level 8 when I logged in, so you can see I hadn’t spent much time with her. And during my previous time, I had actually been having her choose some of the dark side quest options, just for fun. But when I logged in this weekend, suddenly her name was Sergeant Kristyne Greyson. Suddenly she was very definitely linked to Kristalys. And I found I just couldn’t have her pick the darkside options any more. She’s representing the family name and Kristalys is a very lightsided Jedi. Now Kristyne simply must be a good, dutiful Trooper. Also, it’s really exciting to see the Legacy XP bar just racking up the points. I can’t wait to find out what benefits I will get from it.

Already I’m wondering how this is going to play out with other characters I create. There’s supposed to be a family tree type aspect to the system, where you choose if a character is your parent, sibling, etc. I’m guessing if I ever do decide I want to level a character up with hella darkside points, I’m gonna have to make her a distant cousin or a half-sister or something. It’s just one more thing that SWTOR does that has me completely immersed in my character and her story more so than any other game I’ve ever played.

Well done, Bioware. Well done.

Making A Game Of My Morality: The Lightside/Darkside Gamble

During beta, I played a Sith Inquisitor so that I wouldn’t spoil the Jedi Consular story for myself. I had a total blast running around being a snarky asshole in every cut scene conversation. But then I got to a quest where I thought I was being a bad guy by letting the offer of money win me over and instead was awarded 150 lightside points. WTF? So I asked about it in general chat and a few people responded back to me. People were laughing at me that I was surprised by receiving lightside points. That’s when I first learned that you can actually choose to see what the alignment gain would be from each of your possible answers. There’s actually two different settings pertaining to this very thing that can be found under your Preferences / User Interface menu.

By default, it is set to the second option in the list – Show Conversation Alignment Gain On Mouseover. Obviously, this means that if you hover your cursor over each of the possible answers, it will indicate whether the answer gives lightside or darkside points. Choosing the third option on the list, Show Conversation Alignment Gain, will result in a little icon indicating lightside or darkside appearing next to each answer without having to hover over them. If you are interested in knowing how your answer will affect you, this third option is probably going to be the most useful as it will save you some time. Even though mine was obviously on the default second option, I had been choosing my answers by actually hitting the corresponding number key on my keyboard and had simply never hovered over an answer to even notice it would tell me.

When I created Kristalys and first began leveling her up, I made the decision to turn off all conversation hints about lightside / darkside choices and just take a gamble that I could make the right choices on my own. She’s now over 3/4 of the way through level 28 and every cut scene answer she’s ever made has been straight gut instinct from me to try and keep her as lightsided as possible. Part of the reason I decided to level her this way is just the pure adrenaline of it all. It’s kind of fun learning whether the decision you just made was a good decision or not. An added bonus is it really helps me connect to my character and forces me to focus on the story and pay attention to the conversations. I was taken completely by surprise back in beta when I accidentally gained my little bad ass Sith Inquisitor a whole heaping pile of lightside points and I have likewise been surprised to score a few darkside points with Kristalys. Of course, after hearing some of my guildies discuss alignment choices in their cut scenes I am fairly certain there are some instances where every answer is a darkside answer and if you’re lucky you’ll pick the one with the smallest amount of darkside points. As it stands currently, I am doing a pretty darn good job of picking the best options. Here’s what my current alignment looks like.

So what are you guys doing with your character’s morality? Are you using the conversation preferences so that you can always see which choice you should make? Or are you taking a gamble and having fun with the experience like I am? I am also curious to know if you are playing a Republic character but going for darkside points, or an Empire character who’s a good guy. I do understand how the fact that there is lightside / darkside requirements on specific gear could influence how you play your main character. But I would really recommend after you level up, you roll a little alt and turn off those alignment preferences just to see how fun it can be to go through it blindly. I’m having a blast.