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Episode 115: What's That on the Floor?


Player characters are in many ways the diametric opposite of NPCs. Whereas NPCs are only important for as long as they are useful, and can be discarded on a whim thereafter, no PC can be left behind. No matter how logical it is in the story, no matter how strong a reason the character has for setting out on their own path in a direction different to the other PCs, it's unconscionable to actually have a PC not accompany the other PCs on their next adventure.

At least to anyone who is experienced in roleplaying games.


Shmi: You must take Anakin instead of me.
Qui-Gon: But—
Shmi: I could never leave him here to the justice of Watto and the Hutts. Every moment would eat at my soul.
Anakin: But—
Shmi: You must go with Qui-Gon, Anakin.
Qui-Gon: But—
Anakin: I can't leave you!
Shmi: He will keep you, um... safe.
Qui-Gon: But... oh, yeah. I will.
Shmi: Anakin, listen to me. You're in great danger now. You must go with Qui-Gon.
Anakin: You're coming too, right?
Shmi: I can't. Qui-Gon has secured one slave's freedom. I must stay to make sure Watto won't seek you offworld.
Shmi: If we both go, he'll hunt us down and we'll never have a moment's safety. Now go, pack your things.
Anakin: Um... okay... {leaves}
Qui-Gon: But—
Shmi: Enough "buts".
Qui-Gon: But you're the PC!

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Published: Sunday, 02 January, 2011; 14:36:51 PST.
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