Roll Call 8/8: Justice, Duty, Peace – The Journey of a Jedi Hero

“I only fail when fear controls me,”                                              

Name: Auryyn Storm

Species: Human

Alias/Titles: Hero of Tython, Jedi Battlemaster

The Outlander

Class: Jedi Knight-Guardian

Home Planet: Eufornis Major

Alignment: Light

Age: 21

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Marital Status: Single*

Relatives: August Storm (Brother), Auurora Storm (Mother, deceased), Ehrenn (Father, deceased)

Distinctive features: Has a scar through her right eye – gained as she escaped her home

Auryyn’s force sensitivity became apparent at a very early age; something that did not come as a surprise to her force-sensitive parents, who, as a result of their own experiences with the SIS, elected to keep her at home until she was old enough to decide for herself whether she wanted to seek training with the Jedi or other organisations. The young heiress had a happy childhood surrounded by those she loved, including her older brother August who she was inseparable from. Her father Ehrenn doted on her more than anyone, to which her mother Auurora would often turn a blind eye, aware that she was similar with regards to August.

Auryyn would play amongst the servants of the house and considered them her closest friends, ignoring objections from August who disapproved of her keeping such company. Despite her kind-heartedness and good nature, Auryyn could be stubborn and prone to fits of rage, with her rebellious streak often getting her and others around her into trouble – but she would always be the first to own up to her actions. Even at a young age, Auryyn was bold and brave, unafraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she felt was right and she encouraged her parents’ philanthropic ventures.

It was at one of these events that Auryyn’s life was changed forever. Her mother’s sister Aureylya had come to visit, with the intention to take Auryyn back to Naboo with her to stay for a while – but Auryyn never got the chance when her parents’ former SIS squad mates arrived uninvited and attacked her parents. Auryyn initially refused to leave, but Aureylya, with the help of the servants, managed to smuggle the two of them out undetected via the use of their quarters. Distraught, Auryyn tried desperately to get back inside the building to be with her parents and to find her brother but in doing so got separated from her Aunt. In all of the confusion and the crowds of people trying to get away, Auryyn ended up lost and alone on the streets. She tried telling people who she was, attempting to obtain a way of safe passage to Naboo so she could find her Aunt, but as a young girl she found it difficult to get people to believe her. Despite her privileged upbringing, she was able to take care of herself well enough to survive until she was taken in by a local orphanage. She didn’t remain there long, however, as a few months after her arrival two Jedi Masters came to visit her to discuss her potential future with the Jedi order – and she accepted.

Auryyn’s strong belief in justice, good and helping others made her a great student – she excelled in her physical training, and despite struggling with more academic pursuits, she persevered. Despite missing her family terribly, Auryyn refused to let their loss consume her- she is unaware that he brother still lives and, in keeping with the Jedi code, has not sought to make contact with him regardless.

Tomorrow’s Notes:

Auryyn is based on my Dungeons and Dragons Paladin character and is my main. She’s was my very first character (back when I played on my little overheating-prone laptop!) and is always the first character that I do things with – she was my first Outlander for KOTFE and she was followed by Azkedellia *months* later. She’s definitely my favourite, and that goes without saying (though I just did) and I found her the most difficult to write. She appears as though she’s a typical hero, but she’s far from perfect, which is what makes her a joy to play. She’s flawed – I’ve noticed more and more that she has quite the ego, once remarking to an NPC that they didn’t “need an army, you just need me” and I think it’s brilliant, not to mention hilarious. She also has little to no sense of humour, yet sometimes I’ll pick the humorous conversation option. Why? Because sometimes it reflects just how she thinks. When reuniting with Lana in KOTFE, she asked if she and Koth were a thing – not to be funny, but because she GENUINELY wanted to know, and because that question popped into her head, she said it. She’s a character that doesn’t necessarily think before speaking or acting most of the time, meaning she can come across simultaneously as brash and naïve.

*For a very long time she was the only one of my toons without a love interest (in game or not, i.e, Threlf’all and Aquerple). I didn’t feel like any of the companions were a good fit for her – but when she re-united with Captain Cantarus during the Ilum story arc, something clicked, and I’ve kind of been rolling with that – there’s chemistry there.

I’m interested to see where the KOTFE story line takes her as a character. So far, she’s been able to stick to being good, but it’s getting more difficult…

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Chapter XV Thoughts

Chapter XV thoughts

Spoilers for the following:

KOTFE chapters 1-15

Jedi Knight Class Story

Imperial Agent Class Story

Outlander: Auryyn, Jedi Guardian

Beginning

The big betrayal chapter is here! We all knew it was coming, it was inevitable, and now it’s arrived, and Bioware be damned if they’ll let you forget about it. So, diving straight into the action, the chapter opened with us en route to capture an Eternal Empire vessel with GEMINI Prime on-board and the tension was palpable. Even the usual Senya and Koth we-despise-eachother-intently-but-one-of-these-chapters-we’ll-end-up-saving-one-another-or-something-and-make-up banter was at a minimum. Meanwhile, Lana Beniko made a nervous attempt at humour and Theron was super serious about everything. Yikes. Bottom line, SWTOR wanted you to know they were serious this chapter, and damn did they achieve it.

Keeping the looming betrayal firmly in the forefront of our minds, Outlander and co arrive – and immediately something isn’t right. Lightsabers and blasters out, the team presses on. At this point, I really had no idea what to expect – which was great, as the betrayal was so heavily publicised.
Middle

After GEMINI Prime insults SCORPIO and the Outlander and the splits the gang up, the middle section of this chapter consisted of running around a maze of a ship whilst being commented on constantly by GEMINI Prime (who may as well have been referred to as SCORPIO 2.0). The entire section was reminiscent of the Belsavis section of the Imperial Agent story, and I’m sure my Agent will find that bit hits a bit too close to home. Having pathways constantly blocked off was frustrating, but very effective in making you feel trapped and like you’re going further down the rabbit hole. But it wasn’t all great – in a lot of ways, it feels more and more like your Outlander isn’t the main character. I understand that everything isn’t always about them (and the companions and other characters are often awesome), but it was back in Chapter XII the last time I felt that it was my protagonist that was the real deciding factor in any of this. I’m feeling as though this Alliance of clearly capable individuals are merely babysitting my Outlander – but everyone insists on acting like she’s the almighty saviour, but I’m feeling less and less like she is. I’ll be interesting to see if this continues as the Outlander story progresses.

SCORPIO being taken out by GEMINI Prime was a surprise and showed that SWTOR still has tricks up their sleeve.

End

After re-grouping, Auryyn and company discover Arcann’s prisoners – a group from each faction seeking to join the Alliance. It was great to see Tai Corden again – I hope to see more characters coming into KOTFE from the class and planetary stories (one CorSec Captain in particular), so it was a really pleasant encounter. Auryyn and Senya ran off to kick some GEMINI Prime ass, sending the prisoners with Lana and Theron to get them to safety. The fight with GEMINI Prime wasn’t overly grindy which I loved, and it felt like a fitting encounter – but it was lacklustre compared to what followed.

After the fight, Bioware offered hands down the most difficult decision so far in KOTFE. With the three groups of prisoners now in escape pods, Theron explains that there might not be enough time to send all three to safety, and asks the Outlander to give their preferred order. It was so tense, I hovered my mouse for AGES, staring blankly and re-reading everything. Who was I kidding – this was SWTOR, with a track record thus far of decisions not amounting to anything. I was proved wrong on this occasion when one pod was destroyed, and all those within it killed. I genuinely couldn’t believe it and it was devastating for the Outlander and co. I fully expect that decision to create ripples going forward.

AuryynChXVDecisionAuryyn takes her failure to heart

The reveal that SCORPIO was the big bad all along was predictable, with almost everyone calling it from the beginning. But, to their credit, Bioware did a great job of littering the red herrings everywhere and seeding doubt; Koth on the Gravestone unattended, Lana being ridiculously callous about SCORPIO’s “death” and Senya finding the Outlander first and stating that “no-one should be alone in this place” rather suspiciously; and Theron’s a frankly ridiculously good spy. For a moment or two, it felt like it could be anyone in your inner circle.

AuryynTheronSenyaLana1The Troublesome Trio

We also got to see Arcann and Vaylin briefly, with Vaylin questioning her brother, which was interesting to see and develops the idea that she is perhaps the one to be concerned with – maybe she’ll team up with SCORPIO now and Arcann will run to his mortal enemy for help? Who knows, but the speculation has increased tenfold.

Overall…

Solid chapter with a maintained, strong sense of tension throughout. It alleviated my concerns over the direction that KOTFE was heading, and I feel there’s a solid platform to go forward from. Bring on Chapter XVI!

Tomorrow’s Notes
You. Yes, YOU! You’re awesome. Thank you for reading this far! If you loathed it, loved it or liked it, let me know!
Again, thanks for reading and bearing with my very slow and erratic updates. I’m trying to get better.