Choices made in KotFE ( Light side version)

ChoicesSo I said in my last blog post that I would start a mini series about the choices I made in KotFE during the Light side Jedi Knight story I’ve recently done, and well I took the time off and away from it to gather my thoughts and decide how I plan on achieving this idea of mine. So far  I have only done the initial starting chapters we were given when Knights of the Fallen Empire had been kicked off. Before I dive into the beginning chapter called “The Hunt” I want to go back to SoR and Ziost, and say this. Being someone that has now sat down and followed through each of these stories. It’s been a refreshing scene to me to see this through the light side choices only that I am currently doing. At this moment it does not matter what I am feeling outside of the game when I start playing, but how I am feeling towards the game itself. Now while I still feel this event of Dark vs Light to be a small joke in some aspect, it is also refreshing to say the least to look at it in a different outlook so to speak.

Light Side Only Choices

Chapters 1-5

Now when I first arrived into Wild Space, and went aboard Darth Marrs’ Flagship. I was then starting to think of how I was going to go through this and make the right decisions based on Darrien being a Light side Jedi Knight. While my first thoughts were to go with all Dark side choices I fought against that grain and made the decisions that I felt would fit the light side Jedi Knight. I opted to save those in the landing bay being attacked by the Sky-troopers. I also choose to advise the others to hit the escape pods instead of just ramming the Flagship into the fleet like I have done so many other times in the past. This time around I just wanted to make a little difference in my decisions during this event. Also I was curious as well to see if my actions would change the outcome of the entire chapters I’ve played so far, and I have seen some differences already. I had also opted to deny Valkorion’s gift at every chance I could find as well. I will say this, as I have only done this once with not kneeling. It’s extremely different when you deny him time and time again. His reactions are very much different in what I’ve seen so far. In the beginning I had refused his offer to kneel and accept his power, then when you are fighting and there is a possibility that Lana may be killed, and then again when I fought with Heskal, and the one that truly got me, was the first time you battle Arcann on Asylum and he offers yet again and I refused.

2016-08-27_21-21-31This was the look of true disappointment on Valkorion when I refused his help yet again. I am truly impressed that there is a reaction from him when you don’t allow him to have any control over you at all. Like I said above, normally somewhere down the line I end up letting him help me, but this time around I plan on going through this without taking any of his power, even though I know he helped preserved my life in the beginning after I stuck my Saber through his chest. Still it’s just the sheer pleasure of denying him such pleasure in letting him have just a little bit of control over me. I intend on following through with this story all the way until the Battle of Odessen all because I want to see if the title “Choices matter” really does make a difference in the game.

Koth_VortenaWhile there is still so much love-hate about this guy in the game. I have grown quite fond of his quirks. Only cause I get what he is fighting for, and why he opposes Arcann so much now. While at times I do believe him to be a cry baby and what not when he doesn’t get what feels is right. I also admire him as well because he’s fighting for a good cause. Even if we all agree that a love/hate relationship with Koth is always a good thing. It all depends on the style your character is as well. So while some may hate him, I don’t entirely hate him, I just do find him annoying at times. I try not to be mean towards him, I mean after all he did kind of help Lana rescue me from being a carbonite tomb for all eternity. He could have said “No” to her but didn’t. All cause he wanted to see who this so called “Outlander” is and was about, and how one person could have so much faith in someone without really knowing them, and etc. So yeah I plan to keep Koth around for a long time in my Jedi Knight story to see how things progress with him as one of my top go too guys. So we’ll see how far I can tolerate him, even though I may not use him much as a companion outside of the story. It’s still a great way to keep him for crafting if anything.

ScorpioSWTORNow this one, I wish they didn’t saddle me with her all cause having played through the story once, I know what will happen with this damn annoying droid, and yes I will call her one to her face, but having said that. I just did not ever care for Scorpio when I first met her as my Agent’s last companion in his little make shift crew of rejects as some may have called it in the past. Still even if I didn’t know what she was going to do in KotFE I still would have liked the option to just say “NO” to her all cause I didn’t think she was ever a good fit into the Alliance and knowing she has secrets hiding and etc. She just does not mesh with a Light Side character at all.

 

2016-08-27_21-39-13After having been stabbed in the gut by Arcann because I refused Valkorions help, and I want to take them both out. I have had a lot of time to think about various things on how things are going in the light side event for this particular character of mine. Darrien Ryder is not the typical Jedi Knight, while through out his entire 3 chapters in the main story, he has never once flirted, or romanced anyone. Including Kira, who wanted to so bad, it wasn’t until I went into SoR that I had decided to romance anyone. It was then Lana that I decided I would choose to romance through SoR and then hopefully into KotFE as well. The letter she sends when one is denying Valkorion at every turn was really touching, and yet almost like she felt bad for breaking the “Outlander” out of his carbonite Prison so to speak too.

LanamailmessageSo in a nutshell here I am starting to see the choices I am making do change the story a little bit. I won’t know more until I go and finish chapters 10-16. Which by then I will know what it is to truly deny Valkorion at every turn and how much of an impact of staying the good guy does for the Jedi Knight at least. I hope whoever has read this, has had a good time reading it , and can well appreciate the thoughts and ideals I have been finding as I play through with an entirely different outlook on everything so far, over what I have done in the past.

The Scars we bare

The Scars we bare I know this is my second post since I really took a solid break from SWTOR and went into other realms of playing solo style type of games all because I got burned out with MMOs and in particular SWTOR. But the last few days I have been playing SWTOR again on my Jedi Knight who is in the Dark vs Light event, and I took him to level 65 last night and went through the story of Shadow of Revan, and Ziost last night. He is my pure light side Jedi as well. Which at times over the last few days I just didn’t feel like making the light side choices, but I am doing something different this time. I am doing everything I can to get him into the Light event. As I played through the story last night and I finally got to the quest the Jedi Knight has on Rishii with Orgus showing up one last time before finally becoming one with the force. It was then that I realized that title of the quest. “Scars we bare” It was mostly about the Jedi knights time under the influence of the Emperor and all the bad things he had done. But it made me stop and think as well as Orgus talked to us as we helped out around Rishii, the scars we bare is a true meaning not just in SWTOR or SoR but in life as well. We all have scars that are visible, and well some have scars that are not so visible to the naked eye. It was during the last part of that quest when you can chose to either let the past be and make you whole once again, let it define you as a person , or take it for the darkness that you lived under during that time. It was there that I really had to stop and think for a solid moment. That was a highly important decision to make during that time of the game play. It was also when you opted to be a Jedi that followed the code, or tried to at least, or let it all consume you and embrace the darkness that lived inside. Of course though I did pick the light side choice for it all cause I’m trying to get my Jedi Knight to tier V of Light Side. I don’t know why, I just am at the moment.

2016-08-26_20-37-43I also have a plan of taking this Jedi all through KotFE and not picking any dark side choices. Only cause I want to see the struggle he will face as he resists Valkorions way and try to keep a level head. But it will also probably spark a new little like mini series from me as I complete each chapter to show the true struggles for this character. For the first time in a long time I have finally reconnected with a SWTOR character for their personality instead of gender/ what side of the force they live on, and etc. It’s their personality that I am now identifying myself with. While yes my Jedi knight is a male (no shocker there), and yes he is a cyborg. I have a back story in mind for him as well. I may or may not publish it in it’s own section for everyone to read. I just don’t know what it is since I started logging in and playing again but for me everything looks fresh again. I also plan on posting a full complete series of thoughts as I play through out the KotFE just to give my rough overview of what it was to play as well a light side character that denied the Emperor, and 2, as a complete post that should be better than my last thoughts one I did right after the last chapter was released. It will give more in depth details as by now most should have played through all the chapters.  I tried my hardest on that one to keep it spoiler free, and now that we’re coming into a break from Knights of ______ since we now know that the next one is Knights of  the Eternal Throne or “KotET”, it will give me time to relive some of the moments from there as I played each chapter monthly as they came down. This time I will play all the way through KotFE without a month off because all chapters are released, and I’m just curious to see how it will all play through as a solid story this time around.

2016-08-26_22-48-33Now I am going to try and get into this event with another level 65 to hit the Eternal level that is required for the DvL event, but I may fail short cause of the EC Fights. It requires me to last past round 5. Well let’s face it , I just suck in EC because I can’t for the life of me get an idea of how to beat it with just 208 gear, I don’t do Ops or none of that so I can’t get the better gear, or the pieces I need to craft my own gear that would stand up, and Glowing Data Crystals are not entirely easy to get nor is the other. Because they require outrageous amounts for gear, and buying it off the GTN, No thanks. I am not wasting millions of credits for that kind of gear. So I’ll figure out how to make it to round 6 in 208 gear. I don’t really care for the new companion, but I just want to do it, to say I did it. If that makes any sense at all. But I have noticed something we may not know much about the new companions, but if I recall, and I will double check my Jedi Knight later when I log into the game but I do believe we have heard about Master Ranos, it was sent via mail in the game after or during my time in SoR. I will screenshot it and save it, but I believe that is the name at the end of the mail. So we just never saw this person until recently when they said it would be a Light side companion for us.  So if you’re on the Ebon Hawk server on the Republic side, Friend and say hello to me via Darrien Ryder , he is the one I am currently taking through. I have a Jedi Consular “Shadow” that I am going to take through on the Dark Side of consular , only cause I’ve done that story once, and kept deleting the others, but I plan on keeping this one as well. His name is Dante Ryder. He’s currently at level 18, and sitting on the Republic Fleet, so if you’re on the Ebon Hawk over in Republic side, friend those two names , and say “Hi”. I will respond back.

Final thoughts about Fallen Empire

Knights_of_the_Fallen_Empire_logoI took the time today to play it through twice, once with my Neutral Sith Warrior, and then with my extremely dark side Imperial Agent. I have on those two, finished all 16 chapters of KotFE, and now I am writing a review without spoilers for those that haven’t played it, but with after thoughts of what all I saw during my time in KotFE. Like I stated this is all my opinion about everything I saw in the game all the way up to the ending chapter. I will try to make it spoiler free, but I can’t be to sure. I know with the last chapter out, I can keep a lot of the thoughts semi quiet there, but as for chapters 1-15, well I won’t hide the spoilers there. First up I want to talk about the twins Thexan and Arcann. When we first were introduced to the idea of another Empire. We were shocked and excited to see what Bioware Austin was working on in the world of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The Twins Thexan and Arcann

5182439-5810365466-brothThe starter for us was seeing them as infants, then into young boys then eventually young men. What we didn’t know was at the time Thexan wasn’t not going to be anywhere in the story after the introduction was over. Why wasn’t Thexan there? Because in a jealous rage Arcann who had been trying for years to gain his father’s attention, even some of his power was feeling well jealous. So as Arcann had enough of his father’s silence, he was going to kill his father in front of his brother, but Thexan being the level headed one yanked his brother back with the force, and with Arcann in a furious rage fought his brother, then struck him down, instantly killing him, only after that did his rage subside and he felt remorse about what he had done. But because he sacrificed his own brother, Valkorion finally gave Arcann the attention he had been craving, but still Valkorion would not share the power he had harnessed. Arcann still did not know exactly what had drawn his father’s attention away so much until the time came that the “Outlander” and Darth Marr showed up in Wild Space after the attacks on Korriban, and Coruscant anywhere that the Sith and Republic were the twins went in and devastated the entire world. After Darth Marr and the “Outlander” were lead into a trap and the player had  to decided to either abandoned ship, or ram it into the Eternal Fleet which we didn’t know who they were at the time. Just that they had invaded us, and the troopers were droids.

First option given in KotFE

So our first option after having Marr killed right before our eyes was to either deny or kneel in front of Valkorion. If you knelt in front of Valkorion well this enraged Arcann as still he could not be warranted any of his father’s power. Much less some of his attention. Now I remember touching base back on this in a previous post of mine. Beyond Light and Dark and then there was part 2 Beyond Light and Dark both of these posts were mainly focusing on Force users vs Non-Force Users But still it pretty much covers what I wanted this post to be about. Whether you knelt before Valkorion or not, that doesn’t matter what did matter was Arcann still very much pouting like a little boy because he has some serious parental issues. Hell even Vaylin has some serious parental issues as well. But still we did not know that Vaylin was even there until she showed up in the throne room. Vaylin was like a well kept secret, only ones that knew about her were Senya, Thexan, Arcann, and of course Valkorion. No where in the opening scenes or teasers we were given about KotFE showed Vaylin anywhere in it. We only knew of Thexan and Arcann. We know she was there sister, but she was the hidden secret from us. She was the sleeper in the family as I like to call her, because we only knew of Arcann and knew that his rage had consume so much of him that he killed his own brother in the heat of his rage.

kotfereview2Through the entire story so far Arcann has been hell bent on destroying the outlander all cause of his father did not give him anything. His rage had consumed him, he had let countless things happen while on his watch. Instead of becoming an emperor that would be respected, he ruled with an iron fist, and installed fear on everyone around, and those that spoke out against him or questioned things that had happened were either killed by his Knights of Zakuul , or they went into exile to avoid being killed, hence seeking out the Alliance to get protection from, or just to hide and keep to their own in the end. Most ended up joining the Alliance once it was shown that the Eternal Throne was not invincible. So that left the newly formed Alliance in it’s power-base hidden on Odessen and the Commander being the once outlander that had escaped Arcann’s prison there in the Spire.

First Season End and leaves it open.

So now that we have had Chapter 16 dropped into our laps, (early access) ,rest should get it tomorrow, but those that have done it, or watched other videos and saw the endings well sure it left a lot of disappoint with some, and distaste in their mouths, so much that I read on the forums a lot of people are just opting to quit SWTOR again. I didn’t quit, I just took a break, I needed a break, I wanted to try other things and I have , but now I’m going to work on a new project for myself in SWTOR. My thinking is now on this, as I said in the beginning I won’t  try to spoil it for anyone, so if you have read this far, and have played the last chapter,  then you’re welcome to finish reading, but if you haven’t and don’t want too, then please hit the “X” button on this post, and I won’t be upset about it.

1469693683289486

Afterthoughts about KotFE

STAR-WARS-The-Old-Republic-Knights-of-the-Fallen-Empire-Trailer-7My entire thinking is like this. We were never really promised in taking over the Eternal Empire in the first season. We were  told we had to defeat Arcann, not kill him, even though some would appreciate that option. I towards the end of my extremely neutral Warrior kind of felt sad for Arcann, and did not want to kill him, but wanted him to taste what it was to be defeated, and have sense beaten into him, cause apparently that was the only thing he could truly understand. So after all the fighting was done, thinking that the crash of a scaffold had killed him, I walked away, thinking that was the end. But it wasn’t until after all the dust settled that the next bit of information came into the next season. We had a spoiler thrown out while Bioware was overseas last month, and that was this image here below

CngeDEwUEAI5fuW.jpg large
So what happens now to us. We go into a status of sorts to build even more into the alliance, grinding some more BS as usual, but all the while it will make think about a lot of things that is coming in KotET, like now we have not one, but 2 pain in the asses to deal with. Vaylin proclaiming herself Empress of the Eternal Throne. Scorpion being the deceiving droid we all know she is. Not to mention we have the bonus chapter of HK coming out if those that stayed subbed the whole time, not to mention we have the Dark vs Light event still going on, but now for my next project I am going to do this. I have a level 55 Jedi Knight that is ready to start SoR, and will finish up Ziost before jumping into KotFE, then on another server I have Reinjasa who is my beloved female trooper on Ebon Hawk, well I created a new one over on I believe “The Shadowlands” Server, and she’s currently level 16 I believe, so she’ll be the next one I take through. Unsure yet, as even though my legacies are maxed pretty much everywhere it will be a challenge for me to take them through the entire story line that is required in the Dark vs Light Event, I may try again on the Eternal Championship, but not sure, I can’t get past certain ones, and I’m not good at asking for help, but yeah I’m going to bed now.