Warning, this post will go deep into Star Wars geekery. You have been warned.
There’s three things that turned me into a geek when I was young. Video games, fighting fantasy books and Star Wars. I was 6 I think when I saw the first Star Wars and it burned into my mind an image so strong that all I could dream of was to become a rebel pilot to fly an X-Wing right into the Death Star trench. I wasn’t big on the Jedi, my heroes where the more gritty pilots, Han Solo and Boba Fett. Guns where so much better than swords. Over the years I’ve always fed the Star Wars geek inside of me. I’ve read books, comic books, encyclopedias, rewatched every movie to the point I can quote them by heart, played and still play Tie Fighter, the greatest Star Wars game ever made and have hours upon hours of tabletop roleplaying done in the setting.
As I got older however my interest for the pilots of Star Wars shifted to something darker, the Empire and over time the Sith and most especially Emperor Palpatine(played by the awesome Ian McDarmid). If you know the Star Wars mythos Palpatine is the greatest Sith of all since he actually succeeded in taking over the galaxy only to die later the way all true Sith must die, betrayed by their own apprentice.
Thanks to Syp, I learned that the Sith Inquisitor class in ToR(The old republic) will have a specialisation that is a master of lightning and control. Oh yeah!! I can get my Palpatine on! It’s official now! This game went from “will probably be awesome” to “I need it!!! NOW!!!!”. But as a loyal and dedicated fanboy here’s my wish list of features to Bioware, please get my class right!
Murder my master
The “Rule of two” is not yet in effect at the time of the Old republic but still, murdering your own master to show your superiority over the old fool is an important milestone in any Sith life. It should even be part of the quest chain to specialize your class.
Betrayed by your apprentice
Any Sith worth anything will die betrayed by his or her own apprentice. History will only remember you if die this way. It is the most important sign of success among Sith lords. Of course you’ll crush the weakling for even thinking about killing you but deep down inside you’ll know you did something right.
Make force lightning awesome
Since throwing lightning is our weapon of choice when it comes to dealing with trouble it needs to look awesome! Please abstain from goofy looking skeleton electrocutions.
Give us an ace in the hole
If anything defines a Sith lord besides looking awesome is that they are devious in the extreme. Palpatine would go to great lengths to make sure everyone tought he was old and weak but he did cut down 3 jedi masters in as many seconds when it came to it. I want to have that little something I can pull out that nobody expects.
Awesome evil look
I don’t want emo-evil look with lots of makeup and moppy hair. I want good old evil black robes. It doesn’t need to be complicated but it should radiate dark side.
Allow us to be truly evil
And last but not least allow us to be truly evil. I don’t want evil-light, I want pure, let’s burn the galaxy evil.
So dear Santa Bioware, I’ve been a good boy this year, I bought Dragon Age and even some DLC for it. Please bring me good Sith gameplay next year.