I have this habit to make joke or experiment characters that I play for a short while and then abandon once I stop find the joke funny or once my curiosity is satisfied. Sometimes though, I discover that I actually really like whatever character it is I’m playing and end up with a new main character. I’ve stumbled into quite a few classes like that.
The latest in the proud tradition of joke characters that are turning out to be real interesting is my Twi’lek smuggler. My female Twi’lek smuggler. Famous across the galaxy for their dancers and slaves girls, Twi’lek are considered to be incredibly sexy by many in the Star Wars universe and even outside said fictional universe by some. Personally, I never found the head tails(leku) very attractive but hey, to each their own.
When I created this character it was out of curiosity for the smuggler class and because my brother said I wouldn’t dare play a female Twi’lek. I did the only reasonable thing any male does when presented with a dare. I did it just to prove him wrong! But, in the process of playing the character I found out that the in-game implication of playing a character like that are actually pretty fascinating.
For starters, being a smuggler means you’re in contact with less than honorable people who do not hesitate to let you know they would be very interested in seeing you in a tiny dancer outfit. Right there I was weirded out… I’m not used to have people in-game trying to get the pants off my character simply because of race and sex.
Then you add the discrimination. I’ve been dismissed out of hand for being “too pretty”, been asked how I escaped the slave pens and had a character lament the sorry state of the galaxy when Twi’leks are not dancing on tables. Bioware do balance it by introducing characters that are not perverts and others who are more interested in your professional abilities but each time I get to meet one of these dubious people, I find it very interesting. So much so in fact that I’m now playing my smuggler out of sheer curiosity of what I’ll hear next.
Of course, this brings questions about gender equality in a fantasy sci-fi universe. For my part, I do like that Bioware mixed it up some with the Twi’leks. But what I’d really like is for the women reading this blog to give me some feedback on this becauuse really, I don’t think I’m in the best position to comment on this beyond noticing what’s going on.
I mean, is it offensive to you that Bioware put some really lewd and perverted characters in-game that would hit on your toon? Or is it just part of the universe and you play along with it just fine? I’m really curious here.