March 27th, 2002

dark little thing, deadpan, cynical, duh, trouble is afoot

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More in the (Ragnarok) Life of Sakaki Taiyou

The Adventures of Being Dead.
I think that in Ragnarok, you should have respect for the dead. I mean, the only way to die is painfully. It took time, effort, and probably a good deal of trekking to get to that place of execution (to borrow a term from Rurouni Kenshin). People in Ragnarok, however, have no respect for the dead. At least three people tromped all over my corpse, one sat on me, and even Shoten seriously considered looting my pockets. Innocent Acolyte? Hah!

But that's not all. You can talk when you're dead, too! The first conversation took place right after I became deceased but was still speaking to my team members only, meaning that anyone other than Shoten or Silvermask could not read my responses. I didn't know this at first until Shoten informed me of it afterwards.

Person1 - hay u
Person1 - r u sleep
Sakaki - Yes.
Sakaki - A very long and permanent sleep.
Person1 - ???????????
Shoten - She's dead ...

Person1 then said the equivalent of "f*ck off" and left. But, lo and behold, he returned moments later (and yes, I was still lying there). I took full advantage of my secret communication! Kind of.

Person1 - help me
Person1 - help me
Person1 - help me
Sakaki - Hell no!
Person1 - help me [Shoten's name misspelled]
Person1 - help me [Shoten's name misspelled]
Person1 - help me [Shoten's name misspelled]

... uh-huh. Yeah. Next up, I came out of the team-only conversation mode to interact as the most verbose corpse ever with a well-intentioned, easily-distracted, and perhaps INT-low mage.

Person2 - you okay
Sakaki - I'm dead.
Sakaki - Quite so.
Person2 - um

The Adventures of Love.
My roommate also downloaded Ragnarok, and we attempted to play together. This meant, however, that we had to find the other, which can be a rather impossible task. I sat myself down in the middle of a flowergarden (complete with park benches) that just happened to be out in the middle of nowhere, thinking that it would be easy for her to find me there (it wasn't).

I wasn't alone for very long.

Indeed, I collected a harem! Soon I had four guys sitting around me, giving me heart signs and music notes and all that stuff that, based on my observation of the Sims, probably means that they were "interested" in me, or in the case of one gentleman, my wallet.

At first he only wanted 3z, but as a result of some boasting by another male, he upped his desire to 100z. I pointed this out to him, and suddenly I had an entire group sitting around me, male and female. Apparently not only is my sprite cute (I agree, and I really want to draw her sometime) and attractive, but she's really witty as well.

I said it was the flowers.

Anyhoo, I thought this was an isolated occurence, but as I finally joined with Shoten and Silvermask and traveled to the desert, another guy appeared. He seemed more intelligent than the rest, but he was also more clingy. o_O He wouldn't go. He also wouldn't stop misspelling Shoten's name ("Isoren" turned into "Isorean," or something of that nature). I wondered if he was implying something by that.

Then Shoten and Silvermask wandered off, and I was left alone with this dude. Great. He inquired about them and their whereabouts, and then suddenly plunged into "I don't know what I want to be when I grow up."

Cripes. I almost became a psudeo-career-counselor, but I concluded our conversation by telling him what I planned to become and walking off. Then I got killed. Twice. Fzzt.
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