So, I have two different character concepts for Dust to Dust, the LARP that shieldhaven
and the rest are starting fairly soon.
One is a homunculus
-- a creature created by a Ritualist out of the body parts of the dead-- the bit of arm there with the writing was once part of an angel's face-- what serves said Ritualist. The other is a Returned
, which are ancient heroes of yore come back from the graves to battle the Most Foul. I sit and ponder my options, pro & con wise:
So, for a Homunculus;
--I would get to be created in play by gollwyn
-- always a good time.
--The team I'd be on automatically is awesome.
--The costume. It is so awesome and would be a hell of a lot of fun.
--I really like the other people who are playing homunculi thusfar.
--GRAFTS! CLAWS! So, the Homunculus Racial Power is getting to graft on new body parts-- including animal claws. Getting to use claws, even if they're only dagger-length to start, is kind of a big deal. Among other things (like familiarity from playing a monster for so long), claws can't be disarmed the way held weapons can. I mean... ew.
--Sweet Sweet opportunities for body horror!
--Playing yet another sidekick. There's always the worry that I'd wind up with a character that's too dependent on having her Ritualist in play to be fun... the nice thing about Harper at Eclipse is that, while she is one of those types who defers to her Lord Cousin in all things, she can still have fun when he's not around, and has her own stuff going on. Really, she does, I swear!
-- The makeup. Which doesn't have to be consistent, but I'll get really annoyed at my stitches melting off in the warm seasons. Makeup is kind of a plus and a minus both.
--I have little to no character history, so I'll kind of have a floating, unformed character for a while. This wouldn't be so bad at the start of play, but I've already done that. Harp's pretty formed now, but I made her very Tabula Rasa. It might be nice to have someone with deep roots in the world-- or at least the memory of the World That Was-- to start.
And for a Returned...
--Playing someone With a History. I mean, woah. Now, most of the history would be unknown to them at the start of play, but...
--One of the Cultures is Finland/Ancient Finland. Like, Sariola and Suomi stylez, Old School. So I could play a hero based on Lemmenkainen! And Maybe I could get someone to take Forge Magic and play Ilmarinen and someone else to play Vanaimoinen and, and... SQUEE!
--I've already started writing the Lament for Lost Druma in my head. Because Trochaiac Tetrameter is super sexy.
--Even if I don't get other people to play the rest of the tetrad, I'd have So Much Fun playing Kalevala the Larp in my head. I mean... seriously folks.
--Returned racial powers and setup are flipping sweet. Crazy sweet. Mighty Christ.
--The Costume, while still badass, is not quite as awesome.
--The Makeup is also less awesome, and potentially more annoying.
--Not as certain of my team. I could potentially still be on the same team, but it'd take more work to figure out why and how.
--No claws. :(
I'm pretty sure I'd be able to do hardcore melee one way or the other, which is what I want, and I could potentially be just as happy doing it with a bastard sword (or martial school weapon, if I went that way-- dear lord do I <3 Martial schools) as with claws.
We ponder these things because they are happy, and it is good to think on matters where there are really no horribly bad choices.