And all for love, and nothing for reward.

I recently completed the story arc for my Bounty Hunter on the planet of Balmorra, wherein I’d single handedly overthrown a rebellion by fighting my way through countless resistance minions, performing various acts of Empire sponsored counter-insurgency, and battling through a heavily guarded fortress complex to finally reach their leader. Not only that, but I’d managed to coerce this veteran –in exchange for his life– into revealing on a public broadcast that his group were being clandestinely sponsored by none other than, dun dun dun, The Republic!

As a result of this I’d paved the way for the reinstatement of a new Sith governess of the planet, an evil heartless witch by the name of Darth Lachris, and, if reports were to be believed, I’d shifted the balance of power not just on Balmorra but across the entire galactic sector. As the shock wave of news swept through the Senate regarding the Republic being caught –pants down– thoroughly abusing the Peace Treaty pie, my character received a grateful intergalactic mail message from the new malevolent ruler of Balmorra. In it she praised my character for her efforts – for single handedly changing the political balance across the galaxy in favour of the Empire, and in light of such, the governess went on to say, she had attached a bonus payment from the Empire to show its gratitude.

Two hundred WHOLE credits. Enough to buy one, maybe even two, basic medikits! One twentieth of a single skill training upgrade at my character’s current level. Two hundredth the cost of learning to ride a speeder bike.

Although it’s already been noted that SWTOR’s conversation wheel is somewhat lacking in appropriate MMO options, I’d also like to point out the similar lack of provision for returning quest reward mail to its sender, along with a suitable response.

Such as two primed thermal detonators, painted to look like testicles.

6 thoughts on “And all for love, and nothing for reward.

  1. MMOCrunch

    lol, the rewards doesn’t even cover traveling expenses in most cases, but it’s a MMO. If you give out bigger payments, that will just lead to credit inflation.

  2. Efithor

    Recall one quest on Dromund Kaas where a lady proclaimed that, if I stuck out my neck for her, we would both be “Swimming in credits” (or somthing like that). Apparently one can swim in a 127 credit pool.

  3. Melmoth Post author

    @MMOCrunch: I dunno, maybe they could do what companies do when long serving employees retire, and give me a mantelpiece clock or a fountain pen or something.

    @Efithor: Although technically possible to swim in a 127 credit pool, there’s certainly no risk of drowning, I agree.

    @Jim: M’colleague, a friend and I are playing in a static group, otherwise I do fear I probably wouldn’t have been in much danger of wandering on past the thirty days included in the box. More on that later, hopefully.

  4. ArcherAvatar

    Jeez… you should have been doing it for the love of the game, or out of loyalty to the empire… it’s not like you’re a mercenary or a bounty hunter or something…

    oh wait… um…

    (maybe someone could explain the “RP” part of the rpg to BioWare again?)

    Actually, pretty much the only positive thing I continue to hear from folks about SWTOR is the “story” (you know, whenever I’m commenting in a perfectly grinchy way about how it’s the same damn game I’ve already played for more than ten years with respect to it’s systems and mechanics.)

    So, get with the program man! The “story” part is what you should be raving about – not poking fun at… (btw… nice poke! *cough* errr… um… I mean… /phrasing!)

  5. Melmoth Post author

    Be assured, the poking shall continue until I am sore! And you’re all sore! And the developers are sore! And everyone is sorrowfully sore!

    I have plenty of poking in me, don’t think I don’t!

    Wait, that didn’t come out right… (that’s what she said)

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