Choosing a Race for Roleplay
Regardless of the game you play, picking a race is one of the first decisions you will make. For some players, it is nothing more than a choice of ideal statistics to boost their desired class abilities. But with the advent of traits and racial specialisations in Achaea, things have opened up a great deal. No longer are the realms teeming with extra fast Rajamala or Grooks with heads swollen with intelligence! Now you can pick a race without making a sacrifice for combat over roleplay or aesthetic appeal. You can further make the most of this by embracing your race's history and really fleshing out the body you inhabit.
If this has proven hard for you, the following considerations might assist in adapting to the new freedom offered:
Some races have wonderful, intricate histories encompassing age-old wars, angst, and emotions woven over centuries of in-game lore. Take this into your character, join a racial clan and encourage the roleplay with others. If your Dwarf is descended from a clan persecuted through the years by Rajamala, grab this and run with it, tailoring your choices and interactions accordingly. Prejudice is something we seek to avoid in our day-to-day lives, but in a game driven by conflict, a derogatory nickname, dirty look, or blatant refusal can go a long way to opening up new avenues of roleplay for you and further bring your character to life.
Perhaps the history of your race is murky and undefined, like the fire-breathing Xoran. In that case, ponder what personality traits that the physiology might inspire. Maybe your character is a xenophobic refugee or a hot-tempered, savage creature. Perhaps your character views himself as nothing more than a future handbag! Make the most of your description to enhance these traits. Do you have ears? If not, why wear earrings? Do you sport a tail? How would everyday garments like skirts and trousers interfere with that?
Rajamalas, instead of grooming yourselves, hiss and let the fur on your hackles rise when you get angry. Winged creatures, make the most of those gorgeous feathers and exercise your superiority over the flightless humanoids! Let these characteristics and more shine through in your emotes; it's the little things that really make your character unique.
If racial eminence and purity of blood mean a great deal to your character, consider the choice of family and friends they make. Would they court and marry someone of another race? What if a child or sibling reincarnates? How would your character react? These seemingly trivial questions and considerations can lead to long-running implications and interactions for you and for those with whom your character interacts, adding another facet of enjoyment to everyone's gameplay.
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