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There is always that one character in a book, maybe a character you roleplay with or someone in a movie who you secretly wish you could date in real life. Or am I the only one? 

I think for me, the first character who comes to mind is Darth Jadus (*swoon*). I know this guy has an army of fangirls and boys just swooning over every moment of dialogue within the SWTOR storyline; they lose all sense of self at the word Jadus and simply spend hours and hours debating the merits of his effectual personality, his smooth hypnotic soothing accent and his rather pleasing manner (OK… that sounds odd). 

However, when looking to at lore, there are a number of amazing characters to choose from; after all, charisma, even for Sith, can be an important part of what makes a character so appealing to the audience. I decided to be a little avant-garde and Darth Nihl shall be the focus of this small study. 

Darth Nihl was a Nagai Sith Lord serving within Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, previously a Nagai warlord initiated into the fold of the One Sith by none other than Darth Krayt himself, and then becoming the Fist: the go-to guy for all things war-based. Or better put, the supreme military commander for the One Sith. 

He's a dab hand with a saber, broody as anything and just plain charismatic. Where do I sign for the civil ceremony (I would assume the Catholic church would not approve of my marrying a Sith Lord)? 

So tell me: who is your secret crush? 
Thralle/Saphra o It wouldn't be a secret if I told... but it's totally Theron Shan (LOOK AT THIS HUNK!) ...
D'Portgas Legacy Hylo Visz, definitly. You gotta love spacer girls.

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Why is everyone having awesome RP but me?”

In my experience, this is a common assumption amongst role-players, that somehow, somewhere, the rest of the RP community is happening, and the individual is left in some kind of hellish limbo where plots are left unfinished, stories untold, and the only thing left to do is to mope around at the cantina bar listening in to everyone else RPing together.

This ethos is both a self-fulfilling prophecy and utter myth in the same blue milk-laced breath. I’m glad to report that the solution and the cause of this malady are one and the same.

It is you!

Let me share with you that most hallowed of all evidence, an anecdote;

Many moons ago, after the collapse of SWG and years of WoW burnout, I found a game called Rift. For me personally, it was like WoW, but with RP I could get into. I was a shy and retiring character not knowing anyone and not doing a lot about it other than keeping to myself and not having more than a sentence or two of RP interactions with anyone.
Saraani I agree..And yet I disagree. The OP is absolutely, 100% correct, too many people just sit around, too shy to approach a ...
Ponponpony This post helped me a lot cause I wasnt sure about what is roleplay, Im ansious about living it by myself , I have a dou ...
Adhock42 Unfortunately I have to disagree with the article. I've been having problems finding RP myself and it's not the fact I ...
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Where lights burn brightest and liquor flows freest, emotions run at light speed. HoloGossip met with a Hotshot Jedi Starfighter Pilot on Alderaan to discuss a rather Sithy situation he got into on Hoth. When HoloGossip sent out feelers a few weeks ago asking for updates on any other attacks by Sith on Jedi targets, this particular Hotshot Pilot came forward to discuss his battle with a Terrible Twosome. Here's the scoop:

Our Hotshot Pilot was fixing his starfighter on Hoth when the Terrible Twosome (a set of Sith twins) arrived to ruin his day. And ruin his day they did. With super-coordinated attacks, the Terrible Twosome not only managed to almost take out our Hotshot Pilot, but they totally destroyed his starfighter before the Pilot could capture the Twosome and put them in a holding cell in Aurek Base.

Before the Terrible Twosome could be sent to justice, however, they were rescued in the nick of time by a Punctual Bounty Hunter who incapacitated the guards, the Hotshot Pilot, and hauled jets. Never fear, though, this Hotshot Pilot has his gunship up and running again, and is back in the fight. When asked why such the quick turnaround, Hotshot said, "[The Sith] are hitting us right where we live now, and folks need to be ready, not scared." He then went on to add, "They can be beaten." Spoken like a true Jedi, and if the Sith are beaten, you heard it here first, right on HoloGossip.

[Both the HNN and HoloGossip take no official stance in this or any political and/or ideological conflicts. Thank you for reading. - Editor]

Mai Cash | HoloGossip
Shining Star Cantina - Alderaan
[Based on an ongoing storyline on The Ebon Hawk]

We all know about Boba Fett. Some people may know about him, and not even know about his father. Jango was killed swiftly by Mace Windu in front of Boba. Near the final scenes of Attack of the Clones, you see Boba as a young boy, holding his father's decapitated head. Do you believe this is what put Boba's pathway in motion? To become a notorious bounty hunter as his father was? Was it to avenge his father's death, or was it some other trauma which set him towards this dark path?

If Mace did not kill Jango, would Boba have stayed the innocent boy he once was? Some may argue because Boba was already corrupted in a way. He helped his father track down and attempt to destroy Obi-Wan Kenobi's starship with him still inside it. He hid Jango's armor when Kenobi came to their apartment. Though, once someone goes down a dark path, they can always be taken back onto the right one. It just takes time and effort, or a traumatic event.

What do you think? Was Boba pushed to the limit when he held his father's head? Or was he always a dark child?
D'Portgas Legacy Boba Fett was a Mandalorian, as his ''father'' before him. He'd end up in mandalorian armor one way or another.
Ikeda / Zakia Playing KOTOR I-II and SWTOR the decision between light and dark is always in the player's, the character's hand. The sa ...
The tauntauns of Hoth

This is Over Exposure, an investigative look at the galaxy around us to find out what is really going on behind those closed blast doors. Last week, we landed on Hoth to take a peek around what is being lauded as a New Age of Tourism on the frozen wasteland. So Over Exposure is here this week to bring you a new look on a previously touched on subject, the rideable, ownable tauntaun of Hoth.

While it makes sense to think that, when taken off their home planet, these creatures may be rather ornery, this is not the case; the tauntauns have proven to be loyal to their new captors. Having given up the taste of the lichen that grow up around the volcanic fissures for rations, rations, and more rations, these tauntauns have grown fat, complacent, and even docile on planets such as Tatooine (and even more unlikely places such as Carrick Station and Vaiken Spacedock). 

The Over Exposure team has seen these loveable, docile, once-frozen beasts kitted out even in armor, ostensibly for riding into new areas of elite combat. Because nothing says, "Surprise!" to the Dread Masters like a Sith Lord riding into battle on the back of an armored tauntaun. Everyone knows that to battle fear, the surprise is a key element. When asked about taming the other beasts of the Hoth wild, such as the roaming ice-cats and the ferocious wampa, the tourism agents laughed in our faces. We're not giving up yet! It was once said the tauntaun couldn't tolerate Tatooine, Over Exposure wants to see wampa armed with autocannons fighting in Darvannis.

That's it for now! We have more yet to cover still on Hoth, so until next week, HoloSeekers!

Mai Cash | Over Exposure
Investigative Reporter
Telden Where are these complacent, docile tauntauns again? I've found, from personal experience, that they can be pretty dange ...

The old Hollywood saying is that Fashion makes the man. For celebrities or celebrity wannabes, sometimes it's all about style. It's a telling of when you've made it, when you can drop money on a dress that would leave others jaw droppingly envious, or costs enough to feed a small village overseas.

To a lot of people, designer labels, handbags and suits are things they strive for, and anything generic, off brand, or knock off is cheap and insulting.

Finances and image are also part of characters in Star Wars. Would Darth Vader look anywhere near as fierce and frightening without his helmet and mask? Would Lando Calrissian look as estately and well-off without his cape? What about Luke Skywalker? Han Solo? Leia Organa? Obi-Wan?

Each of them has an image that they project onscreen that is aided by the powerful wardrobe they wear. Roleplayers have even helped create brand names and labels inside of SWTOR, such as M. Star, and other fashion guru type characters.

So my question this week is, what do you characters wear? How does what they wear help project the image you're wanting them to have?
Rax-Tex Rax isn't a fashionista (Or fashionisto?) at all, but he does understand the importance of looking good while simultaneo ...
Ikeda / Zakia Reka put her hands on everything she could. She had a good taste and she was in for beauty. Nalda, as a Sith apprentice ...
Vaanthe a Vaanthe usually wears her armor...and her armor, though sometimes, she will change to suit other occasions. She also doe ...
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Alen, Grand Master of an order known to many as The Lost Praxeum, is a long standing player and now the leader of the guild previously mentioned, after having taken over from his predecessor Rasheke. Alen comes to my notice mainly because I like his style! And when questioning the Grand Jedi Master, one comes to better understand the character himself, as well as the player and his motivations. The following sentence very much stands out when interviewing the player, about Alen from an in-character point of view: 

"I am but one man, and it's not me that's important - but that which I serve, that which I teach, and those whom I stand with."

Alen is a thoughtful character. He cares for those around him; his order, those other Jedi both fighting along side him and those within his charge. He is a teacher, a spiritual leader and a great warrior in his own right; fighting Sith and namely his arch nemesis Darth Thyrus.

Alen's typical day can be described as serene if a bit hectic. Attending  meetings, running lectures, studying within the archives and advising others. One handy piece of advice he offers to visitors of the temple on Tython would be this: "Word to the wise: don't expect anything but the vegetarian option to be served." The next time I am on Tython I will be sure to bring sandwiches (BLT anyone?).
Alen Adding a bit here, as the reference to Luke Skywalker might be worth talking about. Zahn wrote the Thrawn trilogy in 1 ...
Vandis I have not really interacted with Alen in-character beyond shooting and/or throwing explosive things in his general dire ...
Skratos Right... One year in the Lost Praxeum for me and all thanks to this guy. Alen was the first person I met on the Lost Pr ...

This week, I intend to take a closer look at the indomitable dark side of the Force. Does anyone else hear The Imperial March by John Williams when they think about the Empire? Just me? OK… moving along.

We had some really great comments last week and the topic got a lot of you talking! It is great to see some of you so passionate about the Jedi path (see what I did there?). But this week let us see if we cannot ignite your imagination and get you lamenting upon the darker side of things! When I think about the Empire, I think about Sith, Imperial agents and Stormtroopers. But here is a question: what does the dark side mean to you? 

Darth Andeddu, the Immortal God-King of Prakith, the once ruler of the Sith Empire certainly is an interesting candidate for discussion when thinking about the dark side! He has all of the qualities you need in a villain; powerful, paranoid and ugly as a Hutt! Sith aren't exactly known for their looks, are they? He gathered a wealth of knowledge before eventually dying by his own volition and then again (yes, again) when killed by Darth Wyyrlok. Yet while he lived, Andeddu managed to dabble in all areas of Sith alchemy and discovered a way to transfer his essence into another vessel; thus dying not once, but twice. 

And let's face it: you do not get that far without stepping on a few toes and mistreating a few slaves (eeek!). Can you name someone who ignites your imagination and gets you thinking about the Sith and their dastardly deeds?
Cruallassar I have a slightly different meaning of the Dark Side. Specifically, emotion. The Jedi have a point, in the situation of ...
Ikeda / Zakia What does the dark side mean to you? The ends justify the means, homicide, genocide, war crimes, torture, abuse (of pow ...
Ryyish Hmm.. I'm afraid my knowledge of the Star Wars lore, much less the evil Sithy side, isn't that big. So the Sith I immedi ...

The Central Broadcasting News Service has been privy to information obtained from numerous galactic sources, revealing information about the galactic super-factions, the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire, as well as other information pertaining to the state of the galaxy. 

It has been revealed that our enemy, the Sith, have continued mining efforts on Makeb. Battles continue to erupt on the devastated planet, though the Empire still sees an exponential increase in resources. 

On the other hand, the Republic is said to be struggling to maintain security on its newly widespread galactic victory, despite having gained access to Hutt Cartel resources following the near-destruction of Makeb. 

Sources of the leaked information have provided some good news. The fearsome Dread Masters, whose names have only been whispered due to their boundless terror, are said to have been defeated. It is uncertain who's responsible for ridding them from the galaxy, but galactic citizens should be able to rest slightly easier knowing that the threat of the Dread Masters has been eradicated. 

It has been confirmed that battles still continue between the Republic and the Empire at the Kuat Drive Yards, and on the small moon of CZ-198.

Keyt Saren | CBNS Reporter
Central Broadcasting News Service
Taeghen It never fails to amuse me how much misinformation is put about on these broadcasts. Carry on, Republic. Carry on. ...

Honestly, we all know one of the smartest characters in the Star Wars universe is the Astromech droid, R2-D2. He always is wise and knows how to get C-3P0 out of sticky situations. So what is the cause of all this learning and wise decision making? After all, they're computers. It's true there is talk about empathy units and other components that could make droids and robots actually be able to learn. Though R2-D2 seems to never make a mistake.

Does your character have a foolproof mind that can't be misused? How many Jedi mind tricks would it take to have your character give in to the Force? And overall, how well does your character handle sticky situations? Do they think on their feet and make wise decisions, or do they usually wait for someone else to make the decisions for them? Are they an R2 or a C-3P0?

Basically, an overall question to ask yourself is: How much stamina and intelligence does your character's mind have? Is he / she what Jedi would call weak minded, or is their head almost impenetrable?
Cruallassar My character, Chi'vas, would be rather hard to trick with that kind of thing. Although it is true, anyone is susceptible ...
TraykxSkyle Tray isn't one to hide his mind. It's relatively unsecured. He isn't weak minded he is simply not afraid. You can be str ...
Telden Telden's ability to resist Force-based mind manipulation is a direct inverse of the OOC humor quotient. To explain, som ...
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