While we're a few thousand years shy of the music of Figrin D'an and Max Rebo, it's still a source of inspiration for many roleplayers and Star Wars
fans. Whether it's the in-game music, your personal library, or your favourite streaming service, more often than not, we're all listening to something while we explore our chosen virtual galaxy.
For some, it's the magic of bopping around space with the groovy jazz and heartbreaking blues of Cowboy Bebop.
For others, it's blasting the latest and greatest metal or electronica while focusing on battlegrounds. And sometimes it's all about creating the mood for a roleplay in which you can draw further inspiration from.
Music is an important part in how we play the game.
Tells us what music inspires you. Do you have playlists made for different activities and different characters? Do you prefer the in-game music and focus on out-of-game music at other times? How does music affect your gameplay and your roleplay?
Last week we covered
the creative and evidently talented artist, Evanyell
. A good number of readers thought to leave supportive comments for the artist, and if there's something we like to see here at SWTOR-RP
, it's the supportive and friendly side of the community. It's why we're all here, right?
Let's look at the second artist to be spotlighted in 2015: Rai-kuga
"By day I'm an art teacher, and each and every one of my kiddos can tell you what a huge
Star Wars fan I am (my room at school has a less than subtle Star Wars theme to it)."
We asked Rai about her inspiration, what motivated her to draw and get started on the road to Star Wars-inspired artistic flair:
"I would have to say the biggest source of inspiration is the community, that I'm involved with, Penumbral. There are a lot of very creative and talented writers, other artists, and RP-ers that keep my own imagination flowing."
Brief note: I have changed the nature of the Combat Analysis. Where before it was an in-character review of whatever could be found, it is now an out-of-chracter analysis of various battles throughout the Star Wars
galaxy, from SWTOR
to Original Trilogy. Hope you enjoy!
For the first Combat Analysis of the new year, I will be analyzing the lightsaber battle of Jedi Battlemaster Kao Cen Darach
versus Darth Vindican
, and not-Darth Malgus
, as seen in the Return SWTOR
cinematic, starting at the point where Master Darach takes Satele Shan's saberstaff
and initiates the fight (0:55 in the below video).
Born amidst the scientific tensions of the frozen world, Arkania, Adlai was the first son of Girantus Kar'ri and Mala. A geneticist obsessed with the endless potential locked within the biological world, Girantus approached fatherhood as a sort of science, and regarded Adlai as an academic investment, rather than a son. This was primarily because Mala was only Girantus' mistress, rather than his wife; a woman who he had married for scientific funding. Adding tension to the family, Girantus's wife soon bore him a daughter, Misa.
A Firrerreos woman devoted to the teachings of the Sacred Way, Mala raised Adlai with a firm, loving hand; instilling in him the traditions of her people. First amongst them was the value of a name. Having lost the sanctity of her name to Girantus, Mala was determined to not allow the same to happen to her son. Though giving him the name "Adlai" after his birth, she denied him knowledge of his name and referred to him as "son", while Girantus simply referred to him as "E-53." Though life was hard on Arkania, Adlai enjoyed the warmth of a home, adequate food, and was allowed to attend school with his younger sibling.
Constantly reminded of his inferiority to "true" Arkanians, Adlai soon grew bitter towards those around him, often engaging in violence towards animals and children who teased him, especially his sister. Despite this, Misa never shunned him, even offering to help him when he fell behind in his studies. He gradually grew to love his half-sister, often getting into fights when anyone that picked on Misa. He even gradually began to accept his life on Arkania, until his mother fell ill from Ardroxian flu. Girantus saw her as beneath expensive care and left her fate to chance. She did not survive, and Adlai would forever remain bitter towards Girantus, pure Arkanians, and later, the idea of racial superiority.
Stop sinking Corellian ale, holster those blasters, and get yourselves out of those cantinas! Party time is over! It's a new year and time to set your sights on making the most of 2015!
Last year, we saw some amazing things happen in the world of The Old Republic
. We received player housing, guild capital ships, and the return of the SWTOR
time period's most epic character, Revan. We've got plenty of new gear, new combat animations and abilities. But with all the new goodies, there's still plenty to come; from BioWare
and from us, the players.
There is always something to do in MMOs, and SWTOR is no different, especially in the world of roleplay. BioWare creates content, but roleplayers create stories. The worlds we have are massive, but the stories we create can be even bigger.
For twenty-fifteen's first Friday Focus, we'd like to know what your ambitions are for The Old Republic. What do you hope to achieve in the game this year? Let us know in the comments section below!
Welcome to 2015! It's another year, and with a new year we have a new chance to look at artists and creative types throughout the SWTOR
community. Without further delay, let us take a look at the artist Evanyell
; what inspires the artist to draw and what it is about the Star Wars
community and lore that the artist draws creative passions from.
"I've always been a
Star Wars fan growing up. Watched the original trilogy a lot as a kid, Return of the Jedi being my all time favourite. I'd heard about SWG but I'd never had the opportunity to play it when it was out. So when I heard about
SWTOR I got excited. I started playing
SWTOR during the few open Beta events they had, then played right off launch. I was super excited when the game had been announced. It started off as a few quick joke scribbles that I posted to the forums, and eventually people saw that I could do art. Folks started inquiring about it, and so I started doing commissions for people. A majority of the
SWTOR work I've done has all been commission based, some were gifts, and the rest were just scenes I wanted to illustrate for some of my own characters."
The first piece
we will feature today is probably the one we like the most. It features Alasha
of The Ebon Hawk server:
Come closer, young one. Let me have a look at you. Yes! I can see it in your eyes; a glint of strength, of determination and willpower. This strength of spirit, this drive, will be a great asset to your order. And yet think on what you might become. Your masters hold you back, too cautious, too…afraid. A noble sentiment, but misguided. All it takes is for you to learn a little more – and listen closely. Please, sit.
Who I am is of little importance. My time has passed. All I now seek to do is enlighten the young, to instruct them in a few simple things. No doubt your teachers have told you of the allure of the Dark Side, and of its weakness, and of a hundred other things that are useless in serving the galaxy. The Dark Side should be feared – feared for its power! And with that power, you could remake worlds, bring justice across a thousand systems, and more.
I see that I have your attention. The Dark Side of the Force has been eternal. Some have called it Bogan, others Will, still others have spoken of dark gods or ancient slumbering entities. It all derives from the same source. The Force is, according to Jedi orthodoxy, an energy field created by all living things and simultaneously the will of galaxy, the underlying cosmic force. This is the Living Force and Unifying Force. This narrow-minded schema has no place for the Dark Side, save to dismiss it as a corruption.
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
~ Aleister Crowley
Born on Iridonia, Kyic’s affinity for the Force was discovered during a routine recruitment sweep. Iridonia was always caught in the middle of Jedi/Sith struggles, and had long since been proven fertile ground for promising Force sensitives. The beginnings of his martial training had already conditioned his body, and his exposure to disciplined instruction made him a quick study.
Kyic took well to Sith physical training, and his typical Zabrak focus afforded him the mental fortitude to overcome the constant pressure acolytes were subjected to. His promising skill at arms earned him the personal attention of one of the Academy’s weapon-masters, and under his tutelage, Kyic would grow proficient in several lightsaber forms, favoring the more aggressive and acrobatic styles that appealed to his wild, swashbuckling nature.
For all these assets, the proud bearing of his people proved to be his downfall time and again; despite considerable skill, and natural ability, his time at the Sith Academy could only be called an… ordeal. While never terribly fond of his fellow acolytes, Kyic was content to keep his own counsel and avoid most confrontations, only suffering the occasional ire of an instructor (it was the way of things at the Sith Academy that even the best acolytes were made to suffer for nothing else but to test their ability to deal with adversity). However, as he approached the end of his training, a particularly brutal and aggressive acolyte named Shacus Lohek took an interest in Kyic, using some imagined slight to force a confrontation. His training would from then on would almost always result in a pairing between him and the merciless near-human, and the results rarely, if ever, favored the young Zabrak.
The team at SWTOR-RP
have been receiving messages from the community about issues with our wiki. Do not fret, because we have heard you. Tziena
, our Community Manager, has been working to resolve issues that our members have been experiencing with new account creations.
We are happy to announce that you should now be able to create new accounts and your very own wiki articles!
We are going to keep an eye on the wiki as often as we can to ensure that your experience with the wiki is uninterrupted. If you do come across any issues, please notify myself, Tziena and Vaanthe in a group private message.
For those of you who are newcomers to SWTOR-RP, head on over to our wiki
and start creating wiki articles for your characters, ships, guilds, and organisations! We even have our very own wiki-amateur-friendly wiki creator to assist you.
We hope to see some fresh new articles on the SWTOR-RP wiki.
Happy new year to every human, cyborg, chiss, iridonian, wookiee and gungan out there! SWTOR-RP hopes your festive season was full of cantina crawls (without the brawls).
The news feed here at SWTOR-RP kicks off Monday the 12th of January, and before we huddle down for another year of madness, we're opening up recruitment for our members to join our news team.
If you're looking for something more and want to utilise and express your creative edge, fill in an application
and join the team!
As the Editor-in-chief at SWTOR-RP, I'm always looking to add to the talented group of people that currently make up the Reporting team. They each add their own flavour and style of writing, and your own unique and imaginative abilities could be added to that team. I simply ask that if you're a motivated individual with a sound knowledge of Star Wars
lore and possess the ability to write constructively and creatively, you take the time to submit a staff application