I am No Man’s Puppet…..Caiden’Rho; a darker path


They said I was a servant. They knew nothing! They thought me a dutiful acolyte, they were foolish. More than once I have felt the lash of lightening to punish me for my decisions and I regret nothing. With each step, rage builds. With each enemy that falls before my hand, my lust for conquest and glory grows. But no one, will ever, make me bow again…I am the Empire’s Wrath!

Caiden’Rho was my first foray into leveling a Sith Juggernaut all the way to cap. I was in fact determined with this one. Normally I don’t go into the whole Sith/Jedi thing but I wanted a solid tank for our Guild raids. My Raid Leader suggested that if I wanted to go melee, do the Juggernaut. He had a lot of fun on them. His only warning was that when we did 16 man’s to be prepared and practice my rotation to the T. Failure to do so could cause a loss of aggro which was a pain in the ass to regain. So we discussed rotation and gearing post 60 etc. Then I went to town. I really got into the role for this one as I hacked my way through the levels. I especially enjoyed turning Jaesa to the dark side. She was such an astute little monster, I fell in love with her as a companion lol, figuratively speaking of course. Never the less, it told a good story across the line and I had no trouble with getting to the top. Below were some highlights of raising Caiden to his final position:

The young Acolyte confronts his darker self to embrace his inner darkness:

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-06-2015 15-00-46In a tiny oasis, deep in the deserts of Tatooine, Caiden faces his darker self, the one that shows his true calling as a Sith Warrior. But even then, Caiden seethes with anger at being manipulated. Only two things enrage Caiden the most; Disloyalty and manipulation. The machinations of others led him from his former self and mapped out the path before him. Deep in his shadowed soul he knew the only way to break free of the chains which others bound him was to embrace the rage and damned be any, no matter how powerful, who were foolish enough to block his way to glory.

The warrior grows, proving the mettle of his Iron Soul:

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-09-2015 14-46-09Test after test he proved all around him that his enemies were mere ashes in the wind. With Shadow Blade in hand, he followed the directives of Darth Baras and the Council. But hidded from thier fiery gaze, he hatched his own plans. Some aligned in goal with his Master, but all led to his own dark designs, ones without his foolish and blind Master at hand. Paying lip service was no easy task and many times his own rage exceeded his ability to hold a civil tongue with his supposed master. But all in good time.

The Darkest of Loves:

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-11-2015 20-58-27She saw my true self and did not run in terror. She saw the lies of living without passion and the Tyranny of holding back emotion. She allowed me to set her free. She called me Master, yet she is my immortal dark heart, the one and only that enslaves my desires. Soaked in blood and hate, we wreaked Havoc across the Galaxy. Even when offered my place, she stayed loyal to the end. No one in this life or the next could ever separate the dark and monstrous passion we share. Jaesa, the one and only Immortal Heart to me, may we wade together in blood, smoke and conquest for all eternity!

Ascension, and the Fall of a Fool:

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-09-2015 2-30-00He thought me to be his pawn. He thought my mind enslaved to his will. Darth Baras, the “Voice” of the Emperor thought he could use me as the puppet to his ascension within the Dark Council. He was wrong. I had waited for this moment for a very, very, long time. When it was right, and my power collected, the gauntlet was thrown and the battle ensued. With out a doubt, this would be my hour of glory, or or my final place of death. All bridges were burned and only one way home from here. For what was worth, the duel was worth the time. I would have been so disappointed had Baras fell without so much as a fight.

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But as with all the others, his time had come to fall by my hand alone. With each burst of the Force he crashed upon me, he only grew weaker as I grew stronger. I laughed with glee as his power wained. Had he forgotten how many times he had punished me with pain? did he not know that I accepted the pain and converted it’s essense into the rage which fueled my power? Those questions would never be answered. The pawn, the servant, the errand boy had now become the Master with one final stroke of a saber.

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Even with the Dark Council’s acceptance of my transformation into the Wrath, I knew the future could only be mine once I was free of any Master. Still, I shall always relish the moment and regail in it final victory over my first Master. The Dark Council knew even then that they would be wise to avoid stopping any plans I made. Once cowed before me, my new goals would be realized.

The Dark Lord Begins his True Calling:

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-09-2015 21-52-08I knew the Emperor was a madman. Revan only proved it. But unleashed I saw the Chaos of a Galaxy full of ashes. Worlds ground to balls of dust and ashes. Destroyed by his unholy thirst for immortality. What good is it to rule a galaxy of corpses?

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In visions I saw all which I held dear collapse in rotting flesh and bone. Civilizations ground to powder with bloody streets stained red. But even though I saw my own corpse, I knew that this was only a vision of what could be. Nothing is set in stone. Of that I did learn throughout my rise.

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No mighty Emperor. I am no longer your Wrath, no longer your puppet. You will not destroy the Empire which I have shed so much blood for. You will not destroy what is meant to be mine to rule. I will find a way to defeat you and you will perish!

So, the experience leveling Caiden was honestly pretty awesome, all the way to the end. There were a few points that annoyed me, but overall it was a lot of fun. I wish they hadn’t had Quinn betray me. Not because it hurt me, but because they gave me no way to kill him. I really wanted to destroy his soul after siding with Baras, but I had no means mechanically to do so. The interactions with Jaesa as a companion were priceless. Turning her to the dark side and allowing her evil side to thrive was pure enjoyment as far as stories go. Now, I loved the Agent Story as the best so far, but this story line has got to be the close second between the two. The Bounty Hunter was lack luster. I haven’t finished the Inquisitor story as I haven’t enjoyed actually playing one.At any rate, I hope you all enjoyed this bit of writing. I’d love to hear what you guys thought about the little bits of prose and the screenshots. Also I have a question to you readers, which story line in SWTOR really grabbed you and held on to you from beginning to end? Why did it hold you as a story? I’d love to hear from anyone out there!!! Till next time, may your stories be epic in nature and may your credits flow for ever!

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Altiholism and a Stand Down


Star Wars The Old Republic-05-16-2015 10-25-31Over the weekend, I did a ton of experimenting with different types of classes. Some made it, some got fired repeatedly. Not out of boredom but more out of getting a feel for things. But let’s fast forward to yesterday for a sec. I promise it won’t take too long.

I Stood Down from gaming yesterday. Kept a couple of beers on the side. For the States, Memorial Day Weekend was observed and a holiday given yesterday. It was my time to remember my brothers and sisters who were no longer there. Look, I don’t claim a status of being a hero. A hero is more often a common person who get’s stuck in some extraordinary circumstances and just deals with them. At any rate, my remembrance wasn’t to go observe some great ceremony. I’ve never been big on them. It was to remember a few friends/comrades that lost their lives over the years I’ve deployed. I’m not gonna get too much into that. Suffice to say, my moments were quiet and had to do more with the good memories, not the Memorial Daybad. Faces sometimes fade. But occasionally a smile, a joke, or conversation comes to mind. I won’t go into the politics behind the losses. In the end, those things have nothing to do with why we fight in the ugliest moments. It has to do more with the people around you, the left, right, front and behind. All the patriotism, the missions the great hyperbole mean nothing when you are sweating your ass off in a foreign land where everyone hates you. It boils down to building relationships with those whom you serve with. They are really the people you do what you do day in and day out. So, with all of that, I spent my day just remembering, not their deaths, but their lives. It’s more important to me that way.

Now, we can rewind on my weekend of altiholism..

I worked a bit on the Sith Warrior under the Juggernaut DPS builds. I can’t say I like them that much. The heavy armor is nice of course…but I just was not feeling the class mechanics up through lv 30. It could have been that I need to find someone who knows the class rotations to get more effective. Of course I know Juggs tend to be tank specced, but I wanted to see what they could do in Heavy armor as a DPS spec. The companions are more interesting than the storyline to be honest. The whole Darth Baras didn’t really appeal to me. For starters…why would I follow this arrogant fat ass? Seriously…from the get go I wasn’t impressed with his rhetoric. I dunno, I will try the storyline again. I like the aesthetics of the warrior I created, made him look pretty hardcore. I may re roll this one into a Marauder, at least it may be a bit more fun while trying to get a hold of the storyline. The one good thing about x12 xp is that it allows me to like or dislike something and reset with minimal time investment.

Further worked Jhexi, the rotation is pretty easy, just getting through the storyline is sort of a yawn to me. I did get little Blizz as my latest companion though. While I doubt I’ll use him much in combat, he is one of those fun companions to have around. Crazy little Jawa makes life so entertaining.

Started an Inquisitor Assassin. I’m still trying to decide if I should keep the DPS spec or if I should go tank mode with her. Both are very appealing and fun to work. I very rarely play tanks in game, but the AOE and threat system for the Inq is pretty entertaining, same as with the Jedi Shadow Tank. If she does remain as a tank, she’ll be relegated to PvE rather than have a pvp role.¬† More importantly, the storyline has my attention grasped. Now, I read briefly before on how the whole Lord Zash line works out and that’s fine. The interaction is really very entertaining. Even from the get go, I felt there was purpose to the Inquisitor storyline. It was easy to react to situations and I quickly saw my Inquisitor had a very dark and sadistic side to her. Not due to being forced into¬† situations…but it just felt natural by choice and the story responded in a way that kept me drawn in. I haven’t fired this character yet…we will see where it goes.

Made another agent, this time as an operator for the sole purpose of pvp. I’m on a PvE server, but War Zones pop frequently so it isn’t that big of a deal. The down side though, unless I’m with my guild…pvp is really painful. Pick Up Games are very annoying in the lack of teamwork or even sense of strategy. I don’t mind challenging. Honestly if my opponents are solid players and a good fight is put up, loosing doesn’t sting as much. But sometimes the PUG really is enough to piss off a saint. Still, I did have a lot of fun doing sneak and stabs. Built up enough tokens to even afford a couple of Imperial Soldiers to add into my Stronghold. I like a couple of body guards to add flavor to the place. This one will be a slow leveling process because primarily he will be spending the majority of his time in Warzones and not out doing quests. This allows for time to perfect rotations and individual tactics as well as working with my guild.

Mharius continues to be my raiding sniper character. Sunday night’s raid proved pretty difficult for him. I was just off my game for some reason. Normally I know when to Gun and when to Run. My rotations were good but Boss AOE’s as well as a bit of bad luck with some adds I wasn’t watching for made it a pretty rough run for the evening. Good side is, the only person being critical of me was me. The rest of the group was being very patient. It didn’t help I had a pounding headache that felt like someone was driving a knitting needle into the base of my skull. But I did make a commitment and it takes a pretty hefty reason to not show up when I say I will. All in all, I still had fun hanging out with the Guild for these events, it was just a tad rougher than normal.

Well, that has been my journey over the last few days. Hope everyone who got a holiday enjoyed it. I know I did. Till next time, I’ll see you on the high ground!