Posted on April 4, 2014
What Orny Was Thinking
So… sorry it got shitty, gang. I tend to think of my characters as excuses to paint miniatures, but I guess I bummed Mike and others out tonight giving him a new excuse. I just want to write down quick what I was thinking. Forgive me if it rambles. It’s 1AM.
So, those characters have been batting each other around for a while, which has been fun (maybe just for me). I was fine with it escalating, but there was some game-related stuff that I figured meant the battles Orny picked would be increasingly unfair to Uun.
Part of that was the colossal disparity in hitpoints, but the other part was just how witches work. They suck at doing damage and they make things vulnerable and need other people or mechanisms to do their dirty work.
I was fine that characters hated each other and I figured that sooner or later somebody had to say uncle or win. I didn’t see any reason for Orny to say uncle as long as Uun was charging into fights when Orny could surreptitiously make that fight harder for him. Maybe nobody noticed, but I don’t remember the last time Orny healed Uun when he wasn’t the last possible meat between Orny and something sharp. That’s been going on for many sessions, and it hadn’t killed the guy that Orny wanted gone, so this thing where there’s water and chaos and a mission already accomplished seemed like an opportunity Orny would seize on.
Double Crosses Within Double Crosses
Beyond that, there’s the conspiracy that Orny was trying to get going. He wants to be able to shift everybody’s allegiance from the Pathfinders to the Aspis Consortium later once we’ve gotten what we can from the Pathfinders, and Uun’s not in on that. I suppose we could have shared that plot with him to see what he would have said, but honestly it never came up. Orny kept a secret, and when he had a chance to be rid of a complicating factor rather than integrate that factor into his plan he took the chance to be rid of it.
Evil Is As Evil Does
We discussed whether what Orny did was pretty (perhaps “pretty goddamn”) evil. I’m kind of comfortable with that. Between his glass jaw and the kicking he took from Uun in the lighthouse I’m sort of okay with my TN character’s needle moving toward E, and I think it’s happening in a sensible way
Dude gets on boat to seek fortune -> Joins gang after shipwreck -> Sees path to success -> Member of gang is dick to dude -> dude eliminates dick ASAP
I don’t know that it’s straightforwardly evil, but I’m comfortable with the alignment of that character changing through that arch.
Beyond all that character stuff, I just want to say I really didn’t want to bum anybody out and didn’t think I would. I really did just have a story about their relationship in my head and I thought Orny would take the chance to get rid of a troublesome guy whose approach to life was incompatible with his own, and he needed sharks to do it.
If that kind of cowardice makes him evil I’m definitely cool with that since I feel like he got more evil because he stayed so glass-jawed. And if other characters string him up for murder I’m fine with that too. The decision still makes sense to me, but I’m fine dealing with the consequences. Actually, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to dealing with the consequences.
I guess what I want to make clear is that I wasn’t trying to just sleep-style exclude Mike from playing. There was a history there that made sense to me and after I did what I did I learned it was only me.
I really am sorry if that wasn’t fun for everybody. I thought it would be.