“Killing a lot of people probably fucks you up.” But let’s face it, most of the people we RP in WoW have killed lots of people. We’ve killed scarlets and trolls, grimtotems and sin’dorei. We have killed people. in fact, I would venture to say that this is probably the hardest thing that we have to deal with as RPers. In this, our characters are fundamental that different from us. They deal with that constantly.
–from Itanya’s reply to one of my points on the assassin thread.
There are thousands of quests available to us, from the moment we push the “enter world” button and zone in for the first time. In Elwynn and you go from killing wolves to kobolds to Defias before you ever leave Northshire. Enter Deathknell, and you’re putting down Scourge first thing, then after some bats and spiders, you go hacking away at Scarlets. There’s blood all over your character’s hands before they ever set foot in their first inn and get a good night’s sleep.
So how do you deal with all of those “Go out and bring me his head” quests in-character? If Bob killed Garrick Padfoot, what happens when you roll his brother Bill and have to do the same? On top of that, is Bob likely to go out and slaughter the Defias en masse in the firstplace? I’m trying to imagine Threnn hacking someone’s head off for a bounty for two silvers and a cloak and failing at it utterly.
Likewise, Davien would never have gone and wrought havoc upon the Hillsbrad farmers, then added insult to injury by poisoning their dog.
I definitely find myself reading the quest text to figure out whether or not whatever I’m about to do for gold or XP is in-character. Some things lend very well to character development — the Fordring quest chain in Eastern Plaguelands for Threnn, the Howling Fjord plague quests for Davien — but others don’t fit in so easily with who the characters are.
I’d love to hear both sides from you guys — has anyone out there ever considered every quest in-character? How did that affect how your character developed (or if it had no effect, why not)?
If you only consider some of them as canon for your PCs, tell us a bit about the characters and which quests were most significant for them. Which others did you do out-of-character (or not at all) because they were tasks your character would have avoided? Have any of your characters ever ICly refused to do a job they were given once they heard what the job entailed?