The Daily Grind: Which NPC would you like to see more of in your MMO?

I think I speak for a majority of Secret World veterans when I say that we need 100% more Hayden Montag in this MMO. The odd headmaster of Innsmouth Academy is endearing with his ill-fitting clothes, complete lack of social tact, and his macabre backstory. He could totally hold up a spin-off of his own.

Sometimes MMO writers (and the characters’ voice actors, if there are any) can strike gold with a particular NPC. These characters become more than placeholder names and faces to us; they make a connection with players and are fleshed out to a greater depth. And when that happens, you naturally want more.

So which NPC would you like to see more of in your MMO? Who needs to come back for more missions and stories?

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Ian Wells

So we are talking Innsmouth Academy of TSW/SWL fame and not about Carter? For shame…

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Warking

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Aymeric, the Grand Pimp Elf is always good to see in FFXIV.

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While you’re on Secret World, PLEASE tell me you didn’t forget the duo of Radcliffe and Blake, the pair of Orochi scientists that enlist you to help, and have such wonderful back and forth banter (the latter of which was voiced by Voyager actor, Leroy Brazile, better known as Tuvoc).

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Zen Dadaist

Oh hell yes. Those two need more postings elsewhere in the world.

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connor_jones

Yep, caught that, especially their ‘Red Shirt’ reference. :D

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socontrariwise

I loved the Skysaga chicken. Especially the winter version in tiny cute green sweater.
That was even better than the Wildstar Rowsdower. There was a chicken suit ingame too. Chicken fanart (pics). Chicken sculptures. They had so much great animation, plopped down on its little butt to sleep, walking somewhere an doing this funny animation of looking around … very personable. The penguin cones were great too but the chicken ruled them all.
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Rest in peace little buddy.

Cadwell in ESO is a favorite too.

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Sheryl Lard

That indian family running a shop in TSW’s Solomon Island

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connor_jones

Kind of guilty pleasures of mine; Elisa Flores and the Andorian Tarsi from the Star Trek Online tutorials. They were campy and gung ho but very likable. Maybe they won’t win any awards for sophisticated NPC’s and voice acting, but I found them rather endearing. Alas, they clam up after the tutorials end. I understand the reasons for this, but still miss their banter.

Another from STO who comes to mind is the Andorian Captain Thelin from the Federation Klingon War arc. The voice actor was a bit over the top in his delivery, making him a dead ringer for Jeff Combs’ Shran from Enterprise. I get the feeling though that he was replaced in the STO universe by the more pedestrian Captain Shon.

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johnwillo

WoW’s Captain Placeholder.

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Ashley Bau

Zeid in FFXI is a big one that I wanted to see more of. On a secondary note, while I don’t like FFXIV as a whole, I could always use some more hildibrand.

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rafael12104

Hmm… at the moment, I’d like to see more of Jinsoyun. Who, you may ask? The main antagonist in BnS, of course. Yes, yes. The entirety of the game, up to know has been about her, to a great extent. But that is not what I’m talking about.

I want to know about the early years with Jiwan. The good times and how she fared then. I’d also like to know about her years after Jiwan and before she became The Black Rose. Oh, they weren’t pleasant. No, indeed. I’m sure it was a dark time for those got in her way.

So, give me more time with Jinsoyun. It’s a sad story and there so much more to dig into there.

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Ariel Domen

I’ll echo the others here about ESO: Razum Dar!!!! Also Darien and Stibbons. <3

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camelotcrusade

I think I’m the minority here but I loved Kaliyo in SWTOR. It wasn’t her personality so much as the whole package, tied up in a bow by the voice actress. Tasia Valenza did a fantastic job making her come alive. Frankly, I enjoyed the spectacle of it all.

Now, for NPCs I actually enjoyed to be with? I like Keeper from the Agent story and Darth Zash from the Inquisitor. They had good actors, good writing, and importantly, stuck with you through a long enough story to help you get to know them and get invested in them, too. I’m sure there are others I’m not thinking of…

PS – Skimmed Daily Grind headlines too fast. Got “Which NPC would you totally hook up with?” I’d have to think about that one more, plus in SWTOR I actually *did* hook up with a couple, haha.

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connor_jones

Agree completely. Tasia nailed Kaliyo, and the Keeper and Zash were wonderful too. I still maintain that the SWTOR original class stories are unsurpassed in the mmo sphere with their engaging storytelling and overall delivery. I even give them the nod over the great Secret World story on account of the fully voiced player characters.

That said, it’s really a shame how much KOTFE hurt the original class stories not just in the lore, but also the game play. What was EA/Bioware thinking???

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rafael12104

Well, I’m part of that minority then. Kaliyo was and is my fave companion. Not because she is great at combat, heals, etc. And she is not one that as a character you turn your back on, even for a second. No, like you said, its the whole archetype. She not immoral, but amoral and funny as hell.

“Dibbs on the head!” -Kaliyo Djanni’s

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NeoWolf

I would have said Vaylin from SWTOR but they killed her off and saved her douchebag brother.. in terms of story sense and emotional attachment it would have made so much more sense to be the other way around.. saving the once loving daughter whose neglect and abuse left her bitter and angry and secretly longing for her mother to be the one saved and redeemed. But instead we get the intentionally evil sociopath with daddy issues who just wants to be the one in charge who suddenly has a change of heart after you kick his butt and wants to be good now in Arkann..

Vaylin I would have loved more of.

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rafael12104

I dont’ know… you know what they say, nobody is truly dead in movies or comic-books. I apply the same logic here. It would take a fair bit to bring her back, but… it’s Star Wars. A little Sith Alchemy goes a long way.

Vaylin was a great character, no question about it.

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Katriana

There is a long list of NPCs in SWL I would like to see more of, and Hayden doesn’t necessarily rank very high on that list for me really. Moose, Henry Hawthorn, Madame Roget, The Scots woman next to Hayden whose name I forget now, Said…etc.

Not sure there are any notable ones in other games I’d want to see more of. Maybe I just haven’t made it far enough in the main story on some of them to have noticed any.

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connor_jones

Agreed. Although I loved Jeff Combs in Deep Space 9 and Enterprise, the Montag character didn’t make a huge impression on me. To my mind he was just another quirky off the wall character in a game chock full of quirky off the wall characters. That said, there are definitely no cardboard characters in Secret World, and the others you mentioned are indeed very memorable.

“I’m a frequent and valued poster.” – Rev Hawthorn

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Robert Mann

Given that I can only think of two NPCs that had consistently good, fun writing in any MMOs I have played in years… and that both benefitted there from rather short appearances all in all, I’m going to say none of them.

I wouldn’t mind having one I really liked that way, but the developers/writers haven’t given me such inspiration.

In fact, some of the closest ones otherwise were ruined at any chance with terrible dialogue and errors in their work (whether writing or VA) that left them sounding really dumb.

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Bryan Correll

The Secret World could definitely use more Said. In fact, every game could use more Said.

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connor_jones

Agreed, Said was hilarious! And it’s interesting to note that I just met that strange Onri creature in Tokyo, and not only does he act a bit off the wall like Said, but I think it may be the same voice actor. ;)

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Peregrine Falcon

Fusionette.

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connor_jones

Kirsten Geary in Secret World. Her monologues and correspondences are positively overflowing with satire and dark humor. I know she’s the Illuminati handler and as such you get frequent calls from her and go back to her office every now and again, but would love to see her come out into the field.

A couple choice KG quotes:

“I’m so not into that magic stuff. I’m more of a .44 girl, just ask my ex-husband. ” omg! lol

“The earth is up for inheritance and the meek are shit out of luck.”

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Alex Hyer

I want Keaira back for Conan Exiles.

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Phubarrh

Captain Royo in AGE OF CONAN, with his unstinting devotion to fruit and vivid memories of the heroic lives you led together.

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Utakata

Small pink ones that you can pet. <3

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hurbster

We have had plenty of Naryu now, I think we could all benefit from a bit more Ras in our lives…

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pepperzine

None really. I play single player games for NPCs and stories. MMOs always fail in comparison. I play MMOs for player interaction and socialization. Especially when it comes to the economy, the less npcs the better (except for mobs). I’d rather have players selling and buying goods, handing out rewards, moving forward events, and role playing stories any day.

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Hirku

All of my original SWTOR companions. Preferably standing over Lana and Theron’s dead bodies.

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Kawaii Five-O

Yotsuyu, although I hope they don’t attempt to go straight into a redemption arc with her. She did some pretty terrible and despicable things on a mass scale, and I enjoy her as being a villain you hate.

I’ll also take as much of Yugiri and Y’shtola as I can get, and considering my own character’s name begins with ‘Y,’ I’m noticing a pattern…

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dthblayde

Chiming in from Wildstar, I’d love to see more of the aurin queen, Myala. Of all the Exile “leaders” her story stops dead at the end of the Celestion zone (low to mid teens). “Oh.. woe.. the queen is dying…..” Annnnnnd….. it’s never revisited or expanded upon. Deadeye? See him all the way at the end. Durek? All throughout the game. Lazarin? Hell the story seems more about him and the Mordesh than anything. Myala? Nothing. Zero. Nada.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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CthulhuDawg

Firiona Vie. I just like saying her name.

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MesaSage

I think Sara Oakheart should accompany you throughout middle earth. It would be so much more relaxing.

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starbuck1771

I would let the White Hand have her.

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Minimalistway

Lorewalker Cho in WoW, what a waste of a character to keep him in Pandaria, in Secret World Legends there are so many, if i have to choose then Petru the Blajini guy, i want to see Blajini revolution.

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thirtymil

Razum-dar out of ESO. But preferably not riding a guar naked through an Argonian temple.

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dthblayde

Raz is the maaaa-aaaaaaan!

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Maggie May

Another playthrough of ESO has made me realize how much I love Cadwell and Razum-Dar. Thery’re in the story a lot but definitely the best 2. I want to marry Razum-Dar and have Cadwell as my butler. After the main story ends the 2 don’t really appear and I miss them.

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