One Shots: Flying lessons

Massively OP Readers, you are clear for take-off. Please cross-check the cabin, assume flight positions, and break out the best aerial screenshots you have. Fair flying and Godspeed!

Rafael zooms into view for our headlining picture today from a game that he has only recently discovered: Blade and Soul. Oh, I josh, I josh. Rafael’s the site’s premiere B&S evangelist, so beware if he corners you in a crowded tavern!

“It wouldn’t be Blade and Soul if it didn’t have interesting outfits and Wushu gliding,” he said. “Case in point? My Gunner, Haliee, gliding around in her jammies. Yup. She can fly around in her cute night shirt complete with little cat patterns. Here she is as she approaches her landing. ‘The runway is clear zero-niner.'”

But if we want a really great aerial shot, we’re going to have to rise out of the atmosphere. Cap’n Logan Darklighter is our tour guide for this next one.

“I have some interesting shots recently snapped in Elite: Dangerous. Here I am high above a world I NEVER want to land on. But it’s beautiful in it’s own way. From a distance,” he said.

Always like to see first-timers join us for the One Shots party, so let’s welcome Goom!

If you can’t have a hoverbike in real life, you might get something similar in an MMORPG. Goom shared this one: “I love taking screenshots in MMOs, and FFXIV is probably my favorite to do so in. Such a beautiful game!”

If you can’t get a hoverbike, what about a magic flying disc? Utakata appeared in this picture which, as you may note, has nary a shade of pink in it to be seen. What happened to you, girl, and where are the pigtails?

Here Utakata is flying her Goblin priest in the “hallowed” halls of World of Warcraft’s Undercity. It still ranks as one of my all-time favorite towns in that game.

High praise goes to Kawaii Five-O for this Black Desert picture. It’s so stunning that it reminds me all over again how incredibly beautiful this game can be.

“Not an aerial shot, but here’s one traversing the desert during a freak snowstorm,” he said.

What NPC do you love to hate? Have you ever taken a screenshot despite that fact, perhaps for use on a dart board later? Share a pic of a character you loathe and tell us why for this week’s screenshot challenge!

Every week, One Shots shines a spotlight on the best community screenshots from your MMO adventures. If you have a great pic to share, email it to justin@massivelyop.com with the subject “One Shots.” Make sure that the picture is over 880px wide and comes with a description or story!
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Logan Darklighter

NPCs I hate… Can I nominate a member of my own crew?
One of my two mains in SWTOR is the Bounty Hunter.

I actually like most of the companions on my ship. Even Gault Rennow is entertaining in his own smarmy way. (I don’t TRUST him. But I like him.)

But seriously – WHY is Skadge still stealing the air from my ship instead of causing indigestion for the bug colonies on Alderaan? He’s rude, crude and lowers the property values of Dromand Kaas every time I land there. Extra muscle is useful, but I’d rather have a Wookie around than this… microencephalic stinking half-Hutt toe-rag.

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rafael12104

Lol! Oh yes. I agree with mysecretid, Skadge is a complete scumbag.

I was looking for ways to jettison his butt right out in to space.

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mysecretid

Agreed. Skadge is a complete scumbag.

I remember there’s a line when he first comes aboard your ship which alludes to him intending to “have his way” with Mako. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a T-rated game, so the wording isn’t explicit, but the intent is clear. He is a very, very bad character, with no redeeming qualities.

I guess it’s a tough spot for developers –there are always gamers who seem to want to play “teh evil” — as many gamers seem to mistake evil with freedom and power, which probably says something about how badly non-evil is written in some games. :-)

Anyway, the devs are kind of backed into a corner; if they don’t put in some so-called evil characters, a certain part of the playerbase complains that the game is too “goody-goody”.

One way to answer this, I suppose, is to put in an evil character, but to make them so awful, nobody in their right mind would like them. Hence, Skadge?

You’ll be happy to know that, when Skadge returns, early-ish in the Fallen Empire/Throne storyline, you will have the option to kill him ( I certainly did), so keep your blasters charged!

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,

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Logan Darklighter

Ooooh… That is GOOD news indeed! Now I have some incentive to get on with the progression so I can get to that point. :D

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Vincent Clark

Wait, no screenshot of Sara Oakheart?

/disappointed.

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mysecretid

I guess it’s up to you to post it, Vincent! :-)

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mysecretid

My most hated NPC?

Probably Star Trek Online’s Section 31 Agent, Franklin Drake.

It’s not only that he’s a self-serving, manipulative, evil bastard who’s convinced that he’s always right (and that he’s the only person in the room who truly cares about what happens to the Federation), it’s also that he loves to go on and on about it, making condescending speeches about how “naive” your character is if you call him out on his bullshit.

I’m sure Drake and SWTOR’s Leontyne Saresh (see below) have dated at some point. :-)

The odd part of my hatred of Franklin Drake is that the mission which really made me hate the character — a mission in Cardassian space titled “Suspect” — is no longer in the game.

Three years ago, for its fifth anniversary, Star Trek Online restructured its various story arcs to make the journey from first level to max level more direct and less time-consuming.

Basically, they took out a number of what could be called “side-missions” — stories which tended to be stand-alone one-offs that were enjoyable in their own right, but not really necessary to the main story arc.

In “Suspect“, Drake forces the player captain to undertake a covert mission which ultimately requires the player to make a difficult moral choice — do you uphold the ethics and principles of the Federation, and risk catastrophic consequences, or do you choose a readily effective solution which goes against Federation law?

After you choose, it’s revealed that Drake and Section 31 invented the entire phony situation to test your captain — to see if you were Section 31 material or not.

I was playing the mission with a friend, and we both told Drake to stick it, and chose to uphold the rule of law. Then we had to listen to Drake smarm on about how “morally naive” and “disappointing” we were.

Such a delusional, pompous sociopath. If I need spy work done, I’ll go to Starfleet Intelligence. That’s what they’re there for …

So yeah, meet Franklin Drake, galactic scumbag, everybody.

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Stormwaltz

Been a long time since I leveled up from scratch. I didn’t know that had been cut out. A pity, it was memorable.

They cut out the Q one too, didn’t they? Where the mission doesn’t go they way he wants (you die or the Borg die, I forget which) and he keeps interrupting and resetting it?

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mysecretid

Hi Stormwaltz,

I was surprised to realize “Suspect” had been cut as well. I went to the STO Wiki page, to look up the episode title for my original post, only to realize that the entire episode had been removed from the game.

As you say, the story was memorable — and probably our best look at how Franklin Drake behaves — so it seems a bit strange that they cut the story.

The list of the episodes which have been removed is longer than I thought it would be,

Obvious episodes with problems, like the infamous “Divide Et Impera” are gone, sure, but so are other episodes like this one, which you wouldn’t expect to see removed.

Maybe “Suspect” got removed because it was pretty much Federation-only content? I don’t know.

There should be a list of the STO cut content near the bottom of the page linked below. Again, it’s longer than I would’ve expected.

https://sto.gamepedia.com/Mission:_Suspect

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Utakata

Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are…

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Utakata

Just a small programming notice as I get this a lot…

“If you can’t get a hoverbike, what about a magic flying disc? Utakata appeared in this picture which, as you may note, has nary a shade of pink in it to be seen. What happened to you, girl, and where are the pigtails?”

1) There is no such things as a pink Goblin. Not in WoW at least.
2) Not all my characters are pink. That would be too monochromatic and boring.
3) Thusly, I only reserve pink to my mains when it is available. Though some of my non-main toons do have pigtails. Just not that one.
4) You didn’t mention the shot of my Lyn Fore Master down underneath said shot, which was pictured with full set of flowing pink pigtails. :(

That out of the way and none of the less, thank you again for showing posting my picture for this week’s One Shots. It’s appreciated. /bows

PS: Yes, that is my blue Goblin Warrior in front of her species’ Troll-in-Chief Jastor Gallywix whose head is chiselled in a massive effigy on a side of a large rocky outcrop smack in the middle of in Azsura. He’s currently my most hated NPC, as he reminds me of someone else in power that’s all too real. /bleh

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rafael12104

So first, thanks for including my gliding cap from last week. And yes, I do seem to talk about BnS every now and again. But then, somebody has too. Lol

As for this week’s most hated NPC challenge. Well, there can be only one: SWTOR’s Leontyne Saresh.

Once you get to know this power hungry sociopath and her callous disregard for innocent lives, you will hate her.

Here is a cap of Saresh looking a bit worried after realizing that you won’t take her shit anymore. LOL

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mysecretid

Definitely a Top 5 choice for Most Hated NPC!

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hurbster

She is pretty well written, starting as a good character in Taris and going downhill from there. Loved the ending to the Trooper story.

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rafael12104

Yup. Very well written, I agree. Kind of love to hate her. But man… I really began to despise her at the end of the trooper story, and then during the Makeb storyline.

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mysecretid

I agree. The way she was written, you see that too often in real-life authority figures.

They have success in making tough decisions, then little by little, they start to believe so much in their own capability that they start to believe every decision they make is the correct one, and that anyone who objects must be wrong (and therefore, on “the wrong side”).

“Hubris — Corrupting Humans Since The Dawn Of Time” ™ :-D

Cheers,

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camelotcrusade

Funny thing is, I don’t normally take pictures of NPCs I hate. Having said that:

“This fight will not last long!”

Thanks for the reminder, Treek. Without you chirping that or something similar every five seconds our battles might have become insufferable. What’s that?

“No victory for you–only pain!”

Indeed.

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Lucky Jinx

One of the Scatherran squirrels taking on a rift invasion. Despite her bravery, the invasion won this time… The numbers weren’t really on the squirrel’s side. :(

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mysecretid

Squirrels — plucky and courageous, but not known as master tacticians … :-)

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deekay_plus

i finally got a female avatar in sea of thieves beta after spending all of alpha with a male avatar that too closely resembled my irl visage. so to celebrate i took a selfie while dancing!

i spotted a sloop off the star board bow while hunting for booty and we chased to the ends of the earth! barely escaping with our skins intact!

i was helping friends survive in pubg when they came up this rise and spectacular view in pubg this week.

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mysecretid

You do kinda have a piratical look about you Deekay — no wonder you spend so much time playing Grand Theft Auto Online!

Don’t worry though, pal. It’s better to look like a badass pirate than the stereotypical gamer, I suspect. At least pirates receive a certain fear-driven respect. :-)

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deekay_plus

well i meant he was fat and bald like me but i’ll take that too :D

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Bruno Brito

YAR HARR