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08.27.2012 , 02:47 PM |
Puppies incoming...ok, not puppies, but an upper at any rate
The Things Worth Believing In
BH - Skari (w/ Gault)
Chapter 1 spoilers (w/ minor spoilers for Gault's companion missions)
"Fine, I'll handle this myself," Gault said with narrowed eyes, "Seeing as how you're too good for these jobs anymore."
Skari crossed her arms and raised an eyebrow, "You can't pull off this scam without my help. Give it up."
"I can't believe you're walking away from this opportunity!" He threw up his hands in frustration.
"Selling desperate people fake supplies is beneath me. Hell, it's beneath you, Gault."
"Ever since you got back from meeting up with that guy on Nar Shaddaa you've been spouting this honor crap. What's this about anyway?"
Skari shrugged. "Maybe I'd rather be able to sleep when I'm old."
"Hah! People like you and me, we sleep just fine. Little wine, little music, and a pile of credits to keep us warm."
Skari rolled her eyes, "Gault, one of these days you're going to realize there are more important things than credits. I want you to remember this conversation when that happens."
"Never gonna happen," he said with a grin, "unlike you, I'm quite happy being unscrupulous and greedy. Keeps me from getting bored."
Skari chuckled and headed for the bridge.
"You sure you don't want in on this? Opportunity of a lifetime!"
"You said that last week," she yelled over her shoulder.
"Last week you would have jumped at these credits! You people with your morals!"
Skari settled herself in her favorite spot in the captain's chair and propped her feet up on the console. She looked out at the stars. Gault was right. Meeting Hedarr Soongh had changed her. The old Mandalorian had tried to make things right, to hold onto his warrior's code in a world full of code-breaking and rule-bending. She didn't know if she had it in her to keep to those traditions - she wasn't really the traditional sort - but the old man's words kept ringing in her ears. "Unless you believe in something, you will become an empty shell...or a rabid dog." Everyone knew what you did with rabid dogs, and becoming a shell of a person was too real a possibility to dismiss.
Honor. It was worth trying. Something to believe in, maybe.
This is actually pretty close to what happened in game. I couldn't figure out if I wanted to play Skari as a hardened credit-hungry killer or a semi-decent person with morals. And then this old Mandalorian started talking about honor and dignity.
At any rate, Gault's a fun one. Funny thing about him and Doc. (spoilers for their companion quests)
While Doc gets progressively more selfish and disturbing as his companion quests go on (considering developing a disease just so you can get credit for saving people from it is in my evil pile), Gault has some real moments where he puts himself (and his credits) out there.
By the end of Gault's companion quests, it felt like he and Skari were the type of friends who make fun of each other and then laugh at other people. One of the more complex companions, which is always fun.
aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?
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