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06.05.2013 , 02:03 AM |
Notes to Chapter V
Hey, more Latin! "Mvndvs inversvs" simply means "world turned upside down". This is the first of a few "Jaesa adapts to life with Aly's crew" chapters, so it seemed appropriate.
The quote is Greek this time, and comes courtesy of the
Rome: Total War
. EB's creators thought that the image of classical history portrayed by RTW was inaccurate and Rome-centric, not affording much of a role to the so-called "barbarians" of Europe, the Hellenistic societies of the East, and so on.
Hekastos allotrioi barbaros esti
is the team's motto (the first person I remember articulating it is whoever uses the account "keravnos" on the Org forums, hence the attribution), and it simply means "everyone is a barbarian to someone" - a reminder that the Other isn't always that much of an other. I think it works pretty well as Jaesa first begins to experience being on the "wrong side" and looking at Sith and Imperials as people with lives and feelings of their own, too.
And yes, I mixed a Latin title with a Greek quote. Sue me.
It took me a bit to realize it, but I always found it incredibly strange that the Imperial soldiers stayed in the cave with the Warrior, Jaesa, and Karr even if you play as an LS Warrior. Wouldn't they report on the whole light side thing to Baras? So in the previous chapter, you'll notice that I had Aly dismiss the only soldier in the room shortly before the light side/dark side conversation starts. It's just one of those things.
This story is not about Quinn. It will never be about Quinn. He is a secondary character at best. I will not discuss the Quinncident or anything like that. Besides, that would destroy the main thing that sets this story apart from all the other Warrior fanfics on this subforum. Anyway, this story is about Jaesa, and it's about Aly. Not him. The fact that I
to mention Quinn and use him in the story doesn't mean I have to enjoy it.
For those with a passable knowledge of
lore, that "great philosopher" is Vergere, the man she taught is Jacen Solo, and Aly's making a reference to the events of
, the best
book ever. Which, yes, takes place three and a half thousand years after this game. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
Darth Baras fat jokes never get old. Ever.
Yes, the Warrior's title is "Lord", not "Lady", even if you don't play as a guy. I
this. So I changed it for the story.
was a Sith Lady; why can't a female Warrior or Inquisitor be the same? It's not like they can't make titles variable based on gender, because there's Flyboy and Flygirl. Same thing with how you're always addressed as "my lord" or "sir" in conversations. This sort of thing drives me insane. If I ever do a story about Aly's decidedly-less-LS Inquisitor counterpart, I'll have her zap anybody who tries to use masculine-gendered words to refer to her.
I always wondered how Jaesa instantly changed clothes from "demure Jedi Padawan robes" to "sheer, revealing Sith sex symbol robes". Pierce, Broonmark, Vette, and Quinn all wore the same clothing they had on when you recruited them.
Vette is clearly the sanest character on the Warrior's crew. Jaesa might get a lot of the more high-flown morality talk from Aly, but when it comes down to hard and fast solutions that come up in her daily life, Vette's actually better. (She also gives what I think is
most important lesson of the story in Chapter IX.) Hopefully I at least did her the courtesy of giving her enough funny lines to say. I decided early on that I was pretty much going to keep the "only one companion out at a time" thing intact from the game, with one or two salient exceptions. But the biggest drawback to that is that it meant I'd have less of an opportunity to let Jaesa act as Vette's straight woman, like she does here. Oh well.
(n., Greek) - "mirth, merriment"