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Short Story - Seeing Red

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07.14.2021 , 02:37 PM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Greetings from up North!

My name’s Jay, and I’ve been with BioWare since the days of Neverwinter Nights. The last 12+ years have been spent on the writing side of game development, getting my start on the tail end of Mass Effect 2. About a year and half ago, I jumped at the chance to work with the talented SWTOR team down in Austin and haven’t looked back.

For a kid that grew up playing with Star Wars action figures, it’s been a tremendous privilege of adding a few of my own stories to the vast Star Wars universe. Two of my favorite new characters - Jekiah and Rass Ordo - were introduced in the flashpoint, Spirit of Vengeance.

But trouble never left an Ordo alone for very long. Left to oversee the Mandalorians after Shae Vizla begins her hunt for the treacherous Field Marshal Heta Kol, Jekiah faces his first crisis when a conflict between two clans turns bloody in the short story “Seeing Red.”

Hope you enjoy it.

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07.14.2021 , 03:10 PM | #2
Very nice. Good writing.
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07.14.2021 , 06:32 PM | #3
Good read ... I like it !!
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07.14.2021 , 06:35 PM | #4
Nice to see NWN folk still going strong in BW!

I enjoyed the story very much. Great pacing, characterization, and atmosphere. Especially liked the framing of the start vs. the end.
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07.14.2021 , 06:46 PM | #5
I liked this story. I am interested to see if and how this factors in to a certain character's disappearance.

I'm not sure why I haven't thought of this before but after reading "A great pain in the shebs" in this story I got to wondering if Mando'a language is still used in Disney era of Star Wars.
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07.14.2021 , 07:34 PM | #6
Good evening from Brazil, Jay. Nice to make your acquaintance, its an honor to meet someone who has worked on my favorite gaming company for this long. I really like Jekiah, and Rass had a good introduction in Spirit of Vengeance I hope we get to see more of him in the future.
As for the actual story, its lovely, it has everything a mandalorian story needs. Which to put it simply is a lot of battle, clan drama and a great resolution.

TLDR: Loved the story, looking forward to your future contributions to SWTOR lore.
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07.14.2021 , 08:46 PM | #7
Great read - especially enjoyed the combat scene and the ending. Thank you for sharing.

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07.14.2021 , 10:17 PM | #8
Good story. 👏🏻
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07.15.2021 , 12:27 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by JayWatamaniuk View Post
the days of Neverwinter Nights.
Holy Matrimony, that takes me back the first Bioware game I ever played, back when I was still in High School. I remember it fondly, and will revisit it someday.
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07.15.2021 , 01:56 AM | #10
Wow, that's really good.