September 2, 2001
As promised some ideas for immersing yourself into a battle.
These ideas can apply in any battle. I do understand that a battle
with the opposite side of the War can be quite a rush and you may
find roleplaying in these situations a little difficult but I
encourage everyone to adopt some of these ideas.
- First of all if you wish to have a group to
help you in battle ensure you ask them in an
appropriate, if not polite, manner and do NOT say 'wanna xp' *shiver*.
Some phrases you may use instead:
'I am seeking a companion to journey forth with me, would you care to come?'
'I hear the sound of a distant battle, would you join me in standing against the rising evil?'
'Would you accompany me on a hunt?'
'Me axe is getting cold, come and we'll warm it up a lil'
'Erg.. blood... spell it? We go find it and make more?'
(well maybe corny but you get the idea I hope)
The are a multitude of ways to ask for company, be creative and truthful. If you only want to go to get some item of equipment say so to begin. Most people I know would be happy to help you wrestle an item from a foe if asked appropriately, even a grumpy ol' dwarf or wretched orc can have manners.
- Develop a way of entering battle that
would cause you foe to be intimidated. For example, have a
battle cry if you are a dwarf, a horn cry if a
man (such as Boromir did in his final hour), a call
upon Elbereth if an elf and for a
hobbit... *ponder* well you will think of something.
The same holds true for the evil races. Orcs are a
vicious race and should portray this as entering battle. Trolls
are just a bit daft and always thinking of their stomach, if it
can't be eaten why bother killing it! They should launch into battle
claiming their foe to be dinner (or breakfast if that time of day). For
a Black Númenórean maybe the cry of the Lord of Nazgûl
would be terrifying enough ' 'This is my hour. Do you not know Death
when you see it? Die now and curse in vain!' And with that he lifted
high his sword and flames ran down the blade. '(LotR, Book III
Chapter IV). Once again I use Londriel as one of my favourite
examples. As a fight begins he almost always cries out 'A Elbereth
Gilthoniel!', and his sword become a blur before him as he dances into
battle. Just a note... if you play a scout or assassin forget battle
cries they will kind of spoil the whole surprise *grin*.
- Going on from battle cries you may wish to consider
calling your companions to join you in arms. 'Forth Eorlingas' or
'Arise, arise, Riders or Rohan! Fell deeds awake: fire and
slaughter!.....' etc. etc. These are of course famous
Rohirrim cries. But make one for your own race.
- During battle a simple grin, howl or OUCH! goes a lot towards
showing that you are deeply involved in the fight, and it doesn't take
much to do such things.
- Finally, once the battle is over, won or lost, show your delight or
sorrow. 'emo looks about at the carnage and the grim faces of her
friend/s left standing. Her heart is filled with sorrow for the loss of
some dear to her.' or 'emo breathes in deeply, and lets out a howl of
triumph as she claims Victory!'
- All these ideas are simple to make aliases for and take only a short
while to set up and with practise will become habit in any fight.
If you would like further
information or help with any aspect of roleplaying or if you have comments, logs
or tales I am really keen for you to
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May the blessings of
the Ainur uphold you and guide you ever more.