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Posted: Mar 18th 2011 2:32PM stealthrider said

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If I may add something, one of the most interesting and fun twists in any story is when a flawed, regretful character regresses. It was so satisfyingly disheartening to see Frodo put on the One Ring inside Mount Doom, for example. Episodes like this put both characters and stories in intriguing perspectives, making light of and emphasizing the importance of the trials and ordeals those characters went through.

It is very easy for a roleplayer to cast his character as an epic hero, who went through all of the required training, adventuring and battling and became a god among men at the end of it all. Having that character turn out to have the same flaws he did before he ever left his house grounds the entire group, prompting them to be more cautious and mindful. After all, if Joe-bi-wan the ex-Sith can turn back to the Dark Side, any of his companions could, too.

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Sometimes the story is better if a regretful hero is faced with the same problem and chooses the same solution.

Posted: Mar 18th 2011 2:33PM stealthrider said

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Another good example I just thought of. Who didn't find Bastilla's conversion to the Dark Side dishearteningly entertaining?
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