Companions are giving me flashbacks.
I spent some time in WoW being the Guild Leader of a fairly casual guild. The kind that raided but that wasn’t particularly good at it and relied heavily on the good old nerf bat to down content. In that guild, I had many players who were, well, lazy. They had to be told to gem and enchant their gear. They needed to have someone else break down why they shouldn’t have points in that tree and why they should have them in this one for the role they were intending to play.
They were also needy from a social perspective. If someone said or did something they didn’t like, the very idea of dealing with it themselves never seemed to enter their minds. Instead, they would pull aside an officer or myself and go on a 15-minute rant about how the other person was horrible and what ought to be done about it. If it wasn’t that, it was random complaints about their personal lives, as though the Guild Leader existed to be some sort of confessional and/or life coach.
And now my companions are doing the same things!
Micro-managing their crew skills, I can handle. Fine. It makes sense to me.
But, Qyzen Fess, aka Lizard Face, keeps pulling me aside for random chats about…. I don’t even know what. It goes something like this:
Qyzen: So, this one time? I was on this planet that no one ever goes to because it’s a totally hostile place, man.
Me: Yeah? That sounds cool, I guess.
Qyzen: You have no idea how cool it was. Even the Imperial scum had no idea I was there.
Me: So… what happened while you were there?
Qyzen: Well, I found this incredibly large animal that everyone thought was completely extinct.
Me: Um. Neat?
Qyzen: Then I fuckin’ killed it. Got a lot of points that day. Lost an eye though. No big.
Me: Sucks about the eye, but, uh, grats?
Qyzen: Yeah, it was totally wicked. Some other time I’ll have to tell you about the time I single-handedly saved the world.
And then I get +something of PROUD. Unless I totally downplay his achievements, at which point it’s the -many of SHAME. But I’m left scratching my head and wondering why the hell that just happened. I suspect Qyzen gets bored and raids the medicinal fungus supplies and then gets chatty.
But it’s the dialogue choices that really get under my skin. Tharan Cedrax is the worst companion ever in this regard. Most of time, when I make a choice that falls in line with the Jedi Code, he gives me -1 of SHAME. And before I read up on him, I had no idea why.
But it felt familiar. Like all those times I would make a decision as Guild Leader only to have some portion of the guild give me their own version of the -1 of SHAME but not say why they were displeased or what they thought might have been a better option. Hell, sometimes SWTOR doesn’t even give you a better option. It doesn’t matter what you say or do, you’re getting the SHAME.
The good news is that companions don’t hold onto their petty little grudges the way real people do. I just give them something shiny (or perhaps a few shiny somethings if I’ve really pissed them off) and it’s like nothing ever happened. And if worst comes to worst, well, then I can leave them on my ship with that obnoxious-as-hell C2-N2 and find a better companion who won’t judge me in quite the same way. Though they’ll still totally judge me. Sigh.