So how many times have you run into these kinds of scenarios? I know that for the most part reading the quest text starts to get a little bit old. Usually by the time I get a chance to sit at my computer and get some game time in I’m working with the last shreds of my concentration for the day. Sometimes though I do get sucked into quest lines.
Reading over at Bio Break today I was reminded of one of the more poignant moments in my early MMO experiences. After getting burnt out on World of Warcraft the first time around I’d picked up Guild Wars. I’d researched it a little and it looked like it’d keep me busy for a bit and hey, the no monthly fee bit sounded awesome.
After rolling a nice wicked looking Necromancer (Strangling Ivy) I started exploring pretty Pre Searing Ascalon. One of the quests there of course involves helping a little girl named Gwen get her flute back.
Any quest where a little girl asks me for help always gets me. This quest was no exception. Ok it was annoying to battle through everything to get Gwen’s flute back for her. It was worse of course when I had to return a broken flute because the mobs had smashed the silly thing. After buying Gwen a new flute I set out to adventure leaving little Gwen happily skipping about.
OK spoiler warning, if you haven’t played Guild Wars Prophecies, you may not want to read this bit. If you don’t care, sweet.
Anyway, thing is that the green lands of Ascalon were not meant to be. As you progress through the quest series you end up getting thrown into a war torn Ascalon that was destroyed by the Searing. The green fields, the farmers, the lakes, all of it turned into a dusty barren wasteland. Only small outposts of what had once been civilization exist here or there. After traipsing through the green happy fields of Pre Searing Ascalon, the horrors of destruction and war are pretty harsh.
Really though, having a kind of a mercenary attitude toward games, I just looked for the first person willing to pay me for work. Then however, out on a mission I found Gwen’s broken flute. I pretty much just stared at my screen, that one item stopping me in my tracks.
She was just an NPC. A computer program right? It wasn’t as if she had been a real person, she was just a fictional character in a fictional game. Nothing I saw before me was actually real, not the mobs, not the landscape, not even my Necromancer.
Thing is though, that little item, an abandoned broken instrument, left so many unanswered questions. What had happened to little Gwen?
What quests or even random items have you come across that made you stop and wonder?