Shared Topic: Do Your Alts Know Each Other?
Whether you have many alts or just a few, do they know each other? Do they have some sort of relationship as people living in Azeroth, or is sending materials and money between them just a game mechanic for you? If your characters do know each other, what kind of relationships do they have, and how did those relationships come into being? If they don’t, what functions do your different alts serve?
To be honest, this is a topic that I haven’t really thought about before. From an role playing stand-point I have, it makes sense for me to use all my characters for each of theirs stories. Why not? I am lazy and don’t want to design a whole new set of characters who I don’t even get to play for my girls. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a really prominent factor in my in-game role play (not like there’s a lot of it). I think that it would prove to be difficult; what if you needed both characters together for a role playing session but you, of course, can only play one? I am sure there are ways around such problems, but it is too much of a hassle for me (again, I am lazy). It also doesn’t feature much in my normal game play: If I am sending some money to my baby Druid from my Warlock, I am not thinking to myself “Oh, I must send this money to her! She sent such a nice letter requesting the aid, and I cannot refuse!” Instead I am thinking, “Finally, I get this mini-drood off her ass and equipped with professions.”
From an RP point-of-view some of my characters certainly do have relationships with each other. It mostly pops up in my writing outside of game, or it will, whenever I actually finish writing the scraps of stories I’ve got floating about. Annorith and Elianore, Warlock and Druid respectively, actually have a relationship that is fairly negative; Eli is relatively young for a Night Elf, and has a more naive and gentle personality than Rith. She’s a healer, and while she believes strongly in the conquering of evil, she herself cannot stomach violence. Her patience and her unassertive nature bothers Rith, the world-weary and more cynical of the two. She respects Eli’s powers as a healer, but generally avoids spending time around her to sidestep any potential arguments.
Eli herself has a younger sister, Tripia, where once more she runs into conflict over her strong hatred of violence. If you have read this story about Tripia, you’ll know that she has no qualms whatsoever when it comes to blood and gore. In fact, she honestly seems to enjoy it. The two sisters move in totally different circles though, with Eli fighting first in Icecrown and now battling her way through the new content, and with Tripia focused mainly on fighting the Horde. Because of their limited contact, their arguments are short and sparse. However, Tripia is one of the few people that Eli would willingly kill for.
The only other current relationship between my characters is the friendship between Laputa, my Priest, and Caecillia, my Death Knight. They were friends throughout their childhood and into their adulthood, remaining close despite their different careers (Laputa became a priestess of Elune and Caecillia, before her resurrection as a Death Knight, was a Sentinel). However, now Laputa, whose parents were brutally murdered by the Scourge, struggles to forgive Cae for her new form, and their friendship suffers for it. It is one of the problems that plague Caecillia in her quest to stamp out the Scourge magic that curses her.
Oddly, none of my Draenei have relationships with each other, or any stories to their names. Oenone the Paladin is, of course, linked to Will’s Paladin, Trimack (though we are not sure how as of yet), and Acrisius, my Warrior, has the faintest sketch of a background story. I guess my Draenei are my escape characters; the toons that I play when I would rather see a tail instead of a Night Elf’s butt. Someday I am sure they will all have stories to share, but that will be far in the future.
What about you? Do your characters have in-game relationships with each other?