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(Random Event) A Lesson on Altruism

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My first time writing a random event, hope you guys like it! Inspired by something that happened in KOTOR 2.

 

--Edited on 27/10/12

 

Prerequisite:

 

Character 1

or

Ethics 1

or

Insight 4

 

 

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You decide to spend your afternoon at the Admiratio market, hoping to find a replacement for your favourite Quill. While you're here, you might as well wander around a little and check out that new pair of Rimbal footwear everyone's been raving about.

 

Out of the corner of your eye, you spot a familiar figure. It's Professor Sido! Now there's someone you didn't expect to run into.

 

It's too late to pretend that you didn't recognize him. He spots you, waves, and strolls over at a languid pace. It's always awkward running into a professor outside of class, but you figure you'll just make some small talk and then excuse yourself.

 

"%PlayerName%, what a pleasant surprise," He smiles.

 

The two of you walk and talk for a bit. The conversation mostly consists of him regaling you with all sorts of worldly stories and parables from his travels.

 

You're so engrossed in his tales that you barely notice the two of you have ended up in the poor side of town. The slums east of Admiratio market: The Beggar's Corner. You take in your surroundings: the buildings seem older, more decrepit-looking. A couple of beggars have taken up residence around the area. Suddenly, one of them stands up and walks up to you.

 

"5 Pims is all I need, miss," He croaks. "Please, I'm so hungry."

 

 

Perception. What does Professor Sido think about the situation?

 

Character Study. What can you observe about the beggar?

 

Danger Sense. Just give the poor man 5 pims. You have more than enough, and being generous always makes you feel good. Besides, Professor Sido is here; you don't want him to think you're selfish.

 

Politely refuse. You have your own philosophical reasons for doing so, even if your professor might judge you for it. (always succeeds)

 

 

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Investigation 1: Perception. What does Professor Sido think about the situation? (Insight/Perception v.11)

 

  • Success
     
    Something about this situation seems a little 'off' to you. Why did the beggar ask you for money with the professor right there beside you? You sneak a sidelong glance at Professor Sido. He seems to be watching with a curious, almost contemplative look in his face. Perhaps you're overreacting a little, but still, you get the feeling that this is some sort of a test - whether it was planned by the professor or not.
     
    Knowing this makes you a little more careful in making your decision.
     
    => Increases chance of success by 2
     
  • Failure
     
    Something about this situation seems a little 'off' to you. Why did the beggar ask you for money with the professor right there beside you? You sneak a sidelong glance at Professor Sido, but his face is a pleasant, impenetrable mask of calm. You can't tell what he's thinking at all.

 

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Investigation 2: Character Study. What can you observe about the beggar? (Insight/Character Study v.8)

 

  • Success
     
    You quickly analyze the man's appearance. He seems to be in his mid-30's, and has a weary, tired, unshaven face that suggests he hasn't had much luck in life or love. He's not wearing rags, but his clothing looks plain and worn - it's clear he hasn't purchased new attire in a long time. His hands seem rough from labour-intensive work. He looks weak and fairly brittle, like he might snap if the wind blew too hard, and you guess that he's in fairly poor health.
     
    Knowing this makes you a little more careful in making your decision.
     
    => Increases chance of success by 2
     
  • Failure
     
    You quickly analyze the man's appearance, but don't notice anything particularly noteworthy. He seems like any other beggar.

 

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Exit 1: Danger Sense. Just give the poor man 5 pims. You have more than enough, and being generous always makes you feel good. Besides, Professor Sido is here; you don't want him to think you're selfish. (Fitness/Danger Sense v.15)

 

  • Success
     
    You decide to just give the poor man 5 pims. You have way more than enough, and being generous always makes you feel better about yourself. Besides, Professor Sido is here, and you'd rather not have him think of you as a selfish student who can't even spare 5 pims for a down-on-his-luck citizen.
     
    The man beams at you and thanks you profusely for your generosity. You walk away feeling good, but a little uneasy - you're in a fairly secluded area of the Admiratio market, and even though the Professor is with you, who knows what's lurking in the alleyways?
     
    As you're walking away, you suddenly hear a rush of commotion behind you. Since you were already alert and on your toes, you immediately turn around and run back to where the beggar had been standing. The other onlooking beggars have ambushed and attacked him!
     
    Luckily you were ready for this sort of thing. You quickly trace the correct Phemes in the air with your wand, a forceful push spell forming in your mind. As soon as it's ready, a blast of wind discharges out of the tip of your wand and into the mob of beggars, throwing them back and away from the one being attacked.
     
    As soon as it's safe, you help him up. He seems to have sustained a few minor bruises, but he's all right. "Thank you so much for your help," He grunts. "I don't know what would've happened to me if you weren't here. I'd better get out of here."
     
    After the beggar walks away, you are chided by Professor Sido for being selfish. You're shocked and indignant at his response, but he calmly explains that the act of charity is not as selfless as it seems. "If you gave someone five pims, you have to work harder to get that money back, whereas the beggar didn't have to work at all for those 5 pims."
     
    "Your charity weakens their struggle while strengthening your own."
     
    Still, you saved that man's life with your quick thinking. You can see in the Professor's eyes that he's proud of you for doing that, at least.
     
    -5 Pims
    +1 skill step to Incantation Spells
    +1 Natural Philosophy
    +1 Ethics
    +1 Character
    +1 Relationship expansion to Tarivixio Sido
    Inform Location - Admiratio: Beggar's Corner
     
  • Failure
     
    You decide to just give the poor man 5 pims. You have way more than enough, and being generous always makes you feel better about yourself. Besides, Professor Sido is here, and you'd rather not have him think of you as a selfish student who can't even spare 5 pims for a down-on-his-luck citizen.
     
    The man beams at you and thanks you profusely for your generosity. You walk away feeling good.
     
    As you're walking away, you suddenly hear a rush of commotion behind you. Confused, you and the professor head towards the direction of the noise, back where the beggar had been standing. You are shocked by what you discover. The other onlooking beggars have ambushed and attacked him!
     
    Professor Sido quickly steps in and casts a minor air Incantation spell, pushing the other beggars off the man. The beggar looked seriously wounded. Quickly, you contact the Minetian guards and have him carried off to an emergency healer.
     
    After the guards depart, you are scolded by Professor Sido for being selfish. He explains that the act of charity is not as selfless as it seems. "If you gave someone five pims, you have to work harder to get that money back, whereas the beggar didn't have to work at all for those 5 pims."
     
    "Your charity weakens their struggle while strengthening your own."
     
    -5 Pims
    +2 Stress
    +1 Natural Philosophy
    +1 Character
    Inform Location - Admiratio: Beggar's Corner

 

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Exit 2: Refuse. (Always Succeeds)

 

You lie and say you don't have enough pims on you. The beggar clearly doesn't believe you, but walks away. The Professor looks at you for a moment, then continues regaling his worldly parables to you.

 

Inform Location - Admiratio: Beggar's Corner

Edited by evaporate

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Oh my gods! Professor Sido is a student of Kreia?!blink.gif

 

But seriously, I want to thank you for writing this. KotOR II was a great game, way more engaging than 1 in my opinion. Yes, even with the many many MANY bugs.

 

Now while this may be a tough but worthy lesson for kids to learn, don't you think the professor would be less negative with the Danger Sense Failure?

 

Maybe he would take pity on the naivety of a student?

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A small thing, but if the player is male it might seem odd to be referred to as 'miss'

 

I'm not sure if it is part of the KotOR reference or not, but just saying :)

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Leoshi,

 

I agree, perhaps the failure dialogue is a bit too harsh. I'll think of a way to reword it.

 

 

 

Adrian,

 

My bad! I was writing this with my current character in mind. :) Yes, it should be miss/mister depending on your character.

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