Monday, 6 June 2016

Intriguing Intrigue

A senator's life is like that of a Rancor handler - you never know when you become fodder. In order to avoid that situation for as long as (in)humanly possible, you have to have a certain skill set. We had joined some of the Senate Plaza visitors and asked them about their take on political life.


Coruscant - Busy as usual, the plaza was full of beings of various species, so there were quite a lot of opportunities for us to enquire about a life of a politically involved person. Some beings gave us some unexpected, and highly disturbing, answers regarding how corrupt all the politicians are and that they do not listen to the voice of the majority. Others were complaining about "sucking up to the Eternal Throne", which seems rather bizarre if we consider that one can barely notice any changes since the alleged Zakuul conquest. Many still believe it to be a conspiracy, fabricated by rebellious juveniles.

 Some people decided to ignore us all together.

There was, however, a particular couple that caught our attention. A middle-aged Mirialan and her human female friend.

We accidentally overheard their discussion which was related to our enquiry and decided to ask them a few additional questions.

Journalist: "Thank you for taking your time to answer a few questions for us. How do you personally see the exciting life of a highly respected politician of the Republic?"
Senator's wife: "You know, it's all hard work. Most people don't see it, but you it's all about compromise. Hard work for little credits and nearly zero appreciation."
Journalist: "Do you have any political ambition?"
Senator's wife: "I'm merely a personal advisor to my husband. He's a pretty influential senator, you know. Making all the tough calls and stuff, all in day's work."
Journalist: "Based on what you said, your husband doesn't make that much credits. What do you do to keep the household running smooth?"
Senator's wife: "All kinds of things, you know. Helping my husband is pretty demanding so I don't have much time left for other things."
Journalist: "I see. Thank you again and I hope you'll make it through your difficult life situation."

Being a politician is hard work for little credits and nearly zero appreciation.

Our little survey revealed that Republic citizens have mixed opinions about politicians and are not always convinced by the sincerity. A lot of citizens see politicians as "parasites", one of the respondents even went an extra mile to come up with an insult that would realistically reflect his feelings toward politicians and said he "would take them all to Tatooine, let a Bantha herd trample them, then feed them to Womprats, then toss all the Womprats into a Sarlacc pit and finish it all off by throwing in some kind of a poisonous grenade," which he claimed to be a part of a heroic quest. Needless to say that this fellow looked like he was slowly losing it.

Let us know what you think! Is being a politician / senator a demanding job with unsatisfactory pay packet?




The transcript of the original in-game conversation of two Senator's Wife NPCs (fully voiced in-game):

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