For a little background, I think it’s worth mentioning that I’m near the end of Snuff, a discworld book by the late Sir Terry Pratchett. In short, the book is about people treating another race, in this case goblins, as meaningless vermin. Not exactly an uncommon theme in his books, particularly the books about the city watch and one Samuel Vimes.
Then, the other day I hopped on Black Desert and someone started a lower level guild quest. Kill 2200 giants or some such. If I’m not particularly busy I generally make an effort to participate. Giants, however, is lower level than I’m accustomed too, so I’m basically just running around, playing with different abilities, one-shotting everything in sight.
At some point the two different things just sort of smacked into each other in my head and it occurs to me that this is some sort of creepy virtual genocide of sapient creatures that I’m willingly participating in. Now, of course, it isn’t real and there’s certainly lore-related things to consider, like the fact that there’s no such thing as female giants, apparently. Like, lore-wise, they don’t and never have existed.
This raises, just, so many more questions. For the time being I choose to believe that they’re all clones that start out as weird tumors that eventually separate into a new individual. I mean, it’s better than assuming we’re mass murdering them and slowly driving them to extinction.
The question I was trying to answer was one about if they were/had reason to be inherently antagonistic towards “civilized” society. People tend to be okay with mass murder as long as they all agree the people were “bad” people. Then it occurred to me that some of my workers are giants. I literally employ them, though since they’re only paid in beer I think maybe it’s more like slavery? I dunno, some people would be slaves for a lifetime supply of free beer.
You know, the more I think about it the more weird and twisted this whole game’s setting is. I’m like a rich noble wandering around doing as I please in a world where money is largely and ethereal thing. It comes and it goes but isn’t really needed, it’s just nice to have. I purchase property and structures almost entirely with some manner of social credit, have a pet demon spirit thing, and pretty much mass murder whatever sapient creature(s) might possess the thing I’m looking for. While I’m doing that, any of the other nobles can take offense to my presence and murder me with little to no repercussions.
I’m like a D&D murder hobo in video game form, running around killing sapient “monsters” and taking their stuff. I’m suddenly reminded of the Iron Maiden song Run to the Hills
In other news, I totally forgot to hit the publish button, so I’m gonna go ahead and do that.