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[Character] Veikitamo Gesakaarin
« on: 03 Jun 2017, 00:04 »

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Re: [Character] Veikitamo Gesakaarin
« Reply #1 on: 03 Jun 2017, 00:05 »

Don't mind me, just building a background run sheet for Veik.

Notes:

Yes sometimes even I forget what Veik bullshits about in public.

Yes, the public profile of Veikitamo Gesakaarin can be considered to be both incoherent and inconsistent. There are reasons for this:

a) I haven't RP'ed with an interest towards character interactions (with some exceptions) for a couple of years now.
b) As from above there exists a separation between public narrative and private narrative.
c) While I immerse myself in the game and rationalize actions via Veik's private narrative much of what she does and displays to others plays to her public narrative and persona that she has constructed.
d) No, I don't consider other characters as the sole motivation for how Veik presents herself in public or plays to her persona/s. I consider the major impacting factor that of the baseliners that constitute her fanbase and the ancillary social media commentary culture associated with capsuleers in general as "celebrities".
e) As such what most people will see of her in public capsuleer channels and forums will always be a bleedthrough of an ostensible celebrity persona and playing to her fanbase.
f) Veik is very serious about trolling and shitposting in public because it serves as a distraction from her life as a corporate operative for Kaalakiota. If people are too busy with lol Achurans got choked and doubting the veracity of her claims, then she is able to tell the truth with impunity and remains well satisfied that no questions are asked about things like Strix takeovers, her time in SuVee, the audit of WHG and the formation of PY-RE.
g) Veik just enjoys the idea that no matter what claims to godhood may exist, capsuleers still remain as prone to the same dull, facile, and vacuous commentary and behaviour as the rest of humanity.

Yeah, I just hate Veik. One day I thought to myself where is the real grimdark in New Eden?

Is it the nature of life in the pod that desensitizes her and cuts her off from human contact?
Is it the hard moral questions of being a participant in the capsuleer war economy?
Is it the constant death and violence?

No.

I realized that the real grimdark is the constant and never-ending scrutiny. Not just from CONCORD that controls her communications networks and potentially monitors the majority of her interactions. It's the rest of humanity. The constant barrage of information, commentary, speculation, and gossip from all the thousands, millions, maybe even tens or hundreds of millions of people that might constantly tag her in the daily media churn. Where a human being in all their complexity is reduced to just another meme by the masses.

This to me was the most horrible thing that could happen to someone like Veik and yes, I just amuse myself that it is now her patriotic duty to have to co-opt all those people and at times perform for them in order to ensure the spread of misinformation about herself.

I enjoy the idea that she now has to live in a special hell of danq memes, anime fans, and those kind of people who take Ayn Rand seriously and consider themselves sovereign citizens.

Since a great deal of her views of humanity and the rest of the cluster is filtered through this lens she considers that everyday they stray further from God's light and all that remains is to just kill them all with her own brand of hard-bitten cynicism and ultraviolent weaponized autism.

I use the roleplay and Eve community as the stand-in and standard by which Veik forms the basis of her views for the rest of humanity.
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Re: [Character] Veikitamo Gesakaarin
« Reply #2 on: 04 Jun 2017, 15:05 »

Don't mind me, just building a background run sheet for Veik.
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Where a human being in all their complexity is reduced to just another meme by the masses.
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to co-opt all those people and at times perform for them in order to ensure the spread of misinformation about herself.
Whoops, minded you anyway. :P
Interesting stuff. It made me consider how this applies to my character and... :eek: I think you may be onto something.
I'm not even sure whether it was him or others that first labelled him a pacifist, but I do know that he started referring to himself a Gallente stereotype.
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Re: [Character] Veikitamo Gesakaarin
« Reply #3 on: 08 Jun 2017, 07:19 »

Updated.

Whoops, minded you anyway. :P
Interesting stuff. It made me consider how this applies to my character and... :eek: I think you may be onto something.
I'm not even sure whether it was him or others that first labelled him a pacifist, but I do know that he started referring to himself a Gallente stereotype.

Yes, there is a point where sometimes you do less of actual Roleplaying and more talking about Roleplaying. Ostensibly this is pretty meta, but Veik as a character is designed and played to the RP meta. A case in point for Veik would be her alleged "predilection" for Achurans. The topic came up during some drunken downtime on TS a few years back with some corpmates. I didn't write it in initially, but eventually I started playing to it IC and it became part of the character mythos.

That creation of myth is intentional and it is conducted both exclusively IC and derived from the OOC RP meta. I am well aware of the amount of player assumptions made over character/player intent; the gossip to get info in order to leverage into IC encounters; the gatekeeping of, "If you talk or play with this person we can't be friends,"; the public pastebinning of private RP logs; the speculation of who is and isn't an alt of whom; and most critically for RP the attempts at the denial of character narrative through things like votebrigading on IGS, passive-aggressive veiled OOC shitposting, and both IC and OOC character assassination. All the while trying to imply: "It's those guys who did it first, so it's fine to do it too."

On some of those counts, but not all, my hands are dirty as I've deliberately used such tactics to provoke and shut others down in what I considered a fair game dynamic. However I consider in what could nominally be called the, "RP Community," everyone's hands are dirty in trying to play to the meta -- some more aggressively than others.

As such over the years, I've constructed Veik deliberately to the best extent in which denial of narrative is ineffective while remaining consistent to her core concept. She is built around the nature of perspective and can be whatever people or characters want to see in her: Caldari patriot; former Provist Commissar; racist; traitor; mass-murderer; serial killer; Achuran fetishist; Fed spy; State spy; lawyer; troll; Gurista pirate; Sansha adjunct of the Nation unimatrix; human trafficker; attention-whore; a simple girl from Nonni; edgelord; or whatever the hell is damn pleased.

It doesn't matter.

There does not need to be consent on that count and the validation of, "See my character as I see it," is not sought or required. Because the meta of Veik is talking about Veik either IC or OOC only adds to myth and reputation of the "Fake" persona and legend which remains distinct from the "Real" Veik.

Yes, this post was meta too.
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Re: [Character] Veikitamo Gesakaarin
« Reply #4 on: 13 Jun 2017, 22:07 »

Updated with a thing from the Good Word channel. I really need to clean this shit up but lazy and effort. Additionally an object lesson in saving things to remote drive so things make some semblance of sense.

Admittedly, a lot of it comes down to me tending to enjoy characters I don't personally identify with. Which probably explains a lot of the shitposting since with a character like Veik it takes time to get into her skin.

I'll probably try to play her more for serious from now on though, even if the moments of knowing irony at notions of "le edge" and having a chuckle at fellow role players had its amusement.

At core though, she really is a pretty simple notion to grasp. It's just an exploration of power granted to capsuleer. You can tell a lot about someone when you give them power and what they do with it. In Veik's case she's just a functional psychopath.

What I try to show with her is not, some kind of hey look I'm crazy watch me pull a stunt for shock value but the nature of her pathology.

To me, written as a high functioning psychopath doesn't just mean going wild and crazy just for the sake of it. It means someone who, given her level of current pathology, has absolutely zero notion or regard for boundaries. Personal, moral, ethical, legal, social, or otherwise. That is her nature and she does so, continuously, with complete equanimity because she has no restriction or incentive to do otherwise.

To me, that makes sense and indeed I think she'll probably be more compelling when I don't make much of a fuss about that, because when all the things she does is simply portrayed as something banal, unremarkable and just a casual note of interest for her I think it casts the actual nature of what she is into much sharper relief.
« Last Edit: 13 Jun 2017, 22:08 by Gesakaarin »
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