Quote of the week: "He made me a Sith Lord and named me Darth Revan. I killed for him--I turned on the Republic--but I've found redemption." - Revan talking about his past.

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sobota, 14 kwietnia 2012

LoreFreak Info #2 - Stats so far

Damn, I am afraid that some of you might think that this blog turned dead. I hope not, because I intend on writing over here at LoreFreak for a lot more time! Yeah I know, 3 weeks passed since the last entry. Forgive me! Studying at university, doing your driving license and at the same time playing SW:TOR is kind of not compatible. Anyway, one more week and I should have more free time so I am hoping to at least write one entry per week.

Now, in this entry I want to talk about... you! I will share blog's statistics that so far look very good and I am more than satisfied with them (tbh I wasn't expecting such a huge traffic on my own blog:)). Some of you might be disappointed that I won't write about something related to star wars lore. Sorry, I promise that next entry will be worth the wait.  

So far, http://www.lorefreak.blogspot.com was visited over 5,000 times. Also, soon the site will reach number of 1,500 UNIQUE viewers meaning that one and half thousand people visited LoreFreak! Number of average pageviews per day is equal to about 150

People all around the globe are reading my rubbish entries. We have viewers from the following countries (random order):
United States                                                      25%
Poland                                                                  23%
United Kingdom                                                 10%
Australia                                                              4% 
Canada                                                                  4%
Germany                                                              1%
Kenya                                                                 ~1%
France                                                                  9%
Ireland                                                                 3%
Mexico                                                                 1%
Sweden                                                                2%
Russia                                                                 8%
Norway                                                                2%
Armenia                                                           ~1%  
Hungary                                                             1%
You do not even know how much it means to me that we have such a variety of viewers from all over the world. It is great to know that some people out there read what you have to say about something that you are passionate about. :)

In the very start I promised you a contest with exceptional prizes. I intend to keep that promise. I don't know yet when I will start the contest but I want to make it fun, interesting, compelling and unique. Once again, thank you all so much for your continuous support! 

piątek, 23 marca 2012

Character Spotlight #2 - (Darth) Revan: The KotOR legacy.

Sorry for the delay, was kind of busy lately. Getting there though! Just give me a day or two. :)

UPDATE: Here you go, hope you enjoy!


Revan, renowned as "The Revanchist" and dreaded as the Sith Lord Darth Revan, was an eminent Jedi Knight turned conquering Dark Lord of the Sith until, stripped of his true persona, he returned to the crumbling Jedi Order and helped defeat the Sith Empire he had established. A Human male, and acknowledged as a very gifted and powerful Force-sensitive pupil, he was trained as a Padawan by Kreia and a number of other Jedi Masters, both on Coruscant and at theJedi Enclave on Dantooine.

Source: Wookieepedia - The Star Wars Wiki


Revan , one of the most interesting and maybe in certain cases even controversial characters present in whole star wars lore. What makes him so special you may ask. Well, the most important thing about Revan is that it was actually the player that curved his character and shaped/developed Revan the way he wanted to. Because of this, every player had his very own, unique vision of their Revan. In fact back in the original KotOR we knew very little certain facts about Revan's character. It was KotOR 2 that expanded Revan's character and gave players some sort of wider vision about their beloved jedi or sith they played in previous game. Revan was a force user (he was in fact "neither jedi nor sith") who always walked on the edge of light and dark. And thus now we move onto another thing that makes him so special. When Revan was a jedi, he was willing to do things that no other jedi would ever do. He did them because he thought they were necessary and that he did them for the greater good, making sacrifices that in the end saved more lives. While it may seem noble at first, reality is not so easy. With such an approach it is not difficult to cross over the thin line between light and dark that you walk between. Still, while we knew some things about Revan, he was still a huge mystery to everyone. And that was so for many, many years until SW:TOR came.

The moment SW:TOR was announced back in 2008 I knew that it would somehow be related to Revan. And that BioWare would have to establish certain 'canon' character because keeping him constantly in the shadows as a mystery to everyone would be kind of impossible to achieve (or hard at very least). Thus it was certain that this would cause a lot of controversy among some of the fans. Drew Karpyshyn, the man who created Revan and who was a lead writer on KotOR 1 had an extremly difficult task. He had to somehow connect KotOR and SW:TOR so that they made sense and make Revan a center of all events that transpire in MMO. Still, there was no other man walking on earth that could have done it. And so he wrote a novel called Revan, dramatically changing the view of countless fans about their beloved character. As you can imagine, blood was spilled and harsh words were said. By some of course, it is sometimes hard to hear satisfied and happy people over all the whining coming from the haters. I personally liked the way Mr. Karpyshyn dealt with Revan. Maybe it is because that is exactly how I imagined Revan and how I played him. Yup, my Revan was a male who was redeemed and who fell in love with Bastila. I think that the right choice was made. Reedemed Revan seemed like the most appealing to me and the most satisfying one. I know that some people just like to watch the galaxy burn and play the bad guys (more fun to them I guess lol), but I think that saving the galaxy is after all more satisfying. Though it is obvious that this may be different to everyone, and it is kind of hard for me to judge anything. Anyway...

In the next paragraphs I will be going into more detail about how Revan's character was dealt with in both novel and SW:TOR and what future has in store for him. (if we will see more of him at all in the first place - will also be reviewing the probability of that happening). After that, I will be looking at Revan's character from completly different and I think very intruging perspective.

Now, as for Revan's pressence in SW:TOR I won't go into extreme detail on this, if you want to know more about Revan feel free to read up on him on wookiepedia (the best thing to do would be to play KotOR 1&2 and read Revan novel yourself).

 

Basically, Revan was betrayed by Lord Scourge, the sith that helped him and the Jedi Exile (Meetra Surik is her canon name after Drew called her that in his novel) get to the Emperor. During their confrontation, T3 was destroyed by being desintegrated into million pieces by Vitiate, and Meetra brutally killed by being stabbed from behind. After that defeat, Revan was impriosoned for three hundred years, constantly being tortured by the Emperor.

In SW:TOR, he was freed by players from the Maelstorm Nebula prison. You know, the one in which he was being held up in stasis for over three centuries, being constantly tormented as his mind was ravaged by the Emperor.

On top of that, his life was kind of wasted and ruined given the fact he would never be able to see his wife and son. Also, his most trusted allies were killed which kind of pissed him off. He felt sorrow that over three hundred years transformed into anger and hate. In combination with Emperor's influence it drove him mad. That is what all game codex entries kind of suggest. I am not surprised, in Revan's place I would also be a bit mad and would probably lost some part of my sanity. I would say that he most likely fell to the dark side. I think it was BioWare's intention to give us such a tragic ending. Again, some are happy with it and some are not (yes, there are people out there that liked the way Revan was dealt with in SW:TOR). I personally think that Revan's story is still lacking and that giving us only two flashpoints is just not enough. Don't get me wrong, I've done both the Maelstorm Nebula prison and the Foundry flashpoints and both were very entertaining/fun to do, epic I would even say. Still, I am just not satisfied. Some may argue that Revan related content is all over the game, there are countless quests in which Revan or other KotOR characters are somehow mentioned or referenced to.

And this game was not supposed to be about him, but about us , the players - the new generation of heroes.

Still, it is just not enough! While I understand that Revan story should finally come to an end, do so in proper way! You have to understand that almost everything that happens in SW:TOR is somehow connected to Revan. Yes, practically like all of it.

But there is never to late for yet another redemption, or rather sudden clarity and realization of self flaws!

It may seem kind of overused as a theme though.While being redemeed is an interesting concept in itself, for the first time, it may become dull once you turn bad, then good over and over.

Guess we just have to wait and see how it all turns out.

Also, I don't get why people keep saying that Revan should return as a force ghost. To become a forst ghost you firstly need to die. And he is not dead, you never see him die.

He just vanishes/disappears/teleports, interpret it as you want. BUT HE IS NOT DEAD. Just as he was about to die he shielded himself and was immune to all incoming attacks. HE STILL HAD SOME HP LEFT! HA! YOU JUST CAN'T COUNTER THAT CAN YOU? If you want you can read my interview with Drew himself in which I ask him about Revan's potential future fate. BioWare left doors open for a reason... If he wouldn't say anything, there would still be a rather big chance of Revan's reappearance. But if someone responsible for the story (well responsible no more I guess, but BioWare story writers will probably still keep in touch with him on certain matters like for example JK story or Revan's character) says that they left doors open for a reason, it is basically equal to confirmation that we will see more of that character later on.

But where would Revan fit now into SW:TOR's storyline? Well, as we know from the letter received by the newly appointed Emperor's Wrath (Sith Warrior), the Sith Emperor survived the encounter with JK. So an assumption that the Sith Emperor will become some sort of ops boss seems logical. And Revan being present in it, aiding us somehow while fulfilling the role of lets say Tirion Fordring from the LK encounter in WoW seems very likely.

As for the jedi knight's storyline or its continuation - Revan would fit in it very well but I doubt that he will be part of any character's storyline because it would just cause much controversy. Why? People could get mad that BioWare is favouring JK class over other classes. I don't get why because they can just always play JK for themselves if they want to but meh. I personally believe that if BioWare would have ever decided to release KotOR 3 instead of SW:TOR, JK storyline would actually be the KotOR 3's storyline (of course partly, probably many things would have changed). It is even possible that orignally BioWare was planning to create KotOR 3 but ultimately decided to create its first MMORPG and canceled the project. And they used KotOR 3 storyline for JK. Though this his highly uncertain because I am not sure if they inteded for KotOR 3 to be happening 300 years after the other two. More possible scenario is that they just did such a huge jump in timeline for the needs of their MMO. I think that Drew Karpyshyn was the one working on JK class story. Heck, maybe keep Revan away from TOR and give us KotOR 3 that will end this epic trilogy with some awesome ending and at the same time closing chapter of Revan in SW lore.

 

It is very likely that if it were not for fans, Revan would remain dead. Back in beta build of the game he actuaklly died and THERE WAS A BODY LEFT. Once this was leaked, outburst coming from fans was huge so BioWare changed the ending of final encounter in the Foundry. I can understand that some people would like for Revan to just stay that way, but I am one of those fans that are just not happy with how the Foundry turned out in the end. And I believe there is a lot more of us, people that feel emotionally attached to their KotOR character - nothing to add here. I know that this game is not about Revan but he still is our beloved character. He deserves better ending. Better, more honorable death (Honor is a fool's prize! Glory is of no use to the dead! :)).


But as Mass Effect 3 and its ending recently showed, BioWare listens to its fans and is ready to succumb to their demands (or at least it claims so after getting bashed so bad, but I think they learned their lesson lol :P). Don't know if all of you are aware of this, but few days ago Ray Muzyka (CEO at BioWare) wrote a rather long and humble letter apologizing all the fans and saying that they are listing to them and that he does not deny the possibility of ending being changed in the future. Still, I would say that what happened with ME3 is kind of extreme, artist should be free to express whatever he wants with his creation. Sure, we are able to expres our view from recipient's standpoint as well but some people crossed the line. There were fans who threatend BioWare with court suits.... I mean seriously? I wouldn't exactly call them "fans". Funny thing is that some of these people crying about ME3 ending did not even buy the game but stole it and they still dare to critizie BioWare, wanting them to change the ending in product that they did not even legaly obtained. The more there are such people, the more reasonable it gets for BioWare to release everything in form of DLC (and maybe even MMO instead of single player RPG games). Anyway, we went kind off the topic here.

Now as for the intruging perspective I was talking about before...

"I am Darth Revan, Dark Lord of the Sith. Those who use the dark side are also bound to serve it. To understand this is to understand the underlying philosophy of the Sith. The dark side offers power for power's sake. You must crave it. Covet it. You must seek power above all else, with no reservation or hesitation. The Force will change you. It will transform you. Some fear this change. The teachings of the Jedi are focused on fighting and controlling this transformation. That is why those who serve the light are limited in what they accomplish." - Darth Revan's avatar to Darth Bane.

In the end, despite everything, Revan is the one who is responsbile for fall of both the Republic and the jedi order, over 3,000 years later. It is a bit ironic because while Revan was redeemed and was so desperate to sacrifce everyting in order to save his beloved Republic, after all he is the one responsible for its downfall.

Few millenia after TOR, Darth Bane uses Revan's perception of the dark side in order to create the Rule of Two - new philosophyical apprach of the sith. It will ultimately lead to the annihilation of almost the entire jedi order and formation of the Galactic Empire as we know it from original trilogy. If it were not for Revan, Emperor Palpatine would have probably never managed to take over the galaxy.

While Republic may have bested Vitiate's empire, in the end it got destroyed and reformed from within. Revan was the one who instructed sith in their victory. No matter how Revan's story is developed and expanded in TOR, this is the ultimate outcome that can't be altered. I like this, as I said very ironic and interesting story twist.

Because of Revan, sith managed to defeat the jedi for the first time in the galaxy's history. By use of the most powerful weapons dark side has to offer - deception, cunning, manipulation.

So you could argue that Revan was in fact the most powerful sith ever - without him Palpatine would have never managed to rule the galaxy. Hold on haters! I am not claiming that Revan is the most powerful character in SW universe - it is possible that there were more then few sith/jedi who could have pose more than a match for him in open combat. I am just saying that you could portray him as the one who accomplished the most. Power can vary a lot. It all comes down to your personal, subjective opinion and the way you interpret canon lore.

"True power can come only to those who embrace the transformation. There can be no compromise. Mercy, compassion, loyalty: all these things will prevent you from claiming what is rightfully yours. Those who follow the dark side must cast aside these conceits. Those who do not—those who try to walk the path of moderation—will fail, dragged down by their own weakness. Those who accept the power of the dark side must also accept the challenge of holding on to it. By its very nature the dark side invites rivalry and strife. This is the greatest strength of the Sith: it culls the weak from our order. Yet this rivalry can also be our greatest weakness. The strong must be careful lest they be overwhelmed by the ambitions of those working beneath them in concert. Any master who instructs more than one apprentice in the ways of the dark side is a fool. In time, the apprentices will unite their strengths and overthrow the master. It is inevitable; axiomatic. That is why each Master must have only one student."

On a side note, one can only wonder why Revan did not return to Lehon after regaining his memories. He could have destroyed his holocron and stop so much evil from ever happening...

Of course I am not saying that redeemed Revan intended for the sith to take over the Republic a thousand years later. Have I stated something that would suggest so? If yes, sorry for the confusion and let me clarify this matter. As I said - it is ironic. Despite Revan's redemption and his role as hero and savior, in the end he was the one responsible for Republic's downfall. BEFORE his redemption did he intend for the sith to become stronger than ever? Yes.

Darth Revan 

It is possible that AFTER his redemption, he had forgotten about his holocron on Lehon, or just simply ignored it, thinking that noone would ever seek it out. In SW:TOR's patch 1.5 we will be able to explore Rakta Prime (which is just another name for Lehon) so maybe we will find out something more when this happens.

Anyway, how are one's intentions related to what he actually achieved? No matter what his latter intensions where, in the end he is one who is responsible for ultimate victory of the sith. It may have been the last thing Revan wanted but it still does not change anything. If you ask me, very cool and yet kind of tragic outcome.

"This is also the reason there can only be one Dark Lord. The Sith must be ruled by a single leader: the very embodiment of the strength and power of the dark side. If the leader grows weak another must rise to seize the mantle. The strong rule; the weak are meant to serve. This is the way it must be. My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well."


This entry will be splited into more parts, stay tuned for the other ones soon. Next coming up: HK-47, Meetra Surik, Kreia, Canderous Ordo and maybe more. Planning to do some sort of KotOR legacy series. ;)

czwartek, 15 marca 2012

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition™ officially announced!

Another entry not related to Star Wars but it is something that is really worth mentioning. I mean really. I am not sure if this is real, to vivid and beautiful to be true... REMEMBER THIS DATE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. 15TH of MARCH...

BALDUR'S GATE REMAKE WAS JUST OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED!
 

Announcing Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition™
March 15, 2012 
 
Atari, Wizards of the Coast, and Overhaul Games are pleased to announce work has begun on the Enhanced Edition of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II.
Since its initial release in 1998, Baldur’s Gate has entertained millions of fans around the globe, and has received countless awards. This classic saga of mystery, intrigue, and adventure has set the standard for Dungeons & Dragons® computer roleplaying games ever since. 
RE-FORGED BY OVERHAUL GAMES
Overhaul Games has assembled a talented team of artists, programmers and designers to enhance this timeless classic. To remain true to the spirit of the game, the team includes original Baldur’s Gate developers. 
RELIVE THE MOST EPIC STORY EVER TOLD
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition™ and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition™ will feature a re-forged version of the Infinity Engine with a variety of modern improvements. 
THE GREATEST ROLEPLAYING GAME OF ALL TIME, ENHANCED
For all information regarding Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition™ visit www.baldursgate.com, for press inquiries contact directly by email: baldursgate@beamdog.com.

Check out http://www.baldursgate.com for more information! Damn!

I don't know how about you, but I think that I just jizzed in my pants... something is wet... Do you even know what this means?! My childhood is coming back! I will get to relive it (and no, I am not referring to wetting my pants again...)!

Review #1 - Mass Effect 3!

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"Get out there and give them hell. You were born to do this." - Garrus to Shepard just before the final confronation with the Reapears on Earth.


First of all I would like to apologize to all my readers for the delay. I know, I know - few days turned into one week. You have to excuse me for not writing anything for such a long period of time but I kind of lost contact with reality while I was playing through the final game of this amazing trilogy created by BioWare called Mass Effect. Yup, this is it - the final game with Commander Shepard was officially released just few days ago! After so many years we will finally be able to find out about the final fate of this amazing character and the whole humanity! And things are looking grim because no human ever faced such a diabolic enemy - THE REAPERS ARE BACK AND FULL IN STRENGTH!

I know that this blog is supposed to be only about Star Wars related stuff but from time to time I will make some exceptions and Mass Effect is such an exception. Sorry for that! So if you don't care just ignore this entry and stay tuned for the next one that will arrive very, very soon. Still, if you like Star Wars franchise you should totally check out Mass Effect if you haven't by now!

So enjoy this short, lore focused review but beware - THERE ARE SOME MAJOR SPOILERS IN IT because I will be mainly discussing the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3 which was not so well received by all fans out there (there is A LOT of controversy going on around it right now). 


RPG or shooter with RPG elements?

In the very beginning, before you even start the game you are able to choose between 3 different game modes - the action mode, classic RPG mode or the story mode. I am not sure how exactly the first one and the last one look. The acton mode is supposed to be mainly focused on the actual gameplay and less on the story. I am guessing that you just don't make any choices and simply watch cinematics with "canon" Shepard. Though as I said I am not sure and I may be wrong about that. Classic RPG mode is as the name suggests - classic. Both the normal gameplay and the full story will all potential choices are included. As for the story mode - it is supposed to be focusing on only story and is making combat much, much easier. I don't recommend choosing it unless you are a complete casual for whom pressing more then one button at the time is serious problem. It just removes any challenge from the game thus making it boring tbh and less entertaining. Just pick normal difficulty and you should be fine.


The gameplay is dynamic and feels more like an interactive movie. It's great! I know that Mass Effect 3 decided to take a path of "shooter with RPG elements" rather than of classic RPG game. Actually I am fine with that. I find aiming to be more interesting and most importantly fun than just simply clicking one button at your enemy and choosing sequences of attacks.

What I am not fine with is the way BioWare decided to deal with RPG elements. There are even less of them than in previous games. As an example: you can't choose what armor you wear anymore. Well ok, you can, but only for your character and it still is kind of strange and limited. Your companions are not able to wear variety of armors any more, only the default one. Why? I loved how you could customize your equipment in KotOR for example. I just don't understand why BioWare moved away from that. Don't make games easier and less complex, it's not always the right thing to do!


The Art of War.

Game looks fantastic even on not so fresh Unreal Engine 3. And its optimization is something to behold. My computer is pretty
old and I was able to play Mass Effect
on highest details without even
slightest problems. No crashes, no drops in
fps - nothing. Game ran smoothly all the time till the very end. As for soundtrack - well, what is there to say. Badass. Epic. As it is always the case with BioWare games, music and
voice acting are top notch. Playing this game feels like watching an awesome movie.


MASSive and epic momentum of storyline.

Now the most important part of the game to majority of players - the story. I won't tell you much (only about the ending that I will be discussing later on so If you didn't play the game yet get out!) because I don't want to spoil anything. The storyline is EPIC, from the start till the very end you will feel completly emerged in the Mass Effect universe. Once again BioWare did an outstanding job. There are more than few players who claim the game to be great until the last 15 minutes of it. Well, I just simply do not understand why - I personally loved the ending and I think that BioWare did amazing job with it. One great thing about Mass Effect series that was always there in previous games is the mysterious story. Even after you finished the game and found out about few things, there were more new questions arising that were left unanswered and kept player in even greater suspense. Same thing happened here yet we can all see that this is definite, final ending of the trilogy. Kudos BioWare. Kudos.

Or is it final? There are countless discussions going on all over the internet about the Mass Effect 3 ending. Thus as a result many people came up with some more or less ridiculous conspiracy theories. BUT there is one such theory or rather speculation that is more than interesting and surprisingly... logical. Check it out over at: http://social.bioware.com/forum/Mass-Effect-3/Mass-Effect-3-Story-and-Campaign-Discussion-Spoilers-Allowed/Was-the-ending-a-hallucination-9727423-1.html WARNING: HUGE SPOILERS!

So as the author stated in his theory, the whole ending was supposed to be a hallucination. Shepard was supposingly indoctrinated by the reapers throughout the whole thing in order to be tricked thus preventing him from winning. Last resort act by the old machines. Well... what do you think? Is it possible or is it just attempt by desperate fan to deny the tragic but still great finale of the series. At first I thought that this theory is as ridiculous as all others even if it makes sense (at least partly) but then some another rumor appeared on the web that linked with this theory. You can read more about it over at: http://www.gamefront.com/rumor-mass-effect-3-dlc-the-truth-due-in-april/

I guess we will find out if this is really the truth in April... Though as I said, I liked the ending and I would not mind at all if it remained the way it is. Don't get your hopes up, it is still just a rumor and nothing more than an uncertain 'leak'.


United we stand.


This isn't about strategy or tactics. This is about survival. - Commander Shepard to the citadel council about the Reaper invasion.

Multiplayer is surprisingly very good, addictive and time consuming as any online game should be. If you want to unlock EVERYTHING there is you will have to spend many, many hours playing the game. And with all the RNG present it may take you even up to thousands of hours - nice way to let fans enjoy Mass Effect even after replaying through the game 3 or more times. Though there is no story per say in multiplayer, just shooting huge waves of enemies. ;) While gameplay itself  of the multiplayer mode is rather decent and fun, there is something about it that made me stop playing it immidietly until the matter is sorted: the gear and unlockables that you obtain by playing just simply vanish for some players. Just like that... after you complete a match. It is beyond me how they managed to let such bug be present in the retail version of the game. I would understand if they found out about it just recently but the funny thing is that they knew about this bug since beta/demo versions. People who bought BioWare points for real money and unlocked DLC/multiplayer gear lost EVERYTHING and WERE STILL NOT GIVEN ANY REFUND. BioWare stated that there is nothing they can do about it for now and that all players have to be patient while issue is being investigated and hopefully... resolved. One week passed and there was no response at all. I myself lost about 50 specter packs that are equal to A LOT of credits, my free time, BioWare points and even real money.While BioWare games are more than great, its customer support is somewhat... lacking to put it nicely. I believe that our beloved company was indoctrinated by rEApers...


Duty calls.

To conclude: I can recommend this game to anyone - if you are fan of RPG and BioWare games you will not be disappointed despite what some people say. Even if you did not play any of the Mass Effect games, you will still be able to find out what is going on pretty quickly and get familiar with the general lore of the game. Though I encourage you to play previous two games if you haven't by now. And if you are a fan of the Masss Effect series, not buying this game is equal to sin and will cause you to end up in hell. I am dead serious, make sure that you get this game and play it!


Pros +
- EPIC storyline.
- AI of enemies.
- Choices made (also in the previous games) actually matter.
- Return of almost all characters from previous games.
- Audio-visual aspect of the game is top notch.


Cons -
- Bugs (for example vanishing gear in multiplayer though some people may not even care about that).
- AI of your companions.
- Too short!
- Too much shooting and not enough of RPG elements (not bad thing for everyone I guess).


Overall rating: 9.5/10

czwartek, 8 marca 2012

Exclusive Interview with Drew Karpyshyn himself! - Part 2


Here you go, second part of exclusive interview with Drew Karpyshyn himself! Enjoy!

If you didn't check the first part by now, make sure you do! You can find it under the following link: http://lorefreak.blogspot.com/2012/02/exlusive-interview-with-drew-karpyshyn.html


Another bunch of questions that I would like to ask you - hope you don't mind. Just answer them if you have some spare time. :) 

Q: HK-47's fate - I wonder what happened to HK during all this time between Revan novel and TOR? Neither book nor the game really explain that, but Revan says the following line in the Foundry when you encounter him (in fact its the first thing he says to players expect ealier short talk via comlink): "That HK unit you destroyed - he waited loyally for three hundred years. I can rebuild him, but it won't be the same". So I assume that HK-47 was in the Foundry for more or less three hundred years, overlooking its production line and waiting for Revan? But how did he knew about the Foundry in the first place? Something I missed or it is just not explained? Thanks in advane for clarification 
A: HK-47's fate isn't something I can get into. We may want to explore it later in games or books, so I don't want to spoil anything. 
 All I can say: once there is a new companion added to the game, he may know something.


Q: "Mandalores" - error or? Don't know if this is small error or intentional but why does Revan say that he defeated "Mandalores" in plural? He should just say: Mandalorians instead of Mandalores. Unless he defeated more than one Mandalore? From what I know he only slew single Mandalore personally in hand to hand combat, and his name was the Ultimate. 
Quote from Wookieepedia: Mandalore was the Basic transliteration of the title used by the the supreme leader of the Mandalorian people and culture. In its truest, native rendering as Mand'alor, the title meant "sole ruler" in the Mandalorian language of Mando'a. 
This bothered me ever since I done the Foundry for the first time.
What other Mandalore could he possibly kill? The only Mandalore other than the Ultimate that Revan knew is the Preserver aka Canderous Ordo. And there is no way he killed Canderous given the fact that he was one of his best friends. Canderous killed his own wife and fellow mandalorian comrades when they turned on Revan... He gathered all the scattered, remaining clans after the Jedi Civil War and thanks to him Mandalorians are considerable power once again, three hundred years later. Revan told him to do this and he would have never killed him. Maybe fought? They never really fought against each other I think, maybe in KotOR but I think in fact they didn't. 
A:  I don't know what you're referencing with Revan and "Mandalores"... he basically defeated one Mandalore, or if you're referring to the group, then Mandalorians. So maybe this was a typo? As I said, I don't know what you're referring to, so I can't really help you out.   
I'll try to pass this along in my spare time and sort it out.


And the last thing, I'll just copy small part of discussion from swtor official forums: 
Q: xeviltoasterx: Question... Didn't the Revanites have Revan's mask? How did Revan get it back by the Foundry? Just curious.
Wolfninjajedi: The mask that Revanites got was just a fake.
xeviltoasterx: I see, where did we find this out, or is it just kind of insinuated? I totally missed that.
Me: Just speculations, noone can be sure. Its either fake or Revanites somehow managed to give the mask to Revan. As for the second option - if it were true, it must have happened somewhere between the Maelstorm Nebula prison and the Foundry flashpoints but it's unlikely that Revan traveled to Dromund Kaas just to meet this cult and reclaim his mask. BUT he somehow knew about the Revanites when you talk to him in the Foundry... strange. After you tell him that there was a cult founded in his honor, he answers: "So I heard, not what I would have wanted, given the things I did". Still, revanites probably did not knew anything about Revan's true location, as far as they are concerned, he killed the Emperor and claimed his place. :P Nutjobs... or are they really? 
So, can you clear this up to us? :) 
A:  I don't comment on forum posts or things like this; I kind of like the debate and I don't want to kill it by saying "here is my official answer". Plus, I didn't write or work on the Revanite plots, so I'm not the expert.  
Still, nice catch with that mask!

Q: Could you tell me why Carth is not mentioned in "Revan" novel at all? It was kind of disappointing. Everyone is mentioned expect him...
A: Carth was supposed to be present in the novel and he was in fact mentioned in some early drafts. Over time as the book was edited and some parts of it rewritten, the scene of him talking with Revan was kind of removed. I wanted to add it, but I just simply forgot about it. My bad, sorry for that.  


Thank you so much again! Keep up amazing work, looking forward to reading your future books & novels! And I am still hoping that one day you will write some kick-ass novel about Revan's early days! :)


Now, I am going off to play Mass Effect 3, so be generous if I don't write any new posts for like few days or something. :P Once I'll finish it i'll probably write some review so stay tuned!

sobota, 3 marca 2012

LoreFreak Info #1 - The Beginning...

First of all I would like to say that I am very surprised by the amount of your comments and responses. Only about 1 week passed since I started this blog and it was already visited over 1,500 times! If you like what I ramble on about over here at LoreFreak please make sure that you like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. Thanks in advance! You can expect more frequent amount of news in the future.

I also encourage all the 'anonymous' users to spend less than one minute of their time and create a google account. By doing so you will be able to follow my blog and be up to date on all newest entries! Also, it would be nice to know who is behind writing all the comments. I am kind of hoping that we will be able to create a small community of lore freaks that share same passion. :) It is also worth noting that when contests with exceptional prizes will be held in the future, being active member of the community will be rewarded and thus will increase your chances of winning. Once again, thank you all for your support!

Oh and by the way, if you didn't check my fan fiction story by now, you may want to give it a try if you are somehow compelled to Revan's character and his story. And make sure that you tell me what you think about it (despite whether you consider it decent or crap). Added about 500 words or so to the whole thing, mixed between different chapters. I also corrected some gramatical errors that I managed to spot. Expect more updates to come very, very soon

Now back to the business. As some of you may know, on monday, march 5th, first so called Guild Summit will be held. 

More about Guild Summit:

Over the next few days, guild leaders from around the world will gather together to discuss the game with developers from BioWare Austin. Guild representatives will participate in roundtable feedback discussions with developers, and will get a preview of some upcoming game features. This event will provide an opportunity for attendees to voice their feedback directly to the teams responsible for the design of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, hear the team's thoughts and reasons behind design decisions, and discuss the current direction of the game.

Unfortunately while there is no game lore related panel planned in the schedule of events, there will be a "Roleplayer's Discussion" starting at 4:30 PM CST (10:30 PM GMT). If you are interested, here over at LoreFreak you will be able to find a live report of roleplayer's discussion along with my analysis/predictions (the usual what-if stuff). Though I am not certainly sure if it will be more of a lore discussion or RP discussion (not the same thing). If something lore related will be discussed on any of the other panels, I will make sure to mention it to you. Stay tuned!

I would like to end by giving you a sort of bad news. As some of you know or may have guessed by now, English is not my mother tongue. I am Polish and this blog was at first supposed to be fully in Polish language. But I thought that it would be a good idea to have both Polish and English versions of all newest entries. Variety in languages means higher potential audience. I am aware of what I promised in very first blog entry but in the end I decided to stick only with English entries. It just takes too much time to translate all you write - I am already busy with some other stuff. But hey, don't worry - everything got it's good sides! While there will be only English version of LoreFreak available, we can all pratice our foreign language skills a bit (I am refering to myself and all Poles who read this blog;)). Also, I will have more time to spend on writing the actual entries meaning that both their quality and quantity will increase.


GUILD SUMMIT UPDATE: 


NEW BIOWARE, HIGH QUALITY STORY (INCLUDING SPECIFIC CLASS STORYLINES CHAPTERS) COMING THIS YEAR, ALONG WITH SGR.

Nothing else strictly lore related was discussed really. Only specific RP stuff during Roleplaying Discussion panel. Thouth there were some things that are worth mentioning in my opinion. Let me list them for you (there may be more, that is what I managed to pick up from the live stream):


- There will be an epic, long and possibly hard questline/quest chain. And not only one of course, probably more will be added in the future. It is just that one was specificly mentioned and it was hinted that it may require to have for example two alt characters from both sides of the conflict. Such quests may be somehow related with the legacy system. This one specific quest that was mentioned may have been HK-51 legacy quest. Though this is just a tough guess of mine.

- New "Story" difficulty mode will be added (along with 1.2 I think) that will allow all casual players who are not necessarily dedicated, hardcore/semi-hardcore raiders, to enjoy story present in all operations. Though I think that normal mode is already easy enough for such players to just sit back, relax and enjoy the game. It is possible that they are just replacing normal mode with the story one.

- Ability to kill companions - not going to happen because of frustration some people felt once they realized that killing their companion actually meant that they will not be able to use him/her ever again. There may be some other options though like for example freezing Quinn in carbonite as a form of punishment for his betrayal. By doing that you still have an option to use him if you feel like it and at the same time story makes some sort of sense. Still, don't get your hopes up, No ETA on this one. My guess is that it will come along with new storylines (meaning this year).

środa, 29 lutego 2012

New Star Wars: The Old Republic novel by Drew Karpyshyn officially announced!



We finally know the name of the new novel set in The Old Republic era that Drew said he was working on for some time. It will be called: STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: ANNIHILATION.

UPDATE: Let me give you a short, overall summary of the novel's plot:



Republic agent Theron Shan and his Twi’lek compadre, Teff’ith (from Dark Horse Comics’ STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: THE LOST SUNS) must contend with a Sith Empire counter-attack against the Republic, spearheaded by the lethal apprentice of Darth Malgus. Satele Shan and Jace Malcolm co-star in what will be a fast-paced and tension-fraught tale based on the award-winning video game from BioWare and LucasArts.



The book will be released this year on 13th of November. Make sure to check back at LoreFreak for more information about the novel as we get closer to its release!

UPDATE 2: There are many new, exciting announcments coming up all the way up to 2013. If you want to find out more about them be sure to check Star Wars Books facebook page. One of them is: STAR WARS: SCOURGE, that will be released on April 24th this year.

When I first saw the title of this upcoming novel I have to admit I was having a HUGE geek stroke. I was kind of suprised to see different author than Drew working on it - Jeff Grubb (Drew is the one who created Lord Scourge character so it would make sense that he is one who will write the book about him). Unfortunately as I read more about the book, the more disappointed I was. It is not about Lord Scourge after all <sadface>!

Read the summary for yourself:


In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice...


A jedi? Seriously?!

It will probably still be a decent book though, so if you are into ABY timeline make sure to check it out. As for me, the New Republic era is overdone (don't get me wrong, it had some great stuff like Timothy Zhan books or Han Solo trilogy).

Scourge has so much potential, I would love to find out what happened the infamous Emperor's Wrath for 300 years between "Revan" novel and TOR. According to the game codex he killed hundreds of jedi during his service to the Emperor, and TEN TIMES MORE sith lords. How badass is that?

niedziela, 26 lutego 2012

Character Spotlight #1 - Lord Vitiate vs Darth Sidious


"The Sith Emperor was a Dark Lord of the Sith who reconstituted the Sith Empire after the Great Hyperspace War and went on to rule it for more than a millennium, becoming, arguably, the longest reigning Sith Lord in galactic history. According to legend, he was born Tenebrae, the illegitimate son of Lord Dramath of Medriaas and a poor farm woman, and was granted the title of Lord Vitiate by then-reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, Marka Ragnos."

Source: Wookieepedia - The Star Wars Wiki


Lord Vitiate: the ultimate badass or the mary sue-like character?

Before you even consider to join this endless debate, I strongly suggest you make yourself familiar with this following short text:

Q: Who’s stronger – Darth Bane, Darth Revan or Darth Vader?
A: It’s a tie. Seriously, I can’t answer this. First, it’s not really up to me to make that kind of call. Second, it really depends on the situation. You can probably find rule books for various Star Wars role-playing games that will give you stats allowing you to compare relative strength. But from an artistic and dramatic standpoint, this kind of question has no “right” answer. Each character has strengths and weaknesses, and they grow and change as their stories progress. On any given day, at any given time, under any given circumstance anyone can win or lose. That’s what dramatic conflict is all about. 
   Source: Drew Karpyshyn's website FAQ 

 

Now, to begin with - I am aware that George Lucas, the creater of Star Wars universe stated the following fact: Palpatine is the most powerful sith lord to ever live. Period. So this sentence alone should technically disqualify all arguments against Vitiate being superior to Sidious. Lucas has the final say in those things.

On top of that, let me show you some direct quotes from the official canon sources:

"The Rebels were turning out to be more troublesome than many had expected. The Emperor had known it would be thus, of course; the resistance had not been a surprise to him. The Emperor was completely in concert with the dark side of the Force. He was the most powerful Sith to have ever existed."
-- Death Star, page 76. Emphasis mine.

 

"...Yoda could not hope to defeat the most powerful Sith Lord in history."
-- The New Essential Chronology, page ??? (I don't own the book). Emphasis mine.

"Beyond the vision of the Jedi Knights, somewhere within the darkness, the greatest master of evil ever to use Sith power bides his time. As his strength grows, his plans begin to shape the course of the galaxy, and his snares await the unsuspecting."
-- The Complete Visual Dictionary, page 72. 

Page 109 from the Dark Empire sourcebook:

"Palpatine has risen from the dead. The most powerful Sith Lord who ever lived had returned."


But hold on...


When Sidious was labeled as the 'most powerful sith lord ever', Vitiate's character was not even invented yet. You have to realize that the Star Wars universe is constantly expanding - some stuff will get retconned to lesser or greater extent. It is inevitable. As the time passes, some new, far more powerful character than Vitiate might be created. Noone is arguing with that. Actually that is the whole point I am trying to make here.

But for the time being, just read "Revan" novel and play through Jedi Knight's whole storyline and after you do those things ask yourself who is really more powerful - Vitiate or Sidious. 

Here is some very intriguing quote from codex entry related to the Emperor and his ultimate plan:

Every decision the Sith Emperor has made for the last millennium has been in the service of one dark goal: the complete annihilation of every living thing in the galaxy. The Emperor's desire is not destruction for its own sake, however. He is not a nihilist. The Emperor intends to feed on the galaxy's extinction and draw that energy into himself, giving him true immortality--and a godlike mastery of the Force.
The Jedi can only speculate on what the Emperor will do if his plan succeeds. Does he intend to preserve any followers, or live on alone? With such unlimited power, could he plant the seeds of life and raise a new galaxy from the old one's ashes?

The Emperor in Descent.png

Basically the Emperor wants to exterminate every living being in the galaxy by performing a ritual that will begin on the planet Belsavis. He will consume entire life present on Belsavis and after that, nothing will stop him. Of course Jedi Knight i.e. the player stops him. If Vitiate's plans would succeed and if he would have managed to sustain his ritual by ensuring the death of trillions, he would become as it says in the codex: godlike


After you find out more about the Emperor you realize what kind of creature of pure evil he is. The way he speaks, everything about him is just terrifying and causes chills to go down your spine. I mean, he killed a sith lord when he was like what, twelve years old? When he was an infant, his eyes were filled with terrible blackness and void (Wth?! Seriously, how sick and creepy is that?).

Emperor Force.png

He is unlike any being that was ever born, when Lord Scourge who was a Sith Lord took a not even second long glimpse at the Emperor, he cried out like a child. 

Let me give me you some quotes from the "Revan" novel about Vitiate:
"As he spoke, the dark circles of his eyes seemed to fill with a swirling red mist, and for a brief instant the Emperor gave Scourge a glimpse of his true self. Scourge cried out in anguish as the Emperor's mind brushed against his, then he collapsed to the floor, shaking like a child."
Emperor before a lightsaber.png 
"Scourge expected them to search him, or at least instruct him to turn over his weapons. But Yarri and the others simply stood at attention, waiting for him to enter. The fact that they showed no concern over letting an armed Sith Lord speak to the Emperor face-to-face without any kind of preparation was a testament to the Emperor's unfathomable power. "
Some of his abilities on top of my head: 

- Being able to perform most complex sith rituals ever attempted (consuming life of the entire planet - billions of lives beings destroyed in matters of seconds). 


The Emperor's Voice.png 

- Being immortal? "My life spans millennia. Legions have risen to test me. […] My ascendance is inevitable. A day, a year, a millennium—it matters not. I hold the patience of stone and the will of stars. Your striving is insignificant. Let your death be the same." - The Sith Emperor, to a lone Jedi sent to kill him. Also from what I understand, it is almost impossible to completely kill the Emperor. His essence will always live on, attempting to find another host it can possess. For sure the Emperor got some weakness that can be exploited in order to defeat him, as everyone, but noone knows what it is yet.

- Being able to mind control pretty much anyone (though it is possible to resist the Emperor, as an example: Revan being the proof of that).

I mean, don't get me wrong: Sidious definitely achieved a lot with his political capabilities, intellect and manipulation skills. But it's hard to be sure that he was more powerful than all other ancient sith lords who ever lived, or even his former master Darth Plagueis. Plagueis discovered the ultimate secret of immortality - Palpatine did not. Hell, Plagueis could even bend midi-chlorians to his own will in order to create life out of nothing - and he probably created the most powerful force user to ever exist. Palpatine knew that he could lose face to face duel with Plagueis so he used his cunning to kill him in his sleep. Also, I find it hard to believe that Palpatine could be even a match for Lord Vitiate. We know very little about the Sith Emperor (the TOR one) and yet it seemes that he is capable of wiping out entire life in the galaxy. I don't think Palpatine comes even close to that, all he gets are some over powered abilities that I do not know where and how he managed to learn/obtain. Sometimes I get the feeling that in Expanded Universe, Palpatine is really a mary sue-like character. Seriously, who can create hyperspace wormholes? Sidious in EU is just absurd. I am sorry to say this but it is true. I love his character but some authors just crossed the line. Yes, Vitiate got some OP abilities in his arsenal as well, but I would say that his back-story allowes us to imagine that he is actually capable of such prowess. A for Palpatine that is not the case, at least for me.

You also have to look at this from another angle. Lets say that Sidious could defeat Vitiate in face to face duel (or the other way) but what about other skills? Palpatine managed to transform the Republic into his own Galactic Empire and at the same time do something no sith ever managed - wipe out 
almost entire jedi order. Vitiate on the other hand also accomplished something to behold. He escaped with handful of morally broke people and over the course of thousand years managed to create the most powerful empire to ever exist. He created entire civilization from literally nothing. It all comes down to your very own definition of power. Power can vary a lot you know...  Also, I think it is safe to assume that the Galactic Empire from the original Star Wars movies is based on Vitiate's Empire. I know that in reality it is the other way around, but in our fantasy world The Great Galactic war occured way BEFORE The Galactic Civil war. 

I tried to keep this article/debate as non-biased as possible, attempting to show you both sides of the picture but as you probably noticed by now,  my personal opinion on this matter is as following: Sidious is overrated. There you go, I said it! know I may get bashed for this. If you want to call me a Vitiate fanboy, feel free to do so. I just think that he is the one who deserves the title of the most powerful sith lord. He is the ultimate badass - nothing to add here. :)

To hell with being objective! It is impossible to avoid some dose of subjectivism. Just two small things I noticed that I wanted to add to the whole discussion:

If Palpatine is so mighty and exceptional duelist, how come he lost to Mace Windu? Yes, I know that Windu is "one of the finest swordsman of the jedi order" and all. But still, Sidious lost. And don't tell me that he would have won without Anakin's interference because it is clearly not what movie portrays.
Also, some people say that Palpatine's 'lightning bolts' are the most powerful ones in whole SW universe. It's one of the arguments for Palpatine's superiority over Vitiate. I mean, really? He electrocuted Luke Skywalker with them for like half an hour and the guy still managed to survive. And no, Palpatine was not playing with Luke or attempting to influence his will. He decided to kill Skywalker because he understood that he could not turn him to the dark side, this line kind of confirmed that: "The Emperor: And now, young Skywalker... you will die." (at least that is how I interpreted this scene from RotJ). Anyway, just read what I wrote before about Sith Emperor, (information coming from OFFICIAL GAME CODEX). Could Palpatine really become godlike like Vitiate and create new galaxy from the ashes by himself? Could he wipe out entire life in the galaxy? I don't think those statements are mere hyperbols. I mean, while they never actually happened, Vitiate indeed had potential to perform them and was in fact very close in doing so if it weren't for the invervention of Jedi Knight. 

And most important of all, was Palpatine really immortal as well as Vitiate? Immortal meaning actually IMMORTAL - from what I know he needed to use clones in order to prelong his life (I don't know a lot about EU post EP6 tbh so I may be wrong about that).

Emperor Throne.pngI know I am repeating myself but when you read "Revan" novel and play through JK's storyline you get this feeling about the Sith Emperor - he is like this terrible being of pure darkness and void, almost not human but monster. You don't get the same feeling with Palpatine (at least I don't feel this way about his character). Palpatine is just an ordinary person (well, you know what I mean). I am not saying that he is not a powerful sith lord who accomplished A LOT, but to me he is clearly not even half as 'terrifying' as Vitiate.

I am pretty sure that it is BioWare's intention to make us feel that Vitiate is in fact the most powerful, evil and dangerous sith/living being to ever exist (including the movies and all post EP6 expanded universe).

Emperor verslagen.png

Still, as I said before - it all comes down to your subjective opinion and the way you interpret canon lore. It's a fantasy world, you can think whatever you want! As far as I am concerned, you may claim ewok that helped Leia (was he called Wicket?) to be more powerful than both Vitiate and Sidious together.

And what do you think? Who is more powerful according to you: Vitiate or Sidious? Post what you think in the comments below! Make sure to include some constructive, logical arguments in your posts if you want to persuade people who don't think the same way as you do. Don't just write: "Vitiate/Sidious because that's what I think!" But please, let's keep this discussion as close to civilized as possible.  

czwartek, 23 lutego 2012

Exclusive Interview with Drew Karpyshyn himself!



Drew Karpyshyn - say whatever you want about him, but this man is a legend. The lead writer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect 1. And of course the creator of Revan character. Also, an author of what I consider one of the greatest Star Wars books to be ever released - Darth Bane: Path of Destruction.

For three years he was working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, continuously contributing to it's storyline. Most recently he wrote an amazing novel called simply: "Revan". While according to me and many other fans it was a great read, some people reacted rather negatively to it and had very controversial opinions about the whole plot. Well, De gustibus non est disputandum.

Anyway, recently Drew retired from BioWare in order to be able to focus more on his own projects and to spend more time... golfing. Was his decision forunate or not that remains to be seen but as Drew put it: "However, I feel that’s an essential step for every creative artist to take at some point. It keeps us fresh, it keeps us energized."

You can share your personal view on this matter in the question poll.

Overall, Drew is a really nice guy (at least from what I hear, tbh I don't even personally know him :)). But it seems that this opinion about him is rather accurate, because not many writers spend their free time answering theirs fans emails (and even those nasty ones written by haters!).

I emailed Drew Karpyshyn recently and asked him a few questions mainly related to lore (and I also got an answer to the ones related to Revan's final fate and his possible reappearance in the future!), so here you go, enjoy this exclusive set of Q&A:


Hello, first of all I would like to say that I am huge fan of your books and games (KotOR series, Bane trilogy, Revan novel - you make SW lore even greater than it already is!:)).
I just recently finished SW:TOR (or rather completed my first character's storyline) and I have few questions and it would be great if you could find some time to answer them.
All right, so here it goes: 

Q: Did Revan really fall to the dark side again? How come he wants to commit genocide and exterminate the whole race? And how is that possible that Republic is supporting him in doing so - it's against all principles that the jedi believe in. And there are jedi aboard the foundry, along with republic troops. 
A: Revan always walked on the edge of light and dark, and being corrupted by the Emperor's presence for 300 years did push him over in that direction. However, that doesn't mean he can't be redeemed again later - remember, you never see him die; he just vanishes. We left that door open on purpose.


Q: After the Foundry encounter, Revan speaks the same line as Malak did during his demise on the Starforge. Is this some sort of homage to Malak or? If yes, it kind of confirms that he fell to the Dark Side. 
A: It's more of an homage than proof of anything.


Q: Is there a chance that you will ever write another book related to Revan? For example about his childhood, how Kreia/Arren Kae found him and how he became a jedi. It would be great to find out more about him. We know that he came from the outer rim and that Revan was in fact not his real name (it was revealed in TOR: "Revan - it is not my real name, it never was, but it will do). 
A: Nothing planned right now, but you never know what the future holds.

Q: In "Revan" novel, Meetra Surik talks to Bastila before going to Nathema and eventually Dromund Kass in order to rescue Revan. Bastila saw sith on the T3's holo recording. So how come she did not tell anything to the Republic (jedi order/republic military). Republic did not knew anything about the Sith Empire when it re-emerged and attacked Korriban three centuries later but Bastila must have suspected something given the fact that she saw sith that is alive. So she did not share that information with anyone and did not warn the jedi? Why? 
A: Bastila may have said something about the holo, but she and the Jedi didn't get along that well after KOTOR. Also, even if she said something, after a couple centuries pass and nobody shows up it would be easy to dismiss her warnings. Remember - 300 years pass from the Revan novel until the Sith attack the Republic; Revan bought the Repbulic three centuries of peace to rebuild and recover, or else they would have been wiped out.


Q: Can you confirm that the Sith Entity from the Sith Warrior's storyline is in fact Kreia? Or give any hint/clue related to this? Codex entry about the entity seems very familiar and Kreia fits into it perfectly. Will we get to see more of the sith entity in SW:TOR's future storyline?  
A: I didn't write this, so I can't comment 100%. But I think it's suppposed to be Kreia.


Q: Can you tell me anything about Satele's and Revan's relationship? Why it is not explored in SW:TOR? Will we ever get to see Revan and Satele somehow interacting with one another? Why you decided not to go for reunion with grand daddy? I personally like the idea, it seems like an interesting plot twist.
          A: I can't talk about that in case we want to use it in a later game, book or comic.



Q: Will we ever get to know the final fate of KotOR characters like Zaalbar or Canderous - we never find out what happened to them. While Canderous is obviously dead, Zaalbar could be alive - from what I know, wookies can live FOR A LONG time. And even if Canderous is dead, it would be great to know how he died - from what I recall, in smuggler class story players find his skull but thats it. He was a great character and it would be a bummer not to find out what happened to him after Revan novel and KotOR 2. Canderous was in fact my favourite companion back in KotOR. I just loved to hear his tales about the Mandalorian Wars. The one with reference to Yuuzhan Vongs was especially awesome.   
          A: Same thing.


Thanks again for everything that you have done, looking forward to your future contribution to the Star Wars lore. I am sure it will be great as everything you did was so far. "Revan" was a great read with really dramatic ending, at least that is what I think. 

Thanks for the e-mail,
Drew.


After reading the sentence I outlined, I am sure that we will see more of Revan in the future. Just can't wait! Revan will come back and will kick some major ass!

Oh, and according the outlined quote, Revan's actions were actually not grey but dark, just as I thought: "...and being corrupted by the Emperor's presence for 300 years did push him over in that direction".

Let me quote something I wrote a while back:
It is still a matter of debate whether his actions are purely dark or more kind of grey. I heared rumor that Drew Karpyshyn himself (creator of Revan character) confirmed that Revan was in fact actling like grey and not dark jedi, meanining he partly stayed true to the light side. Still, commiting genocide is against everything that jedi believe in so I don't know... it will be interesting to see how BioWare develops Revan's story in future. I personally don't believe that Drew said that. Why? Well, everything in the game suggests that Revan in fact fell to the dark side (and gone mad due to the impact the Emperor had on him and all). But, he understood or will understand his flaws in the end.
I just find it strange that his actions would be considered as such (grey), because all codex entries about Revan strongly suggest that he's gone mad and is obsesed with stopping the Emperor no matter the cost. That is why I would like to see that quote for myself. 
So it seems that in the end I was right!

All codex entries related to Revan strongly suggested that the Emperor had huge impact on him over the course of three centuries long imprisonment. As Vitiate ravaged Revan's mind, poor guy went insane and is "steeping in hate". No wonder, Emperor pretty much ruined his life and prevented him from ever meeting with his family again.

Let's just hope that after the Foundry Revan realized his flaws and came back to the light. Towards the end of fight he speaks the exact same words as Malak during his demise so I think Revan understood that he had fallen to the dark side. He will once again come back fully aware of who he really is.

As for Canderous, it is possible that we will find out what happened to him... either by playing TOR, or reading some future comic/book.


Expect PART 2 of the interview to be added soon. The questions will touch upon the following topics: HK-47's fate, Revan's mask and more!