RPG Games: An Imperian God's Tale III
by Megan Elizabeth
As many of you may imagine, there are quite a few adjustments to be made while transitioning from your mortal rpg game character to a Celani and eventually to an rpg game God. There are trials and hardships you have to work your way through, and temptations you have to overcome. I’m going to look at some of the bumps in the road I had to overcome, and some my fellow Gods have faced as well. Now, although I am sure some of these are similar to what other Divine in other Iron Realms role playing games go through, keep in mind my only experience with this is through the text-based role playing game Imperian.
Some of the biggest things we have chosen to give up to become the Divine of Iron Realms are time, credits, responsibilities and probably most importantly, friends. Beginning with time, the amount we have put into our mortal rpg game characters varies. Some of us have likely played since the game’s opening, while some of us are more recent additions. All of us, however, feel that we have placed somewhat excessive amounts of time into Imperian. I do not remember how many hours I have logged on my role playing game character, but I know it was a lot. I would return home, burn through any work I had to do there, and log in to spend the rest of my waking hours killing things and talking to people. Sometimes I would not wait to log in, and would instead stand idle, checking back now and again to see if anyone was talking to me. When I was at the computer fully, I would complete the tasks and chores my rpg game character had to do, and then find something else productive. Was it hard to forget all that effort and all that work that went into my rpg game character? Yes. But I believe that it was more than worth the time put into my role playing game character, as some of my accomplishments were in fact what got me noticed (positively) by the Garden, and ultimately had in impact on being accepted into the Celani program. Time lost was easily forgiven for the time and experiences I have since gained as a Divine.
Another loss linked to time was that of power and responsibilities. I know, you may be thinking, "But you’re a god! You have phenomenal cosmic power!" It’s not the same, really. Being one of the leaders in a mortal organization, you got to be hands on with everything, giving directions and taking advice. With the exception of our orders, we Gods usually only give advice when directly asked. While we can influence the organizations we Patron in some ways, ultimately the decisions as to how they function are entirely outside our control. Like with time, however, the responsibilities we have chosen to take on by becoming Divine make up for some of that which we have lost as mortals. We are able to have a larger impact on things by interacting with our orders, as well as creating and running large-scale events.
One of the biggest concerns many people have for becoming a Divine, and likely one of the largest logical reasons against it, is investment. I know when I first started playing I thought that only people who hadn’t bought credits would likely apply to be a role playing game Divine, who would want to give up a real world investment? Well, I got my answer. Me! That’s right, I have probably spent five times more on rpg game credits than I likely should have, and indeed I no longer have access to the ones I still have. It was a difficult choice to be sure, whether to give up the hundreds upon hundreds of my hard-earned dollars I had put into my rpg game character. In the end, I had to look at it like I did any other rpg game; I purchased a PlayStation 3 to play Facebook games, however it has become an overly expensive, glorified Blu-ray player. Likewise, Imperian has become repurposed for me; I no longer log in to play my rpg game character, but I log in to enhance the play of other people, hoping to positively improve their time within the role playing game. So, I feel as though my credit investment was not wasted, as I still get enjoyment out of the rpg game itself.
Finally, and probably most importantly, was the downside of losing touch with friends. It is not that I was not allowed to talk to my friends anymore, although it was strongly encouraged that we change our messengers, but that when my friends sent me messages and E-mails asking me where I was and whether I was coming back it wore on my resolve. I began to doubt that I wanted to stay, and I was becoming depressed and angry that I could not tell my friends why I was not come back. I tried to make up excuses, but they always seemed ready and able to refute them. Finally, I had to change my AIM and stop responding to their E-mails while I finished my Celani requirements. It hurt at first, but the break away from the made them realize I wasn’t coming back after all, so when I logged on my messenger almost a year later having finally gotten used to my God-role, they were happy to see me. They did not continue to try and make me log in, they were just happy that I had gotten in touch with them again. I still wish I could tell them why, to share with them what I consider to be my most awesome secret, but they do not ask me, and I do not offer. It is much easier this way.
These are not all the trials and tribulations we who choose to take the path of Ascension must face, but these are by far the ones that impacted me and a few of my fellow Imperian Divine the most. By supporting each other, we have been able to handle these challenges head on, and have made even more friendships because of it. These are, however, some of the things you should keep in mind should you be considering answering the call of the Celani. The benefits weigh even with, if not outweigh, the downfalls, and there are quite a few of us here to support you along your way.
Megan Elizabeth is a rpg game enthusiast who enjoys the best role playing games from Iron Realms!