Last week Ravanel made a post about the trophy she got from beating a raid boss and some of the loot she got out of it. (Or at least that is the impression I got. Sorry, I don’t play SWTOR so I might have completely misread it!) At tthe end she asked readers if they showed off their trophies too or special mounts they earned. So I thought about making a post about my trophies collecting habits in different games. I think this can be an interesting topic as different people have a tendency to collect different things in-games where that makes sense. Perhaps it will be more clear what I mean during the post.
It all started with a sword…
Back in Morrowind there was a sword called Umbra that had a pretty infamous story about being made to trap souls and her creator being executed for creating such an evil item. The sword was also known to be very picky about its owners. So far, not anything all that original. What I think stuck in my mind is that in Morrowind it was held by an orc wearing a very neat set of armor and who called himself Umbra too.
If you talk to him he tells that he basically lived a very intense life of combat but at that point he was just tired of it all and wanted to die. Since this is an orc we are talking about he obviously wanted to die in combat, which the player can accept or not (You can read the whole dialog here). It was a very tough fight but very worth it for getting Umbra. Since then I sort of started getting in the habit of trying to get Umbra with every one of my characters, regardless if they would use it or not. It would just be a memento of an NPC I was fascinated with.
Later on I started to really get into modding Morrowind and one of the things I fell in love with were player houses that had mannequins, display cases for weapons and bookshelves for books. From that point on it became an habit of mine to collect weapons and armor that had unique stories, names or were just part of something special for me. I also started collecting books but, in a typical feudal lord fashion, I never read most of them. They were there just to show off.
It even spilled to other games where it doesn’t make as much sense. For example, in Dragon Age: Origins my chest at the Grey Warden’s Keep always ends up full of weapons and armor sets that will most likely never be used but I still keep them because they have interesting names and stories attached to them.
Collecting In MMOS
In MMOs I rarely collect things. Mostly due to inventory woes and not many games providing something compelling to collect to begin with. The big exception has been Everquest 2. It is almost a game that goes out of its way to enable collecting addiction. There are Lore & Legend quests where you have to collect body parts of different monsters to study them that reward a book and a trophy weapon to put in your house. There are tons of books that can be read and place inside the player’s house or guild hall. There are the shinies, little shiny orbs strewn around the world, that once completed give some XP and some times give an appearance gear or a house item too. It is common for events to provide unique items too. And of course, a lot of the raid bosses drop a trophy that can be placed in your guild hall. Here is the one I built for my tiny guild, Deus Ex Arcana:
It is very simple trophy showcase but I like it. It kinda reminds me of a museum exhibition which was my goal when I was building it.
So, that is my collection. I will echo Ravanel’s question and ask: Do you have a trophy hall? What kind of items do you collect?