This is originally a message I started writing to Ictinus, but as the paragraph swelled, I decided to post it on the forums in the dual interests of readability and transparency.
Hello, I heard you were very transparent and open about answering messages. Thanks for all the work you have done on the game.
I am a returning player who has played more RPI-style games for the past couple years, so my current perspectives on lore and roleplay have potentially evolved out of alignment with Aetolia's policies. Because of that, feel free to discard this concern if it's not actually any problem for you and the game.
My concern is: the idea propagated by player-characters, lorewise, that "Death" and the "Cycle" don't actually matter in Aetolian metaphysics because "Varian always brings us back anyway". This part of the game's lore is coming more into the spotlight as factions are refined by the events of the Second War of Night.
In an RPI game the answer to these player character attitudes would be that the players of the characters espousing those attitudes would be rebuked OOCly for not taking into account the existence of VNPCs which presumably die all the time without returning, unlike those whom Varian has specifically revived (in the mirror sequence) because they were judged not to have completed their life's purpose.
However, because Aetolia is a different model of MUD where the game and the metagame are more complexly interwoven, I don't even know if this player attitude is actually incorrect or just fine.
If it is not just fine, I think the best thing to do is to continue to allow player-driven in-character events and story arcs to deliver very public and obvious lore answers to these sorts of questions -- and I wanted to bring up this lore misunderstanding for particular attention, because it did frustrate me to see.
If it is just fine, then I am glad to have that clarified for me.
Aetolian Lore About Life & Death
- In Aetolian lore, does Varian always bring the living back anyway?14 votes
Who cares? It's a game and people can roleplay whatever makes them happy.14.29%
No, there must be comprehensive and cohesive lore logics of metaphysics regarding the Cycle57.14%
Yes, the lore is that Varian brings back the living unless their very soul is destroyed by rituals28.57%