As I have owed enjolrate this for sometime, I present… My Top 10 Secret World NPCs!
Without further ado (Ado, ado, ado!), here we go!
- Andy Gardener - For his almost cursed life and very human neuroses and insecurities in the face of the zombie apocalypse, I proudly put this guy at the top. Every time the writers want us to connect to the humanity of the situation, they use him. And it works. Every time.
- Madam Roget - Roget has a special place in my heart for constantly subverting expectations. She speaks openly about bondage and her liberal sexuality in a medium (video games) where such topics are relatively taboo. She is resented by the rest of the town for this, and yet, her sense of justice and alpha personality has positioned her as an informal guiding hand for Kingsmouth. She helps others to find themselves and the player to find their way.
- Saiid - Saiid is a funny and amusing example of just how far out of left field characters can get in The Secret World. He is one of the most powerful characters in the series, simply because he’s spent centuries perfecting his business acumen. He is utterly fearless, possibly because he may well have truly seen it all. With enough sarcastic dialogue to make Joss Whedon blush, he is a delight in every moment.
- Carter - I am a huge fan of characters that don’t realize their full potential yet.Carter fits that bill and goes beyond. In the face of a quiet apocalypse, Carter has the potential to be one of the (if not THE) most powerful player. Watching her chomp at the bit for her turn, as well as the vulnerability brought on by her status as Benched Player, is another touch of humanity that goes a far way in the game’s storytelling.
- Dr. Aldini - Aldini! What can I say? He provides, hands down, the most cringe-inducing, awful, and all together hilarious mission out there. One of the appeals of The Secret World is the vast number of ways it interprets “Everything is True”. Aldini’s mission shows you the horror, the muck, and the gruesomeness of everything you’ve encountered and adds, with a smirk “Aint it awesome?”. For his mission; for 10 glorious minutes, you can hang your brooding angst on the coat rack and just hack up enemies like Tarantino directing a horror film. I will always be grateful to him for this.
- Houy - Oh, where do I start with this guy? A child and the embodiment of the power of Anubis. Infinitely ancient and, at the same time, all together young an naive. His innocence is humbling; his greatness is magnificent. The series of dualities within the youngest son of Ptahmose convey to me the mystical beauty within The Secret World. I love all the children of Pthamose, but this one stands out for me. The first time I heard his young voice, I stopped in my tracks. I won’t ever forget that moment.
- Tyler Freeborn - Us. He is us. He is the curious, the paranoid, and the creative. He is a hero for his bravery and a fool for his ignorance. He was unsatisfied with lies and fought all the way for the truth. Though he may have, relatively, vanished, he knocked a sizeable dent in the mysteries of Solomon Island. I admire how much he did with what little he had.
- Cern - He has a place in my heart similar to Houy’s; He is less about himself and more what he represents. I greatly enjoy a great and wondrous spirit spending his time drinking spirits. His mundane and anticlimactic lifestyle with his inherently amazing story is, in many ways, the epitome of The Secret World. It should be noted that Sophie and Cern are pretty much an inseparable duo, but since I wasn’t picking duos, the more outlandish one made the cut. This should read as both of them, though.
- Kristen Geary - I actually checked California law and apparently it’s illegal to make a “Top MMO Characters” list and not have the player’s contact for the Illuminati. Flippant and shrewd. Casual and cruel. She is everything great about the Illuminati. She wields her immeasurable power not without appreciation for it. It is just the opposite; she knows she’s untouchable. She knows she’s worked for it. And her ego isn’t hubris; it is an awareness of the canonical, provable fact that she’s better than you. In a world of moral greys, she represents the deep end of the pool in all of its decadent, arrogant glory. Truly phenomenal.
- Theodore Wicker - I don’t want to spoil much about Wicker, but I have nothing but admiration for this character. We’re talking a man who began fascinated with hell and studied it with all he had. While other stories would make this a character’s immediate downfall, or where other tales would have them overwhelmed by the knowledge, Wicker instead saw the all of a dimension of demons and thought to himself “… This is a good start.” In the sense of a liking good villains, I admire the man.
So there it is. My top 10 List. Some of them should be rearranged, but that’s what I got.
What about you?
Except Wicker isn’t the villain in the story. Is he a nice guy? No. But he wants to raise hell up to its former glory.