The backstory said wrote:
For while the young girl showed unmistakable promise and aptitude, she also possessed a defiance that only the harshest of punishments could suppress.
Hmm. Actually, I may have missed the line in my first reading. This does soften my opinion somewhat. I still do have some reservations, but the depiction makes a little bit more sense to me now.
Eh? Why have a backstory at all, if it's not meant to "logically fit" the image?
I like the back story, and I like the image, I just didn't think they necessarily go together that well. Don't misjudge me, though: I'm not saying you cannot enjoy this depiction of Feiya, only that I personally have some cognitive dissonance with it.
Abraham spalding wrote:
Well, I think that is your opinion (and you certainly have a right to it!) For me, when I look at Feiya, I see her smirk, and that she is looking the viewer right in the eye, and that she is wearing revealing and impractical clothing (which is not wrong or improper but not necessarily the M.O. of the abused and socially awkward.) To me that is not the look of the abused who is just now stepping into the world, but of a confident young woman who is self-assured and knows what she's doing.
I can see why you feel the way that you do. However, when I look at her backstory I don't necessarily see someone who is "desperate for any attention", I see someone who would be perhaps somewhat shy and at times overwhelmed but very enthusiastic. Why would she want the "wrong kind" of attention, when she's just now escaped from years of beatings?
There is nothing wrong with Feiya's look. I simply didn't expect her to have a backstory that involves severe social ineptitude and random inflicted violence. In my experience, people who are "desperate for attention" are usually more the results of neglect than violence.
I'm not trying to attack you for your opinion, only expressing my own feelings, and I'm not pushing for Pathfinder to become Social Workers & Sadness. (If anything, I would have dropped the "kidnapped + recently abused" story and injected about 75% more "pulpy badass.") If it helps you understand where I'm coming from, I'm a psychology major. It's unfortunately difficult for me to shut my brain off and just enjoy things at face value.
Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, I just want to reiterate that I'm not trying to attack others for holding "wrong opinions", or that I dislike Feiya's look or story, or that I dislike Pathfinder. I'm only expressing my own surprise, not expecting anyone else to conform to my opinions.
This is a really interesting and well-written backstory, but I have a hard time reconciling what is presented here (kidnapped, abused young woman venturing out for the first time, socially stunted and completely unaware of to expect in the outside world) with her portrait (confident woman with a sly smirk looking the viewer in the eye, wearing somewhat revealing attire accented with strange hair pieces and a small "voodoo" doll, complete with impractically long finger nails.)
I would have said the witch presented in the portrait knowingly pursued her mysterious powers and relished in presenting herself to onlookers as a "creepy outsider", whereas I would think the witch presented in the story would want to integrate into the attire of places she visited, both to prevent unnecessary confrontations and as a way of enjoying her freedom from the hags--and would certainly not dress akin to the hags who violently kidnapped and beat her.
Still, I'm happy to see another iconic's background. Thank you for your hard work. :)
My boyfriend and I became friends through roleplaying. Our gaming group at the time was just under 10 people, so during game we tended to split into logical groups--all the characters from a particular church sat together, all the characters infiltrating the castle this session sat together, etc. BF and I tended to have a similar approach to problems so we'd often be grouped together. We would sit there, listening to whatever one of the other groups was doing, and then get to chit-chatting. Over time it became clear that not only did we have a lot in common gaming-wise, but that we loved a lot of the same shows and video games. Of course, then we started hanging out outside of game, and eventually going out.
To be honest, our relationship did cause a rift in that group. One of my ex-boyfriends was part of that group, and though he had dumped me over half a year ago and had a girlfriend, my new relationship made him insanely jealous. He constantly accused my boyfriend of talking about him behind his back (which we didn't do, because we were much too busy talking about Battlestar Galactica), and demanded that we sit apart during game so as not to force our relationship down everyone's throat.
His behavior escalated into spying on me and breaking into my room, so yeah, I left that gaming group.
But, I'm still going out with that boyfriend! We even run each other game. It's pretty great. :)
Except what I've been asking for is for more diversity. Not some uniform innoffensive grey, but examples of people presented as people, not lumped under homogenous descriptors, and showcasing the positive and negative aspects of these cultures and what they're capable of.
I'm completely with you, Mikaze.
Why should trying to expand the number of stories that can be told in Golarion be a bad thing?