Naiaj and other bleachlings


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Shadow Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

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I'm having trouble figuring out and roleplaying Naiaj in briefings. I think this is due to differences in what a Bleachling is between Pathfinder and Starfinder, and would like so insight into how bleachlings work now.

In Pathfinder, The Bleaching was a malady that affected gnomes who failed to find new experiences. The few gnomes who survived it became Bleachlings, and their emotions are pretty sapped. They've got a 'strange calmness', a 'calm, dreamy manner', and rarely lose their temper. I don't know of any specific NPC examples, but in my head they're a lot like Maud Pie from MLP.

In Starfinder, the malady can still turn Feychild gnomes into Bleachlings, but some are also born that way. They're 'more even-tempered', a bit dour, and pursue more intellectual things while the feychildren go for sensations.

So we come to Naiaj. Her art is quite scowly, like she's about to tell you off. (Reminds me a lot of Tatiana Wisla from Last Exile) And a lot of her dialog is pretty aggressive. This certainly doesn't match up with a Pathfinder Bleachling. But she doesn't even seem to match the even-tempered part of Starfinder Bleachlings. Last time I presented her (as GM) I gave her a tone much like Maud, and it didn't feel quite right. Now I'm prepping for her latest mission, and it feels very much incorrect to use that tone.

So please, give me some advice on how she should be presented.

Shadow Lodge ***** ⦵⦵

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She always struck me as someone thats angry at stupid because stupid gets her friends killed.

Whether that's because bleachlings have changed, Naij isn't quite like the other bleechlings, OR that despite being drained of emotions she's THAT angry at stupid I don't know. But I don't think that any one individual has to wear the hat for their species.

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Judi Dench.

Shadow Lodge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

Thurston Hillman wrote:
Judi Dench.

Ah-ha! Thank you for the excuse to re-watch some Bond this weekend...

Grand Lodge ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

I refer to her as Venture Pouty-Face gnome.

Hmm

Shadow Lodge ***** ⦵⦵

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

I refer to her as Venture Pouty-Face gnome.

Hmm

Have you noticed that you keep getting assigned the Pegasus with the duct taped reactor core?

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"Oh Naiaj would never do that to me!! I always wave at her when I see her, because we're both gnomes!" Charlie sighs with contentment. "She has to play at being all formal and stuff, but I know she feels the same way!"

Dataphiles ****

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I always go for the no-nonsense, straight to the point briefings. I generally add the answers to the important questions that should be asked into the briefing as well. I also end them with my favorite phrase I've made for her, "Get it done and don't die. You're useful and the Starfinders would take a hit to lose any of you. Now go."

Sczarni ***** ⦵⦵

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^ pretty much this for me, too.


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As an older person myself, I can say that many of the symptoms of the Bleaching seem to match those of getting old. I can assure you that, while it takes a lot more to get an emotional reaction out of me that it does for a younger person, all of those reactions are still possible given sufficient provocation.

Shadow Lodge ***** ⦵⦵

David knott 242 wrote:

As an older person myself, I can say that many of the symptoms of the Bleaching seem to match those of getting old. I can assure you that, while it takes a lot more to get an emotional reaction out of me that it does for a younger person, all of those reactions are still possible given sufficient provocation.

Takes more huh?

*touches the thermostat with a fingertip*

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How to role play bleachlings? Imagine Alan Rickman had to play Vulcan but kept breaking character.

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I don't think Bleeching is a disease anymore like it was in Pathfinder , they aren't dying of it they are being born of it. Basically just gnomes that aren't connected to the First World at all anymore and are pure Prime Material born.

Liberty's Edge **** ⦵⦵ Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Atlanta aka PeeGee2423

FWIW, my unofficial head canon for RP of VC Naiaj is somewhere between 'stress puppy' and 'forty two pounds of pure, unadulterated hatred and nicotine'.

Obviously this is what happens when bleachlings are born that way; you play it for laughs. ;)

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