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I've played WoW for a long time, but recently I have gradually been getting into RP. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time deciding which class best suits the type of character I want to play. Basically, I want him to be of the "Socratic philosopher" type. That is, someone who is clever and can come off as tricky and mischievous, yet at the same time his real concern is contemplating the good life, the beautiful, justice, etc. Another thing to keep in mind is that despite Socrates' praising of virtue and all that, at the end of the day he was killed by his fellow Athenians.
Examples of things that draw me to certain classes:
- Pretty easy connection, though they seem a little too religious for me. Still, connection to the Light and justice and goodness and everything.
- the idea of connecting to the "purest of forms" in the Emerald Dream, as the trainer in Teldrassil puts it, makes me think of Socrates' teaching about forms in the
- Socrates often spoke of a daimon that he listened to (i.e. in the
), and I think a Warlock's fascination with death is rather philosophic. I'm not sure how morally upstanding I could make a warlock, though...
- while a seeker of wisdom, mages seem a little too science-y to me. Maybe I am mistaken, though.
Maybe some famous quotes to keep in mind, as well... (not direct quotes, but pretty close)
The wisest man knows only that he doesn't know.
The life unexamined is not worth living.
People do not know whether death could be the greatest good for man, yet they fear it as if they knew it were the worst.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
Also, the Allegory of the Cave and things like that.
I hope this was helpful in giving you an idea of what I'm looking for.
Well, there is the monk, which is like the paladin but perhaps more philosophically centered.
However, if you really wanted to work upon this angle, perhaps a rogue might be best? If I'm not mistaken, Socrates believed nobody really knew anything, therefore he knew more than anybody since he knew that much at least (and the oracle of Delphi seemed to agree). A rogue works for the more playful look you could be going for, and tends to live life more according to their own rules and usually works in a more job by job basis, and should yours be a free agent that would open up to his own personal views on justice motivating him. His own personality depends on how you play him of course.
Aside from that, by your choices I might suggest the warlock or mage. Both sort of see beyond the normals physical veil of reality, but a mage leans more towards study and the technical aspects while warlocks have already given over somewhat to the darker realms. Really, it depends on how they act and how they react to their respective classes and the baggage they impose on them which would define them according to what you're looking for.
Every class could take a philosophic view upon their craft, though it's almost mandatory with the monk. Almost anyways.
Paladins and priests are a given, they wouldn't have their power if they didn't at least even kind ponder it, though druids kinda fall into this category as well since priestess of elune got folded in with them somewhat...
A warlock can be quite morally upstanding, as morals really are relative only to their owner. He could think he's entirely justified in slaughtering an entire village to sacrifice to demons, because perhaps his views of good and bad are skewed and he thinks that power is an undeniable road to happiness. He could think other people don't understand, and just have to be showed.
A mage is tampering with the very fabric of reality. While it's more likely I think that they'll take a scientific approach to it, even a scientist has to take a look outside the box every once in a while.
Why would a warrior fight? While I think this one would be a more self-centered philosopher, a mesh between a warrior and a thinker isn't impossible. They could be a warrior with thinking on the side perhaps.
Rogues have a great opportunity to teach people that they don't have all the answers in pretty much everything they do.
That's all I can think of at the moment anyways.
Oneforthemoney and lightnstuff, thanks for your responses. I still haven't decided on a class, but your responses have helped me realize that my options weren't as narrow as I thought.
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