Another day in the life of a Soldier in Midkemia Online.
So far I have talked about what exactly Midkemia Online is all about and how to get started with the different choices you face when starting a new character. At the end of my last post I spoke about joining one of the many guilds in the world of MKO and eventually decided on the Pathfinders.
Upon joining the Pathfinders I was presented with the basic rules of the guild and immediately jumped right into the roleplay surrounding the Guild. It was made very interesting by the guild aides and leaders or Sergeants, Captains and Generals as they are known in the game. All the players I met were very friendly and played the roles of their characters very well. I was instructed in the ways of Soldiering and take on a routine patrol where the territories protected by the Pathfinders lay.
Once my Sergeant was happy that I knew what I needed to know in order to learn what I needed to learn to graduate my Novice hood and get promoted from Cadet to Recruit I was left to my own devices though support was ready available on the Novice mind link (Mind links are the forms of between organizations and factions) and I was regularly given advice and words of encouragement on my progress.
I started by exploring all the towns and villages of the local areas and met some great people along the way both player characters and some fun non player characters who had some interesting quests for me to help them with. Once I was happy that I knew how to get around and where everything was that I needed it was time to hit one of the local bars in the city to unwind and chat about the day’s events over a cold ale and some hearty food. I quickly found myself making many new friends in the city and took great pleasure in an hour of roleplay with around 9 different players.
After a little more exploring and spending a little time in some of the hunting grounds I finally felt I had learned everything I needed to for promotion but as I was about to ask for my Novice test a ruckus broke out in the skies as an argument developed between one of the Gods (The gods in MKO are real people who are responsible for running the game, coding and administration and Admin run events happen on an almost daily basis with bigger events once or twice a month) and Clarence, the events announcer. This ruckus ended with the start of a Bloodbath - A Player vs. Player event where everyone is encouraged to fight for points, regardless of faction to appease the gods. Being fairly new and having not taken part in PvP I decided not to flag myself for the even t but took great pleasure in watching the events unfold. Once the event was over I was finally able to take my test and join the ranks as a full member of the pathfinders.
After seeing how much fun was had by others in the bloodbath I was quick to ask the Pathfinders to join in on the training sessions where I was taught the basics of PvP combat and took part in a few duels, even managing to win one.
I can't believe how refreshing this new character has been and I can't remember the last time I have had this much fun playing a game.