Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. – Anais Nin
Tonight Urt the Unfinished became Lita, slave to a female of the Physicians Caste. I don’t think you can get a more surprising turn of events than what we all received tonight during the auction and it really went to prove that nothing was scripted within Ar. There is a lot of talk on the forums about auctions not succeeding, and perhaps they will always be a gamble, but it is that thrill that makes them worth doing.
The interesting spin on this is whether or not Lita will become a Free Woman. There is the possibility there, even though she has pierced ears that she will be freed. It is much easier to gain the favor of a woman than it is to gain the favor of a man, and Urt was the type of character to exploit weaknesses when/if she wanted to. Either way I am happy to get her out of the tavern, she is a character that requires personal ownership and someone that will be stable for her, the best time I had playing her was in Syedra’s slave house where she was monitored either daily or every other day. It was saddening to see that storyline end, and perhaps it was a failed attempt all around to bring a character so established and so committed to one story and attempt to merge it with another one.
Now being who I am out of character; my avatar has not been owned since 2006. She has been in Gor, and has been a slave, but she was always NPC owned by a nonexistent player. It’s unusual for me to say “it’s time for a personal owner” but that was where the character was, she thrived for the first month or so in the paga tavern but it eventually died down and she started to become empty inside. The change in scene is opening up a lot of venues, there is a chance she will be freed, there is an opportunity for her to learn more about medicine. She now has someone to beg and barter with, which means enhancing those aspects of play that was difficult to do on my own. For example, now she will have a reason to behave and better herself (again), she will be capable of receiving rewards and punishments for her behavior. I am expecting to see a much more even mannered and softer side of the character.
Most important to me though is with everything being unscripted (and of course you have your fantasy and with that fantasy of what you hope will happen there is always some disappointment when not fulfilled) – with everything being unscripted the way it is and not preplanned I have a unique task ahead of me as a writer. I had wanted to make Urt a painter, and she did a portrait of Hilda that went unfinished, so much of the character’s moniker relates to the many aspects of her story that ended in people vanishing, with the name change and the “fresh start” of it all I think she will be able to move past her sadness and begin to paint again.