Tenderfoot Thahd Rawal Posted June 17, 2016 Share Posted June 17, 2016 I've just finished replaying the Geneforge series for the first time in a few years, and just had a few thoughts I wanted to throw at someone. My first time through, I was a lot younger, and didn't pick up on a lot of the ethical subtleties woven into the story. First thing to note: I instinctively support the rebels, plumping for the Awakened (1 & 2), Rebels (3 & 4) and Astoria (5). I've played almost all of them through to each of the endings, at one point or another, and while I do sympathise with individual shapers, I really really struggle to see how anyone could honestly support their factions ethically. For all that the rebellion has dubious methods, the shapers are actively promoting genocide (of the drayks/drakons/gazers) and mass enslavement (of serviles). Equally, arguments based on "controlling everything to protect people"? No shaper takes that principle further than Sage Taygen, and even in his own ending, it doesn't work. Second thing to note: I instinctively *play* pro-shaper, because I find it painfully difficult to pass up on the superior rewards and better protections they can offer. Bluntly, I find myself compromising my principles for the good of my characters. This bothers me. Thirdly: In my previous playthroughs,I remember dismissing the Trakovites as being mad, and choosing their endings only for completionism. This time round, I took them a lot more seriously, actually taking the time to read all the personal accounts of shaping gone mad (the burrowing mould subplot in GF3 particularly struck me). I still think they're wrong, however - firstly, because a single Barzite-type "rediscovering" shaping would probably be enough to bring down a Trakovite government, and secondly, because of the obvious and significant value of creatiosn such as Ornks and living tools, not to much the terraforming efforts seen dotted around Terrestia. It was a close call, though. Thoughts, anyone? I'm happy to be argued wrong, if there's anyone who sincerely disagrees with anything I've said. EDIT: A lot of my points seem to be covered in a few recent forum posts, so I'm having a look and replying there when appropriate. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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