Me: "You wanted to play Pasture, right?"
Terry: "Kinda, yeah."
Me: "Okay. I'll bring on Alice."
This was a purely pragmatic decision on my part. Pasture is 32, and Alice Bocor, at almost 26th, is the closest character I have to his level.
Alice is the second character I made for City of Villains with an actual personality in mind. I'd seen a villain named "Daddy's Little Girl" running around, as a 4' toon with pigtails, and I thought "Playing a little girl sounds like fun." I wanted an angle to tie her to the CoH setting, so I thought I'd make her related to one of the NPCs in the game. Mr. Bocor is one of the first contacts that had stuck in my mind: he's an undead sorcerer of a sophisticated, well-spoken kind of evil. "I know! I'll make her Mr. Bocor's daughter! And she can be a zombie mastermind!"
And that's Alice: a little blond kid with a ponytail and a white and pink schoolgirl outfit, who has undead playmates. That she adores. And calls by names like "Cuteypie" and "Spikeykins". She's sweet, friendly, guileless, and likes to rob banks and use her dead friends to beat "mean" people up. One of my favorite lines from her: "This is Captain Perfect! He's my best living friend EVER!" I had so much fun with her little-girl schtick that two of my heroes, Sugar Rush Girl and Jade Wind, are versions of the same concept played without the creepy twist. Still, it's the creepy twist that makes Alice work. She has a kind of child-like innocence to her: child-like in that her evil stems more from unawareness that she's doing wrong than from conscious intent. She feels guilty for not going to bed on time, but commanding undead abominations to kidnap people has no moral implications whatsoever.
terrycloth's Pasture is a half-plant, half-goat humanoid, a vulgar, mammal-hating, hardened criminal who spent his formative years in jail The combination means that he says a lot of things that would be obscene except that he's using plant-based biological terms. The result is ... still sort of obscene, but in a way that's more startling and funny. Sample insult: "Pollinate THIS, insects!"
Concept-wise, the two of them make a terrible combination. There's something horribly, horribly wrong about this little angelic-looking little kid whose worst slur is "you're MEAN!" running around with this 6'6" foul-mouthed green-furred satyr. Alice'd be shocked by his cursing if she could actually understand it.
And there must be something horribly wrong with me, because I had a great time doing it. If it'd been a normal little kid paired with a typical demonic thug, I don't think it would have been half so funny. But the two characters have such bizarre twists that all conversations between them take on a surreal quality.
Pasture: "Hello, little girl."
Alice: "Hi! Do you like little girls?"
Pasture: "What kind of question is that?"
Alice: "I don't know?"
We were running around a mayhem mission destroying everything in sight, which is pretty fun in itself. Alice had her horde of six undead minions, and Pasture had a kind of walking Audrey-plant pet, plus rooted creeper vines he could summon, so there was lots of pet goodness going on.
Alice: "Did you hear that? Your pet just made the cutest little noise!"
Pasture: "No, I didn't."
Alice: "It made this little 'scrreeeawk!' sort of noise."
Pasture: "Awww, I missed it."
Alice: "Let's go break Shock Treatment out of jail. We need more minions."
[ After breaking her out, she started following Pasture. ]
Alice: "There, now you have another pet to keep your plant company. You should always have two pets so they won't get lonely when you're not around."
Anyway, I spend a lot of time playing City of Heroes/Villains, relative to the amount of time I spend writing about it, so I figured I'd give a snapshot of one session for a change. :)