Shadowrun: Evidence of Intelligence January 23rd, 2017, 12:16 am
Average Rating: 5.00 Your Rating:  
Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0
E-Mail This Comic to a Friend!
Author Comments:

Sometimes game mechanics and game text contradict one another. Usually it takes a while for this to be evident, like how mages in Dragon Age are easy to kill and thus not the great threats they are painted up to be. In Shadowrun it starts in the character selection.

It's a charming game nonetheless, but... but I mean... No proof?

Posted @ November 21st, 2016, 5:21 pm

Posted @ November 18th, 2019, 2:37 am

Reader Comments:

..either thats a jab at certain..people..or someone just didn't do their reserach when programming their own game

Posted @ January 23rd, 2017, 12:45 am

Hrm...maybe trolls just need to work on their education system?

I mean, the mages make sense. Having spells where you can call fiery comets to rain down upon your enemies should be balanced with a little bit of bodily squishiness. But having a max intelligence 2-3 points lower than everyone else after specifically stating that there's no proof of lower intelligence...huh. Hmmmmm. Prejudice indeed.

Posted @ January 23rd, 2017, 8:34 am

To be fair, not being able to reach the same heights is not technically lowered.

Posted @ January 23rd, 2017, 1:42 pm

I think it's rather a matter of not letting them reach their full potential, socially. Since there's even more prejudice against trolls than even orcs , which are here also depictet slightly lower, they have even less oportunity to reach the same education as the other races have.

Posted @ January 23rd, 2017, 6:48 pm

Perhaps the intelligence tests are biased towards the dominant culture of humanity, and not accounting for individual differences and modes of thinking for trolls.

Posted @ January 23rd, 2017, 11:00 pm

@Draven22: I would like it to be the former, but my experience with games is that it's the later.

@Guesty Guestface: I agree that game-wise it makes sense that mages are squishy, however the lore paints them up as these horrific murder machines and I'm here all, ok yes, but don't sneeze at them or they fold like a wet napkin? That's not... very intimidating?

@Norgrath @Sharp-Claw and @Karhu: You guys are being very generous and sweet haha

Posted @ January 30th, 2017, 7:26 am

@zenat: True. The knight enchanter class in DAI makes you a BEAST, though. I suppose that sort of hints at some mage badassery being possible at least, if not common.

Posted @ January 30th, 2017, 8:55 am

@Guesty Guestface: isnt the knight enhancter the "chantry approved" version of the prestige class you can get for mages in dragon age origins ANYWAY?

Posted @ January 30th, 2017, 12:54 pm

@Draven22: The arcane warrior class? I never did a mage playthrough, so I had to look it up.

My point was that super scary murder machine mages are possible, and while they are likely the in-universe source of the lore that paints ALL mages as murder machines (I'm looking at YOU, ancient Tevinter magisters that just HAD to bust into the Fade using blood magic...), they are actually the exception rather than the rule. Which would be why a lot of the mages seem less than intimidating, and would probably cry if you hit them.

Posted @ January 31st, 2017, 9:18 am

@Guesty Guestface: i thought i read in somewhere that bloodmagic is acutally the BEST way not to get possed by a demon in the DA lore...though i guess it depends on how you use blood magic..i'll look again

Posted @ January 31st, 2017, 11:22 am

As far as I know, it's just a part of the RPG system for Shadowrun. Average troll is as smart as an average human, they just have lower 'cap' for intelligence compared to the rest of the races. There wouldn't be a troll Einstein, but they're not drooling cavemen.

Posted @ January 23rd, 2018, 5:29 pm