Seduced by the Light Side: Playing a Light Sith in a Dark Sith World

Early on in Star Wars: The Old Republic, after arriving on Dromund Kaas for the first time, I was dispatched into the jungle to hunt down, infiltrate and ultimately smoke out a group of Sith cultists.

Diligent in my services to the Sith Empire, I accepted the mission and strode off into the jungle. As a Sith Marauder, I’m an Imperial enforcer, an apprentice to a powerful Sith Lord, and a super-powered bad-ass who channels The Force into his fists and lightsabers. Cultists are not a problem.

Trouble is, upon finding those cultists and posing as an initiate, I had a problem — I went “native.” These cultists were Revanites, after all — followers of the teachings of Knights of the Old Republic‘s Darth Revan, a former Sith Lord who found value in both the Dark and Light sides of the force.

Finally! I thought. A philosophy I can get behind.

See, I’m what you might call a conflicted Sith Lord. I’m not the kind of person who really goes out for being “evil” in my role-playing games. In the days of KOTOR, I struggled to go full Sith (though I did it to see how the story would play out on a second or third run through the game). In Mass Effect, I generally find myself opting for mercy and diplomacy. One time I kicked a little kid in Fable, felt bad, and stopped playing.

So being a Sith Lord is tough for me. Sure, it’s just a game, but the value I’m getting out of SWTOR is its story more than anything else. I’m not saying I’m a fully Lightside Sith Lord — I make Dark choices for the good of the Empire, for the good of myself, or when I feel a threat would be too great to be allowed to live. But opting to murder civilians just because they’re there just isn’t me.

On the one hand, I feel like I’m generating an interesting, tailored story for myself. Characters often respond to my Sith Lord with confusion and surprise, which is satisfying, and occasionally I earn myself allies who will serve my ends later. Generally, the tale of a Sith Lord who isn’t just evil for evil’s sake is one I want to hear.

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9 Comments on Seduced by the Light Side: Playing a Light Sith in a Dark Sith World

Phil Owen

On January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I always knew you were a , Hornshaw.

Jeff Mills

On January 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Pansy is the word you’re looking for, Owen.

quicktooth

On January 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Is it so wrong to want to just kick back, rock on with the Force, and swing lightsabres? What’s with all this slaughter of innocents crap? Not cool. Saving people is cool. Doesn’t mean you don’t get mad sometimes, either. The Force is made by everything- just get with the Force and the Lightsabres, people. Don’t get uptight about Light/Dark.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

See, quicktooth knows what it’s all about.

Ltenhet

On January 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

My Sith is stuck in that Neutral quagmire, can only get up to -800 Alignment. I mean, just because you’re a Sith doesn’t mean you have to be a jackass. Also it seems like a lot of the Darkside/Lightside choices are Darkside benefits YOU, Lightside benefits the EMPIRE

CHoedy

On January 14, 2012 at 1:34 am

So what that there is no neutral stuff? So you miss out on some custom armor? big ing deal.You cant get that lame ass light side/dark side Speeder? OMG get the over yourself.There is nothing special about being fully dark or light.There is no super special gear for light or dark.Your a ing moron.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

@CHoedy

Jeez, why so angry? It’s as if you worked yourself up so badly that you started typing like an idiot.

Vaentril

On January 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I fully invested myself as a light side Sith Sorcerer and I actually have valid rp reasons for doing so. I have made the occasional dark choice if I feel it is best for my characters personality. I am letting my personality determine where I end up more than anything else.

I look at it this way. By showing mercy or following a light path as a Sith I have inspired immense loyalty in all those around me. As I look back at the planets where I have quested and the choices I have made you can almost see the look of shock and then respect in the pixelated eyes of the NPC’s. Where you lead by fear and pain I have instilled loyalty in countless groups of people. Your followers will fight just hard enough to not suffer at your hands and will jump at the chance to turn on you. Mine I won’t even have to ask to fight they will go out of their way to fight for me.

Remember the saying you can capture more bee’s with honey…..well I am a Sith….true to the ideals of passion and power. I have my power and instead of those right beneath me trying to usurp me they seek to protect me.

This is almost exactly the response I give to anyone who asks me why I go light or call me a wuss or pansy for it. This is my character that was a slave and wants to be an emperor. He knows first hand what happens to those people you believe in as he used to be that person. He has learned from it.

Now when I make another character, an agent or maybe a bh that isn’t trying to become a lord with a fanatical following I may go fully dark. I just say let the personality of the character determine where you go with it.

Rob Johnson

On August 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I just Started playing Im finding my Sith going light side as well. I think the choice system is not as complex as I would like it to be. I was told by my new and stronger master to kill my old master. So I fought my old master and spared his life. My thinking was completely sith. I dont know the full strength of my new master but knowing the “rule of 3″ I know one day I would have to fight him. So why not save my old master. Gain his trust. Team up and kill the new master knowing that I could still kill the old master anytime I want. Thats the problem with games with morality systems. A competent player will out think it or just break it all together. No nuance at all. The game awarded me light side points.