There have been 5 people it's happened to in the time I've been playing. 2 of them sought it, 2 of them sought to stave it off, and 1 person just didn't want anything to do with it and had it happen anyway.
It doesn't happen automatically, it's a long road, and a long winded plotline.
If you do pursue the 'become elemental' plotline, it will always end in storage if you succeed. You do not get to play an elemental. Period. (This is collective 'you', here)
Anyone can pursue this with their elementalist, but I don't personally understand why any person would want to store their fully branched magicker like that and just give up playing them.
While there are elemental races you do not get your coded race changed at any point, nor do you receive any actual 'perk', as it were, before you are far enough along the path to be stored. You know the thing where you're watching like, your mate and kid get all upset because you look at them like they had two heads when one of them uses your 'love' to try to implore you to do something. They ought to know better, elementals don't love. etc.
While people may have gotten to rp things like that out in the past, before you're getting any new powers or a new race, now, you're stored. Yes there is rp to be had, but usually just in the shape of losing all your ties and emotions and coming untethered from everyone around you (mostly internal rp, heh).
I've heard of/know of/seen it happen to 3 people since 2009. Musashi, who it appeared from the posts about it on the staff boards, did not want it. My pc Nil/Kruth/Ayani, who was terrified of it happening (and later killed herself to avoid the transformation ever being complete). And a vivaduan named Wik/Malwik. Who also wasn't seeking it. Who also got stored/died before any actual coded differences came in to separate them from a regular fully branched elementalist, afaik.
Alkyone, Sanvean's whiran, might have been different. It might have happened to others before that and been more powerful, but imo, going elemental is like dragging out a storage request longer than necessary because you're bored playing your fully maxed pc, or, in the cases of those I've seen, having it forced on you 2/3 of the time, even.
I'd go apeshit if I had spent a year or whatever on a magicker to get it fully branched/powered in all it's spells and abilities to get force stored for being too good at my magicker.
They better have been handing out quite a few points of karma to those poor bastards.
My favourite half elemental was a Sun Runner, whose name I forgot now. Crazy Bull? Something Bull related, I forget. That elf was fucking insane and hilarious.
For the record, I heard the player quit the game after getting karma stripped, or something similar. So the whole 'staff favoritism' goes "straight" out of the window.
Yeah, I thought there were quite a few other d-elf half-elementals that played around his time. Venom (viv), and Nightmare? (drov).
After hearing a number of stories I think that "imm favoritism" is a double-edged sword. I think that when imms decide to give these specific players so much extra attention, but also extra levels of scrutiny. I WISH that what I was saying boiled down to "Im giving you all this power, so don't abuse it," but very often it seems more along the lines of "I'm giving you all this power, don't interfere with my PC or my pet projects." When characters get these special perks, they draw attention from the other "power players" in the game, and inter-player conflict happens. If you happen to squash an imm pet project during this conflict, you will get critiqued to death.
For instance, I recently heard a rumor about another fallen great one (anyone playing semi-actively within the last 5 years has probably known at least 3 of his PCs) losing all his karma for looting a magick item from a corpse. (Believe it was Nyr's corpse, but idk.) Apparently touching a magick item as a mundane is worth your account these days...
grumble: Triste is not a leftist. Triste is a right wing nutjob just like you.
Dec 14, 2020 9:48:05 GMT -5
grumble: Triste just happens to be trans. Imagine the irony.
Dec 14, 2020 9:48:45 GMT -5
grumble: But myself, I don't take issue with there being slaves in the game, references to slaves, or that certain races are preferred as slaves in the game. Look at the Sun Runners, it's considered an honor to be one of their slaves.
Dec 14, 2020 9:50:37 GMT -5
grumble: It's all part of the history of the game. Armageddon should come with a trigger warning, if it doesn't already.
Dec 14, 2020 9:51:09 GMT -5
grumble: Necker, however much I miss saying "Sup my necker?", was a bit much. I can do without it because I see the reason why it's a bad idea. I'm not sure too many were offended but one is enough.
Dec 14, 2020 9:53:34 GMT -5
someguy: Was thinking to come back and play as an elf since I won arm as a d elf and later as a c elf... then realized I'd have to revamp my vocabulary now...
Dec 18, 2020 14:55:09 GMT -5
jkarr: lol yeah some idiots zoomed in to take offense on behalf of black players who didnt two shits about an ig word that some white ppl decided to treat as an ooc slur fail to split ic from ooc and then have staff cave in to their crying by litrally banning it
Dec 18, 2020 17:27:35 GMT -5