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How do alts work in EVE lore?

Enya Sparhawk
Black Tea and Talons
#21 - 2014-04-16 23:29:35 UTC
As a writer, I use my alts as a sort of grounding in the world of EVE; I generally don't like using them in stories, but through them (or through their eyes) one can obtain a better 'feel' for the universe by translating their experiences or what they know as 'real' from the realm of the sandbox into ink and paper...

In my humble opinion, one of the best aspects of this game is its unique storyline...

In the long years that I've played this game, It has offered an escape from the harsh cruel world as I have known it... I'm grateful to be allowed to be a part of it.


Fíorghrá: Grá na fírinne

Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad.

Bíonn súil le muir ach ní bhíonn súil le tír.

Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir.

When the lost ships of Greece finally return home...

Vulxanis Viceroy
Offworld Trading Company
#22 - 2014-04-17 19:50:51 UTC
Violet Kross wrote:
Candi LeMew wrote:
If you messaged each of them in-character you would get very different responses. It can be quite a challenge to RP multiple-characters like that, especially when I have more than one in a RP channel at once.

That makes sense, I guess. Since I often don't play in an RPing environment, I always respond to the name of my main, no matter what character I'm using. Even with roleplayers, they'll often ask my alts questions that are meant to be directed at my main. The post I was referring to earlier (I'll edit in the link when I find it) talks about how black market technology could create neural links between capsuleers, either merging their personalities or eliminating the personality of one of them.

Basically what Candi said. EG, I have 3 characters on the same account that are COMPLETELY alien to one another in personality, speech patterns, etc. In and out of character. So basically they are considered separate people.

I know one person has two alts on the same account, and she roleplays them as a mother/daughter relationship. How that works is odd to me, but hey, there are few limits lol

If you have questions and are interested in getting into roleplay, just send me a message or look me up in game. I even have a template I've made for new players so if you want that as well I can send it to you.

It's a lot of fun, and can help keep you sane when the rest of eve is boring xD

In Character: Only responds to "Lord Draconis"

Pronounced "Vulzanis"


Public channel: VXV EVE


Hapyria Nabali
24th Imperial Crusade
Amarr Empire
#23 - 2014-04-23 02:08:14 UTC
This is a great question... I really thought about it before, even though I roleplay every time I play. Shocked

For me, my alternate character doesn't really fund or supply my main character, so the story that I have for both of them is that they are friends Big smile. I don't know how other players might explain one character basically living their life to serve another ha ha.

Great thought-provoking post Smile.
All Kill No Skill
#24 - 2014-04-23 03:18:46 UTC
Violet Kross wrote:
I've wondered this ever since I discovered that an account had multiple character slots. I know people who explain this by saying that they jump clone between their alts, which explains why two alts from the same account can't be online at the same time.

That's really a perspective from immersion which RP is not. When you read a book, do you constantly think of the writer behind the characters? You must disconnect the idea of the person behind the keyboard from the character in play (of those that "RP"). And when the person goes away, the character remains, just goes off stage to where you cannot see. Often role-players will form RP groups, as immersive-play and role-play does not really mix very well.

As for sharing resources between characters, how is it done in books for instance? There is usually some sort of relationship between the characters when this happens, business partnerships or family ties and such. The little mechanical details of the system/game-engine in which the characters dwell are not the defining factor in how a characters persona is developed, just because a negative exists for ease of play for immersionists.

I'm in it for the money


Alaric Faelen
Goonswarm Federation
#25 - 2014-04-25 19:01:58 UTC
Agreed. As the ability to 'be more than one person' is purely a function of Eve being a game, there is no lore associated to explain it. As far as Eve is concerned, your characters are individual people. How they interact in-game is purely up to the player.
Some players keep their toons separate, while most use them as virtual 'slaves' for their main, only existing to serve the main in some capacity.

Since the majority of alts are single-purpose slaves, they really don't interact with the game enough to matter to the overall lore of Eve. Using a hauler alt is little different than hiring Black Frog to move your stuff. In RP terms, that would amount to- 'I know a guy with a pick up truck'.
For things like running a bunch of toons for a pile of PI planets, one could assume the alts were part of a co-operative like many farmers establish. The main being the head of the group and therefore, the only toon that really interacts with the larger community of Eve.

Vulxanis Viceroy
Offworld Trading Company
#26 - 2014-04-28 18:00:45 UTC
The real trick is talking to the exact same people on multiple characters from the same account, and them not knowing at all that you are the same person. Not even OOC. Even more impressive if you don't ever lie about whether or not you are the same person lol

Best way to do that, though, is not to force it. Just let roleplaying scenarios run their course.

In Character: Only responds to "Lord Draconis"

Pronounced "Vulzanis"


Public channel: VXV EVE


Coyote Laughing
#27 - 2014-05-04 17:56:43 UTC
Just Another Capsuleer wrote:
Leeloo Killik wrote:
Didn't Tibus Heth have operating more than one clone simultaneously in one of the Gonzales'es books?

It was Broker, not Heth. Heth is (was?) an ordinary human.

I'll have to reread it, but as the clones always killed themselves afterwards, I'm not sure it wasn't just jump cloning between places.

l8r \o/

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