I’ve been playing Guild Wars 2 on and off for awhile- as an Asura character, I’ve been sort of ‘roleplaying’ to get into the spirit of the game and enjoy my time spent playing a bit more, although it’s really more like creating immersion and really getting into the universe.
As a result, I realized an interest in the Skritt, who fascinate me and seem like a really well designed and cool subrace. When I read about the ‘Racial Sympathy Quest’ and saw that Skritt was an option, I got really interested and started playing a lot more, all the way up to my current level (45) over the course of only a few weeks. However, I know now that for whatever reason, the Asura are incapable of siding with the Skritt. On the wiki, this is because “Asura detest Skritt.”
That’s a bit ridiculous. In the same way that not all humans hate one thing or another, I don’t see why ALL Asura must hate the Skritt which, to be honest, are quite likable. I really like my Asura character, and I really like the Skritt, but not being able to have both is really immersion breaking.
The best longterm solution would obviously be allowing any race to choose whatever subrace they want to help regardless, and have consequences for making a choice that would alienate you from the majority of your race, but it’s understandable how unlikely that is, given how much work would be involved. However, a short term solution would be acceptable as well, for myself at least and whoever else feels the same way.
I didn’t think posting this to the forums was the best option, but when I sent an email asking if there was anything that could be done to help me out to the Support, they directed me here. I’m pretty sure that was just their way of going “You’re annoying and we already have your gw2 gold us, so go away” but I decided to try anyways.
The first part isn’t true- my friend, a Sylvari character, was allowed to choose Skritt. Both of us chose The Order of Whispers. All of my available sources say that it’s due to race.
As for the rest, that’s still all personal taste. I suppose if I wanted to use an extreme example, I could bring up Termites, which literally eat away the hard work of humans slowly. Yet I guarantee that there are positives to it and there are some that study and really like termites.
Skritt are even more redeemable than termites, though. Sure they interfere with some experiments, but their capacity for a hive-mind gain of intelligence is a very interesting trait, one that could eventually, if studying and understood, bring the Skritt to a point of intelligence even higher than that of the Asura eventually.
It isn’t hard to imagine my character having the viewpoint that allying with the Skritt early is for the best, to stay on good terms.