View Full Version : The Grandeur of the Tale

05-21-2018, 03:04 PM
My favourite collection of stories of all time is The Arabian Nights. Not only has it given us some of the most iconic stories (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin, and Sinbad among the most recognizable), but the story of Scheherazade is simply powerful. She saves her sister's life and the lives of 1 001 other women by withholding sex from a murderous sultan and being a captivating, interesting storyteller for more than 2 and a half years. Scheherazade is a bad*** and no one will convince me otherwise. BUT I DIGRESS. I was wondering if anyone else would like to see The Arabian Nights "in space" in some fashion.

I imagine that interpreting TAN would occur as side missions or stories that add depth to the BG&E2 world. In TAN, the way Scheherazade tells each story is to nest a story within a story; a character in one story starts to tell their own history, which becomes the next and so on. I think a long, mission nested within a mission structure would be interesting, though difficult to execute. It shouldn't feel as though you're playing an MMO ("complete this task then go here!") or a series of escort and fetch quests (the two most disliked mission types in gaming, in my experience). Additionally, each story-part, driven by the particular character involving you in their history, should feel robust. TAN does very well to keep the reader invested in whoever is recounting their history; that's why certain stories have been able to be extracted and stand up by themselves. Essentially TAN was one of the earliest persistent literary universes the way Marvel and DC function with movies and comics.

I don't want to ramble, as I want to hear from others about their ideas on this. Do you think having a nested, Scheherazade type story would be cool? What I mean by this is a single mission, in which a cast of characters gets you wrapped up in a whirlwind of subsequent adventures all related to and nested within each others stories. How interesting would it be to, in building your crew, you find two members who share a history which becomes revealed over time? This would be different from other character-centered missions, like ones that you do with Knox or Shani specifically. Which Arabian Nights stories do you know, enjoy, favour? One of my favourites is "The History of Three Calendars, Sons of Kings, and of Five Ladies of Baghdad" (because it is WILD).

05-21-2018, 03:17 PM
You could own an orphanage
The stories are hidden collectible and when you tale the story the heros and character of the story are the children that you adopted.

I would choose Alibaba and the 40 thiefs

05-23-2018, 02:53 AM
[SIZE=3]You're right, they don't! But because of The Arabian Nights, the stories collected therein, the tradition of how the TAN became compiled since the (at least) 8th century by Arabic peoples and European translators, we still got those stories (which are nonetheless related to the source material). There are probably a ton of stories that got added to the tale of Scheherazade by the time there was an English translation in the 19th century. The point is, those three are related to TAN now.

And I will look "Coriolis" up!

From what I understand, Arabic culture doesn't really care about TAN (someone of Arabic descent, feel free to correct me) but its stories are set in the Middle East, and as BG&E2 is centered around Middle and Far Eastern cultures settling a whole star system, I feel like those stories would still end out there. I can imagine a hybrid taking a liking to Sinbad or Ali Baba or the concept of djinns. I think it'd be really awesome to meet some pirate crew(s) who tries to live life like Sinbad or Ali Baba. In the several discussions about brothels, there could be a mission that takes cues from the story "Ali with the Large Member" or "The Seven Viziers." We're dealing with, playing within Indian culture. There are stories we can use to play in; let's use them. It'd be awesome.

At least I think so.[/SIZE