NO PRESSURE OR ANYTHING.
"But mom I’m a scholar I like books…"
"YOU LIKE SWORDS NOW TRAHEARNE!"
Honestly. To me, this scene means a lot more than people give it credit, or even think about.
What upsets me, is that everyone jumps on the ‘Treesus’ bandwagon, without really paying attention to Trehearne. He isn’t there to take up the rewards when Zhaitan was defeated. He didn’t waltz up and take the credit for Orr. He was told to go someplace HE DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO GO. A task he didn’t even want to do. He was put into a place of power because he was voted into it, only then did he accept it. He gives praise where it’s due, and admits that he could never have done this without OUR help, without the PACT.
Yet people just spout that he’s a credit stealing Kormir-wannabe. I like Trehearne. Despite his voice Acting, he’s a very well made character.
Even then, his voice? I like it. Yes, it sounds unenthusiastic, but he’s TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD. A First Born. Sure, not as old as an Elder of any of the other races, but he was born..awoken, to do one thing, Save Orr. After Twenty-five years of making no progress and having no success, you’d be pretty bummed too.
Either way. I like Trehearne, and people need to give him more credit.
Come back to tumblr, crap pants over the notes this post has.
But no, seriously, I’m actually not overly fond of Trahearne, but I don’t hate him, either, at all. I used to. But I’ve been working though nine characters at this point, and he grows on you a bit, like a weed.
More that his personality is deeply tucked away, actually, and it takes repeat plays to catch it. He’d be very good if he didn’t suffer from being underplayed and underwritten like a lot of characters in the PS do, from subdued voice acting, and from bad timing with his introduction for non-sylvari. He has a ton of potential that wasn’t taken advantage of, as well, such as what a necromancer might be thinking when that necromancer is charged with cleaning up a nation of undead, and helping a friend deal with what might as well be a near god of undeath on top of it. That’s just one example of the things the writing team could have touched on that would have helped.
But with what is there, if you look and dig a bit, you find that he’s a bit of a sad person who others seem to look down on, for being a recluse, a nerd, and for the impossible job he has to do, and it’s more than a little depressing and sympathetic. It’s also strange and discomfiting how the Pale Tree talks to him at times, as in the above caps, I wish her tone of voice carried through text. I have never been upset at him for stealing my supposed ‘glory,’ and my post about him keeping Caladbolg was a joke. I do not envy Trahearne even remotely. What praise he gets is well deserved for the monstrous things he’s had to deal with. I just wish they had grasped and taken advantage of his full potential, and that he had been more openly written as a well rounded character.
As for his voice, I think his VA could have been a bit more lively in some scenes, but he did very well in the “imposter illusion trahearne questioning your sanity” portion of the PS. He’s good at sounding intimidating, at least. I’d be more bothered by it, but I don’t imagine years spent in Orr helps with one’s emotive abilities.
All in all, Trahearne is a character I’d like to like. I hope they utilize him properly in the future.