Leaping back into the world of Rift, that would be Telara (the land I couldn’t pronounce) for the uninitiated, I’ve reopened the Trion World thesaurus. The storyarc for the MMORPG has two reacquiring, in-your-face themes, religion and technophobia. Often the themes are blended, presented as a single, undistinguished sticking point. Faction wars for the sake of warring is all well and good, but the writers for Rift angle the schism between the Defiant and Guardians over their core beliefs (read all about in an earlier post).
To summarize, both factions view the other as zealots. The Defiant, oppressed by the Guardians for ages, believe the Guardians worship gods that have forsaken them, a fruitless endeavor. Conversely, the Guardians oppressed the Defiant for their love of technology, a blasphemous path to enlightenment that has now consumed the Defiant. As such, the deep-seated hatred has caused Trion Worlds to use a lot of vocabulary for religious wars and technophobia forming its own unique thesaurus.
After the jump is a selection of terminology we can expect to see through our journey. The definitions are given in an in-game context (although real-world context is roughly the same). It’s in no particular order. Continue Reading