LARPing: She Surprised Me!

You ever have a LARP moment in which something happens and your character just kind of takes over and does something you would never have expected of her? Yeah, that kind of happened.

So I was at Seventh Kingdom, playing Ceara, almost ready to go home and sleep on the last night of the game. Then all these super awesome important people roll in and my character (who isn’t really from a kingdom because she’s a former fey) is like ‘GREAT, I’m going to go hang out with THAT king and try to become a visiting court bard!’ …Except it didn’t work like that. She ended up sitting at a table with raucous hellions (I mean she loves them all, but that’s what they are) and their king, and it was so crazy/weird/different.

I used to think Tumblr RPers were a bit odd when they were like ‘muse is taking over and mun cannot control!’ but at this level of immersion, I am starting to really understand.

It also makes me think of the ‘wild woman’ and ‘two selves’ as described in “Women Who Run With The Wolves.” So even though my character isn’t a warrior of any sort in the traditional sense, she has unlocked that aspect of herself after becoming mortal and redefining home.

I’m still working my way through the aforementioned book; the analyses aren’t easy to digest. However, I enjoy being able to see this whole ‘dual persona’ aspect of my character just as the characters in the stories in the book do. Definitely recommend it!

Have you ever experienced this type of moment? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles, nordiclarp.org, LARPing.org, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at: tmc.pressfolios.com.

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  1. The first time Limn started shouting orders on the battlefield was very much a moment like that. I think it was maybe my second event, and I was still overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. Typically I would still be watching, and talking to one or two people- certainly not telling more experienced people what they should be doing in a skirmish! But Limna’al apparently felt differently, and shockingly enough, other PCs listened. So much for the quiet scholar I thought she would be…

  2. ?!?!!? You thought she’d be a quiet scholar?! That makes me laugh 🙂 She is one of Ceara’s favorites for so many reasons, but partially because if Ceara feels like she isn’t being heard, she can always talk to Limna’al who is like LISTEN UP PEOPLE! 🙂

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