I Don’t Roleplay an NPC.
A little OOC venting about to go down rn. This has been something that’s been bothering me for a while, and I see it a lot on characters who play a specific role in RP.
People don’t roleplay NPCs for your story.
Guard roleplayers don’t exist to solve your problems on command. They’re not dogs. That’s their IC job, but there are characters behind the guards armor. The lovely @percy-aldenhardt is a character that I’ve known and roleplayed with since 2015ish, I’ve seen Percy, as a character, start off as a paladin squire and move forward from there. He’s had love interests, he has family, he has a plotline and story outside of “Commander of the Guard.” Sure, that’s what he’s known for, that’s the role he plays in roleplay, but Percy isn’t an NPC. Similarly, he can’t just be killed off because your character is super bad and can kill any guards that come after them.
Characters like Archelaos – He’s a bad guy! That’s the role he plays. He’s a bad guy, and he makes other people into bad guys too. He’s an antagonist. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s not a person behind the role. Archelaos has a rich history, he has friends, lovers, family, tons of personal plotlines and guild plotlines that he’s deeply invested in. As such, he’s not an NPC baddy that, once he does something bad, he can just be killed off so justice can be served and the hero wins the day.
There’s some people who roleplay temporary characters who were always planned to be killed off, and those are a lot of fun! @elias-toulouse was a great example of that. However, characters like Elias aren’t the default. The default is that, even though they play a role in a story, these characters are not disposable. It’s not “refusing IC consequences” to not consent to our characters being killed off so you can feel vindicated and strong.
If these are what you’re looking for in your good guys and bad guys, just NPCs whose sole role in RP is to either aid your character in looking like the hero, or to be killed off so you can be the hero: Use NPCs.
It’s incredibly disrespectful to your RP partner to treat their character like they’re disposable and that you have priority over them. I’ve been seeing this happen tons with both guard roleplayers and antagonist roleplayers, which you wouldn’t think would be grouped in this, but they certainly are.
Respect your RP partners.
Respect their character.