This week we are going to take a look at what some might call a darker aspect of the characters we write. Despite the fact that Star Trek was first created with an utopian mindset it is clear as time has gone on, just like human societies today, that a certain amount of xenophobia or on the lesser end of the scale racial/species intolerance openly exists amongst many of the species we play. Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians and even Ferengi (just to name a few of the more known species) have displayed some of these traits to varying degrees and it does make some sense if mankind is anything to judge by.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way suggesting that xenophobia is alright. In fact it’s anything but okay. While a healthy mistrust might help keep a young species alive after making first contact, by its very definition, the irrational tendencies portrayed by those xenophobes would just as easily start wars leading to the extinction of an entire species as seen in other science fiction stories. Admittedly this is a rather extreme reaction but as the old saying goes, words of violence often lead to acts of violence.
One of the great things about simming is that we often get the chance to explore topics like this with our characters. With that in mind I pose this question; Is your character xenophobic of any particular species? And if so, in what way and how much does that show in your simming? What does it all mean to you? As always only share what you feel comfortable with. Although I hope that everyone will stop by the forums and share a comment as well as vote and remember to have fun.
Go for it everyone.