The victory over the Rats has some unanticipated emotional repercussions for Heppa.
I didn’t anticipate Alric becoming a romantic interest for Heppa. When I introduced him to the storyline, my goal was to provide Tric with a different perspective on the Manu, a younger, less jaded one than some of the others. As well as to provide Heppa with a source of information on Kachen—though she ended up not prying there, out of respect for Alric’s focus on privacy. Heppa’s player, however, did express interest in adding this romantic dimension to the game. Hence the flirting you’ll observe between Heppa and Alric. It was important to me that the player guide the course of the relationship, though, which is why at the end of this episode, I explicitly ask how she wants the scene to end. I also consulted with her a lot in between game sessions to make sure this proceeded comfortably for everyone involved.
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