Hi, I’m Al, I’ll be part of the new player boom at the next event.
I’ve been really enjoying reading through all your shared thoughts and musings on this forum over the past few months on all sorts of topics, It seems like there’s some great people in this community, both new and old.
Onto the topic: I just noticed some friendly brummies on the Discord, and it made me realise that there’s people who travel from all over to Empire LRP, bringing with them all sorts of accents. Here’s a question for those with notable OOC accents (like myself, I’m from Liverpool): If you’re new to EmpireLRP, have you yet decided whether or not you’re going to use a different accent for your character during time-in? can you share your reasons/thoughts? Same question for experienced players with established characters. Could you also kindly share some advice and thoughts on accent-protocol during time-in? How challenging can it be to maintain continuity in your pretend accent throughout? any advice/tips?
I’m aware that there are no strict rules on accents for each region, I’m more curious about how players have individually interpreted the brief in regards to defining your own characters dialect (assuming they apply one at all), or even your characters manner of speaking, such as ticks or speech impediments.
I think accents play an interesting part in language and communication, as well as displaying your characters culture, or even their station in life. How would you explain to new players like myself, the “typical” accents you might hear within every faction? Are there sometimes different accents within the same nation? How many people even use pretend accents?
I’m going to be playing as a noble Knight of Dawn, so I reckon it’s more appropriate for me to adopt a well-spoken ‘Received Pronunciation’ accent when ic. I’m aware that in shows such as Game of Thrones, many lords had proper northern accents (even King Robert) and it worked fine, but I feel that my natural accent would be more suited for a Nation like the marches (those commonfolk scallywags). Can you outline the consensus on the accents of the Empire? for those who recognise the use of accents, is there a typical accent used by Varushkans? Freeborn? Highborn? Navarr? Citizens of Urizen, or the League? Winterfolk? Imperial Orcs? How would you describe each?