Dark Days Are Upon Us.

Why I Rolled With the Illuminati

The Illuminati. The Enlightened Ones. Whatever you call them, I don’t care, I love them all the same. One of the gravitating factors that lured me to play The Secret World was the allure of these Secret Societies that  contributes a huge factor to the story of the game. They are the Templars, Dragons and of course the Illuminati. I rubbed my hands together with glee at the prospect of playing as a distinguished member for the Illuminati. Growing up here in Malaysia, teenagers like myself are often fed Western pop culture excessively, and the myths and legend of the Illuminati was on the list. I’ve read articles, books, and watched documentaries about them to satisfy my curiosity.

In terms of the Illuminati in The Secret World, I really liked Funcom’s portrayal of who the Illuminati are and what their agenda is. Not a version of that Dan Brown crap, where the Illuminati wages war with the church for revenge etc. Codswallop. But rather, a power hungry society that fled Europe to reap the riches of America, one that can corrupt governments around the globe with a snap of a finger to satisfy their lust for knowledge, new world order and an upper hand against the Templars and Dragons. Sexy. In many ways this has shaped my very own interpretation of the society. The whole ‘Sex Drugs & Rockefeller’ attitude that I can relate to as well, suggests that this is my true calling. Well not really, but you get my point. I like playing as the rich bad boy bully in the playground. (Does not reflect who I am in real life!) Having played enough of TSW to wrap my head around my chosen society, it’s obvious that we are the cut-throat, snobby, blue suit/black tux wearing sons-of-bitches that don’t give a rat’s ass about nobody but ourselves. We are the society that everyone else loves to hate. I like. We don’t just fight wars in boardrooms or in the enemy’s heads, we actually get down and dirty in the ring when necessary, and that’s where distinguished agents like me come in.

We don’t just sound badass, we look badass too. When I first saw the Illuminati outfits for this game, I was sold man. Amazing stuff, from faction rank outfits, deck outfits and even PVP outfits, they all looked amazing. Neoprene suits with attached gas masks? Check. Slayer, Gunslinger and Bodyguard outfits? Check. Hot liaison chick for company? Double check. In most cases, that’s all I really need.

Well that’s just me. I’m really loving my society and everything that comes with it. From funny and witty mission completion quest texts and dialogue, to the mysterious and uber cool Labyrinth HQ, the Illuminati just oozes superiority. Here’s a few stanza of lyrics that I dug up which seems to sum us up perfectly.

Who controls the British crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
We do! We do!

Who leaves Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the Martians under wraps?
We do! We do!

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?
We do! We do!

Who robs cavefish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do! We do!

(Source : The Stonecutter Theme Song)

And finally, to all fellow Lumies worldwide playing The Secret World, here’s a song dedicated to you. As for you Temps and Drakes, race you to the bottom punks!

Fun Fact: When I say we’re hated, we really are hated to the ends of the earth. Last night I was doing some PVP in Fusang, and I stumbled upon two Templars and a couple of Dragons killing each other around the Centre Well 1. Guess what? Both parties stopped fighting each other and turned to kill me instead. Cheerios.

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