Journal Entry: Sun Jan 20, 2013, 8:58 AM
Now, I've been playing a(n old) game called Fallout 3 for a while and I've bought the game with the DLC's installed in it already ( it was a special deal).
Now, one of the DLC's is called 'The Pitt' and it presents a rather interesting moral dilemma to me. I wish to find out what you people, the few who actually read this, have to say about it. But be warned, there are spoilers and if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read it!
Now, the story is quite simple: you get contacted by an ex-slave who wants to free the other slaves in his hometown which is called the Pitt. The Pitt is governed by raiders who use slaves to further their industry and to actually be able to thrive in the apocalyptic wasteland that is America in this game. The ex-slave, called Werhner, wants you to infiltrate the Pitt and serve as a slave to make your way to the Raider boss ( Ashur). The main reason he wants to do this is because Ashur has something referenced as 'the cure', which will allow Ashur to cure all their slaves and the others from the diseases that run rampant in the area. Werhner believes it's vital to receive the cure because it'll be a very important bargaining chip for the freedom of the slaves.
So you manage to enter the Pitt as a slave and you immediately get a taste of what life is for the slaves: the raiders are cruel and don't hesitate to kill the slaves for small reasons (one example of this is presented the second you enter the place. A raider executes three slaves because he believed the slaves aided Verhner in his escape.). They mock the slaves, treat them unnecessarily harsh, etc. You, however, are able to make your way to Ashur through some quests ( I'm not spoiling everything here) and then you are presented by a choice: aid the slaves or aid the raiders.
However, a few new factors come into play. The 'cure', which was vaguely mentioned for a reason, ends up being the daughter of Ashur, a child who somehow managed to become immune to all the diseases of the Pitt. Both he and his wife were carefully experimenting on her, making sure that she stayed as safe as possible throughout the entire examination and they're both scientists. You get the impression they know what they do and that no harm will come to the baby.
Another factor is that Ashur is actually trying to keep the entire civilization together and he tries to protect the slaves to the best of his abilities. Before Ashur was the boss of the Pitt the lives of everyone (raiders and slaves) were a LOT worse than when he's in charge. He admits that it's not a perfect place, but he hopes that in a few years, when they have the cure, he could improve the lives of everyone so that it becomes bearable for everyone. You can find proof for these sentences, if you have the 'necessary' skills (read: if you can steal well enough).
Another factor that comes into play is that Verhner is not as interested in freeing the slaves as he is in taking his vengeance on Ashur.
So now I ask to you, oh fellow Deviants, who you'd side with. Would you side with Ashur or Verhner?
PS: I'm not stating my choice because I don't want to influence you.
Listening to: The sounds of the world.
Reading: The words of men.
Watching: The images before my eyes.
Playing: with questions