I'm a bit of a closet stronghold fangirl. At first, I hated the word 'stronghold' because I thought they should have been called apartments. (Okay, I still think they should. But now everyone is used to 'strongholds'.) Then, I was afraid they might turn out to be a huge money sink. By now I know they indeed are just that, but it's something I don't mind because it's nice to have an on-going project to work on.
In the spring we'll be getting a new stronghold. But what planet will it be on?
One thing is sure: as there's only going to be one new stronghold, it's going to be on a planet that's 'neutral', as in suitable for both Republic and Imperial players. These are planets that I've been thinking about:
Manaan is a name that pops up a lot. It was the first thing Conrad said when I asked for his opinion and Darkbrew from The Cantina also roots for it (in a post titled Manaan, Manaan Doot-Doot-Do-Do-Do - what gave it away?). I wasn't all that enthusiastic at first. Manaan is such a 'clean' planet with all that white and light blue. It reminds me of going to a clinic, which isn't something I want my home to be like.
But then Conrad convinced me: what if the stronghold would be underwater? I can imagine the balcony having a glass ceiling through which you can see fish swim. Or you having to put on a KotOR-style diving suit each time you need to go out. Totally awesome.
Another place that I've heard mentioned (for instance again by Darkbrew) is Alderaan. Alderaan would make sense lore-wise, simply since multiple noble houses allied to the Republic and the Empire already have their own 'strongholds' there. The alpine climate would make for a great outdoor area.
Although the views on Alderaan are amazing, somehow I don't get all that enthusiastic at the thought. Maybe if we get our own thranta outside for travelling (instead of, say, the Nar Shaddaa taxi or the Tatooine starship slot).
I haven't heard anyone about a Rishi stronghold, but this is something I'd love to see. Just a simple treehouse on an uninhabited island would be nice. I don't mind if it's small inside, as long as there's lots of space to decorate your own jungle garden. It would be a great place for our living mounts. And we'd need a raft in case we'd want to go anywhere else.
Hoth is being contested by Empire, Republic and independent pirates, but there are still vast amounts of uncontested frozen landscapes. Surely one or two player-inhabited strongholds wouldn't cause a problem. The only thing that I don't find very charming are the underground hidden bunkers: I'd rather have a village of igloos. And a tauntaun for if I'd have to go somewhere, of course.
Locking and unlocking strongholdsThen there's the matter of strongholds getting locked or not. I was just expecting to buy a new stronghold and that's it, but apparently there's currently a maximum of four strongholds active, and it's uncertain whether they are going to do something about it or not. Initially I thought they would, as they will be missing out on a lot of cartel coins if they don't (I'm not going to decorate five strongholds if I can only use four), but then Darkbrew pointed me towards this forum thread where Eric Musco declared that the maximum amount was intentionally added in case new strongholds would be released in the future. I'm so hoping they are going to change their minds on this.
Where would you like to have a stronghold?