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One Shots: Requiem for a rancor


You know what scene from Return of the Jedi that always got me teared up? When Luke kills the rancor and the beast's owner breaks down sobbing. You just know that thing was his best friend and now... now there is a large, monstrous hole in his life.

Reader Chris could have had a lifelong companion but chose to go the Luke route in Star Wars: The Old Republic. "I let a Sith escape Belsavis in order to save the injured fighter pilot Conrad Gall from an 'ancient beast' -- a rancor, as it turns out. It was a close fight, as you can tell by where my Trooper finally took it down."

Hats off to the brave rancor, whose only crime was being born a big, fat, sharp-toothed freak. Stop the bullying, I say!

While I'm still puttering around in my 20s in WildStar, I have resigned myself to the fact that pretty much everyone else (it seems) has reached the top echelon. At least I can enjoy stories and tales that trickle down to the newbie lands from these grizzled veterans!

"Running through the story instances starts to get grim the closer I get to 50," reader GeekyBarista said. "Took a moment before this beautiful area was destroyed by The Strain to take in the beauty that the Eldan are able to create. The Strain has me seeing purple everywhere I go, but this reminded me of some beautiful plains where you can find some peace and quiet."

I still can't believe that I haven't been flooded with more Landmark screenies, especially considering the incredible creations that players have purportedly made. At least Amilton has come to my rescue with this breathtaking monument to human ingenuity. I bow to you, sir, for I have witnessed the birth of the ninth wonder of the modern world!

"My utmost creation, the childish cube!" Amilton crowed. "Time to face its wrath!"

"The instances within Elder Scrolls Online have some of the most amazing visuals," reader Erin writes, "and the Khajit ones are always a delight as I love the architecture and focus on the Lunar aspects. The Plain of Jone has to be my absolute favourite though with the crumbling floating structures and that absolutely amazing sky."

I... have nothing to add here. Very pretty picture indeed. Also, I want to buy some of whatever is magically holding up those multi-ton rocks because flying cars need to be a reality within my lifetime.

Your screenshot challenge this week is to take a picture of something you made in an MMO: a decorated room, a pile of corpses, a weird statue, whatever. Show us how you made your stamp on the game world!

Want to be featured in a future edition of One Shots? Send your favorite MMO screenshots to, and don't forget to include your name, the name of the game, and a description of the scene. Large, colorful, UI-free shots that tell a story and really show off the game make for the best images. Look ma, we brought back One Shots!

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