Sure, Master Yuon. Sending a young, impressionable Padawan with obvious anger issues to learn Rajivari’s principles is a GREAT idea.
Yep, and he’s already taught me more than the old lady ever tried to. And he gave me my first lightsaber. It’s like they WANT the Consulars to be DS.
if I may quote one tumblr user tallypants, “Yuon is absolutely rubbish as a master.”
she’s just so… distant. and then the story acts like you really, desperately care about her, after she just kind of constantly dismisses you and is like, “oh the Force is taking care of it I’mma go look at this other thing now.”
(Note: I don’t really know if I’d want to take any of the events past Tython, or even all of them on Tython as headcanon for my Consular, but this post assumes mine did it.)
Karreja was Super Excited to get Yuon as a Master, because she’s a researcher! an archaeologist! It’s setting an impressionable little kid in a candy store with a parent who gave them $50. How can it not be perfect? It was basically a match made in heaven, is what I’m saying. Even if Yuon is a little inattentive and head in her own studies, it’s easy for me personally to rationalize because Karre can a.) understand the overwhelming urge to go study something because she does it herself, and b.) is exceptional at teaching herself, so she’s the kind of student who you really can say “I want you to study the teachings of the First Jedi, come back when you can write a paper on them” and be fairly sure that she isn’t going to go do something completely different (like be Moracen and date somebody or be Avitla and clearly edging to the DS).
That said, letting her investigate Rajivari was still stupid. The girl is a sponge for knowledge. She’s talking to a heretical Master. You’re letting someone known for writing ridiculously long stupid essays, asking questions of anyone who sits still long enough to be asked, and ordering dubious-content holocrons from dubious sources to see if they might be useful, to go talk to this guy? And you weren’t expecting her to engage in long philosophical talks about his principles? Now, I’m not saying she’s going to become a full-on disciple of Rajivari, but even if she disagrees later, she’s going to non and play along now to hear every single word he possibly has to say. And, unless you’re TRYING to regain his Fount of knowledge (and even if you are!), I’m just not sure sending even a stable-so-far 19 year old Padawan to do it is smart, because what if she takes them to heart?
(Also, who thinks it’s completely criminal that we don’t get to keep Rajivari as an advisor, if we want, for the rest of the game? I hear Inquisitors get to talk to ghosts. Why can’t Consulars either get to have Rajivari occasionally pop up and provide pearls of knowledgy-wisdom, or if you’re LS and told him to eff off, one of the other 3 First Jedi holocrons you went and saved at the beginning, or somebody from a Noetikon? I just think it’s disappointing that they build him up and then POOF he’s gone!)
((also also any other Jedi Padawans (Or Knights, or Masters) who heard about Rajivari somehow want to play Rajivari “cultists”? I know “fallen/falling Jedi in wartime” is a trope, but rather than being a generic fallen Jedi, following teachings of a Master we actually learn about in game sounds kind of fun (sort of like Imperials playing Revanites). I’m just saying, if you like Rajivari, Karreja knows some non-erased spots in the Archive, and will take you there…))
But yeah, anyway, to get back on topic, I can see how for a TON of Consulars, Yuon is a Bad Master. If I was playing a second Consular, with a different personality, I would probably hate her for basically abandoning the JC into the world. She doesn’t help you through your trials, she drops you into Knighthood and then keels over- did she even really help you once besides just pushing you to another plot point?