Each of the three secret societies in Funcom’s paranormal MMO The Secret World have their own way of introducing players to the game’s primary conflict. The Templar use magic. The Illuminati use drugs. And the mysterious Dragon? They induct their members the old fashioned, NSFW way.
In order to see the truth behind the comforting lie, one must first clear one’s mind. There are many ways to achieve the necessary clarity. An expertly mixed narcotics cocktail might do the trick. Magic is definitely an option.
The Dragon like to keep things simple. Where the Templar use brute force and the Illuminati thrive on power, the Dragon subtly manipulate the forces of chaos. Its members often mention the butterfly effect: a gentle flap of a butterfly’s wings setting in motion events that eventually lead to a hurricane. They pluck the base of the harp string and then savour the vibrations. Where others force, they take advantage.
In this case, they take advantage of the most easily attainable moment of clarity a person can experience. The phrase “mind-blowing orgasm” isn’t just hyperbole in The Secret World.
This scene, experienced by every Dragon initiate — male and female — works quite well in context. The writing is clever, the voice actress’ delivery is flawless and the character movement is finely choreographed. It’s a seductive dance that draws the player deeper into this strange and deadly new world.