Corso Riggs - Smelling Like Flowers

On the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a companion for the Smuggler characters, Corso Riggs. Corso is one of the best companions ever created. He’s funny, he’s caring, he’s tough, he’s naive and he has a wonderful southern boy charm. He is likeable. When I was playing SWTOR I really appreciated Corso.

Smelling Like Flowers

“How come we always wind up walking through sewer pipes? Just once, I’d like to come back from a place smelling like flowers.” - Corso Riggs*

In a galaxy far, far away…Corso Riggs is from the planet Kiffu but his family settled on the planet Ord Mantel in a farming community. Corso had a relatively easy life in this happy farming community. Corso had a knack for getting in trouble and always took too many risks. Ord Mantel was plagued with rebellion and war. The Separatists and the Republic were fighting. Corso's community tried to remain neutral. However, on one of the Separatists’ raids the community was destroyed. Corso returned home to find his family murdered. Corso vowed revenge and joined a local gangster, Viidu. Eventually Corso leaves Ord Mantel with a young Smuggler and they help in the Republic’s fight against the Sith and the Empire.

Sewer pipes smell horrible! Sometimes we all must clean or go to smelly places. We all must do things we do not want to do or wish we didn’t have to do. The Taoist speaks of water being the gentlest substance but a powerful weapon as well. How is this so? Because water will go deep, water will lay in places no other will go. This is a description of humility. To be truly humble sometimes we must go and do things that aren’t so pleasant. Sometimes we must stand behind the crowd and serve as the clean-up crew. If we do the hard stuff for humility or if we do it for kindness we will always end up smelling like flowers. To be honest we may be the only ones that can smell the fragrance. If we are honestly seeking a humble life filled with compassion, kindness and generosity it will not matter where we go or what we do because we are doing it for the people living and working around us.

Corso Riggs
First Appearance: “Star Wars: The Old Republic” (MMORPG), December 20, 2011.

Creators: BIOWARE (developers), Electronic Arts and LucasArts (publishers)

* “Star Wars: The Old Republic” (MMORPG), December 20, 2011.

BIOWARE (developers), Electronic Arts and LucasArts (publishers), Troy Hall (Actor)