raek wrote: I'll wait to see that passage from the book series that says otherwise.
That this is not the books, we are a parallel, akin to a portal stone world, to the books.
Imo this is not the result of so called crap rp from players, but immortal choices made 15+ years ago. By making the Seanchan a different race, the immortals evoked the 'kill crossrace' response. Even as the race was younger, Seanchan would ask people to swear the Oaths. As there was no system for Oathsworn, with after the race re-opened no way to remort into Seanchan, the onus fell on the LS players to indicate they were not hostile to Seanchan. If 999 out of 1000 encounters for Seanchan end with the LS fighting, anyway, then I am not surprised that instead of asking people to swear the Oaths ended up not being doing anymore. Not to mention, there is the game mechanic issue of chargers and stabbers needing the element of surprsie.
Since Seanchan were reverted back into human, I have seen an uptick of them being friendly to members of RP clans, Borderguard clans and the occasional random unclanned. It's better -now- than it was, in terms of being asked to swear the Oaths. It used to be: see purple, get attacked. They were purple trollocs and they are less so now, imo.
However, if you as a Gleeman, Illuminator, Wisdom, merchanty fellow or helpful smobber do not want to be harassed by Seanchan, you should be pro-active and approach them about swearing the Oaths, not wait for them to approach you. For the Seanchan: I have no idea if I can make a more practical, portable, implementation of the Sworn check, but I can look into that.
On top of all this, there are those Seanchan who roleplay as the assassins for the Empress. That is a result of the chosen RP of the Mandarb a'Shar clan. These players may play according to a separate set of RP rules, just as Hand are different to Children.
Given the history of the Seanchan being a separate rate, making them play by an entirely new set of rules would be untenable and it would just lead to he-said-she-saids. Those who said that it is assumed that us players are heroes is correct. As a character, you are above the mere mobs, the farmers, the merchants and other people who keep their noses clean. The assumption that over a certain level a LSer was a threat was a valid one when Seanchan were a separate race was a valid one and imo this notion has not changed.
It always pays to be aware of your enemies and while that has become somewhat harder as the Seanchan can't be identified by their purply color, it's by no means impossible.