Originally Posted by soriedem, Unholy Alliances, Part I
The inspiration this mission came from my desire to create an origin story mission for each of my toons. My Orion female, Oriellas, was betrayed by her siblings and sold into slavery. I wasn't ready to begin this story. So, in order to learn the tools, I set out to create a slave auction.
I wanted Drozana Station to be the setting for my mission, but I was restricted to current game assets. This meant using a Ferengi as the mission's primary contact, and the "hidden door" behind the bar as the entrance to the slave auction. So, I began researching the Ferengi.
They are a colorful species. When it comes to latinum and profit, no one is more ruthless and scandalous. They already view females as property, so it wasn't a stretch for them to be involved in a slave auction. However, it seemed doubtful that they would be directly responsible for a slave auction, so I made them willing accomplices.
The story needed a big bad that was behind the whole darn thing. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to introduce a new threat. So, taking the worst of the worst, I came up with the Claw.
By this time, I knew that the whole story couldn't be told in a single episode. Vaguely, I had plotted out four more missions. So, I expanded the story to become more of a mystery in order to set up the rest of the missions in the arc.
Different parts of the story were inspired or came about for different reasons. I'm glad that it all came together just right, because it could have very well gone the other way.