Well, I have to say that I like this concept, as well as your decision to not necessarily use the standard ideas. Here's what I have off the top of my head:
: Yes, the leader of the group, due to diabolic TheParagonAlwaysRebels
connotations. However, the name of the vice was originally "vainglory", so I think it should be more of a Master of None
, with his/her threat coming from the others, which he or she should control(i.e. more than just command, some kind of compulsion). Alternatively, a Chessmaster, but with no means to put plans into action directly him or herself. For bonus points in either case, Pride should think him or herself a Jack-of-All-Stats
. Appearance-wise, probably a dandy or fashionista, depending on gender. Pride is traditionally depicted as male.
: I feel there are only three ways to go about this:
- 1) wrath equals anger, and the described flaming bloodknight. #2 wrath doesn't equal anger, and is more akin to long standing hatred and malice, for which FMA's Wrath is an example. If you go this route, I personally suggest something like Grima Wormtongue, of the Lord of the Rings, perhaps with a poison motif/abilities/skills. If #3) A melding of the of the above two ideas. If it's a magic setting, I would suggest a volcanic-themed ability set, initially using smoke/poison gas and then erupting into fire and lava. I would consider this character more of a sadist than a Bloodknight, thinking ahead, spliting up the heroes, and reveling more in killing and crushing than in fighting. Or in otherwords, a Bloodknight wants a challenge, #3 wants a Curb-Stomp Battle.
As for appearance, in either #1 or #3 something themed like a (or an actual) military combat uniform of your setting(e.g. chainmail for a medieval setting, camouflage fatigues if a "modern" setting, power armor for future settings, etc.) Wrath is traditionally depicted as male.
: I agree with Sunember that if Wrath isn't a bloodknight, than Lust should be one, and be subject to the OrgasmicCombat
trope. In either case, I think Lust should be emotionally and "tactically" manipulative (e.g. causing people to abandon the plan, leave cover, charge and break the defensive formation, etc.). If you have magic (or sufficient techno-babble) in your setting, then Lust should emotion-influencing and inducing powers, pheromones, hormones, etc. If not, (or you have to many "castors") then use plain old psychology and seduction.
I feel that Lust and Wrath should have some kind of connection, mirroring the InterplayOfSexAndViolence
trope, or the face of Helen of Troy launching a thousand ships. Appearance-wise, a female Lust should probably wear either a Stripperiffic
outfit or a ChainMailBikini
depending on wither or not she is a Bloodknight
. A male Lust should be either a WalkingShirtlessScene
or dressed like a Casanova
, (and I have no idea what the latter would look like). Lust is traditionally depicted as female.
: I would think that Envy should be either be based around mimicry or illusion/disguise (or shape-shifting, to achieve on or both of the former), with former being focused on him/herself. Other skills include (group) infiltration, acting, impersonation and possibly assassination and identity theft. May either be excessively vain or have body/identity issues and hate their appearance.(See also, Vanity below)
- If you're willing to go outside the scope of the traditional seven, you may want to make Vanity a seperate entity. In which case, Envy should focus mimicry, while vanity has illusion, but they should share the other skills. Appearance-wise, Vanity should be, well, extremely vain about their appearance: high quality clothes, jewelry, etc., while Envy is more subdued: Envy wants to change while Vain flaunts who they are. The two would definitely have a (probably antagonistic) relationship, and due to their skill match-up probably have to work together extensively. Fun.
If you are willing do this extensively (and possibly get rid of the "7" iconography, although see below for combining Greed and Gluttony), Wrath could similarly be split up into Anger for the flaming Bloodknight (#1), and Malice as the more shadowy, poison-like counterpart (#2 or #3), will even the possibility of a third, Hate to fill the #3 slot, and the below Sloth can split into "lazy" and "despair/apathy" incarnations.
: I feel that Greed should be about obtaining things, or holding on to them. So either extra/stretching limbs, teleportation (to steal things), gravity control(pulling only)/suction abilities, etc. (and yes this opens up the possibility of karmic death via grabing a "bomb" or equivalent). A non-magic setting should probably be thief-type character, or either the corporate/banker or sneak-in-and-grab-things variety. Appearance-wise either "thief clothing" of your setting, the aforementioned corporate wardrobe, or something that showcases their acquired wealth.
: I don't feel that gluttony could be made distinct from greed as its specializing from the general money/things to the more specific food. Therefore I suggest merging it either into the above Greed or the "lazy" version of Sloth below. Appearance-wise is of course (traditionally) morbidly obese, possibly with food stains on their clothes, although you could invert this to make Gluttony, and/or whatever it is combined with, skin-and-bones thin, to show the "it gets no nourishment from all that it eats" theme. A possible character trait is to make Gluttony et. al cannibalistic, in a I'll eat anything manner, even people. Or an omnivore, but that's been done before, such as FMA.
: This can be done two ways, "lazy" style and "apathy/despair" style.
-Lazy: If their's magic in your setting, than lazy should be all about slowing/stoping his or her foes. Ice, gravity, timefreeze, etc. If there isn't magic, then Lazy Sloth
should rely on (pre-planted) bombs, mines, and traps to dispatch foes. This version doesn't mind if they accomplish things, they just don't want to do work.
-Apathy/Despair: Either an ineffectual minion, or an OmnicidialManiac
who wants to kill everything because its all doomed or nothing matters.
edited 27th Apr '13 11:48:37 PM by Sharur