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What would your character do in the above situation?:

 2026 tsstevens, Sat, 2nd Feb '13 4:14:54 PM from Internet, Tasmania Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
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Your character falls in a giant mud puddle.

This actually does happen to Jessie in the novel I'm writing while she's trying to close in on a shooter, and what happens is after the initial shock she gets back up to try and apprehend them. What happens after that? Well that would be telling.

Your character finds the remote control from the movie Click.

Again Jessie.

"Wait. Wait...wait a minute, this is the remote from Round the Twist isn't it? I loved that show. Don't think I'd much like to be in it though."

She would be conflicted over whether it should be studied or destroyed, if it could be of great benefit or if it would be too dangerous. She would be tempted to use it to try and improve her life and the lives of others, and to live out her film and TV fantasies. In the end though she'll probably leave it to someone way above her pay grade to sort out.

Following on that, your character is playing a video game that is perhaps not their first choice (say Let's Cheer or Dance Party on the Wii for the boys, Wet or UFC Undisputed for the girls) when the characters begin to react to them. Sounds familiar, but here's the catch: they reveal there's a special prize if you can become the best at the game in the world, and you're just a beginner while the current best can complete these games perfect in their sleep.
The mark of a good story means not feeling like The Angry Video Game Nerd hearing it.
Terracotta Soldier Man
[up] Lorenzo: Probably wouldn't care. He's sort of a stoic type of guy towards anything short of immediately life-threatening danger.

Alessandro: He would probably put on the appearance of not caring, putting down anyone who said they were going to try to win it. Then he'd secretly try to master the game himself, forcing himself to be the absolute best at it that he could be. If he wins, then he'd probably just throw the prize away, because it was never about winning the prize at all, but rather relishing the despair of those from whom the prize has been taken away. He's kinda like that.

Your character stumbles upon some sort of illegal activity going on, and can either stay hidden to observe or get away to report it without being spotted if they so choose (though those are not by any means the only two things they can choose to do). What do they do?

edited 2nd Feb '13 6:17:17 PM by Specialist290

Under normal conditions, Tessa would prefer to gather as much information as possible, then go and report the crime to the relevant authorities unless special circumstances apply (if for example she feels the criminal in question is acting out of desperation rather than greed, she is more likely to consider offering some help).

So she'd definitely be inclined to remain hidden and observe, also being quite well suited to this kind of thing (she's decently stealthy to begin with and can use magic to slightly blur her outline, making it easier to fade into the background).

In her current situation, things would be a bit different. The local authorities consider her a dangerous monster and witch and will attempt to kill or capture (for later killing) her on sight. This changes the available options a bit, although she will still be inclined to observe first.

If the crime appears to be directed against said authorities, she might actually attempt to support it from hiding. If it is a particularly violent crime, or if it is obviously directed against innocents, she would attempt to stop or at least hinder it, possibly using her local status as a horrible monster to her advantage (nobody realizes she's a teenager limited to what's basically high-school-level magic, and she did kill the local lord in plain sight of an entire town even if it was mostly accidental). If the nature of the criminal activity lies somewhere in between, she would likely fade away into the shadows and leave them to it.

Your character is offered aid by a criminal organization. The offer is genuine, the assistance would be highly valuable to her goals and the price is reasonable. However, the group is also involved in activities your character regards as particularly 'evil'...slavery, child pornography, spamming...pick something that your character would find revolting.

What does your character do?

edited 2nd Feb '13 6:02:08 PM by MattStriker

Reality is for those who lack imagination.
Awesomely, this is not far from the plot of my story! Therefore I know that James would accept help insofar as he can avoid entangling themselves in the organization. : )

Your character is in a house they have only lived in for two to three weeks, and are informed that there is a hidden area of the house that contains something they desperately want. How do they go about searching the house?
I'd say I'm being refined

Into the web I descend

Killing those I've left behind

I have been Endarkened
 2030 tsstevens, Sat, 2nd Feb '13 8:55:03 PM from Internet, Tasmania Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
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Your character stumbles upon some sort of illegal activity going on, and can either stay hidden to observe or get away to report it without being spotted if they so choose (though those are not by any means the only two things they can choose to do). What do they do?

Going with my Jessie police officer character here, being a police officer there are two trains of thought on this. The first is to get away to report it so they can be caught in the act, and the second is to keep watch and gather evidence. Both have their ups and downs, but I think from a police officer's viewpoint she would call for backup, wait for it to arrive so the arrest can be made.

Your character is offered aid by a criminal organization. The offer is genuine, the assistance would be highly valuable to her goals and the price is reasonable. However, the group is also involved in activities your character regards as particularly 'evil'...slavery, child pornography, spamming...pick something that your character would find revolting.

What does your character do?

Going again with Jessie, for one she's a cop, more to the point she does not have the Genre Blindness you might see in the media, a Dirty Cop nine times out of ten has their activities come back and bite them, so simply being intelligent about it this wouldn't be worth her career over. For another, since you brought up child porn I have yet to see any form of media where a cop or a detective will look the other way in regards to that. To them that is the lowest of the low, the one line I don't think I've seen any form of law enforcement cross. They'll murder, deal in drugs, look the other way, but kiddy porn has always been beyond the pale. The one time I can recall this being treated with less than what was deserved was in the film 8MM where Nicholas Cage's character doesn't act on seeing videos of it because he's after the snuff film and the killers. So since you brought it up I went with the criminals dealing in that because I think that will be the Moral Event Horizon for most anybody.

But to answer your question, no, Jessie would not go there. No way. For one they're criminals, duh, she' a cop, double duh, her job is to arrest them not profit from them. For another why would they try and bribe her? What would they be trying to hide? And third there is the atrocity of being involved with child pornography. The first thing she would do is go to her superiors, tell them what happened. She wouldn't give an answer to the offer, not even give them the time of day, she would tell her sergeant everything. She'd go to Ethical Standards and tell them she didn't accept the offer. Jessie is a very moral person, she takes her job seriously. Even were this not the most realistic outcome from a personality point of view there's no way in the world she would dare go for it.

Your character is in a house they have only lived in for two to three weeks, and are informed that there is a hidden area of the house that contains something they desperately want. How do they go about searching the house?

Ooohhh, who's a good character to go with for this. I'm gonna say Jonas Bower, who there's a little of me in, The Snark Knight, Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right, that sort of thing. He would go about it very methodically. Slowly, carefully go through the house, check behind paintings, under rugs, maybe that table that's covering a safe. He would want what he is after, no question, but he doesn't want to destroy the house looking for it. If he does find where it is then how does he get to it? Use a stethoscope to try and open the safe? See if there's some way to pry open the floorboards where it's store?

In some strange turn of events your character becomes a chef on Hell's Kitchen. Throughout all the dramas on the show there have been the Reality TV bitch, you've had a Jen or Jason or Elise or Russell on your team. Now you've just missed out on making it to the final six, black jackets, but because you've come so far you're invited back to cook in the final, and one of the finalists who is picking the team worked in the opposite kitchen and you haven't really worked with them but they were such a pain you heard all about them. What is going through your head?

edited 2nd Feb '13 8:56:20 PM by tsstevens

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Ace : " I don't care who I have to work for or what I have to do. I will do my best to win regardless of circumstances"

She has worked for/with people who could be considered evil . She would do her best to help any team she ends up on to win. Also throughout the game she would try to make as many friends and allies and as few enemies as possible.

'Your character is struck mute.

Ok seems like nobody likes that situation so alternately :

Your character knows a secret about their best friend's significant other.

edited 9th Feb '13 9:07:23 PM by HistoryMaker

edited 9th Feb '13 9:08:35 PM by HistoryMaker

 2033 tsstevens, Sat, 9th Feb '13 10:09:36 PM from Internet, Tasmania Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
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Your character is struck mute.

Ok seems like nobody likes that situation so alternately :

It was less that and more trouble figuring out a reply for it. So I'll take a stab, Kei Hinomoto (Japan Bad Ass, ) she would write on a piece of paper, "Great, now I have to be all Rei Ayanami. If I'm stuck like this I think I'll do the honorable thing and find a ship to go down on."

Your character knows a secret about their best friend's significant other.

One of the characters in the novel I'm writing, Heath, is a suspect in killing that transsexual, because he fits the description of someone at the scene and it turns out he had been seeing numerous transsexual prostitutes without his girlfriend Christine's knowledge. I'm just making this up on the fly now because it was one element that I hadn't thought of, so thank you. What would happen when her friend discovers this and tells her? Well of course she would be hurt because he wanted to be with them and not her, then she gets it into her head that if she tries to do something about him being victimized by this youth gang then he would give up on doing that and want to be with her.

I know that might need some work but like I said it was something I hadn't thought of but I think does need to be addressed.

I'd been wanting to do this for a bit now. Your character meets someone who is really attractive (for the girls think David Beckham, for the boys think Alyson Hannigan. In her prime. Bigger. And with grenades (take that any way you like.) They're really attracted to your character, invite them to dinner with the promise of more afterwards, and of course they accept. Here is the catch: the meal your character's date has ordered for them is regarded by many as the hottest food on the planet, world class chefs had been sick trying to eat it, and your character does not want to lose face by not eating it or throwing up trying to. Ouch.

edited 9th Feb '13 10:12:51 PM by tsstevens

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 2034 Eagal, Sat, 9th Feb '13 10:19:27 PM from This is a location. Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
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Your character is struck mute.

  • Apex: Be highly amused at the absurdity of a person who was mute to begin with being struck mute. ;)
  • Verbrannte: He doesn't talk much anyway, but he makes a point of adapting to adversity instead of resisting it. If he was forced to communicate without speaking, he'd just buy a notepad and a pen.
  • Berg Turm: He might actually have some problems. He loves to talk, so he'd be driven up the walls if he weren't able. Probably try to find away to simulate his voice electronically.

Your character knows a secret about their best friend's significant other.

That's a tough one.
  • Wolf Wight: I suppose it would depend on the secret. If it were hurtful, he'd probably keep it. Otherwise, case by case.
  • Exabyte: Being that he considers said significant other to be a massive bitch, he'd tell in a heartbeat if he thought she didn't want him to. [lol]

Your character meets someone who is really attractive et al

  • Exabyte: Be thankful he is a master inventor and try to think of a way to dull the spiceyness.
  • Wolf Wight: Ah, easy as pie. Threaten/Blackmail/Bribe the chef to make it tolerable.
  • Scorn: Laugh contempuously at the idea that the Mistress of Fire and Flames should be threatened by mere spicy food. And probably regret it immediately because heat hot and spicy hot aren't exactly the same thing now are they?

And my question:

Your character is challenged to break into the Pentagon and steal some random file using nothing but a fifty foot length of rope, a stick of gum and a fountain pen. Any and all preternatural abilities are off-limits for the purposes of the challenge. Does s/he accept and if so, can s/he accomplish this task?

edited 9th Feb '13 10:20:00 PM by Eagal

The madness is catching.
 2035 tsstevens, Sun, 10th Feb '13 12:54:53 AM from Internet, Tasmania Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
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Your character is challenged to break into the Pentagon and steal some random file using nothing but a fifty foot length of rope, a stick of gum and a fountain pen. Any and all preternatural abilities are off-limits for the purposes of the challenge. Does s/he accept and if so, can s/he accomplish this task?

The character I'll use for this is Nanci Archer (ex NSA operative, think Sam Fisher in a Real Life setting, more Men In Black who silence those who know too much.) Hey, I like the Action Girl type. First she wouldn't actually break into the Pentagon, there is a computer system that she could get one of her hacker friends to try and gain access to in order to find the information required. If it's hard copy and she would have to break in then she would patiently (for her) explain that This Is Reality: we do not live in the world of Kim Possible, "But that would be so cool if we did, " so says she. It's unrealistic to expect to be able to sneak onto the Pentagon period, much less under the conditions she was given. Depending on who was asking, she would either suggest befriending Tom Clancy or someone who works at the Pentagon and gain their trust enough to go to someone else who can vouch for them, who can go to someone else and say this person is okay, who can go to someone else and ask for the information needed. That, or if she doesn't do the job herself give the details of someone she claims will help them but in reality will either have them arrested or shot.

Your character is with a Amazonian Beauty police officer and supercop detective, and they have gone up ahead to confront a pedophile who had murdered a little girl. During the confrontation there's a gunshot and your character rushes up to find the creep has run off after trying to shoot the police, said Amazonian Beauty had taken a bullet in the leg for the detective. Now what?

edited 10th Feb '13 12:56:32 AM by tsstevens

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My settings is sort of After the End so there hasent been a regular police force a while. I'll just assume these people working freelance.

Ace : Would render first aid (or simply order the detective to), take a gun if she can, then pursue the shooter for HE MUST DIE. Ace is not a killer. However someone harming a child is a major Berserk Button for her. She would be conflicted between not wanting to kill any living thing, and not being able to leave this monster alive. It's quite possible she would kill him with her bare hands. It would haunt her but the idea of leaving child killer alive would probably haunt her more.

Your character has a bad toothache.

 2037 RESP, Sun, 10th Feb '13 5:25:01 AM from somewhere... solid?
What the hell, hero?
Mitsuru has something like that all the time whenever he looks at something cute. He'll either try to run away or cause a major, evil mess to make it less cute. Better if blood's involved.

Your character finds out their sworn enemy is actually their best friend and that he made all of this to help him fulfill their destiny. Whatever it is...
SARATOGA NO JIKAN DAAAAAAA!!!
 2038 porschelemans, Mon, 11th Feb '13 5:29:25 PM from A Giant Hamster Ball Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Avatar Sakaki Ignore cat
Simon Wait? I have enemies? Shit just got real...

Proceeds to easily win battle using suddenly gained superpowers.

Your character asks the doctor what the baby's sex is, and the doctor responds by saying "horse".
Mmm...
 2039 Wolf 1066, Mon, 11th Feb '13 8:58:50 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Wolf1066
Ian: "I sure as fuck hope you mean 'hung like one'."

Your character has a moment of doubt about whether or not (s)he's doing the right thing
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 2040 Alma, Tue, 12th Feb '13 3:54:42 AM from Coruscant Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
The Harbinger of Strange
Chief Sorgo, being a gruff, "strong and silent" type, is quiet about his indecision and is unlikely to consult others for advice, nor accept it if it's offered. However, he is an intelligent and confident character who can usually be counted on to make the best possible decision—and though his idea of the "best possible decision" may be questionable to some, he would not make such a decision without reason. He's the most likely to accept the burden of making a morally difficult decision, though this is not to say such a thing wouldn't affect him emotionally.

(It's worth mentioning that Sorgo undergoes a change from a brainwashed cop for an evil empire to a rebel leader. The above interpretation is in accordance with the latter. Brainwashed Sorgo, while not an evil character, would probably act according to whatever he felt was the will of the empire.)

Your character decides to chant "Bloody Mary" in the mirror. Holy shit! Bloody Mary actually appears! What do they do?

edited 12th Feb '13 3:54:52 AM by Alma

You need an adult.
 2041 porschelemans, Tue, 12th Feb '13 4:04:01 AM from A Giant Hamster Ball Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Avatar Sakaki Ignore cat
Simon wakes up, and wonders why he was having such a strange dream

Your character sees a man getting hit in the face with something heavy that's just fallen from a crane. The man is killed instantly.
Mmm...
 2042 Alma, Tue, 12th Feb '13 4:10:16 AM from Coruscant Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
The Harbinger of Strange
Chief Sorgo (either version) doesn't bat an eyelid. He comes from a race of tank-bred warrior aliens conditioned from birth to be the ultimate soldier, and thus death is not something that really bothers him. He may reflect later on the man who died, though.

Your character is standing in front of two sets of train tracks. On one track is a group of 5 20-somethings. On the other is a single baby. Both are about to be run over by speeding trains. Which does your character choose to save?

(A little cliche, maybe, but it works.)
You need an adult.
Ace : would run to save the baby while screaming for the 20 somethings to get out the way. I mean they have feet right? She would save the kid who can't save itself while warning those that can.

Your character wakes up in the middle of the desert .

edited 12th Feb '13 6:35:46 AM by HistoryMaker

 2044 Alma, Tue, 12th Feb '13 7:36:00 AM from Coruscant Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
The Harbinger of Strange
The Peacekeeper wakes up in the desert. He's a squid. He's basically fucked. tongue

More elaborate description:

The Peacekeeper wakes up in the desert. His species is squidlike and aquatic and, though his levitating harness can in theory sustain him out of water indefinitely, he doesn't know if the technology is designed to deal with extreme heat conditions. He certainly isn't: within moments, his skin is drying up and the pain is setting in. But his thoughts are not on himself. The Peacekeeper thinks only of his followers and what's good for them. He's worried about being separated from his "flock", fears they will throw themselves at the evil empire in a hopeless guerrilla war. He and the Eileth rebels have already lost too many of their number, and without him to steer them away from the path of violence, more of them will surely be killed. With no idea of his location and no way to call for help, the Peacekeeper's fate is sealed, and the fate of the galaxy likely with him. His final thoughts are of an Eileth child he had taken a liking to.

Your character has a date. Assume preferred sex. He/she is acceptable, but not a knockout. They want you to see a movie of the kind you absolutely do not want to see—a chick flick, or an action-packed blockbuster that bleeds testosterone. Suffer through it, or stand them up?
You need an adult.
Ace is pretty selective with who she trusts enough to date. If she feels safe with this guy, movie choice would certanly not be a deal breaker.

Ghost likes all movies, he would enjoy a Chick Flick, a Testosterone Poisoning action movie, or a Sugar Bowl animated feature equally.

Your character sees a sparkly Twilight style vampire.

edited 12th Feb '13 3:52:23 PM by HistoryMaker

 2046 porschelemans, Tue, 12th Feb '13 4:40:35 PM from A Giant Hamster Ball Relationship Status: You're a beautiful woman, probably
Avatar Sakaki Ignore cat
All of them Shoot to kill

Your character falls deeply in love with Paul McCartney due to a spell placed on them by a witch

edited 12th Feb '13 4:40:54 PM by porschelemans

Mmm...
 2047 Matues, Tue, 12th Feb '13 8:40:51 PM Relationship Status: Reincarnated romance
Isa: I seduce him, steal his money and devour nibble on his soul.

You Get One Wish From A Literal Genie.

edited 12th Feb '13 8:41:25 PM by Matues

Tessa: Refuse and start looking for somebody who can banish the bastard. "The only way to win is not to play."

Your character is falsely accused of wrongdoing. The penalty is fairly light, fighting back against the accusation would likely be more trouble than it's worth. Do they defend themselves anyway?
Reality is for those who lack imagination.
 2049 tsstevens, Wed, 13th Feb '13 7:29:41 AM from Internet, Tasmania Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Researcher
Jessie: By light I would be thinking she might have been thought to have been involved in a high speed chase for example that resulted in an accident, and if she admits her part in causing the accident that wouldn't be as bad as having Ethical Standards harangue her on whether or not she ignored the order to terminate the pursuit or if she had tried to cause the accident. Jessie is a very moral woman and she would want the truth to be brought out, the truth being she wouldn't ignore orders or try and harm the suspect, but there is that doubt of whether or not she did do the wrong thing and it concerns her greatly, and there would be the stress of the investigation maybe being too much for her. I think she would go to ESD and say she is concerned about what part she might have played and would like to know what she might have done wrong, partially in the hope they will go easy on her.

Your character gets a cat, or a dog if you prefer, and some time down the road your character is amazed that it can talk. Proper words. And in the course of the conversation they express a desire to be human for a time to see what it's like, and this is something that can be done. However to do so your character must become the cat or the dog.
The mark of a good story means not feeling like The Angry Video Game Nerd hearing it.
 2050 Alma, Wed, 13th Feb '13 9:12:02 AM from Coruscant Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
The Harbinger of Strange
(Not a human character, but...)

Sorgo would like to help his cat become human, but the idea of taking the cat's place causes him consternation. How long will he have to remain in cat form? What if the cat likes being human too much and he's not allowed to change back? And assuming that the form taken by the cat is his, what would happen when the cat assumes his responsibilities—would it send the entire rebel army off in search of string to play with?

Sorgo tells the cat, reasonably but bluntly, that he doesn't trust it to handle his life and responsibilities properly and declines.

Your character is plucked out of their present time and deposited in the far future. How do they react?
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