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What would your character do in the above situation?:
Zaya: This.. is going to be marvelous. They've no doubt forgotten about me by now, so it's time to overthrow a few kingdoms, maybe poke a few cults into existence.. Plotting with these new technological marvels. <3 Isa: I'm going to die horribly, aren't I? Maybe I can keep low until I learn enough.. Oh shit, what was that?! METAL MONSTER! D:> Suddenly, your character is foisted into a position or job they didn't expect and certainly didn't want. How do they cope?
ResearcherYour character is plucked out of their present time and deposited in the far future. How do they react? Jessie: "I knew I shouldn't have eaten before going to bed." After a moment it begins to twig that this is no dream. Upon further inspection it seems like it isn't a Bad Future. "So, what law enforcement opportunities would there be for someone a thousand years old?" Suddenly, your character is foisted into a position or job they didn't expect and certainly didn't want. How do they cope? Jessie would get onto the phone to her sergeant who's probably gone off fishing and left her in charge. Her end of the conversation would go something like this. "Run the station? What do you mean run the station? I can't run the station, I wouldn't know how...yes I know Inspector Burton is coming up for an assessment, what do I tell him about those attacks? Yes...I think he wants more than a guess it's a vigilante who's sympathetic for the suspects who weren't convicted. Couldn't you get someone else...okay, I understand, but why me? I have no...you think I have the personality to do it? You mean walk around with a baton up my ass and...sorry, I didn't mean you Sergeant...yes we used batons when I was school cheerleader...you want me to what? Yes, okay, I'll try and handle it." Hangs up. "Ah crap." Let's go back to when your character was in school. Like most kids they would have been picked on, but this was before they became a Bad Ass and any powers are out. So your character goes to their parents about it. How do they handle it?
The mark of a good story means not feeling like The Angry Video Game Nerd hearing it.
Andrew McmannLet's go back to when your character was in school. Like most kids they would have been picked on, but this was before they became a Badass and any powers are out. So your character goes to their parents about it. How do they handle it? Theresa's parents are dead, and the bullies have been picking on a blind girl. But she hopes to one day become a Lawyer and laugh all the way back to the firm when she's making 6 figures and they're all in jail. Your character wakes up one morning to discover that two years of their lives are missing. Who do they try to contact first to learn what happened during the lost time.
I don't understand, why do you want me to write a signature line?
Avatar Sakaki Ignore catRumisiel, because he's there when, they wake up... Except I don't write fanfiction, or Misfile, so... Amy The internet, as it should be clear when she visits there whether she lost the two major awards she won in that time. Your character wakes up on the floor of a strangers kitchen, looks around the house and finds nobody home.
Ghost finds it weird that he fell asleep while he was working. But it's not weird that he was in a strangers kitchen. He does his usual checks for recent habitation and if this house appears to be truly abandoned he gets to work with his so-called ethical looting. He prefers not to do houses but they often contain valuable supplies: food, tools, electronics, parts, clothing, books. He checks his list to see what's a high priority this week. He can come back later for other stuff. He hopes he won't find any remains in this one, knowing that that would mean having to stop to preform a proper burial, again. Your character is asked to be the godparent of a friend's child.
edited 15th Feb '13 9:11:00 AM by HistoryMaker
Avatar Sakaki Ignore catHarry GUYS! I told you to use contraception! Your character finds themself with a beautiful wife, in a beautiful house, with a large automobile parked on the driveway.
edited 15th Feb '13 3:15:39 PM by porschelemans
Mustelidae = awesomeThis is one thing that this thread so often loses me with. I can never work with any of the situations. One universe, the main characters are both females with steady boyfriends; the other, the main character already is married.
Windmill, windmill for the land / Is everybody in?
Avatar Sakaki Ignore catImagine it's different points in your characters life, and that your character is living in Comic Book Time. That's how I work with it. Your character finds themself with a beautiful wife, in a beautiful house, with a large automobile parked on the driveway.
edited 15th Feb '13 5:36:26 PM by porschelemans
Transformers 4?!JAKE: So...I didn't marry Allyson? ALLYSON: So...Am I a lesbian now?! SARAH: OHMYGOSHIHAVEACAR!
edited 15th Feb '13 8:09:15 PM by Anthony_H
For Ace it would depend on the content. Over the top adventure stories that make her look heroic = cool. Anything shippy or sexy = " don't tell me who wrote this because if I find out I will murder him to death and I'd like to keep my hands relatively clean" Your character is back/still in school and is give a writing assignment: "100 about someone who inspires you".
ResearcherThis is great for fleshing out my character. Your character wakes up one morning to discover that two years of their lives are missing. Who do they try to contact first to learn what happened during the lost time. Jessie would go into full detective mode to find out where those missing years went. But Jessie isn't a good detective. She doesn't have the copper's sixth sense in detecting subterfuge or what leads to follow. She is Intelligent, she just doesn't have the experience or perhaps the street smarts that make a good detective. Your character wakes up on the floor of a strangers kitchen, looks around the house and finds nobody home. Jessie would first think she had been out drinking with Detective Morgan. Jessie doesn't drink, but Emily does, and when she can talk Jessie into it they normally do so out fishing. But then she'd think Emily is in Melbourne and they would be by a creek if they did get drunk. She would then try and establish where she is would be a crime scene. Your character is asked to be the godparent of a friend's child. Jessie might be asked by Emily about this if that ever eventuates. She'd be honoured and ask what it involves. Your character finds themself with a beautiful wife, in a beautiful house, with a large automobile parked on the driveway. Jessie hadn't thought of this life. Her life is the job, TV, sports and fishing in whichever order they present themselves. To have this type of life foisted on her, well to her it'd be a dream come true even if she hadn't thought about it. Depending on where she is in regards to being a police officer she would either be a bit concerned about how a family would impact on her capacity to do the job and how she can provide but rationalise it and be there serving in a much more personal area, or if she had been in the police long enough she might be jaded and sieze this new life. Your characters discover there's fanfiction about her/him Who do she/he reacts? "What's going on? Why am I taking my top off?" At first Jessie is a little concerned, although she is Genre Savvy enough to not let it make her an absolute write off. Then later she may rationalise it's harmless enough, probably after her station investigates the matter. She might think as long as fanfic is all it is then no law had been broken, and if fanfic is all it is then it's not going to be harmful and she shouldn't feel victimised. Your character is back/still in school and is give a writing assignment: "100 about someone who inspires you". At the time Jessie would be in school she would find this difficult to answer. One thing that had inspired her of all things is the Waffren SS. The Nazis. On their knives you may find the inscription, 'Be more that you appear to be.' Jessie had taken the opposite approach and what you see is what you get. a six foot aboriginal who is very fit, very caring and very committed to using her role in the police force to help others. But she can't say that, however she hadn't had much in the way of inspirations or who she looks up to. We're she in school today that's easy, Joanna Parish, Jaqui James, now that she is in the police the idealisation is whom she looks up to. Your character meets their Opposite-Sex Clone and they are keen on the idea of Screw Yourself
edited 15th Feb '13 10:10:18 PM by tsstevens
The mark of a good story means not feeling like The Angry Video Game Nerd hearing it.
Mustelidae = awesomeOkay, maybe I can make this work. (For the record, I'm building two worlds.)
Beautiful Wife + House:World 1
Fan FictionWorld 2
Opposite-sex clone + Screw YourselfWorld 2
Your character's mind is transplanted into the body of a three-year-old.
Windmill, windmill for the land / Is everybody in?
UNREAL BLACK THINGSEinstein: Well...at least this is somewhat better than being in an empty suit of armor. Your character discovers that he/she has the ability to stop time.
"And you must be Jonathan Joestar!" - Sue
AlexYugo wouldn't be that surprised because that's a power that his clan already has, but only certain members of his clan can do such a thing. He would then use it in battle to help himself out, but with his clans rules he wouldn't use it out side of battle. Rai would be hugely surprised, seeming that he's not part of the same clan as Yugo, he would also use it in battle, but he would also use it in non-criminal non-fighting ways, that might involve going into places that he shouldn't normaly go, or something. The next character loses everything that they had, if they had nothing to begin with they gain everything that they ever wanted.
The Harbinger of StrangeIf we're allowed to do more than one scenario... The next character loses everything that they had, if they had nothing to begin with they gain everything that they ever wanted. I guess that depends on whether you think Sorgo has "nothing". He spent almost his whole life under the control of the Protectorate, subject to their inhuman practices of slavery, brainwashing, etc. He wasn't allowed to have (many) material possessions, a significant other, a family or anything that humans would consider to be "something" worth having. However, he was recently freed from all that. Despite still NOT having many of those things, it would no doubt suck majorly to return to his former state... At least until the brainwashing kicked back in. Then it'd be as if nothing ever changed. Your character discovers that he/she has the ability to stop time. In my universe, this is feasible. However, Sorgo gaining this ability would put him on equal footing with the villain/s of the story, who are (potential) Dimension Lords, and make him a valuable and hotly sought-after resource to all factions in the story. The rebels would venerate him, treat him as an all-important general figure; the Protectorate would want to duplicate him or, failing that, exploit him as much as possible; and the Kizerists would want to destroy him or convince him to join them. Sorgo would instinctively come down on the rebels' side, but would be tempted by offers to join the Kizerists. The Peacekeeper, being of a more logical mind, might actually encourage him to allow himself to be exploited by the Protectorate, enabling them to replicate his time-manipulating abilities and sacrificing himself for the good of all. It would mean the destruction of the rebels, but at least the universe/multiverse would SURVIVE, and that the Peacekeeper considers a worthier goal than the perpetuation of his own agenda. Your character's mind is transplanted into the body of a three-year-old. Well, Cel are tank-grown and accelerated to maturity while in vitro. Thus, a "three-year-old" Cel is still an adult. However, there is likely to be gender-bending. Sorgo's feelings towards this may be disorientation, followed by a measure of happiness or relief. All Cel are born female and turning male represents a sudden and traumatic change in the lives of Cel men. While Cel men are treated favourably by the Protectorate, getting specialist jobs that are denied to women, the fact remains that all Cel are born and bred for combat, and the military is all-female. It's a rare Cel man that wouldn't at least be tempted by the offer to turn back to female and be allowed to have the job he was meant for. Your character is given the chance to become an animal of their choice for a day. Which animal do they choose and why? Or do they decline the offer—and why?
You need an adult.
Ace would decline. She's already a human guinea pig, and the last thing she needs to get mixed up with magic, or voodoo, or brain switching or whatever. What if they can't turn her back? If she had to become an animal then given the choice she would become a cat. Cats are well treated at Phoenix. They're allowed almost everywhere, and she could keep an eye on the children but it better only be for one day. Your characters's homeworld faces certain destruction. Evacuations are underway but the Powers That Be considered single people a destabilizing element in society. Therefore any individual older than 17 and younger then 59 who is not married will be left behind. If the character has no significant other to immediately marry they could marry a friend in order to save both their lives but it must be an opposite sex friend since the Powers That Be do not recognize gay marriage.
edited 17th Feb '13 4:27:48 PM by HistoryMaker
The next character loses everything that they had, if they had nothing to begin with they gain everything that they ever wanted. Tessa is currently stuck in an alien world, with no way to contact her home (in fact, she doesn't know where exactly home is, which makes getting home very, very unlikely) and numerous enemies out to kill her. She is also sixteen and so far out of her depth that she's looking up at the whales and giant squid. It's fairly safe to say that she's hit rock bottom, so part two of the scenario applies. In that case...well, she'd start by breaking down and crying. A lot. She's spent the last few months trying to hold things together against impossible odds and only managed to remain reasonably stable because there was no time to break down. That said, "all she ever wanted" before the whole mess started was to study magic at the Grand Academy of Sanctuary, get her degree and start travelling. Given recent experiences, her enthusiasm for adventure would be a little bit dampened... Your character's mind is transplanted into the body of a three-year-old. Tessa: 'Well, that's probably a new record for "most embarrassing magical backfire".' Aside from a lot of embarrassment, she'd have one major issue: Finding out where the mind of the three-year-old has ended up. If it's in her body, things could get hilariously messy very quickly...children of her species are hard enough to keep from causing trouble even without a far stronger adolescent body. Your character is given the chance to become an animal of their choice for a day. Which animal do they choose and why? Or do they decline the offer—and why? Tessa would be excited to get the opportunity: Such magic is far beyond her own skill level and she wouldn't normally get to try it out like that. She'd consider a bird shape, but would be unsure how well she'd do with flying. Something with a good sense of hearing would be an interesting choice as well, as her own hearing is pretty bad by human standards (perfectly fine by those of her own species, who tend to be more interested in scent). If she was feeling particularly adventurous, she'd probably pick an owl. Otherwise, a fox would probably be her style. Very good sense of smell (which she already knows how to handle, more or less), plus great hearing (which she wants to try out). Anyway, here's mine: Your character is given access to a device that allows for a night of fully lucid dreams on a theme of their choice. What dream do they go for?
Reality is for those who lack imagination.
You didn't say so I'm just going to assume that dream can be communal. If this is the case Ace would take Angel to Disney World or, more specifically, to her own childhood memories of Disney except less crowded and with nothing too scary. Ace has always felt bad about not being able to take the kid any place like that, but it's not all the power will just come back on and the planes will start flying again any time soon. Your characters's homeworld faces certain destruction. Evacuations are underway but the Powers That Be considered single people a destabilizing element in society. Therefore any individual older than 17 and younger then 59 who is not married will be left behind. If the character has no significant other to immediately marry they could marry a friend in order to save both their lives but it must be an opposite sex friend since the Powers That Be do not recognize gay marriage.
edited 17th Feb '13 5:10:37 PM by HistoryMaker
AlexI'm going with a different story, this one is more about vampires. These would be the same characters as the ones in my avatar. Eric: He is a Dhampyr type character, but he would still have to fallow those rules since he would only be 17 right now. He would choice Voilet, who he's already dating. Jason: He's a nine hundred year old vampire, he might be old enough to get a pass on that, but if he had too he would stay on the doomed planet and let there be room for someone else. The next character finds out that they're royalty.
edited 18th Feb '13 7:20:11 AM by David
Storm Drain [[Jerkass Alligator]] would abuse his power to do stupid things. If he is in a Constitutional Monarchy, then he would try to do stupid things with his power even if he can't. He just doesn't care. Ricky would try to help out his people if he has any power at all, or, if he doesn't have power, just try to be a good symbol of his country and try to give money to his poorer friends and his girlfriend. With his luck, though, he would get overthrown by the Dirty Communists that the Storm Drain Alligator keeps on rambling about. Elijah Like his mentor, he would repeatedly do stupid things with his power. If this ever happens, then the Storm Drain Alligator would probably just take over because Elijah does whatever he says. Maggie Stoma would continue her research and become a royal who actually does something, attempting to replace the arsenal of whatever country she's in with her trained mantis shrimps. It would probably be conquered in weeks. The Wal-Mart Greeter would abuse his power to do evil, yet stupid things, like most of my cast. Arizona Gonzales would try to spread Saint Dawkins Church in whatever country she's ruling. She might also let Ricky in, but it's unlikely that he'd tolerate the stupidity of a place run by her for a long time.
Wolf1066Ian is of the very firm opinion (which he would express at slightest provocation) that members of any royal family are useless sponges who serve no useful purpose ("but what about their charity work, Ian?" "Big fucking deal, lots of people do charity work and they use money they actually worked to earn when doing so.") and soak up revenue from the working public solely because some ancestor of theirs happened to be a bigger murdering bastard than anybody else. Not that he's morally opposed to ruling by conquest - that's perfectly acceptable to him and if the bloated useless pansies who call themselves royalty were to actually get off their pampered arses and take control by force of arms, he'd accept their sovereignty. It's claiming "Divine Right" to rule (and get tax money handed to you) based on something your ancestors did hundreds of years ago that he finds repugnant. If he were to discover he was royalty he would be mortified at being related to a royal family of any description and would do his level best to keep it quiet. As a matter of pride, he'd continue as he always had, working and looking after his family, rather than trade on his ancestry to get a cushy life. He would certainly not wish to associate with any members of "royal" households and if compelled to do so would spend his time pointing out to all around him exactly how many hours of real work it took him to get his car/clothes/watch/etc to the point that they'd dread spending time in his company as much as he dreads spending time in theirs. He'd probably also turn up at these affairs with Chumbawamba's Farewell to The Crown blaring out of his car stereo. If people did insist on calling his attention to his relationship to a royal family, he'd probably respond with "well, there are arseholes in every family tree."
edited 18th Feb '13 2:29:55 PM by Wolf1066
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
The Harbinger of StrangeThe next character finds out that they're royalty. Sorgo finds the idea of valuing one family or bloodline over another to be asinine and would wonder what makes him so special. He would take little or no pride in the fact; his first instinct would be to ask questions. Your characters's homeworld faces certain destruction. Evacuations are underway but the Powers That Be considered single people a destabilizing element in society. Therefore any individual older than 17 and younger then 59 who is not married will be left behind. If the character has no significant other to immediately marry they could marry a friend in order to save both their lives but it must be an opposite sex friend since the Powers That Be do not recognize gay marriage. The Cel find the concept of marriage confusing, but understand it's necessary to avoid imminent destruction. There are marriages of convenience all over, with Cel marrying acquaintances or even complete strangers in order to save their lives. Sorgo marries a friendly female rebel, but thinks of his deputy, Tarock, who died when her (and formerly Sorgo's) planet was attacked by Kizerist forces. Your character loses the thing that is most important to them. If a person, death (and assume no resurrections). If an object or ability/trait, it's gone and beyond recovery.
You need an adult.
For Ace that would be Angel the orphan cousin she adopted. That would be a real crisis since she would have lost the major thing keeping her alive and sane yet her faith does not allow suicide. She would probably volunteer for more dangerous expairiments and missions until she either dies or finds something new to live for. Your character wins. They get/achieve whatever they have been working for and it's awesome.
edited 19th Feb '13 1:48:54 PM by HistoryMaker
AlexAt the begining of the story Eric's goal was to survive, but eventually became killing the first vampire, which most people like to call him Dracula, even though he was sealed away long before real person that people think about as Dracula, mostly becouse of the same name was even born. Because of that he would have slain this so called Dracula and survived, which would be a little awesome. Jason's goal would be for Eric to kill Dracula, so about the same. Dracula would take over the world once more and be the strongest being on earth, also he would have killed Eric, who was destined to kill Dracula, which for him would be awesome. The next character fails at their goals.
Terracotta Soldier ManAlessandro's main goal is to live like an epicurean, where he's free to do whatever interests him without any responsibilities. His stipend from his family gets cut off and, viewing honest work as too boring and demeaning, turns to petty crime, but eventually screws up somewhere and gets thrown into prison, then disowned when his family finds out what happened. Lorenzo doesn't really have many big goals beyond living from one day to another and getting his paycheck (he's not huge on worrying about the far future). He makes a rookie mistake while investigating a case he's working on and gets shot. Your character has a chance to achieve their goals, but at the cost of sacrificing the person or thing they love the most, whether literally (death, destruction) or metaphorically (the results will separate them for eternity or at least a very long time, or the means are morally repugnant to the other person). There are no Third Options.
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