I'm curious to see what others have written as their character's underlying motivations are. I wrote it out elsewhere, to someone, in a message, and I'd like to share it here. I did it for each of my three main OCs
, in a kind of cause-and-effect-arrow-type thing. I also added explanations in parantheses, and apologize for any confusion. So, here are mine:
- Akiko: Strong fear of starvation and dying alone -> need for security and stability -> need for wealth, power, and respect to attain the latter -> prostitution, thievery, and general mayhem-attention-causing actions. Motivation changes over time to grow from its end there into wanting to free herself from Domestic Abuse and an Unwanted Spouse - complicated by her committing adultery.
- Mikami: Fear of attachment due to being pushed away by family -> cannot attach to husband (not taking into account her Incompatible Orientation, which does not directly cause her lack of attachment to husband) -> husband is also cold, away often, and suspicious -> feels uncomfortable among other noblewomen, who strike her as superficial -> seeks comfort from prostitutes (whom she can control sexually and who she desires) -> changes brothels and women frequently to avoid attachment (and potential liability). Also feeding into this pathos is her want of genuine affection and honesty, which has been lacking in her life to some degree consistently, and she finds in Akiko. However, she also controls Akiko in various ways, largely sexual, but also acting as The Caretaker, she refuses to let Akiko commit suicide or otherwise die. Eventually, realizing that persuading her lover otherwise is truly hopeless, she either commits jigai or leaves and is not seen again. (still thinking about that)
- Inagi: Sociopathy and low social position -> Inferiority Superiority Complex -> constant resentment of those in power -> seizure of power when opportunity arrives -> need to be center of attention and recognized -> violent and illogical actions (consumate with sociopathic traits) -> mistreatment of others and blatant abuse of laws -> necessary deposition -> further resentment of those now in authority -> twisted thinking that he was usurped and gravely wronged by others (imagined) -> will do anything to achieve his goal of attaining the same power and revenging himself -> violent actions against current leader's wife to turn the two against each other and weaken him in preparation for Challenging the Chief.
Inagi also has a second one:
Sociopathy and warped logic -> Madonna/Whore complex related to women (helpfully suggested by Ettina
- meaning that a woman is pure and faultless to him until she does something, however small, that proves otherwise, from which point onwards, she is viewed as a whore, and nothing can change that perception) -> discovery of adulterous wife and subsequent treatment -> cementing of complex -> dislike of Akiko's unfamiliarity with Tribe ways -> dislike of Akiko as person -> discovery of Akiko's prostitution -> warpath with Akiko and daughter as vehicle to regaining power (and personal campaign against Akiko, who he feels has no right to be in the social role that she is, given her past).
What are yours? Do you know? If you do, how do their most basic motivations affect the rest of their actions? Is there some sort of path or pattern that you can identify or see?
You don't have to write them out like mine, of course - however you want is fine (mine might be a bit confusing, too...) I also just realized that my most-developed character, Akiko, has the simplest motivation.... Wierd.
edited 30th May '11 12:48:36 PM by punkreader