It's not like this is mandating power lists, or any kind of attribute. It's a description of character traits and personality, in a format designed to help easy reading.
I'll throw out one of my favorite RPG characters I ever designed.
a) Overall background:
Genre: Real-life superheroes
Setting: Central California, 2008 (specifically Selma, in the Aberrant RPG universe)
b) Personal detail:
Name: Michal Wesson*
Race: (Optional, unless an integral part of the character's personality/plot) Average white-bread geek
Appearance: Tall and scrawny. Michal stands 6'1" but only weighs about 150lbs. He has rather boring brown hair, usually trimmed neatly, green eyes, and dresses like an average college student
Desired role in story: Super-Genius. Eventual founder of a company (SuperGeek Enterprises), and developer and builder of humanity's first space elevator and designer of the first in-system ships capable of visiting other planets.
Identity of and relationship with father: Marcus Wesson, owner of Springfield, Illinois' largest construction company and barely functional alcoholic. Marcus is highly disappointed in his only son, who is far more comfortable with a book or a computer than a football. Though not physically abusive, Marcus has quite a temper, and is used to bullying anyone around him through physical presence and scenery-damaging violent outbursts. Michal's super-powers are, at age 19, still a secret from his father, who secret supports the terrorist/cult Church of Michael Archangel, a group that believes the super-powered are possessed by demons and the heralds of the Apocalypse.
Identity of and relationship with mother: Maria Richardson Wesson (deceased). Maria died when Michal was 5, driving her and her husband home from a party after the completion of a large housing tract when they were struck by another drunk driver. Her death pushed Marcus from a regular social drinker into full-blown alcoholism.
Identity of and relationship with siblings: No siblings. Michal is an only child.
Other relatives: Michal's grandparents are all dead by the time he graduated high school. Though he has a few cousins, he's not especially close to any of them.
Friends and acquaintance: Now finishing his freshman year at UC Berkeley, Michal has a few minor friends at UCB. His mentor and guidance counselor, Dr. Richard Johnson, has helped introduce him to several other supers, and procured him a free-lance job using his powers for the DEA and ATF. His fellow supers eventually become his friends.
Love interest: Clio Darby, a British student attending UCLA and fellow super also free-lancing.
Enemies both major and minor: The Church (aka COMA) is his major enemy, as soon as his father finds out his son has "become a demon". For a while, until his group of supers succeeds at bringing them down, they will also draw the ire of the Medellin cartel. Eventually, their success will draw the attention of Teragen*
agents, and an ambitious one will find himself as Michal's enemy.
d) Character details:
Character history: Michal has always been a genius. Though he could have skipped a grade (or two) his father refused to sign the paperwork for the school district. By the time college selection came around, Michal had already applied for dozens of scholarships, eventually accepting UC Berkeley as the furthest he could get from his father. His super-powers manifested during spring midterms, when his roommate *
ruined his papers by spilling a bottle of whiskey on them. Having finished spring term with better-than-perfect grades, he's now turning his powers to something that actually challenges him.
Skills and abilities: Michal was a genius before erupting, and now he's a super-genius. At 19, he's in the top 0.1% of the smartest people on earth*
, with virtual mastery over anything electronic or mechanical. His other powers include telekinesis, the ability to produce auditory and visual holograms, and some minor heightened abilities*
Personality: Normally, Michal is content to stay in the background. Not because he's shy, but because he knows from experience that most people don't handle mind-blowing genius very well.*
So in their group, he's the planner and organizer, leaving it to the better looking members to handle public interaction. One-on-one, though, he's well spoken, carefully choosing his words and body language for maximum effect.
Goal, dream and motivation: He has a vision, a dream of carrying humanity, super-powered or not, out to the stars. While he's putting powers to use for the government right now, that's mostly to gain money, and contacts, to make his vision a reality. He knows that just being a super already gives him a leg up, but he's also painfully aware of how much hard work will go into pushing us out into the solar system and beyond.
First appearance: Michal's first appearance in the game was his moment of eruption. At 2am, on a Thursday night, Michal has finally finished the last of his three mid-term papers that are due the next morning. His noise-cancelling headphones, and hard-learned ability to block out alcoholics, have let him finish despite the party being thrown by his linebacker roommate, and as he rises from his chair to retrieve his papers and put them safely away, his roommate stumbles over, upending a bottle of Jack Daniels into the printer. Reaching his emotional limit, Michal snaps, and the room comes to life - books, papers, chairs, bottles, and cups start flying around the room, sending everyone fleeing for their lives. Horror-film villains and monstrous creatures spring forth from the walls, floor, or thin air, and as his roommate flees across campus, Michal follows him, the tornado of objects varying in size. Eventually, it stops, as his roommate goes crashing down a hill through some underbrush, and with him out of sight, the telekinetic storm slows, then fades, and with it goes Michal's consciousness.
Last appearance: His last appearance in the game was shortly after a Teragen agent had finished mind-raping Clio (by then his girlfriend) into stealing several of Michal's plans and designs. After fleeing in shame from what happened to her, Michal vows revenge on the man who just destroyed his love.*
e) Character trivia: Michal is a fairly hard-core geek - in between designing a space elevator and helping his companions hunt down drug supply lines and bust up Medellin operations, he took the time to program an AI, build a Mega Man
looking energy blaster, and learn Klingon*
. He also did a couple of side missions doing fun stuff like tracking down a hacker for Wall Street, and running a fully-hologram LARP session at Gen Con
. Since he had developed a psychic link with Clio, the two of them were slowly starting to develop other psychic abilities*
, and (before the GM put that particular storyline on a bus) studying several alien artifacts and starting to reverse-engineer them *
. He was also helping to tutor one of the other supers, who had been homeless and a teenage runaway before gaining Superman-expy
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edited 14th Sep '11 9:09:12 AM by BlueNinja0