OK, I think I can work with this.
My first piece of advice for having characters like that is to have the heroes' success depend on their actions. It doesn't necessarily have to mean that they influence the conflict directly
, though; their actions just might cause a chain reaction that ends to the defeat of the Big Bad
. However, I think it would be a good idea to make at least one character's actions deliberately
against the Big Bad
instead of a clueless Spanner in the Works Pinball Protagonist
. If you can remove the protagonist and still keep the plot mostly intact, the character should not be the protagonist.
Now for personality. For the wealthy trader's son, you could go for either spoiled or competent with good business sense, or perhaps a mix of both. For the seamstress, you could make her hard-working and have her enjoy her new role in the plot because she's finally broken free from her social class.
What is their background and ages? By establishing that, you can decipher what their personality is. Give them mini-conflicts before the main conflict shows up. Maybe the trader's son is going through an Arranged Marriage
despite being in love with the poor seamstress, or is doing a shady arms deal that ends up tying into the magic war plot. Also, when the main conflict shows up, make sure that at least one character is interested in and inquisitive about what's going on, so they don't end up as complete idiots (unless the character is young and naive or meant to be Comic Relief
edited 28th Jan '13 12:55:12 PM by shiro_okami