So to practice my writing, and help Bryan (My better half, and a Character Designer for Video Games) practice his character designs I wrote up some party characters for a fictional RPG game. Now with moving and job hunting not sure when we’ll get back around to this project, but here are the write ups of the characters. I tried to keep them loose to give Bryan as much freedom as possible and also give me the challenge of creating characters using only personality and history.
Tell me what you think!
The game takes place across a single, vast and diverse country. Coming out of their dark ages (the Age of Shadows) and entering their renaissance (the Age of Expansion). It is ruled by the Royalty, a hive mind of the royal family. War is brewing on many fronts, the DarkOne has gathered an army of horrors to ravage the country while the Resistance battles the Royalty from within. The player can choose either a male or female Hero with a different yet similar plot revolving around both.
Name gender class keyword age
Hildabrand female knight large forties
Hildabrand had been a knight of the Royal Order during the Age of Shadows before retiring to marry a rogue Scholar of Delphi and have two beautiful children. She avoided the looming war that came on the dawn of the Age of Expansion, her husband and her taking their children to a small farm far from city life. When the DarkOne’s forces raided her home while she at the local town selling crops, burning the farm and slaughtering her family she took up he arms and joined the Hero’s party for vengeance, or at least to die fighting for revenge. She ends up becoming the mother of the group, seeing that while her life is coming to an end their lives are just beginning. Protective, warm and opinionated, though carrying a facade to hide her true sadness deep within.
“Losing my children was like having my heart ripped from my chest and replaced with a boulder and if allowed that boulder will drag me down to my grave.”
“Protect yourself, I got this!”
Katar male rogue lithe preteen
The last of the Red Snow Tribe, an enigmatic people of spies, assassins and thieves that live in the Wild North. They had been contracted by the Royalty to fight the DarkOne’s forces, taking every able bodies member and leaving only the old, sick and young. When the adults left for the Capitol they never returned, neither appearing in battle or anywhere else again. The harsh northern winter ravaged the remnants of the town, and the DarkOne’s army murdered the rest. Katar escaped into woods where he has to fend for himself. Raised by neither a friendly pack of woods nor some magically benevolent creature Katar grew wild fighting against cruel nature to survive. When finally coaxed into the Hero’s party he is wild, malnourished and scared, making him an unpredictable member at best. Eventually he comes to think of the group as his family, drawn to Hildabrand, and truly looking up the Hero.
“It feels, It loves, It not monster, It human.”
Albert male buffer noble thirties
Albert is the head of the Ribbon Road Trading Company, a trade and commerce corporation that he had started with his father, dealing in fine foreign imports. He is so powerful he’s practically the vizier for the Royalty, trying to keep them connected to their subjects. But, behind closed doors, he’s one of the leaders of the Resistance, fighting for democracy and capitalism. Grand and elegant he uses his extensive knowledge of foreign mysticism to support the Hero’s party in battle. Fighting alongside them in order to convince them to take up his cause, and also knowing that the DarkOne is just plain bad for business. Seemingly frank and straight forward, he is cunningly deceptive. He butts heads with Hildabrand often and is known to be both a player and a dandy of questionable sexuality.
“Pretty young things like you should fight for nothing less than love, passion and freedom. History does not take kindly to forgettable faces that die for less.”
“Let me assist with that!”
Serafina female Mage determined teens
Serafina was born into a wealthy family that gave her the option of going to any school she wished. Dreaming of knights and adventures like in her books she went away to be a Page. Though truly unmotivated she floundered through her training and was eventually stripped of her position and sent home for being lazy and privileged. Shunned by her parents for dishonoring the family name she was determined to prove herself. Deciding to go to the Mage College (considered a much more difficult study than most, requiring only the brightest and most devoted) she devoted herself fully to her studies. When the Hero’s party was sent to the Mage College to find a magic user to assist them and subsequently sent away by the Headmaster ( being influenced by the Royalty who deceptively sent the Hero there to begin with) she saw her opportunity to bring honor to her family, complete her studies and live her childhood dreams and runs away to join the party. She looks up to Albert seeing him as a true intellectual and successful man.
“Don’t you ever dream of being more? Of fighting dragons and being heroes? To rise above the masses and be someone? Haven’t you ever wanted to be more?”
“Ha! This is easy!”
Sealed God Bakara male warrior power ???
Bakara the Ageless Judge existed when the world was young and fresh. A deity that was created to bring order and justice to the world. Over millennia the impossibility of bringing order and justice to a world with none wore away at his sanity. Believing that he was created by corrupt gods for their own amusement he rebelled. The ensuing battle lit the heavens with fire, but alas, outnumbered and overpowered he was captured and put to trial in a weird twist of the very order and justice he was meant to uphold. He was sentenced to banishment among the very mortals he had been tasked with watching. To learn true order from those beneath him. An enigma wandering aimless for generations the reason he appeared to the Hero’s party or why he travels with them is unknown. He interacts with few outside the Hero, keeping almost entirely to himself.
“Do not stand against me, you will lose, you will fall. I exist beyond your wildest dreams.”
“You will be punished for your crimes!”
Eli male healer/light Mage strong late teens
Devote, loyal and stalwart Eli grew up with the Hero but they had never been friends. His parents were a doctor and a priest leading him down the family path. It was his very own father who was possessed by the DarkOne and had to be slain at the beginning of the journey. Though he attempts to be calm and collected on the journey he carries a vehement need to get revenge. At first solitary, he warms up to the Hero. He feels the closest to Hildabrand, and looks down on Serafina for being a brat.
“The world is a harsh place, the best we can do is surround ourselves with friends and family that will protect us, watch over us.”
“May the light of Syrin protect us!”
Skyler female ranger violent twenties
Loyal to the Royalty Skyler spent her life patrolling the High Woods to keep the bordering towns safe from the creatures that dwell within. She works with a tough cop, shoot first ask questions second attitude. Especially with anything she thinks could be threatening. She really wants to join the army though, but is consistently turned away to keep her position as a ranger of the High Woods. She travels with the Hero to plead her case to the Royalty in person. She despises both Hildabrand and Albert. One for being a deserter and the other for being deceptive and for betraying the Royalty. She spends much of her time trying to toughen up the younger members of the party. And starts to form some feelings for Eli, respecting his skeptical view on life.
“You’re not playing no game here! It’s kill or be killed. If you get killed out there ’cause your own stupid I will not save you. You get what you’re deserving.”
“Attack me will you!?”
Hero male main character confident teens
The Hero grew up in a small village away from any of the action of the war or intrigue of the politics. Growing up with dreams of being something more, of leaving his small town behind. He lives with both his parents, a smithy and a seamstress. His journey begins when the DarkOne possesses Eli’s father and the Hero manages to kill him. But only at the cost of an infection of the DarkOne’s very being. Leaving his old life behind he travels to the capital in hopes of finding a cure for his condition, all the while combating the dark tendencies that seem to be rearing themselves within him. Are they his own oppressed feelings or caused by the DarkOne’s curse. If pursued he will form feelings for either Eli or Serafina and eventually they will become a couple. He treats Katar like the younger brother he never had and Hildabrand and Albert like stand in parents. And is wary but friendly to both Skyler and Bakara.
“You’re right, I don’t know what it’s like to lose someone dear to me, but I know what it’s like to carry something dark inside you. Something that could rip you apart.”
“Ha! Too slow!”
Hero female main character confident teens
The Hero grew up in a small village away from any of the action of the war or intrigue of the politics. Growing up with dreams of being something more, of leaving her small town behind. She lives with her father, a tradesman. Her mother having died in childbirth, the Hero had to take over a lot of the housework. When Eli’s father is possessed by the DarkOne she is the one that manages to kill him. But in doing so he is able to create a doppelgänger of her with his dark will. The Hero leaves home to hunt down this dark twin, to stop her from doing wicked things in her name. Having to hide her face most of the journey to not be blamed for the DarkOne’s crimes. If pursued she will grow feelings for either Eli or Serafina and eventually they will become a couple. She loves Hildabrand dearly as a mother, but doesn’t trust Albert and his philandering ways. She respects Skyler and Katar, and is wary but friendly to Bakara.
“There is someone out there, with my face, doing terrible, horrible things. I have to stop her. I have to defeat her.”
“I’m coming for you!”