Concepts

In an effort to help you out, if everything that's been said leaves you reeling with possibility, try picking a concept from the descriptions below. They may help focus your imagination on what your character is going to be. You could replicate a favorite character in a novel or movie too, or create someone with that dream job you've always wanted. If you're still stuck, talk to the Guide. There are two ways to create a character, and she could lead you through Growing a character.

  • Clubber: you know all the best clubs, which DJs are hot, and which ones are not. You know the drugs of choice, and what kind of trip you'll get, or maybe you're as pure as the driven snow. Perhaps you're a raver, or a clubkid, or maybe your tastes are a bit more erudite. Whichever way you have it figured out, you love the nightlife, baby.
  • Reporter: writing is what you do in between looking up secrets and public facts, and getting in people's faces. You're sure that your first Pulitzer is just around the corner, if you can just beat the networks. Or maybe you are Network, and you anchor the nightly news. You feel you have an obligation to society to find it out and share it around.
  • Entertainer: singer, musician, or table-waiting actor, you will be a star one day. Between gigs, you supplement your income in some other way. If you're lucky, you have already made it, and your face graces magazines and TV screens. Swimming pools and movie stars!
  • Artist: you play the street-corners, your paintings grace the most exclusive galleries, or you doodle on every available surface. You're an artist, and you have a starving moody reputation to live up to. Or not. You could be flirting with stars or making political statements. Take your pick, art-boy.
  • Criminal: you have some basic "familiarity" with the seedier side of life. You're a fence, a pickpocket, a burglar, or an ex-con trying to make good. Have you changed your law-breaking ways, or only just found them? Do you have "connections", have the police in your pocket, or are you just a kid from the streets with big dreams? How did it all come to this?
  • Politician: somewhere along the way, you found a need to serve. Perhaps it was a genuine desire to help your fellow man, or maybe it was the kickbacks and the social connections. Whoever you are, will you stop with being mayor, or do you aim for the Oval Office?
  • Soldier: on the street, you keep folks safe. You serve your country in the Army, or your community in the police force. You protect with outreach programs, or with a certain sense of recklessness that has spawned several major motion pictures. You will be the hero, and you will save the day. Hi-ho, Silver, away!
  • Intellectual: nose in book, you have a need to understand the workings of the world. A physicist working for a lab or multinational corporation, an educator working with special needs children, a researcher compiling notes for a new edition of the encyclopedia - all of these are possibilities.
  • Athlete: you have the body that most people would kill for, forged through hours of careful, strenuous labor. You run 3-minute miles, climb mountains for fun, and bounce quarters off your abs. You might be on a team, playing football or hockey, or you could be in training for the Olympics. Maybe you teach gym to 5th graders, or run races on weekends. Whatever it is, you just do it.
  • Merchant: you sell the best stuff - furniture, antiques, books, pastries, coffee or games. You life consists of tending to your shop and expanding your product base. You worry about rent, or perhaps you don't. You put Ron Popeil to shame with your infomercials, and make a tidy sum selling real estate from the comfort of your own home. Shop smart, shop S-mart.
  • Professional: you work the grind, 9 to 5 daily, pushing papers and counting beans. Accounting, operations, middle management, you have the standard American job. But maybe you don't, and your stockbroker life keeps you on the run and always in touch with your answering service. Cellphones and beepers are as vital as pressed suits and power ties. How do you keep up with the Joneses?
  • Gambler: You've got it bad, that gambling bug. Dice, cards, the trusting old woman, they all call to you in your sleep. You've gotta play the angle, go for the longshot, and maybe rake up the big bucks. You might break the bank once in a while, you might break the law more than that, but you'd never hurt a fly, right?
  • Social Worker: you help the ones that no one wants to help. You drive around the bad parts of town supplying clean needles and food to addicts, run a soup kitchen, manage a rescue home for battered women. Maybe you work for the government, dealing with child abuse issues and investigating allegations of sexual abuse. You know what's worth getting mad about, and you're doing something about it.
  • Drifter: you are a veteran down on his luck and harassed by the local constabulary. You have wanderlust something bad. You really, really dig Phish. However it plays out, you don't spend a lot of time in any one place. Spare change, brother?
  • Outsider: you revel in your uniqueness, as well as the five pounds of metal in your face. Fromming, tattoos, and black Harleys. Urban primitive or transgendered pre-op diva. Simple homosexual, or white-robed KKK Grand Dragon. You stand a little bit (or maybe a lot) outside normal society, and it's a nice place to be. All Hail Eris!
  • Priest: is it communion wafer or cakes and ale? Ghee or Green tea? Whatever religion it is, you are the one in the know, with a link to the Divine and a community to serve. Do you hand out flowers in airports, or go door to door with your literature? Does your typical day start with grief counseling, or with choir practice? How deep is your faith, and what would it take to challenge it? Let us pray.
  • Laborer: you're just a plain-old average guy with an average job. You work hard on the construction site, or as a janitor, or in the fields with the combine, and when you get home you like simple food and simple entertainment. Or maybe you're just biding your time while finishing night school, or build ultralight aircraft in your spare time. Everyone's interesting - how are you?
  • Socialite: thanks to rich parents, you can do anything you want to, and that's the social scene. You go to all the parties, plan intrigues with and also against your cohorts, and generally strive to be the best looking, most liked, most feared person on the scene. But maybe you just like people, and spend every waking moment in someone's company. You thrive on people, and you just can't get enough. You look mahvellous, dahlink.
  • Investigator: you find the people who have gone missing, discover if the husband is cheating, or track down the obscure precedent that will win your boss the case. You find out for a living, and maybe the information is held tight, channeled upstream to the nebulous management team, or maybe you hold out for the highest bidder. Gumshoe or grad student, you can find it.
  • Occultist: you've channeled the Great White Brotherhood, spoken with Sophocles, and cleanse each chakra daily. You have summoned major Atlantean masters and charted the course of the stars. Your tarot deck has seen better days, and the last ritual you performed left wax stains still fresh in your carpet. You know the hidden and unknowable, and the spirits aid you daily. I sense a disturbance in the Force, Luke.
  • Healer: is it E.R. trauma, acupuncture or energy massage? Pediatrics and stuffy noses, or cardiology at a major urban hospital? Whether E.M.T., herbalist, pharmacist, or even hypnotist, your job is making all the boo-boos better. Take two and call me in the morning.