Darby Bradley wrote:Have you ever really wanted to play with a particular writer, even though it compromised your character and put him/her into situations they would have avoided if you, the typist, weren't enjoying the interactions?
Since when do we ever have total control of the events in our life, real or virtual? I think too many of us focus on having total control of every aspects of our characters direction and to do anything else, willingly or not, is someone a compromise of the characters nature. That is far too narrow in focus, too black-white to work well for a rational person.
I have done things I would not normally do to play with people. Biggest example for be Ven going to Clearchus, when the old man dislikes outlaws and absolutely hates Trevians (and Clearchus was mostly exiled Trevians). Yet, Ven as a proud Warrior still went to Clearchus and interacted with these dirty outlaws, which was very much against his character and not a normal course of action for him. Except that the underlying reason he was there was to spy upon the fledgling outlaw empire and study the leadership to determine IF a threat existed for civilized places.
On the surface I did compromise Ven's ideals and hatreds in order to play with certain people and enjoyed myself. But Ven's hatred's still existed and he was working towards toppling the outlaw empire if necessary so the core of his character was not compromised.
I know I often ask myself "Does this make sense for Ven to do?" and "Since I really want to play with so-n-so what can I do to realistically make it happen?"
In the past I have used character's wanderlust, a mental breakdown, spying double-agent angle, and currently debating capped and sold by panthers as a slave to further the story and removing the character's choice in matters. Did Verna compromise herself by falling in love with Marlenus, or was she forced into a situation and life happened?
“I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.”
“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”