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#9948791 Aug 30, 2014 at 09:56 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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Hi there! I'm Fia, I've been around the block a few times when it comes to role-play and writing in general. I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways I build characters as not only a role-player but also a published author. Hopefully it's of use to some of you. ^_^

Disclaimer: The artwork used in this thread was obtained from public sites and does in no way belong to me. If the artists ever request I remove them, I will. Otherwise, they're just decorative to make the information look easier on the eyes.

So! To explain how this works...

When building a character, you're not at all obligated to pick just one archetype to fall under. These are simply building blocks to help create a more in-depth character. You can pick and choose, mix and match, mash it all together and just have some fun with it. Inspiration can come from a single idea, but it's the twist your own imagination puts on that "idea" that really makes the character unique.
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#9948795 Aug 30, 2014 at 09:57 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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The Villain Archetype Forge

|Pride| |Elegance| |Beauty| |Intellect| |Brutality| |Sin|


"The wonderful thing about change is that it doesn't pick sides. It can be good, bad or neutral though these depend not on the actual change but rather who you talk to about it. Change is an emotionless, never judgmental but ever fluid aspect of life. You can force it to happen or it can be forced upon you and it never stops, no matter how badly you might want it to."


<The Construction Zone>


-Villain Types-


The Brute:

He knows what he wants and he is not afraid to take it by any means. He is quite literally the name he is tagged with. Through strength or power, he will forcefully take what he believes he has a right to. Sometimes he will take just to prove that he can. This type of villain rarely lives very long as they have a tendency to be brash and reckless.


The Crime Lord:


Whether they were born into it or fought their way to the top, this type of villain will inevitably be the sort that has dozens, if not hundreds, of minions at their disposal. They spend time sitting back and managing their business while others do their dirty work and pay for their crimes.


The Traitor:


The infamous liar. The snake in the grass. This villain hides well among friends but in reality, they're plotting and lying their way through life. Relationships and friendships are just stepping stones to newer and better things. They will use, abuse and toss aside anyone who is foolish enough to fall for their lies.


The Megalomaniac:


We've all heard the old adage, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." The slightly altered version of that is all about perfection. This type of villain may have at one point actually been more of a hero type character but after years of success and praise for their amazing works, they've become vain and selfish. They still believe that they are doing great things in the world but in reality, they're only feeding into their own self-centered wants. They likely spend a great deal of time in front of the mirror.


The Do-Gooder:


Whaaat? That's not a villain! Get real! They do great works of public service! They smile! They kiss babies! They appear to be an all around good guy until you get them behind closed doors. Their vision for a better world is topped only by their need to control it. This "well meaning" individual wants to re-shape things in their own image, changing the world to suit them rather than actually helping people as they appear and claim to be doing. This type of villain is one of the most difficult to spot as they do not usually break laws openly or commit actual crimes on their own. Rather they encourage others and fund certain efforts to take down their opponents in a quiet and efficient manner.


The Devil Himself:


This is my personal favorite. This type of villain is charming, suave, physically attractive and a badboy/badgirl to the core. You never know what kind of insane stuff this villain could be into and yet folk are enamored with them. His intense charisma lures his victims into a false sense of security before he strikes. He preys on the emotional and moral weaknesses of his targets.


The Outcast:


They've been thrust out of society, left bitter and alone for a very long time. This type of villain craves redemption in some manner but they go about it in the most ass way possible, sacrificing others and basically destroying everything that stands in their way to regain whatever place in the world they believe they have lost. This type of villain usually has a very sob back story that almost makes you want to sympathize with them.


The Predator:


They live for the hunt. Violence. Psychological games. Sadistic tendencies. This villain has it all. They will spend a great deal of time creating elaborate scenarios and selecting just the right targets for each one.


The Zealot/Fanatic:


This type of villain can be either very loud and outspoken or very quiet and secretive about their ways. No matter which personality they are, this villain is dedicated to a cause so intensely that they are willing to do anything and everything to see it succeed. This includes but is not limited to the slaughter of innocents, razing of villages/homes, wanton disregard for the safety of others and of course, lots of acts of terrorism.


The Psycho:


A little crazy never hurt anyone, riiight? Well, this type of villain can hurt a lot of people. They are psychotic and random. Their insanity is their drive to live, they take it out on everyone. There's nothing they won't do and sometimes, they'll do nothing at all. It is quite literally impossible to predict them.


The Black Widow:


[center]This type of villain is typically female, though males can play this type of role as well. This is our relationship predator. They lure others in with the promise of love and commitment, while in reality their goal is entirely different. Usually they seek to murder their poor victim but occasionally they pull them in to screw with them psychologically before releasing the damaged person back into the world to bring havoc of their own to where ever they head off to.


-Villain Alignments-


Lawful Neutral
They follow a strict code of behavior and distance themselves from it emotionally. They're one of the most difficult types of villains to pin down as actual villains because they often appear to be simply following orders or rules.

Neutral
Yes. A villain can be neutral. Apathetic villains can often be the most dangerous sort. Villains that fall under this category are often very distant and disconnected from their actions. Sociopaths are actually neutral because they do not feel complex emotions.

Chaotic Neutral
They're the more individual type of villain. They don't follow any code or set behavior but rather focus on their own freedom to do as they please without consequences.

Lawful Evil
These villains see a well ordered system as easier to exploit than a chaotic one. They may follow rules and regulations but they care nothing for the rights of others. They will destroy anyone who stands in their way to uphold order. (Think White Mantle in the good ol' days.)

Neutral Evil
This type of villain is just plain selfish. They don't care who they harm but they don't always go out of their way to do it. It's always more fun if the prey comes to them.

Chaotic Evil
As a good friend of mine once said: "Chaaaoooooos!" Ahem. Villains of this alignment care nothing for rules or codes of any sort. These are the self-centered, sadistic bastards that will do anything and everything. They usually only stem their villainous acts out of fear of punishment... Though sometimes, even that isn't enough to stop them.
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#9948796 Aug 30, 2014 at 09:57 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
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The Hero Archetype Forge

|Virtue| |Sacrifice| |Focus| |Compassion| |Honesty|


"The truest evil can be found in the hearts of those who believe with every fiber of their being that what they do, they do for a greater good and the most valiant heroes can be found in those who have continued fighting for what is right, despite having lost all reason to."


<Construction Zone>


The Alpha:



This is the quintessential alpha hero, the one that knows what they're doing, where they're going and why they're doing it. They stand above and out of the crowd. They might have been born to lead, or perhaps they conquered their way to the top, but either way, they're tough, decisive, goal-oriented. That means they're is also a bit overbearing and inflexible.



The Anti-Hero:


They lack conventional hero qualities but this does not make them any less the hero. While a classic hero can often have qualities that are larger than life, this type is easier to relate to for the average, every day person. They often have flaws that one would not associate with a hero. (ie: Greed, anger issues, self-loathing, etc... )


The Charmer:


He always gets the girl... Or she always gets her man! This type of hero is inherently charming, they craft their good deeds around spice and explosive showboating. Everyone knows their name and there isn't a man/woman who isn't fanning themselves a little when this hero shows up. They are the kings/queens of diplomacy, always knowing exactly the right thing to say for every situation.


The Tortured Soul:


Tortured, secretive, brooding, and unforgiving... But also vulnerable. They might be a wanderer or an outcast. In work they're creative, but probably also a loner, so they might be an undercover agent, or do something artistic. Whatever their path in life, they are almost always seeking retribution for some wrong that has been done to them or someone they loved.


The Professor:


The first time you meet them, this logical, introverted, and inflexible person might not be your idea of a hero, but take another look. They are genuine about their feelings. At work, they like cold, hard facts, thank you very much, but they're also honest and faithful, and won’t let you down.


The Action Hero:


The name says it all upfront. They're action, action, and more action. They're physical and daring. Fearless, they're a daredevil, or an explorer. They needs thrills and chills to keep them happy. Any dangerous feat is likely to bring this type blazing in and ready to fight.


The Warrior/Knight:


This hero is the reluctant rescuer or the knight in shining armor. They're noble, tenacious, relentless, and they always sticks up for the underdog. If you need a protector, this is who you call. They don't buckle under the rules, or and they don't go along with anything just to get along.


The Survivor:


This type of hero is long accustomed to sizing up everyone in a room the minute they enter. Mysterious and manipulative, they hide a streak of distrust a mile wide and ten miles deep. Cynicism guides their every action, and their tough sense of survival gives them the means to do whatever is necessary to come out ahead.


The Free Spirit:


Playful and fun loving, this hero travels through life with a hop, skip and a jump, always stopping to smell the flowers and admire the pretty colors. They act on a whim and follow their heart, not their head. An "original," they sets trends, not follow them, and are looking for new experiences. they might be a bit on the ditzy side, or perhaps they're the well-intentioned busybody who leaves a trail of victims of their good deeds.


The Crusader:


This person is on a mission, and will marche right over anyone in their way. Tenacious and headstrong, they brushes off any opposition to their goal. Don't try to calm them down, and don't try to force them to take time off from the mission. If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem, and that makes you fair game.


The Saint:


Is that an angel? No, not yet, but they're well on their way! This type of hero is generous, nurturing, caring and overall, likely the most genuine person you will ever meet. They go above and beyond to not only save those they find in need, but also to eliminate what caused the need in the first place. They are most likely to try to find a peaceful solution to problems, one that benefits and saves everyone, even the aggressors from themselves.


-Hero Alignments-

Lawful Good
This type of character typically acts with compassion, and always with honor and a sense of duty. Lawful Good characters, especially paladins, may sometimes find themselves faced with the dilemma of whether to obey law or good when the two conflict — for example, upholding a sworn oath when it would lead innocents to come to harm — or conflicts between two orders, such as between their religious law and the law of the local ruler.

Neutral Good
A Neutral Good character is guided by his conscience and typically acts altruistically, without regard for or against Lawful precepts such as rules or tradition. A Neutral Good character has no problems with co-operating with lawful officials, but does not feel beholden to them. In the event that doing the right thing requires the bending or breaking of rules, they do not suffer the same inner conflict that a Lawful Good character would.

Chaotic Good
A Chaotic Good character favors change for a greater good, disdains bureaucratic organizations that get in the way of social improvement, and places a high value on personal freedom, not only for oneself, but for others as well. They always intend to do the right thing, but their methods are generally disorganized and often out of alignment with the rest of society. They may create conflict in a team if they feel they are being pushed around, and often view extensive organization and planning as pointless, preferring to improvise.

Lawful Neutral
A Lawful Neutral character typically believes strongly in Lawful concepts such as honor, order, rules and tradition, and often follows a personal code. A Lawful Neutral society would typically enforce strict laws to maintain social order, and place a high value on traditions and historical precedent. Examples of Lawful Neutral characters might include a soldier who always follows orders, a judge or enforcer that adheres mercilessly to the word of the law, and a disciplined monk.

Characters of this alignment are neutral with regard to good and evil. This does not mean that Lawful Neutral characters are amoral or immoral, or do not have a moral compass, but simply that their moral considerations come a distant second to what their code, tradition, or law dictates. They typically have a strong ethical code, but it is primarily guided by their system of belief, not by a commitment to good or evil.


Neutral
A Neutral character represents Neutral on both axes, and tends not to feel strongly towards any alignment. A farmer whose primary overriding concern is to feed his family is of this alignment. Most animals, lacking the capacity for moral judgment, are of this alignment since they are guided by instinct rather than conscious decision. Many roguish characters who play all sides to suit themselves are also of this alignment (such as a weapon merchant with no qualms selling his wares to both sides of a war for a profit).

Some Neutral characters, rather than feeling undecided, are committed to a balance between the alignments. They may see good, evil, law and chaos as simply prejudices and dangerous extremes.


Chaotic Neutral
A Chaotic Neutral character is an individualist who follows his or her own heart, and generally shirks rules and traditions. Although they promote the ideals of freedom, it is their own freedom that comes first. Good and Evil come second to their need to be free. Chaotic Neutral characters are free-spirited and do not enjoy the unnecessary suffering of others, but if they join a team, it is because that team's goals happen to coincide with their own at the moment. They invariably resent taking orders and can be very selfish in their pursuit of personal goals. A Chaotic Neutral character does not have to be an aimless wanderer; they may have a specific goal in mind, but their methods of achieving that goal are often disorganized, unorthodox, or entirely unpredictable.
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#9948797 Aug 30, 2014 at 09:58 PM · Edited over 6 years ago
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Custom Archetype Building Blocks

|Strength| |Wisdom| |Growth| |Learning| |Change|


"They tell great tales about our land, of heroes and villains... Sometimes I want to hit them with my sewing kit and remind them that real people live here too."


<Construction Zone>


The Innocent:

This type of character is typically very sweet and naive, unknowing of the many wrongs committed in the world. They often end up as distressed damsels/gentlemen because they're ignorant of the things they need to stay out of trouble.


The Mentor:

A character of this sort goes out of their way to educate others, often seeing it as their duty or right to explain whatever subject they're proficient in. They take pride in seeing their students grow and learn.


The Introvert:

There is no shame in being alone, and this character should be glad of it because they spend much of their time avoiding contact with others. They will often make any excuse to slide away from a crowd or take on work that does not require interaction with others.


The Bookworm:

As the name states, this character is most at home in the library. They likely prefer dusty shelves and thick bound books to people. Their knowledge of the world is usually confined to the pages of the many tomes they've mentally devoured as well.


The Eager Student:

This type of character can either be a youth, in their first blush, seeking knowledge from a mentor, or they can be an older character that believes they can never learn enough. Either way, they strike out with a thirst for knowledge.


The Distressed Damsel/Gentleman:

The name, once more, says it all. This character is often in trouble, whether due to bad decisions or naivety, it becomes troublesome for anyone who befriends them. They are very often in need of rescue.


The Lady:

A prim and proper female character, often of the upper/noble class in whatever society they're a part of.


The Lord:

The male counterpart to the female character, though often less prim, they are every bit as proper. Their life is guided by the strict societal rules that they are brought up from birth to adhere to.


The Elder:

An old man/woman, in body or soul, who has much wisdom to share.


The Loner:

They might be an introvert or they might have been forced into solitude by something that happened in their life, either way, they spend much of their time alone.


The Mystery Man/Woman:

The sort of character that thrives on hiding every scrap of information about themselves. They are likely to lie about small things, even their names.


The Feral:

Probably raised in a tribal culture or abandoned in a forest. A Feral character is free of the rules that confine normal people in civilized society. They can be very dangerous.


The Entrepreneur:

A man or woman that excels in business. Much of their time/life is consumed by gaining more riches or ground for their company/organization.


The Devout:

A character that defines themselves by how they worship a specific deity or ideal.


The Nurturer:

A loving and caring individual, one who cares for other living creatures or plant life.


The Sanity Impaired:

This character is not quite right in the head, they can be harmless or extremely dangerous.


The Logician:

They wield logic like magic, whipping it out and lashing it at others in every situation. Arguing with them sucks.


The Courtesan:

Every bit as refined as a lady or lord, this devious character makes their currency from providing companionship and lively entertainment, all the while showing the world a very lovely and respectable face.


The Sleaze:

A greasy, untrustworthy character that spends much of their time thinking up ways to con others. Typically very promiscuous as well.


The Streetwalker:

A ho. Yup. A ho. Though, in all seriousness, they share much with the pauper in how they ended up here. Some choose it because they want it, some choose this life because it was forced on them by circumstances. Others know nothing else, because of parentage.


The Pauper:

This character is down on their luck or perhaps they were born into this social class and know little else.


The Beggar:

A pauper who spends their time begging rather than working for coin


The Genderless:

Quite simply, an androgynous character that looks that way either by choice or by the way they were born to look.


The Simpleton:

Missing some marbles? Well, this character is. Lots of them... But they're typically easy to get along with and good friends to those that look past their mental limitations.



-Alignments-



Lawful Good
This type of character typically acts with compassion, and always with honor and a sense of duty. Lawful Good characters, especially paladins, may sometimes find themselves faced with the dilemma of whether to obey law or good when the two conflict — for example, upholding a sworn oath when it would lead innocents to come to harm — or conflicts between two orders, such as between their religious law and the law of the local ruler.

Neutral Good
A Neutral Good character is guided by his conscience and typically acts altruistically, without regard for or against Lawful precepts such as rules or tradition. A Neutral Good character has no problems with co-operating with lawful officials, but does not feel beholden to them. In the event that doing the right thing requires the bending or breaking of rules, they do not suffer the same inner conflict that a Lawful Good character would.

Chaotic Good
A Chaotic Good character favors change for a greater good, disdains bureaucratic organizations that get in the way of social improvement, and places a high value on personal freedom, not only for oneself, but for others as well. They always intend to do the right thing, but their methods are generally disorganized and often out of alignment with the rest of society. They may create conflict in a team if they feel they are being pushed around, and often view extensive organization and planning as pointless, preferring to improvise.

Lawful Neutral
A Lawful Neutral character typically believes strongly in Lawful concepts such as honor, order, rules and tradition, and often follows a personal code. A Lawful Neutral society would typically enforce strict laws to maintain social order, and place a high value on traditions and historical precedent. Examples of Lawful Neutral characters might include a soldier who always follows orders, a judge or enforcer that adheres mercilessly to the word of the law, and a disciplined monk.

Characters of this alignment are neutral with regard to good and evil. This does not mean that Lawful Neutral characters are amoral or immoral, or do not have a moral compass, but simply that their moral considerations come a distant second to what their code, tradition, or law dictates. They typically have a strong ethical code, but it is primarily guided by their system of belief, not by a commitment to good or evil.


Neutral
A Neutral character represents Neutral on both axes, and tends not to feel strongly towards any alignment. A farmer whose primary overriding concern is to feed his family is of this alignment. Most animals, lacking the capacity for moral judgment, are of this alignment since they are guided by instinct rather than conscious decision. Many roguish characters who play all sides to suit themselves are also of this alignment (such as a weapon merchant with no qualms selling his wares to both sides of a war for a profit).

Some Neutral characters, rather than feeling undecided, are committed to a balance between the alignments. They may see good, evil, law and chaos as simply prejudices and dangerous extremes.


Chaotic Neutral
A Chaotic Neutral character is an individualist who follows his or her own heart, and generally shirks rules and traditions. Although they promote the ideals of freedom, it is their own freedom that comes first. Good and Evil come second to their need to be free. Chaotic Neutral characters are free-spirited and do not enjoy the unnecessary suffering of others, but if they join a team, it is because that team's goals happen to coincide with their own at the moment. They invariably resent taking orders and can be very selfish in their pursuit of personal goals. A Chaotic Neutral character does not have to be an aimless wanderer; they may have a specific goal in mind, but their methods of achieving that goal are often disorganized, unorthodox, or entirely unpredictable.

Lawful Evil
A Lawful Evil character sees a well-ordered system as being easier to exploit, and shows a combination of desirable and undesirable traits; while they usually obey their superiors and keep their word, they care nothing for the rights and freedoms of other individuals and are not averse to twisting the rules to work in their favor. Examples of this alignment include tyrants, devils, undiscriminating mercenary types who have a strict code of conduct, and loyal soldiers who enjoy the act of killing.

Like Lawful Good Paladins, Lawful Evil characters may sometimes find themselves faced with the dilemma of whether to obey law or evil when the two conflict. However, their issues with Law versus Evil are more concerned with "Will I get caught?" versus "How does this benefit me?"


Neutral Evil
A Neutral Evil character is typically selfish and has no qualms about turning on their allies-of-the-moment, and usually makes allies primarily to further their own goals. They have no compunctions about harming others to get what they want, but neither will they go out of their way to cause carnage or mayhem when they see no direct benefit to it. They abide by laws for only as long as it is convenient for them. A villain of this alignment can be more dangerous than either Lawful or Chaotic Evil characters, since she or he is neither bound by any sort of honor or tradition nor disorganized and pointlessly violent. Another valid interpretation of Neutral Evil holds up evil as an ideal, doing evil for evil's sake and trying to spread its influence.

Examples are an assassin who has little regard for formal laws but does not needlessly kill, a henchman who plots behind her or his superior's back, or a mercenary who switches sides if made a better offer. An example of the second type of Neutral Evil would be a masked killer who strikes only for the sake of causing fear and distrust in the community.


Chaotic Evil
A Chaotic Evil character tends to have no respect for rules, other people's lives, or anything but their own desires, which are typically selfish and cruel. They set a high value on personal freedom, but do not have any regard for the lives or freedom of other people. They do not work well in groups, as they resent being given orders, and usually behave themselves only out of fear of punishment.

It is not compulsory for a Chaotic Evil character to be constantly performing sadistic acts just for the sake of being evil, or constantly disobeying orders just for the sake of causing chaos. They do however enjoy the suffering of others, and view honor and self-discipline as weaknesses. Serial killers and monsters of limited intelligence are typically Chaotic Evil.
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#9948799 Aug 30, 2014 at 09:58 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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COMING SOON...


The Side Character Archetype Forge
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#9948886 Aug 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM
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Reserved For Future Additions
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#9949027 Aug 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM
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Tis amazing...


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#9949069 Aug 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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This is fantastic. Seriously fantastic. Thank you and well done! :D
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#9949165 Aug 31, 2014 at 12:25 AM · Edited 6 years ago
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you could use a few different images for archetype's as some dont fit the title given as well as they should(your bad guy nutter one for instance looks more like a rogue type than a mentalist) but overall a pretty good idea for inspiration in character building, i like the usage of d&d alignments aswell :)

Edit: not sure atm where tahmoh fits in the archetypes lsit, but i shall give it a good look and see which ones fit(feel free to make suggestions those who have met tahmoh lol)
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#9949185 Aug 31, 2014 at 12:32 AM
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A wonderful resource for new and seasoned roleplayers alike!

I find Roa to be a Lawful Good mix of the Knight, Saint hero and the Student, Innocent misc. archetypes. Her general direction is geared towards the Professor as the end result, but she could very well change course towards Crusader... or something more sinister, should anything disturbing happen. Huhuhuhu.


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#9949342 Aug 31, 2014 at 01:48 AM
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This is a wonderful resource, thank you for sharing it.
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#10033019 Sep 17, 2014 at 01:16 PM
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*loud clapping* 'Tis BEEEEEEEEEAUTIFUL!

Excellently made.
Dahuta roleplayer
[Eastern] Sengo Blacksoul | Chaotic Neutral | Nightwind tribe | Knowledgeable madman
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#10033350 Sep 17, 2014 at 02:34 PM
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It IS fantastic!
Kora - Harani from Windscour Savannah looking into the mysterious disappearances of Excavation crews.

Guild Leader of <Out of Character>
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#10033407 Sep 17, 2014 at 02:47 PM
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Very cool.

I'm a fan of using the Enneagram system to iron out personality details:
http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/
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