A Shadow Across Amber
Character Quiz - Part the First
This is the first of several Character Quizzes – questions designed to help flesh out your character background and personality and help give me, the GM, some ideas about how and where you fit into the Campaign story. Please fill this out as you start to get ideas; there is no required order and you may skip some until an answer becomes apparent to you. You may want to write up the answers as part of your Character Bio public pages or keep them as GM Secrets – your choice…
- You return to a favorite inn that has housed you many times over the years. You find that the kindly family has been threatened, beat up, and robbed. You track down the guilty party and capture him. What do you do now?
- “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Do you see your story as “redemption of a bad seed”, an “inevitable rise to malevolent power” or “good triumphs over all”?
The campaign will occur in three or four acts; on a scale of 1 (“Villain”) to 10 (“Hero”), how do you see your character aligned with the world during each act?
- Why bother keeping up with the Kardashians? The Osbornes? Meh. The Blood of Amber are the original dysfunctional family. You’ve been invited as the main guest on the Jerry Springer Show; what’s Jerry’s topic tonight?
- “You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ‘em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Who do you think is your Amber parent and why?
If you could have chosen, who would you want as your Amber parent and why?
- A relative, one respected but not feared, has committed the same breach of etiquette three times. Each time, in front of others, this person has treated your character as an inferior, giving you orders instead of making requests or your performance has been criticized. You can arrange things such that you’ll not be bothered again. Or you could confront the person. Or have a third party intervene. Which would you do? If you would have to explain your actions, what would you say?
- To your character, does revenge mean (1) “an eye for an eye,” (2) repayment with interest," (3) “the only good enemy is a dead enemy,” or (4) something else? In exacting this revenge, would your character serve it hot, as soon as possible after the offense, or cold, awaiting a perfect time and place?
- Everybody has some little item that they regard as somehow sacred. A piece of clothing, a memento of some event, whatever. What is your sacred item? Tell the story of how you found it, or why it came to be important.
- What was your character like at the age of ten? Was s/he a wimp, a bully, a nerd, a snitch, or a klutz? Popular or not? Write up a little description, and if you like, a little day-in-the-life story about your character at that age.
- What has has been the most fundamental change since that 10 year old you described? What was the most pivotal moment in that transformation from childhood to where you are today?
- Describe the (irrevocable) loss of something/someone that was special to you – a loved one, favorite pet, toy, item, etc. What was it, what did it mean to you, how was it lost or destroyed and how did you react to that loss?