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sacredmime
04-19-2006, 01:11 AM
Here’s a character-writing exercise.

I’m going to post a brief character sketch of a protagonist.

The next poster then creates TWO characters:
1) an antagonist that would be a good match against my protagonist, AND
2) a new protagonist for the next poster to play against.

You can do this seriously or humorously. Write as little or as much as you’d like for your character concepts, in whatever character format you choose, in whatever genre.

Gee, I hope this works :)

Please don’t forget to write your own protagonist at the end of your post.

Let’s start with:
Sister Mary Vincenzo – 35 years old, she works in a Catholic school in the Bronx, teaching 8th Grade with strict discipline and a heavy wooden ruler. The children fear her, as do the principal and most of the faculty. She is actually physically attractive, but hides it in her severe clothing and bitter demeanor. What she doesn’t know is that soon, very soon, she is going to fall in love.

DamaNegra
04-19-2006, 01:15 AM
Jake Peterson - 17 years old. Tall, handsome, charming and certainly not afraid of authority. He's every teacher's nightmare and a bad influence to all his peers. His disregard of rules makes him get in trouble often but hey, that's what life is about, right?



New protag:
Dawn Tread - 32 years old. Woke up one day in the trunk of a car to find that she was supposed to be dead. Her karate expertise helped her get out of there. Ever since, she's been an outcast, looking everywhere for her husband, which moved out soon after her supposed death.

nandu
04-20-2006, 11:39 AM
Lorenzo Ricci - Rogue cop. 40 years old. Corrupt to the core, boozer and womaniser. He has the hots for Dawn, so in tune with his twisted mentality, wants to get her behind bars.

New Protag:

Saeed Ahmed - 20 years old. Research student from India in the US. Shy, retiring, something of a nerd. One day he discovers that he has been tabbed as an Al Qaeda militant, and the FBI is gunning for him.

Godfather
04-20-2006, 12:31 PM
John L. Russel Jr. A southern boy, student. Racist and sexist, and a very wealthy, popular fellow. His father is an investor and a business man. John L. Russel Jr. has everything he wants.



Protagonist:
Michael Moriarty, a gangster of sorts. His daughter was kidnapped a year ago, and he formed his 'gang' to find her. He's a good man, with good and just ideals, but his temper can cloud his judgement. Society frowns on him, on the assumption that his 'gang' is a crime organisation.

electric.avenue
04-20-2006, 01:41 PM
Protagonist:
Michael Moriarty, a gangster of sorts. His daughter was kidnapped a year ago, and he formed his 'gang' to find her. He's a good man, with good and just ideals, but his temper can cloud his judgement. Society frowns on him, on the assumption that his 'gang' is a crime organisation.

Antagonist: Anna Moriarty: 18 years old, quiet, intellectual. Faked her own kidnapping to get away from her domineering father. In fact she fled to France where she is now studying at the Sorbonne under the name of Ann-Marie Dupont. Lives in a small flat not far from the Centre Pompidou. In the evening she busks, playing her guitar and singing. It makes a good few euros because she is very good.

She hears that her father has formed his gang to try and find her. She vows to outwit him.


New protagonist: Monty Arkwright lives in a small ex-mining village in Yorkshire in the north of England. Unemployment is high, and Monty can't get a job, despite the fact that he has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Lancaster University. He suspects that local employers see him as over-qualified, and possibly, a bit of a potential troublemaker, given that he has been at the forefront of various local citizens' campaigns. He wonders if a move to London would be a good idea.

Melisande
04-21-2006, 03:38 AM
Antagonist: Father Ted, the local priest. He is a strong-willed man with contemporary views. Though he would never admit it, he is desperate to find his dull, unappealing daughter a husband as soon as he possibly can. He wants her out of the house. He needs her room for a housekeeper with well rounded hips and inviting eyes.

New protagonist: Mrs. Delia Murgatroyd is the terror of the Women's Institute. Loving her own voice she never shuts up. She is the self-appointed leader that no one has asked for, ordering the poor women about. Her husband died years ago, and the local physiscian swears that he heard the poor man utter, "Finally", on his deathbed. Worse than anything else though, is her habit to bring soup to the sick, AND watch them eat every last spoon of it. Word has it that if that soup won't kill you, nothing will.

electric.avenue
04-21-2006, 11:37 AM
Antagonist: Isabel Lee: new member of the Women's Institute, and a bit of a renegade. The sort of person who is always determined to tip up the applecart. With red hair cut into a rather punky style, combat trousers, and several piercings, she cuts an unlikely dash at those WI meetings. The other women think she has turned up by mistake - but no, she really has joined. She is new to the area, and has moved here with her partner and little daughter.

New protagonist: Colin McFarland is an alcoholic who lives on the dole in a basement flat in Peckham, South London. With his baseball cap and permanent tracksuit, he looks like a typical "chav". When people who don't know him see him on the street they avoid him, sometimes crossing to the other side. But Colin has a heart of gold, and despite his offputting exterior, would not hurt a fly.

sacredmime
04-22-2006, 07:46 PM
Antagonist:
Tuatha Danon is a leprechaun. She hoards grudges almost as obsessively as she does her pot of gold, and she delights in all forms of cruel retribution. Nine or ten centuries ago (she can never remember exactly), a daring young lad named Kieran McFarland managed to steal a single coin from her trove. She's now learned (a bit late) that he survived the punishment she doled out, and while she can no longer exact revenge on him, he must surely have some descendants nearby, yes?

Protagonist:
Rip van Winkle has woken up and he is cranky. Everyone he knows is dead, his home has been replaced by some fantastical city. Everyone he meets thinks he's some dirty vagrant. He's going to get some answers, bust some heads, and find purpose again; though not necessarily in that order.

Albedo of Zero
04-22-2006, 08:39 PM
Suzy Squirrel buried the nuts for her daughter's wedding in a warm fuzzy secret place. When she goes to check on them for the hundredth time since winter, she is just in time to see a human man stand up with her secret hiding place on his face. Now she has to stop him from taking her nuts away.

Protaganist:
Yul B. Sarry only wants his wife back. He quits drinking, smoking and gambling. He thinks he has become boring, but she does come around more often. Now if he can only quit his girlfriends.

DamaNegra
04-24-2006, 04:50 AM
Jessica Sanchez - A charmin lation woman. Beautiful, intelligent, outgoing, she's in love with Yul's wild side. She doesn't mind him having many girlfriends, since she's not interested in anything serious. However, when she finds out that her man has quitted his fun life of drinking and gambling to get back his wife, she decides it's time to do anything to get him back.


Tom Higgins - He's the kind of guy who always has an answer for anything. Typical brain, but with a wild side that makes him liked by even the most popular guys in school, especially the girls.

electric.avenue
04-25-2006, 02:38 AM
Antagonist: Rupert Reed. Also brainy. High academic achiever. Always gets the top grades. But spends all his time studying. No dress sense. Little social life. However, when people manage to get him in conversation, they find that he can be quite witty. His only goal is to have a successful career. Has little to do with women. However, he is rather handsome ...

New protagonist: Angela West. Artistic, dreamy, spiritual. Plays the piano. Very beautiful. Her house is full of lovely old furniture, paintings and flowers. There is just one problem in her life as she sees it: she has never met the right man. This makes her feel sad.

nandu
04-25-2006, 07:29 PM
Roberta Smith: Angela's neighbour. Middle-aged, handsome in a rather severe way. A high-flying businesswoman. Roberta has only one problem: she is convinced that she is the right "man" for Angela. And will do anything to prove it...

Captain Will Pickman: In his middle forties. Commander of the spaceship "Tranquility", engaged in transporting mined goods between the mines on Mars and Earth. Plies his trade regardless of the tense intergalactic situation...

sacredmime
04-25-2006, 08:43 PM
Lamin Kabia - A misguided but charismatic idealist. He is trying to foment a miners' revolt because he feels the conditions are inhumane. All he needs to do is convince the miners. He has just hijacked his old friend's ship, the Tranquility, and is willing to sacrifice it and its crew to further his own agenda.


New Protaganist: Orian Orinsun is a powerful mage in an elven court. His forest home is dying, its streams turning red with blood and the trees rotting from within. Rumors abound to the cause, but the truth is more horrific than anyone has guessed. His Queen places upon Orian the task of saving the land at all costs… even if it means dealing with those barbaric humans.

Albedo of Zero
04-26-2006, 12:39 AM
Barbraic Hummin can not stand the high pitched noise in his head. He blames it on everything, including the plants' growth. Taking the poison that his myrzard made, he follows the waterways stemming off his castle lake and slaughters everything he thinks could make that sound; nothing helps, but he is getting closer.



Protagonist:
John Bond has had bad luck, bad health, bad breath and a bad life. Bad becomes good when John gets an emergency life saving blood transfusion at the city zoo where he was mauled by an escaped tiger.

electric.avenue
04-26-2006, 04:14 PM
Antagonist: Helen is the medic who gives John the life saving blood transfusion. She also puts stitches in his terrible wounds from the tiger. As a doctor, she is very careful about hygiene, but she has developed an obsession with cleanliness and health in her personal life. She cannot stand John's terrible bad breath.

New protagonist:

Alison is an industrial chemist. By day she is sober, diligent and hard working, simply dressed and almost severe in her crisp white labcoat. Having gained a Masters, she is now working for a PhD. However study and work are not everything to her - she has a life that her work colleagues and bosses don't know about ...

nandu
04-26-2006, 05:44 PM
John Smith is simple like his name: a middle-aged bachelor who works as a bookkeeper in a small accounting firm. However, his real profession is that of a Vampire Hunter. John is sure that there is a sinister link between the brutal serial killings that has been going on in the city, and the efficient industrial chemist who's his neighbour.

Brady doesn't know who he is. As a teenager, he was found wandering in the city one day, and admitted to a Home. Now in his late twenties, he is employed as a construction worker. One day, he falls down from the scaffolding and has a concussion. When he wakes up, he finds that his past is coming to him in bits and pieces. And he doesn't like what he sees...

MadScientistMatt
04-26-2006, 06:40 PM
Brady doesn't know who he is. As a teenager, he was found wandering in the city one day, and admitted to a Home. Now in his late twenties, he is employed as a construction worker. One day, he falls down from the scaffolding and has a concussion. When he wakes up, he finds that his past is coming to him in bits and pieces. And he doesn't like what he sees...

Leo Korbin is the charismatic founder of the Church of Enthiatics, a quasi-religious group that claims to use scientific processes to purify the mind. He maintains an iron group on his followers by manipulation, threats, and requiring regular confessions of any times they have thought undesirable thoughts about his organization. He will stop at nothing to hide a terrible secret within his church, having gone so far as to have his own teenage son son tortured and beaten to death after the son found out. Only he doesn't know that his son has survived...

New protagonist:

Carl Thomas is the starting linebacker for his high school football team, a good-looking, well muscled black teenager. He is quite talented individually, but rather frustrated as the team never seems to come together as a group and play very well. Part of this seems due to the racial tensions that hang over his school like a fog. To make his life worse, his girlfriend has just dumped him for a white guy...

Jaycinth
04-27-2006, 11:59 PM
Uber Kraal was the star of his Highschool Soccer team, before he left Capetown, South Africa. His father, a police officer with a love of the American Confederacy, managed to get a job in a South-wesrtern Virginia town, jerking Uber from all of his friends. As Uber tries to fit in, his only friend is a black girl who speaks to him in his English class, as they become closer he realizes that his father's views stink. But as he becomes aware of the issues involved, he realizes he's going to have to stand up for his girlfriend's right to date him.

'Birdie' Cooper, is exactly what her name implies, quiet, shy and petite. She does everything her husband says...surrendering her shoes at the door, rationing milk and diapers, and always accepting whatever perversion her husband throws at her. But when she finds herself 'sold' one night to a silent biker, she realizes she finally has to take her life into her own hands, starting with the biker. . .

MadScientistMatt
04-29-2006, 01:41 AM
'Birdie' Cooper, is exactly what her name implies, quiet, shy and petite. She does everything her husband says...surrendering her shoes at the door, rationing milk and diapers, and always accepting whatever perversion her husband throws at her. But when she finds herself 'sold' one night to a silent biker, she realizes she finally has to take her life into her own hands, starting with the biker. . .

Ben Logan has always stood by his friend, Johnny Lee, even before they joined a gang of outlaw bikers. Johnny once saved his life in an ugly brawl with a rival gang that resulted in Jonny's larynx being torn out, leaving him mute. Logan has always felt guilty over this, and fiercely stood by Johnny in their world of violence, drugs, and gasoline. When Johnny turns up dead after heading off to get a hooker, Logan vows to bring his own brand of justice to the killer.

I really like this game. Here's the next protagonist.

Soichiro Nakazato is a salaryman who has been sent from Tokyo to run an auto parts factory in Alabama. With limited English skills and few friends, he makes his job his life and keeps to himself. Until he finds a very strange package in his office...

nandu
04-29-2006, 07:59 PM
Trevor Mozzon is a ruthless intergalactic terrorist from the twenty-fifth century, who finds an important part of his arsenal missing as he travels across time to escape justice. If he could just locate the exact century he misplaced it, he could go back and get it. It might mean blowing up a city or two, but since when has such things stopped Trevor?

New Protagonist - Vinod Sharma is a US-born Indian in his late twenties. A chemical engineer, he is back in the country of his origin, India, to set up a factory in a village for a huge multinational company. It will mean hundreds of jobs for the villagers and plenty of kickbacks for the local political dons, so everybody is enthusiastic, including Vinod: until he learns that pollution from the factory will totally destroy the river that runs through the village, the only source of water for the whole area. Now he must become the lone crusader-and also a marked man...

DamaNegra
05-02-2006, 06:31 AM
Indira Choubey - Outspoken, sure of herself, liberal and vegetarian. Recently arrived from Europe and with a great proyect in mind: to build a huge park near the river to generate jobs and liven up the town's economy.

New protag:

Horacio Martinez - An illegal immigrant living in the USA, supporting his seven daughters, four sons, two sisters and his parents-in-law with his pathetic salary. Feels blessed to live and work in USA, and is looking for a way to regularize his status and bring over his family

Jaycinth
05-03-2006, 05:53 PM
Portia Diggs was abused as a child and ran away from home only to wind up on the streets. Too shy to turn tricks, she dresses to make herself look older than her twenty-eight years and survives acting like a demented bag lady. From her corner she watches Horatio day after day, fantasizing about a life with him. One day, she finds a lotto ticket in a filthy discarded coat. A lotto ticket that is about to expire; a lotto ticket with an amazing payout.

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Creamie Van Horn knows how to please a man. She should, her mother began teaching her the day she turned 16. Now 40, she only visits a few exclusive customers, men she's known for years, men who've offered her the world in return for marriage. But why settle down when she can have more, always more. But then one day she meets Mason, a mule who's wandered into her pool, and from that point on, Creamie's life changes.