Creating characters and basing them on certain looks is so wrong on so many levels. The end result you come up with are characters whose beginnings and ends, whose voice and the character themselves, are extremely alien to you as the writer.
(I'm basing this opinion on myself and the characters that I'd come up with in the past)
The correct way, or rather the easiest way I was able to get into a character proved to be just taking them details and taking down notes on a piece of paper. Get down what traits you want in the character, his personality and the way he would behave in certain or the other situations.
And then we use that as benchmark to begin writing. You won't get it right or get it in the first few posts, but if you stick to a game plan and imagine your character into various situational responses and ask yourself 'how' and 'why' questions, you will eventually get it.
So how do you know when you have gotten it? It's different for every writer. It's a feeling that you come to terms with, and just know when it happens to you. Like an 'eureka' moment. So don't limit your imagination on looks. Hit that pen and paper, and imagine a world and character where your writing shines with just the flavor you want to have! It worked for me and I know it'll work for someone else out there, too.
@the_immortal: Cool cool I like Salvia a lot! Sorry I accused you there
I think we can do something where Salvia is down at the park on a vacation or something. (I'd also prefer to RP via PMs if you don't mind.) and he (or she??) comes across some disturbingly horrific things which will be the focus of the whole RP.
@the_immortal: None of those sound like what I'm looking for, sorry. Here's the thing, I don't mind how powerful a character is, but you seem to put a heavy emphasis on that aspect. You are lacking actual character characterization.
@the_immortal: A thoroughly new character. I don't really care what universe or canon.
Dominique "Dom" Carpenter
Born Dominique Carpenter, Dom led a fairly easy life growing up in the suburbs of Charleston, South Carolina. His parents were well off enough to send Dom to college without him having to work for any additional expense in either living cost or tuition fees. Physics, Engineering and Chemistry were his major subjects, eventually getting a degree in engineering.
Dom became a part of a world renowned construction firm dedicated to brave and bold new ventures in the areas of engineering and construction, and Dom fit right in as a daring individual who did not back down from a challenge.
While the absurdity and brunt of the challenges the young man faced were tackled by those working below him, Dom still had the major role of actually coming up with designs that were feasible.
Among these were an underwater theme park built about 500 meters below sea level. It was costly venture, but one that the company he worked for was willing to invest in. As the engineering designer and coordinator, all the pressure was on Dom to succeed.
When faced with absurd challenges, men often turn to unrealistic means as either comfort or to cheat out of their undertaking. A year or two into the construction of the underwater theme park, the now 19 year old realized that his dreams were for naught and that he had very little hope of actually making the project a reality.
Only by starting work did he realize the underlying faults of his plan. By then, down payments to sub-contractors were paid and raw materials had started to come in. Dom hoped to carry out an unrealistic ruse for as long as he could. And he carried out this ruse for a very long time.
He awaited failure.
Failure never came.
Rather than being happy about it, instead, the young man was only troubled and paranoid. He had no idea why it was working but at last, an underwater themepark was built and it was functioning at 100% in the middle of the cold Atlantic.
You would think that this is the end. But you would be wrong. Because 3 years later, the now 22 year old who is the managing director of the park began receiving reports of unsettling nature.
People were drowning without actually drowning. Corpses whose blood smeared on walls, and fingerprints of blood along thick glass walls of empty hallways? THINGS WERE NOT RIGHT!
What exactly is the cause of all this? This, Dom wanted the answers to.
This is not an outlier to the RP that I want to have. But here is an idea:
Dom hires an investigator to come down to the park and investigate what exactly is going on.
My character Dom meets yours somewhere to discuss his troubles. Somewhere on land
Dom does not have powers but that doesn't mean your character cannot as well.