Acknowledge your character's feelings. You always have to know why your character feels a certain way, even if they don’t. In fact they shouldn't know why they feel things, it gives them motivation reflect on themselves to act simply on their feelings.
Give your character negative traits. This might sound weird but negative traits help people to identify with your character. It also gives you something interesting to create narrative and conflict around.
Don’t make your character a loner (unless you really want to and it’s the point of the character). Most interesting things happen in interaction with other characters.
Challenge your character. Give them something almost impossible to overcome and watch how they develop to surpass it.
Question yourself! Ask yourself why you designed the character the way you did. This will help you understand your own writing and making diverse characters in the future.
Gather inspiration. Look at characters you like, borrow and steel (not a complete design of course, but details), to develop your own skills. Use what you like when you create.
A good thing to remember to make your character easy to recognize is a good silhouette. If you immediately can see who it is based on the silhouette that's good! (Kinda like pokemon ) There are a lot of different body-types out there, find one that fits your character!
Give your character a trait you find ugly. No really, do it. This is actually super hard, so don’t worry about making it too ugly. It will add visual distinctiveness and make the character diverge from how you usually draw things.
For people who needs help with their element
You know what faction you want to belong to but have no idea what element fits there? Ask and we might have a suggestion.
For people who needs help finding their faction
Just leave a comment with your element and we will tell you want faction we think it fits in.
For people who needs help with picking a host animal
Have an idea for a character but a hard time finding a good animal, or do you want something different from a wolf or something other than the usual cats? Leave a comment and we will help you! Describe what kind of character you are making and what you would like from your animal.
We will give you three suggestions, a normal animal, something you probably have heard about before, an odd animal, that you might not know existed, and a different animal, a species you might not have considered.
A magnetic character that works as a human cop. I would like a big cat, I like lynxes but would like something different.
Longer tail and more spots, the bobcat is the perfect lynx wannabe!
This beautiful cat is like a lynx of the desert!
All the fluff of a lynx but not a cat.
Starting to write
Having trouble finding a place to start? Try writing the everyday life of your character, that might give you some ideas on what might be interesting about it. A good place to start might also be to write how your character came into contact with the shifter society. Talk with other people, see if someone is willing to collaborate on interaction between your characters.
There are also missions you can partake in:
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According to the strength sheet, any element that is made up of solid atoms is level 3 strength, but any element that is a very specific type of solid matter, made up of different molecules, is level 1. What would be the strength level of an element that is a specific type of solid matter made up of all one kind of atoms... like Diamond's element? (Diamonds are made up of only carbon atoms, but Diamond's element is diamonds in particular, not Carbon in general). What's Diamond's strength level?
A shifter is an elemental demon possessing a biological body. They were originally created by the gods to fight in an epic war between elements. Now they hide among humans or animals. Shifters can change between four forms, animal, human, demon and titan form, hence their name.
Information about shifters:
Can I create my own shifter?
Can I create a energy shifter?
No there are only ten energy shifters. No more no less.
Can I create a black shifter?
No unfortunately not. They are closed due to their complexity.
Can I create a demon blood?
Well of course! (Though this guide focus on shifters)
What elements can you have?
Any atom or molecule is OK. You can also have power over something more general, like rock.
You can be organic matter, like cells, but not organs or organisms. Eg you can be liver cells or wood, but not liver or trees.
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The [Element] Shifter
Lifestyle: (Civilized., feral or commute)
(Eyes, hair, etc)
(Size, shape, colours etc)
(Eyes, hair, etc)
(Size, shape, colours etc)
(Animal and Demon)
Weapon of choice:
He is going to be a swift fox if that's ok.
What I got for his personality is:
-Emotional (but doesn't show it cause they is scared to be made fun of)
-Active (run, hike, hunt, etc. but only when they are alone)
-Is ok with being around about three people at most. Crowds are a no.
-They is kind, but they has to push/encourage themselves to do anything around people (mainly strangers)
-Likes to read fiction books (when they learn to read)
-Not stubborn but not a pushover
I might think of more when I actually make them
Factions is usualy decided by faction representatives after basic training (kinda like shifter school ). Thermal/mechanical is the most open of the factions and allow any kind of shifter to join, but it's also seen as a low status faction by many. Chemical is the faction most likely to not let shifters in, due to them not being strong enough.
It basicly comes down to what faction you want your character to not fit into (; Do you have a plan for what things you want to do with him?
(Swift fox is an awsome animal choise!)
As for a plan, not really going to look around and roleplay a bit. He will probably want to learn about what he needs to know then go feral, but check in two-four times a week. Basically keep to himself as much as possible.?? Still working on him XD
Black (by force possibly)
(and Thank You!)
The most iconic Electrical member is of course an agent, but there are several other jobs one could have in this faction such as anti shifter tools engineer or internet monitor. For your character I'd think some sort of field agent that checks that feral shifters don't bother smaller human settlements, a role that somewhat have gone out of fashion since all the humans started moving in to the bigger cities.
Possible elements; Conductive metals like copper, silver or gold, an electrolytes like phosphate, or if you want something strong a plasma or lightning
Magnetic mainly works with humans and have little to no use to a shifter who don't want to work in the human sphere. This is a great choice if you what the character to feel alienated by the faction.
Possible elements: Metals affected by magnetic forces like iron, cobalt and lodestone, and magnetized versions thereof, or just have magnetism as element.
Is a fun faction that invents and creates things for other factions. It's a very free and open factions that let's shifters work with the things they like
Possible elements: Rubber in all forms, elastic polymers and other elastic things
You cant be in gravity sorry /:
No one will force you to join the revolution XD But if you aim for this faction the element dosn't matter that much.
Which one do you feel fits best?
The job you suggested would fit him to a point that he wouldn't mind doing it. I'll have to look into that.
Thank you for the help!
I didn't see the trivia on Gravity XP
It said the black faction "recruit all kinds of shifters, either by force or promise of a utopia for all shifters" so that's were I got that idea from.
As for what host animal: you can choose whatever you like as long as it has 4 limbs and is bigger or the same size as a Rat. ^^ (Choosing an animal that's don't have 4 limbs will give your Elementshifter pain and problems when it comes to changing shape. It's not impossible to have such a host animal but the Society have rules against creating such children.)
same thing goes for other deformities and being deaf/mute.
It says "Physique" and I wasn't sure if you meant "physical" as in how physical strong the character is?