At the end of December, my husband stumbled across this character questionnaire on Tumblr.
Back in the days where I used to roleplay online, I saw a lot of these. But I don’t do that any more, and I don’t really use Tumblr for much, so I thought it would make more sense to post it here instead. And maybe adjust a few questions, if they’re too Tumblr-centric.
Before I get started, though, here’s a glossary of terms not everyone might know:
OC – Abbreviation of “original character.” Any character you’ve created yourself.
RP – Abbreviation of “roleplay.” Popularized by Dungeons and Dragons, where you dictate your character’s actions.
OTP – Abbreviation of “one true pairing.” Your favorite romantic pairing of characters.
Crack ship – A romantic pairing that makes absolutely no sense, sometimes as a crossover between series.
All clear? Let’s go!
1. Your first OC ever?
Her name was Kate. She was a farmer who had a pet crow. That story was about as exciting as you’d expect.
2. Do you have a personal favourite among your OCs?
I think everyone knows Rune is my favorite; he’s the one who really kindled my desire to write novels.
3. Have you ever adopted a character or gotten a character from someone else?
No. I’ve created characters as a joint joke before, connected to someone else’s character, but they’ve all been mine.
4. A character you rarely talk about?
I have many characters I don’t speak of often, mostly because they were either bad ideas or their stories haven’t come to the writing table yet. The first one that comes to mind is a young prince named Rathe, though. He has a book planned for the far distant future.
5. If you could make only one of your OCs popular/known, who would it be?
Rune, certainly. Though I suppose since he’s part of a series, all the other main characters in it would be dragged along kicking and screaming.
6. Two OCs of yours that look alike despite not being related?
Rhyllyn and Rune, to an extent.
7. Are your OCs part of any story or stories?
Every single one. This question seems silly for a writer to answer.
8. Do you RP as any of your OCs? If you do, introduce one of your RP OCs here!
I used to, long ago, but I haven’t had time for that in years.
9. Would you ever be willing to give any of your OCs to someone else?
I would trust my husband to do them justice. There are a few I would trust Megan with, as well, if something horrible happened, like I died in the middle of a published series and needed another writer to take over.
10. Introduce an OC with a complicated design?
I am not sure why this is a question. It’s grammatically incorrect. I’ll still answer, though. I don’t use complicated designs often, and if I do, it’s usually one-off type illustrations. In writing, there’s no real way for a character design to be complex; clothes in books are changed more frequently than clothes in art. I suppose some armor descriptions are complicated, but they aren’t a permanent feature.
11. Is there any OC of yours you could describe as a “sunshine”?
Laele or Rhyllyn. They are both very happy people.
12. Name an OC that isn’t yours but who you like a lot
My favorite is Arrios, who belongs to my husband. But I’m also fond of Domerin, who belongs to Megan, and Super Cosplayer, who belongs to my sister.
13. Do you have any troublemaker OCs?
Vahnil. He’s a rabble-rouser.
14. Introduce an OC with a tragic backstory
I think half the cast of Serpent’s Tears qualifies for this, if I’m poking fun.
15. Do you like to talk about your OCs with other people?
Not everyone likes to talk about creative things, but I love to speak of my characters and their stories when people are interested.
16. Which one of your OCs would be the best at biology (school subject)?
Laele or Firal, since Laele is an alchemist and Firal is a medic.
17. Any OC OTPs?
Yes, but I’m not going to say, because I need to keep an air of mystery.
18. Any OC crackships?
Envesi and practically anyone would qualify here, but I know I’ve joked with at least one person about a Nondar/Envesi pairing.
19. Introduce an OC that means a lot to you (and explain why)
They all mean a lot to me, but Rune is dear for teaching me why I wanted to write, and Laele is dear for rekindling an interest in creation after a very long dry spell.
20. Do any of your OCs sing? If they sing, care to share more details (headcanon voice, what kind of songs they like etc)?
Rhyllyn means to be a bard. His brother, also, is passionate about music, but prefers not to be incriminated, despite his lovely tenor.
21. Your most artistic OC
Aside from the brothers above, most of them don’t have time to devote to the arts, unfortunately.
22. Is there any OC of yours people tend to mischaracterize? If yes, how?
Not that I know of, or can think of off the top of my head. I can’t decide if that’s good or bad.
23. Introduce OC that has changed from your first idea concerning what the character would be like?
Although she’s not a major character, Medreal underwent a great deal of evolution from the time I first put her on paper, 15 years ago. In spite of being a minor character, she’s also one of my favorites.
24. If you could meet one OC of yours, who would it be and why?
Oh man, I would have to roll a die on this. It would be impossible for me to pick between wanting to cause trouble with one of the guys, wanting to bake cookies with Laele, and wanting to sit and listen to wisdom from characters like Nondar or Indral.
25. The OC that resembles you the most (same hobby, height, shared like/dislike for something etc?)
I tend to shy away from making characters too much like myself, but all of them end up having something in common with me. I think Rune would have to be the most like me as far as interests and likes go, simply because he’s been around the longest, and he’s persisted through all of my changing tastes.
26. Have you ever had to change your OC’s design or something else about them against your will?
No, every change has been a conscious decision or development.
27. Any OCs that were inspired by a certain song?
No. I tend to find songs that suit them, though, after their personality is developed.
28. Your most dangerous OC?
29. Which one of your OCs would go investigate an abandoned house at night without telling anyone they’re going?
Firal. I mean, this is right up her alley.
30. Which one of your OCs would most likely have a secret stuffed animal collection?
Oh, Sera, without a doubt.
31. Pick one OC of yours and explain what their tumblr blog would be like (what they reblog, layout, anything really)
I intended to change this since I’m not posting this on Tumblr, but it’s too funny to think about! Firal would post pictures of herbs and flowers, books, potion bottles, crystals, trees, things like that. Rune would share a lot of pictures and information about archaeological sites, architecture, armor and weapons, history, and occasional inappropriate humor.
Laele would run a blog filled with cats and cute things.
32. Which one of your OCs would be the most suitable horror game protagonist and why?
Garam. He’s a grizzled war veteran who is near unflappable in most situations, so putting him in a situation where he could come unhinged would be marvelous.
33. Your shiest OC?
Years ago, I tried to create a character who struggled with supernatural empathy. Her name was Kuni. I could never get her story to take root, though, so she was scrapped not long after creation. Now I would say Marreli.
34. Do you have any twin characters?
35. Any sibling characters?
Angie, Russ and Krissy in Death of the Sun/Born of the Moon. Kytenia and Shymin, Garam and Sera are two prominent sibling pairs from the fantasy side of things. Interestingly–and unintentionally–both pairs are actually half-siblings.
36. Do you have OC pairs where the other part belongs to someone else (siblings, lovers, friends etc)?
Laele is mine, Arrios belongs to my husband. But they’re like peanut butter and jelly.
37. Introduce an OC who is not quite human
I think it would be easier to list those who are just regular humans, to be honest!
38. Which one of your OCs would be the best dancer?
Kifel and Rune would be pretty closely tied for this. Court comes with certain demands.
39. Introduce any character you want
I have always loved Tahl, but he has never fit into any stories. He was a D&D rogue first, then shifted to thief, but that didn’t suit him either. He’s a little melancholy, sweet on the inside, but he dreams of being able to fly.
40. Any fond memories linked to your characters? Feel free to share!
I have a lot of fond memories from the days of roleplaying, when many of my characters were first conceived. I also have a lot of great memories that came from writing their stories, but nothing in particular stands out.
41. Has anyone drawn fanart of your OCs? If yes, maybe show a picture or two here (remember sources & permissions!)
My husband draws my characters often. Here’s a few he’s done: Laele – Lumia – Sera – Huitzilopochtli
I have gift art from several friends I’ve collected through the years–mostly drawings of Rune, of course–but few of them are online and I don’t know if they’d want me to share them, so I’ll refrain.
42. Which one of your OCs would be the most interested in Greek gods?
Probably Natalie or Lauren. Mythology is right up Lauren’s alley, that’s for sure. It’s harder to relate with the others, since they don’t exist in an Earth setting.
43. Do you have any certain type when you create your OCs? Do you tend to favour some certain traits or looks? It’s time to confess
I’ve found I tend to favor darker hair in characters, so I try to be mindful of how many brunettes I have now. I also favor male characters who are either fit/athletic or very slender, there doesn’t seem to be much in-between. None of these are conscious preferences, they just sort of happen. Though the men being fit makes sense, considering most of the major male characters I use are soldiers.
44. Something you like about your OCs in general
Writing my characters feels like making friends.
45. A character you no longer use?
There are many I no longer use, but since I already mentioned them, Kate and Kuni for sure are gone. I also don’t think Saleina will ever be used again; she was my next OC after Kate.
46. Has anyone ever told you that you treat your OCs badly?
Oh yes. But they’re also friends and writers themselves, so they understand why it must be.
47. Has anyone ever (friendly) claimed any of your OCs as their child?
No, although one has claimed she wants to adopt Rhyllyn.
48. OC who is a perfect cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure
Serenity started this way, but she changed very quickly. Enough for me to keep her in the roster for the future, in any case.
49. Which one of your OCs would most likely enjoy memes
Devin. Or Laele. Especially if it’s a meme with cats.
50. Give me the good ol’ OC talk here. Talk about anything you want
There was a time where I kept a stable of over 160 characters who were all written regularly. Needless to say, I never finished anything until I took an axe to that number. I don’t know how many characters I’ve created, but the point is no longer creating them–it’s finishing their tales.