Here we go with a new feature where I build an NPC from a series of random elements. Sometimes it will be Story Cubes, sometimes tarot cards, or, maybe, even wikipedia articles. (Did you know there was a “Random Page” link?) Heck, I might get crazy and combine all three! I’ve done this before in the early stages of my blog and I enjoy the process.
I use a list of nine questions that were first created on a now quiet blog called Solo Nexus. You take 3 sets of 3 questions. Each set of 3 questions gets 3 random elements which you use to answer the questions. Each set of questions has a level of intimacy with it which go in this order, Obvious, Personal and Intimate. This helps give the NPC depth as the PC’s get to know them. The random elements can be moved to fit whichever question you feel it works best with. Once you’ve done the first set, you move on to the next one. Mix in some creativity and, at first, you get a puzzle that is fun to solve and then you get a character. Read on below and you’ll get the idea!
For this NPC, I’ll go with a modern superhero setting. Who knows, I might use the character in the upcoming Supers sandbox? Of course, the NPC will be generic enough that they could be fit into any setting with a little tweaking. The other settings I chose from week to week will be based on whimsy and maybe an eventual random chart.
The random element for today will be the good old Ryder-Waite Tarot deck. It’s a standard deck and it’s symbols are pretty clear to understand. As I’ve said before, tarot decks are just pretty, colored tools. They work great for creative, visual thinkers like myself. If you have a problem with them, I’m sorry, I’m still going to use them. I’ll draw three cards for each 3 question set and then pick a card that I think fits or works.
At the end I will wrap it all up and present a quick write-up for the character as well as possible story hooks to involve the PC’s.
Let’s get started!