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The rest of them

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

So I guess I forfeit now, since I really can’t write all the characters down into fleshed out posts I feel satisfied with in time. But here are the ideas for the rest of the characters.
#20 A therapist for sexist guys
#21 An alien who gets every part of humanity except what the point of gender roles is since there are no sexes on their planet
#22 A woman willingly possessed by a muse scarf so she can have fame and fortune
#23 The muse scarf who’s the reincarnated ghost of an author that just wants to write books
#24 A curious naga boy
#25 A guy with the power to be friends with anyone he talks to
#26 A little girl that keeps trying reckless things because she thinks she has more than just invulnerability as a superpower
#27 A witch with powers of luck and weather, based off old cat superstitions
#28 A robot that treats bodily functions as a novelty
#29 The leader of a slightly-mutated society lving underground after a nuclear fallout
#30 A rich guy who was living in a space hotel before the nuclear apocalypse and goes down to gawk at the underground society

Next year I’ll have better time management skills, probably. Peace out y’all! It’s been fun.

#19 Natalie

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Okay so it is clear that I’m not going to be able to put all my characters in considering half of them are half baked. But here’s another, named Natalie.
She’s super nervous and insecure and dilly dallies and procrastinates all the time, except no one knows that. They think she’s a confident, super awesome, super intelligent person.
This is because she can stop time and she does so all the time so she can decide and make choices. She got this power by making a wish on her 10th birthday that miraculously got granted. Now she will stop after almost every spoken line and may debate what the best thing to say is for at least a half an hour. She doesn’t improve and become a person who can make good choices because she uses the power as a MAJOR crutch. People on the outside see her as the calm, collected, clever person she spends hours formulating.

#17 Miranda #18 James

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Miranda is a dragon. Yep. She’s been James’ dragon for a good thirty years. Usually you don’t bond so closely with a dragon because they’re specialized and you get a new one as you move up the ranks. They’re about as smart as crows and are treated as a cross between weapons and warhorses. There isn’t any permanent-magical-bond going on, but if you’re in the same rank for long enough then you do gain a strong friendship in a pet/master way.
Miranda’s a defense dragon, super bulky, super huge, super slow. She’s about 3 1/2 times the size of an elephant and has ankylosaurus-tough armor all over. She can’t fly but she can glide a bit and jump high with wing help. She’s a little rowdy and enjoys crushing people but she loves James and will listen to him when it’s super necessary. She works hard but kinda stopped caring about any human lives other than his. He has to hold her back from doing nasty things sometimes. James loves her but is also terrified that she might get angry he’s ordering her around so much and just kill him. He can never ever really forget how much power she has. She would never do that of course, he’s just kind of paranoid

Okay so James. He’s both the leader of the defensive forces in the war and the trainer for new recruits. He’s in his mid-40’s. He would actually rather…not be in the war, or at least not all up in the front lines.
He’d rather be tending to the wounded and being a nurse-person but that’s restricted to women (aka the witches). He tries to avoid getting hurt or causing hurt to anyone. He used to get in trouble for protecting his unit too well…as in not actually letting them get to the opposing forces (he was secretly trying to protect the opposers as well), and after that, pulling them away too quickly so they’d charge for like 2 seconds until he’d get afraid and tell them to leave. He managed to shape it into an excellent defense technique so that his forces would almost never get hurt and be able to wear down the other side. He’s, over time, become okay with the killing as long as HE’s not doing it, making him kind of hypocritical. He’s also a sort of feminist, less because he wants women to have more jobs and more because he wants to be able to have theirs (previously people’d thought only women could learn to do magic but even though this was proven false before the war, they’re too used to the status quo and really can’t afford to do a giant overhaul of the system cuz, yanno, WAR).

#16 Art

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Art was an American train conductor in the 1920’s. He did some shady things like sleep with people’s wives and smuggle alcohol (a lot of alcohol), but he was still kind, generous and charming. One day his train accidentally crashed and now he’s dead.
The angels running Heaven (while God deals with the rest of the world) deem him not quite good enough for a nice ‘retirement’ in heaven but not really corrupt enough for hell. They decide to put him in a menial labor job, namely transporting souls to and from heaven. There are other people like him with the same job, of course, so he specializes in the souls of anyone under 1 year of age. His train is now giant, invisible and infinitely long to accommodate every soul.
Art is pretty bummed out by the whole trip back to heaven, but he’s mostly just thankful that the away-train is less full than it was when he first started the job.

#14 Daphne #15 Serena

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Daphne is a wonderful dancer who has just ended her scholarship at a dance school and is now looking for work. Her teachers say she is skilled in most dance styles and is a very good potential choreographer as well. She finds a very small ad in the paper that seems promising, but when she shows up at the place, she’s somehow transported onto an alien mothership.
The aliens, sort of giant lumps of flesh and goo, deeply admire human culture and art. They tell her they have stolen her for her dancing talent and that she must dance for them every day. They have serums that prevent her from aging and she cannot escape. If she refuses to dance or if they get bored wth her, they will kill her. She is dismayed that she’ll be stuck forever until they murder her, but tries not to complain. This is partly because she sees no point and partly because she tries to tread carefully around the aliens.
The aliens give her an accompanyist (who they have also recently stolen) named Serena. Serena is as good a musician as Daphne is a dancer. The aliens supply her with pilfered instruments. Serena had a string of fame for a while. She was known as a child prodigy, playing instruments with ease at 7, but now that she’s an adult, people’s interest has petered out. She refused to attempt playing in an orchestra because she wants to be the center of attention. She was also desperate for work and also answered the ad. Serena is irritable and snappish, angry at the aliens for taking her away when she feels she could have become a star again. She passive agressively antagonizes them and complains loudly to Daphne behind their backs. She’s also irritated at being the dancer’s accompanist rather than playing solo. She tries to escape at any chance into the aliens’ escape pods even though Daphne tells her there’s no use.

Both Daphne and Serena are worshiped by the aliens as gods of a sort because they can do these things and the aliens can’t. Daphne feels uncomfortable about it and Serena is mostly disgusted.

Daphne and Serena constantly collaborate and try to come up with radical new material to keep the aliens appeased.

#13 Lucas

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lucas used to be a normal guy until some mysterious incident I haven’t worked out yet rendered him deaf, but also gave him mind-reading powers somehow. The mind-reading meant that he could still ‘hear’ what people were saying, but the whole shock, trauma and confusion thing led to him flunking the 8th grade (he was 13 when it happened). He’s cynical, shy and grumpy, partly because he thinks that the average person’s thoughts are generally awful, partly because he rather enjoyed being able-bodied, and partly because he gets pretty much no sleep since he can’t turn the power off so he hears people’s thoughts 24/7. He’s really self conscious since now he can tell exactly what people think of him. He also has frequent headaches that get more intense when he’s surrounded by strong emotion.

#12 Joshua

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Joshua is a hobo. He wasn’t always a hobo, once he had a wife and a job and a house and everything. He always wanted to move up in the world, rushing everywhere and being a major workaholic. He accidentally pissed off a disguised witch and she cursed him so that he would never be able to stop walking, ever. He is no longer able to take any form of transportation (except maybe a bike) because he will involuntarily get up and try to walk around. He only stops walking when his body’s too tired to go on or when he’s unconscious. Because he really can’t function in society anymore, his boss has fired him and his wife has divorced him out of frustration and despair. She takes the house too since, well, he really couldn’t do much with it.

After this soul crushing turn of events, Josh tries frantically to find the woman who’d done this to him (walking powers, go!). He finally finds her but it turns out that she’s died in the remaining period.

Angry and depressed, Josh aimlessly well, walks around. After a while he starts to notice (because you can only stew for so long) his surroundings and realizes they’re beautiful. All his years he’s been too busy and distracted to pay attention to such things, but now he’s got plenty of time.

Josh decides to explore the land he lives on. He goes sightseeing everywhere and gets known as the Wandering Hobo worldwide. He’s learned to live off the land but whenever he comes to a city people tend to just hand him food for his never-ending journey. Other than the gift food (which he keeps in a bag) and the clothes off his back, his only keepsake is a picture of his former wife.

#11 Other Nature

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Don’t have much on this gal. For lack of a better name I’m just calling her Other Nature, or ON. When you think mother nature, you usually think of life and growth and health and all that stuff, right? Well, ON has claim on death, sickness, destruction and decay. Mother Nature loves plants and animals, well, ON thinks that fungi, protozoa and bacteria are where it’s at. MN has the sun and rain, she’s got the floods and fire. She enjoys what she does, knowing it’s a vital part of nature, but is jealous and sad that everyone likes her sister so much better.

#10 Phineas X

| November 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Phineas is a little baby that a couple found abandoned next to a forest that had recently been burned down. He is about 2 months old. The couple decided to adopt him, seeing as their children had already grown up, but he began to show some very mysterious traits. They showed him to the mad scientists at the superhero academy in town (yes, the same world as the one in my first character post); fascinated by the baby and seeing potential for him as a superhero raised from birth, the scientists convinced the couple to relinquish him to them. The couple had already named him Phineas, but the scientists added ‘X’ as a last name, representing his unknown factor.

Phineas is a very intelligent baby. The scientists have diagnosed him as having the cognitive function of at least a 4 year old, save for the fact that he doesn’t understand spoken or written language quite yet. He’s tried to mimic their sounds a couple of times but though his mind is advanced, his motor skills are not. This makes him a bit frustrated and as he quickly starts linking words to concepts he awaits the dexterity to be able to speak them. Phineas hates being a baby, but as long as the scientists dote on him, he feels he can manage.

#8 George and #9 Specs

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

So now here’s George and Specs. Phew. After this I’m gonna take a break until tomorrow.

George is a jock. He’s popular and athletic, the quarterback of his football team. His girlfriend recently broke up with him because she was getting sick of having every single plan of theirs getting canceled in lieu of football practices or games or having to hang out with his team members. She kicked him out of her locker. He’d never bothered getting his own since he shared hers but he’s forced to now.
George takes football pretty seriously and is hoping to go to college on a sports scholarship. If he gets injured he’d rather hide it and try to work through the pain. He likes to take care of problems as soon as possible so they won’t bother him later. If he can’t take care of them he’ll agressively ignore then instead.

Specs was a girl that died in the same school about 50 years before. She doesn’t remember her real name anymore. Her nickname is a play off of her giant spectacles and the word spectre since she becomes a ghost. Ghosts are pretty uncommon and she’s only one because she unwittingly made a deal with the devil. Ya see, when she died, she didn’t really want to acknowledge the fact. She turned away from the light and in the opposite direction was not the physical world again but a mysterious figure. He told her that he was an angel that could bring her back to Earth if only she would promise him something. She said yes without thinking and he informed her the promise was that, since she didn’t want to give her soul up, she would have to take another in exchange. She then came back as a ghost, haunting her old locker (she can also haunt the lock) She was horrified at what she had promised to and decided to just hide in the locker and never come out. Unfortunately the ‘angel’ has grown impatient and is demanding she give him a soul soon or he’ll take hers now. She doesn’t want either to happen.

Specs appears to George (and only George) as soon as he’s assigned the locker and, even though she doesn’t even know if he can help, pleads for it. This seems like a problem that’s definitely out of his league so he tries to ignore the whole thing. However it turns out that she is involuntarily taking his life and energy anyway with every interaction. He can’t ignore this anymore and they both try to figure out a solution before he out and out dies.
George is frustrated and angry that this ghost girl has invaded his very happy life. He grows worse and worse at football and his teammates are startung to think he’s going crazy, talking to his lock and all.

#7 Sybil

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

#7 is a hamadryad named Sybil (hamadryad meaning that she dies if her tree does). She is an evergreen tree born in Canada around the 1960’s. She was bored being in basically the middle-of-nowhere and, after hearing so much about it from other trees (they have a rather large network) decided to dig up her tree and replant it in Central Park. She was a bit of an outcast among the other trees at first but because she was very friendly and told them strange tales of such a faraway place, she became very popular. She loves to gossip and also adores the hustle and bustle of the new, high technology place that is NYC. The only time she isn’t walking about the city is Christmastime. So many cut down evergreens…
Alcina came across her one day, deeply puzzled at what an evergreen was doing among plane trees. Sybil told her story and now the two are good friends. Although Sybil is generally more hyper about everything, she is laid back about the issues that Alcina loves so much.

#6 Lyra

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

I got off easy here; I already wrote pretty much all I have to say about her on my Tumblr. Copy+paste, GO!

#6 of my 30 day challenge characters and the one I like the best so far. Her name’s Lyra (from the lyre bird) and she’s a sound person. Her headphones enhance the noises around her so she can easily pick out the ones she likes. The plug at the end of her headphone cord is kind of magically a jack and a mic. She can plug it into her neck.

Lyra has the ability to mimic any sound, has an audiographic memory and perfect pitch. She can amplify and throw her voice. She can use these to create sound illusions (a good RL sound illusion would be the stereophonic barber).

#5 Alcina

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

My fifth character is Alcina, a faun hanging out in NYC. She didn’t live right in Ancient Greece but she was a follower of Pan’s. When she and the rest of the world’s fauns heard of his death, many of them, distraught, committed suicide. She had never met the god in person and so, though she was devastated, wasn’t quite devastated enough to out and out kill herself.
After a bunch of wacky misadventures in Europe and Asia she hopped a boat to the barely-a-century-old USA and was surprised to see how huge and thriving it was. New York’s Central Park was just being built and she decided to stick around there to see how it would go. She’s been there ever since.

Now her official job is a ranger for the park, but she also likes to make the rounds to the about 1,400 other parks in the city (yes there are apparently that many). She hides her legs with really long, fluffy skirts and boots and her horns with hats that she makes herself. She can’t hide her square pupils but tells people they’re just contacts. They don’t tend to notice or ask anyway, which is another thing she likes about NYC.

Alcina is usually pretty laid back and attempts not to draw attention to herself lest people discover her disguise. However, if anyone brings up a topic she feels passionate about, she will launch into a very knowlegable yet lengthy and opinionated rant about it. People who know her tend to try to avoid such topics as the environment, animal cruelty, urbanization, genetic engineering and the like. She is very liberal, having absorbed radical ideas for centuries. Her lectures, however, tend to be less about swaying others’ opinions and more about making hers loud and clear.

#3 Signet and #4 Answer

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

My next two characters are the two brothers, Signet and Answer. I have significantly less information about them. Most of my characters aren’t as fleshed out as the first two; I spent quite a while thinking about them. Anyway so the premise for these two bros is that one is incredibly pretty while the other is incredibly ugly. All the traits that make Signet beautiful are magnified and exaggerated in unpleasant ways for Answer. But that’s not it, because that’s a terrible premise. I’ll be nice and reveal why I gave them such unusual (awful?) names; Signet–> Cygnet, aka a (baby) swan, and Answer–> Anser, the genus for geese. Really the whole swan thing is the only important part. See, swans are gorgeous on the outside, but are giant assholes on the inside. So, a gorgeous guy with a not-so-gorgeous personality and, as what I feel is a natural extension of that, an ugly guy with a beautiful personality. But the beautiful jerk and the unfortunate looking nice guy thing seem overdone (Quasimodo?). Signet isn’t a jerk, he’s a creep. He’s annoying, stalkerish, awkward and rude. You wouldn’t know until he opens his mouth. There is not one part of him that can be considered suave or endearing. Answer is kind and sweet, but not in a nice-guy way. He’s Rhett Butler, “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” levels of suave and romantic.

Signet and Answer always hang out together. Girls always hover around Signet but when they discover and are repulsed by his awful personality, they tend to assume that Answer is even worse without even talking to him. If they talked to him first they would see what a great guy he was, but Signet tends to edge in the first word before Answer can say anything.

#1 Felix and #2 Alessa

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Yeah, yeah, I’m late. My phone can’t upload pictures so I wanted to find a comouter and post from there, but I haven’t found the time. I’m worried that I’ll be kicked out before I do get the time, so I’ll just post them all sad and pictureless. I have 23 right now.

Anyway, so my first character is Felix. He’s training at a sort of supervillain academy. The school works in that you start as a henchman and try to rise your way up to be a full-blown villain with henchmen of your own. Think store worker to CEO, except, ya know, nefarious. Felix is a teenager and thus is old enough to lead his own little band of mooks to carry out deeds for his villain. He pretty much picked all of his friends at the school. They’re the ‘distracter’ group, I’ll tell you why they’re necessary to the plans soon. Anyway, Felix likes to stick to the instructions given out to him by his leader…maybe too well, since if his plans unfold wrong somehow, he’s left floundering until one of his more ingenious underlings comes up with another one.

The next character is Alessa, and she’s in a superhero academy. It works differently than the supervillain school. Here you serve in a kind of apprenticeship under one superhero and when you’ve learned enough, you either take up their mantle or become their sidekick. Sort of like knights, you know? Anyway, the superheroes have their code of chivalry too, and one of the rules is that you must always stop and help anyone in need. This is why the supervillain distracters work so well. They act as citizens, or even other superheroes in peril. They also plant evidence and create red herrings that the superheroes are forced to follow. These deeds leave enough time for the villains to execute their plots. Alessa is irritated by the rule because she constantly finds herself stopping to, oh, help someone’s cat out of a tree when she should be chasing the villain. Skipping over people gets her in trouble with her mentor. Alessa tends to try to fight whatever she feels is the biggest threat at the moment, usually letting everything else slide when she does so.

Alessa and Felix accidentally meet when she skips over a distraction that would have given him enough time to start the next one. Instead she runs into him ahead of schedule. She demands to know what he’s doing and who he is, and, being a sucky improviser, he decides just to tell her the truth. Both of their operations that day fail because she deems him not to be that bad and they pretty much spend the rest of the time just talking and finding out about each others’ pretty much opposite lives.

Anyway, to skip to the point, they start dating in a not-so-secret way. In an avoidance of the ever-annoying romeo and juliet plot, their friends and mentors do not especially care. So Felix is dating some superhero girl, so what? As long as he keeps helping them succesfully commit crimes and he doesn’t tattle to her or anything, they’re good. And Alessa is dating some supervillain guy? Fine, as long as she keeps stopping his plots. That’s the difficult part for them, being against each other while, ya know, still being with each other. And if they fail enough, they’ll get kicked out of their respective schools for good.

Kay, hopefully this wasn’t too horrid or incoherent. Hope it made up for the no picture thing :c.

Hey Everyone

| October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi, my name’s Maddie. I’m a sophomore in highschool and I love to draw. I’m probably severely underestimating the difficulty of this challenge but I’m gonna do it anyway. The only internet access I easily have is on my iphone and the wordpress app is a butt so I’ll probably only upload pics on weekends. I think I’ll create characters in groups of seven, that sounds easy. Good luck to me and everyone!