Character Castle 2.0
May 14, 2022 at 1:52 am #150608
No noise whatsoever, except the sound of his own footsteps. He paused. Not natural.
He closed his eyes, trying to erase the life of a duke from his mind. Then he opened them slowly and started forward again, noiseless even though he wore hard-soled shoes. But still he grimaced at the little crunching sounds of gravel beneath his feet.
One year as a duke and already the old habits start to slip.
The darkness slowly began to unwind as the rock walls at either hand widened and opened into a room. His quick eyes had adjusted to the light; there were people in here. It took him a moment to see them, but he was as certian of their existance as he was of his own. A thousand things told him so: the feeling of the air when there are living creatures there. The sounds of their breathing and shuffling. He flattened himself against the wall, melting into the shadows.
He cursed himself inwardly.
They had seen him.
He felt all over his rich leather belt, buckled with silver and turquiose, but it was empty. No bow, no knife, no sword. Only the knife he kept in his boot was there, thin and cold and small. He braced his foot against the wall behind him and let his hand fall down near it, apparently in an attitude of perfect relaxation.
Someone was coming.
@denali-christianson or @jared-williams, idk why, but I feel like one of your characters would notice him. but then, @rose-colored-fancy, I know next to nothing about Mjet, Halmar, and Mori. Have fun or leave it alone, soon or in a few months. Totally up to you guys.
Don't cry for me, for I go where music is born ~J.S. BachJune 11, 2022 at 8:42 pm #150892Inkhorn@inkhorn
I know that I have neglected this castle for several weeks and will, unfortunately, have to neglect for several more weeks. I’ll try to post something within three weeks. 🙂
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him. -TolkienJune 13, 2022 at 2:19 am #150909
Ohhh, same XD Everyone has been more or less absent. when there are some more folks I’ll join in again! I’m considering taking out Halmar and Mejt (Their story has been moved to the back burner for now) and drop in some other characters from a mystery I’m plotting.
Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?June 13, 2022 at 12:27 pm #150912June 21, 2022 at 11:42 pm #151045E. N. Leonard@e-n-leonard
Yes, someone was certainly coming.
Two girls appear in the castle’s central room.
“Fascinating,” says Rosemary, ” a character castle.”
Jade notices all the other characters and cringes. Then she stands up straight and glares at them all. Cringing won’t help her conquer the world. At least none of them will try to shake hands if she glares hard enough.
Rosemary falls over her own feet in surprise at the people and squeaks, “Please tell me there’s a chem lab in here. I might be able to make something I can’t make on earth!”
Jade pulls Rosemary up. Why did her stupid writer, who hasn’t a clue what a character castle is, send her here? Rosemary would know the answer: as an experiment.
So, yes, I have no idea how to use a character castle, but it sounds fun! I threw in two of my characters to find out. Jade might kill me.
Descriptions: Both are 17 years old and introverts. Jade is an ambitious control freak ballerina with curly blonde hair and hazel eyes. Rosemary is a compassionate mad scientist with straight brown hair and blue eyes.
If I’m not using the castle properly or if anyone has pointers on how it works, please let me know. I’m pretty new here. TIA!
We are called to be lights in the cosmos.
May your inkwells never run dry!June 21, 2022 at 11:58 pm #151046
@e-n-leonard Thanks for joining! I hope I can stop by with a little run-down thingy for you tomorrow. Rosemary and Jade are going to be EPIC. If we don’t hear from you for a while, we’ll know Jade killed you and we’ll call the police. 😉
Don't cry for me, for I go where music is born ~J.S. BachJune 22, 2022 at 11:12 am #151051
Here’s a character castle run-down:
This is where your characters get to interact with others’. You can flex your character by pushing them out of (or into!) their comfort zone, interacting with them outside of the context of your novel, or experimenting with aspects of them that you never see.
The castle itself is just a collection of rooms that the characters go into and prowl around. You may make up rooms at will. This particular castle is sentient and sadistic, so whenever Lord Castle (that’s what we call him; or just “the Castle”) decides that the characters are getting along too nicely, he tries to kill them by sending challenges. (One of the last ones was a dragon with a captive situation. The captives turned out to be the characters’ worst enemies.)
The way you interact is just by…well, interacting. You have complete control over your own character(s). You are free to make others’ characters act/speak/respond, but the character’s owner has the final say and can change it at any time. (I can make Jade talk, but if you don’t like it you can change it).
It’s costomary to give a run-down of the characters already in the castle, but I have no idea anymore since we’ve been inactive so long. So! I will tag the people I remember being in here, and we can go from there.
@denali-christianson Denali! (out of town)
@rusted-knight (Haven’t seen him for a while)
and of course me, Emily. (tag: @emily-waldorf)
@anyone I missed!
*Shades eyes and looks around. Sees no one at this time of day* Since we’re the only ones here rn, do you want to interact with Avin? Normally I would offer to start the interaction so I can show you how it works, but that is SOOOO not Avin I don’t think I can. So I’ll give you a pointer. Just walk up and start talking. Or if you want to spice it up a bit, have Jade walk up and slap him. Or anything you please. 🙂
- This reply was modified 5 days, 1 hour ago by Emily Waldorf.
Don't cry for me, for I go where music is born ~J.S. BachJune 22, 2022 at 11:31 am #151053Neasa@irishcelticredflowercrown
@everyone helloooo. I know I have been absent sorryyyy. And nice to meet you @e-n-leonard !! Welcome aboard 😉
Life update – I have moved back home now, dearly missing the UK, but I am working at my old job again so I’m glad about that. I will definitely try to get more regular with this character castle 🙂June 22, 2022 at 11:54 am #151054
@irishcelticredflowercrown Hi and welcome back! (though, nobody’s been regular here for a very long time, haha.) But I will be ecstatic to see more of Lorcan! 😀 I would say “I wonder how he and Avin will react to each other,” but they’ll probably just never say more than a few grunts so it will be boring.
Don't cry for me, for I go where music is born ~J.S. BachJune 22, 2022 at 12:37 pm #151055
Heya Emma! Lovely to see you here!
Rosemary and Jade sound so fun, I can’t wait to get to know them better!
It’s so good to be back yall! Life has slowed down again, which is absolutely lovely and I’m enjoying that.
A specific unformed idea I had a while ago has been flourishing, so I have some fun new characters to introduce!
I’ll write up the profiles for them soon! I think I’ll drop in Ophelia and Calliope, they’re a lot of fun and very different XD
(Mejt and Hal were not cooperating so they’re going in Uncooperative Character Timeout XD)
Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?June 22, 2022 at 12:41 pm #151056E. N. Leonard@e-n-leonard
Thanks so much for the explanation. This castle sounds exactly like what Jade needs if she’s going to be my protagonist. 😂
Good to see you, too, @rose-colored-fancy ! I can’t wait to meet your characters.
Once Rosemary gained her feet, she strode over to Avin but didn’t get there before causing another disaster, bumping her head against the crystalline light fixture and sending it shattering to the floor.
“Oops,” she said in the sudden darkness.
Jade sighed. She stared at the now razor-covered floor and then at her delicate ballet slippers. Then her best friend earned a stare by talking to a stranger.
“Hi. Does this castle control chemicals?” Rosemary asked Avin.
Avin was still recovering from his panic at being spotted, which gave Jade time to say, “If there’s not any dratted Benevolents you’ll be fine.”
Avin said, “I do not know what you mean by ‘dratted Benevolents,’ but I have never seen anyone by that name here.”
A huge grin spread across Rosemary’s face.
“Don’t get too excited,” said Jade while eyeballing the distance between floor and ceiling. It would be a long leap in the dark to try to reach Rosemary and Avin. She took it. Thankfully I’m not as tall as Rosemary.
She landed her perfectly executed leap right beside her friend.
“Why shouldn’t I be excited?” asked Rosemary.
Avin answered, “Even though there are no ‘Benevolents,’ there is still the Castle to reckon with.”
- This reply was modified 5 days ago by E. N. Leonard.
We are called to be lights in the cosmos.
May your inkwells never run dry!June 22, 2022 at 1:01 pm #151058
Okay here are the profiles!
I had Ophelia in another castle for a while so I’m going to copy that XD
Age: about 20
Appearance: About 5’7″, very athletic and graceful, blonde hair to mid-back she usually wears curled, dark gray eyes, often wears light, blushy makeup. Her clothing is very feminine, often lacy and light, she loves dresses and pretty shoes. Usually has a purse with her.
Personality: Very, very sweet. She’s cheerful and bubbly. Tends to be dramatic, but mostly in a harmless way. She’s very good at reading other people, and a bit of a people-pleaser. She often comes across as vapid and shallow, a typical “dumb blonde” but she’s much smarter than people give her credit for.
Mannerisms: Her motions and expressions are often theatrically exaggerated, she talks with her hands. She appears to be allergic to walking normally, she’s usually twirling or skipping. She tends to smile even when she isn’t feeling like it.
Notes: She’s a full-time ballet student at an academy. I’m pretty sure she has ADHD. She’s extremely observant but seldom lets on. She has trouble making friends, she has a lot of acquaintances and is generally liked but just… doesn’t have many friends.
Name: Calliope (I think… that’s what she told me… She goes by Cal and whenever someone asks her what it’s short for she keeps changing the answer. So a typical conversation will go like this:
“So, is Cal short for something?”
“I don’t know, California/Calanthe/Callie?”
“You’re the first person who got that right.”
I have no idea why she does this. She lives for the chaos of it.
Appearance: I think either one or both of her parents were Chinese. Shoulder-length black hair with bangs that keep falling in her eyes. I think she wears a lot of black, possibly darker/dramatic makeup, she tries to look scary but she’s not XD I think she’s about 5’2″, pretty slight. I think she wears silver piercings in her ears.
Personality: Cynical, but actually pretty extroverted. Honest to a fault and occasionally so blunt she’s rude. She has a habit of playing tricks on people, especially if she feels like they deserve it. She has a strong sense of justice and will never pick on someone if they’re already in a bad position but she’ll ruthlessly try to take arrogant people down a peg or two.
Notes: She’s a Classics major at the same school as Ophelia. I don’t think they know each other well, but they know of each other.
Calliope isn’t very developed yet, I really don’t know a lot about her XD
I can’t wait to see how Ophelia and Jade interact, since they’re both ballerinas but otherwise pretty much opposites XD Ophelia has never once taken anything seriously XD
I’ll try to introduce them soon!
Without darkness, there is no light. If there was no nighttime, would the stars be as bright?June 22, 2022 at 3:40 pm #151060Inkhorn@inkhorn
I’m back after…eleven days of absence! My schedule has mercifully granted me much needed time. Yay!
Welcome to the Castle! May your time here be successful in diving deep into the dark corners of your character!
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him. -TolkienJune 22, 2022 at 3:59 pm #151062
Two girls had appeared out of nowhere. Avin blinked. They were walking toward him, evidently bent on talking to him. Avin braced himself. Talking to strangers hadn’t gotten easier when he became a duke; only more common.
Suddenly the one with brown hair tripped. Avin took a step forward, but the blonde-haired, graceful one hauled her up. The other grinned, and started forward again, but didn’t get far before bumping into a chandelier that hung from the ceiling. The chandelier fell with a crash, the sound of glass breaking and settling audible in the instant darkness.
It must have hurt. He started forward again, but stopped. He could sense unsteady footholds everywhere, and the girl was already up. He could tell by the noise in her direction. A smiles flickered across his mind. Old habits came back quick in the dark, apparently. On instinct, he reached for his tinder box, and cursed his duke’s clothes again. He could see the tinderbox in his mind’s eye, lying at home in his desk drawer.
Somebody off to the left struck a light. Avin blinked. The clumsy girl was standing in front of him, her graceful friend glaring at her not far away.
“does this castle control chemicals?” She asked brightly.
“If there’s not any dratted Benevolents you’ll be fine,” answered her friend.
Avin blinked again. He was at a disadvantage.
“I’m afraid I can’t help you.” they knew it was a castle; that was more than he knew. He started cautiously. “What ‘Benevolents’ are you afraid of?”
The blonde-haired girl leaped across the rubble and stood next to her wide-eyed friend, glaring at Avin. He changed course: “I don’t recall having seen any here.” Not that I would know what I was looking at, even if I did.
The brunette grinned, but the blonde answered coldly, “Don’t get too excited.”
“Why shouldn’t I be excited?”
Internally, Avin groaned. The walls of the room were still obscured, there were people in the shadows he couldn’t see clearly, and there was the chandalier she broke all over the floor.
“It could still be dangerous, even without…Benevolents.” her grin faded, and her friend’s frown deepened.
Avin straightened himself up for the plunge. “I’m Avin. Who are you?”
Introductions had always been the worst part.
“I’m Rosemary, and I’m looking for chemicals,” bubbled the brunette.
The blonde-haired girl was scrutinizing him, and he was suddenly aware of the scars that fingered his cheek. He shook his head with a little tilt, an action he was so used to that he hardly noticed it. His hair flopped around his neck, covering the scars.
He looked back at the woman and met her gaze squarely.
“And your name, madam?”
- This reply was modified 4 days, 21 hours ago by Emily Waldorf.
Don't cry for me, for I go where music is born ~J.S. BachJune 22, 2022 at 4:03 pm #151064Neasa@irishcelticredflowercrown
ahaha I would argue a lot can be said in just a few grunts🤣 this should be fun!
Judging from the boy‘s relaxed position against the wall, one hand hovering calmly near his boot, there was a weapon concealed there.
Lorcan had been trained to notice these things.
He watched as two girls he had never seen before struck up a conversation with the boy. He wasn’t entirely sure that they had not noticed the rest of them.
One girl tripped into a hanging chandelier, glass shattering everywhere. Oof. Lorcan watched as she was helped up.
Poor lost souls. He gave a resigned sigh and rolled his eyes. Time to add more people to the group. As if they didn’t have enough already. And frankly, Lorcan was heartily sick of the faces around him. He ached to escape this place of purgatory.
He strolled over to the small group, checking that his shrunken blades were still hidden up his sleeves. Not that he needed them. These newcomers seemed relatively harmless.
He stood there for a moment, casually leaning against the wall about three metres away from them. Waiting for them to notice him. When they did, they straightened, eyes becoming suspicious.
He cocked his head, giving them a cool lookover. “Not from around here, are ye?” His mouth tilted upward slightly. “Welcome aboard. I’m afraid you will not be having a pleasant stay here.”
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.