Character Profile Template
About the template
This is a huge template which you may not want to fill out in its entirety for each character. The idea behind the template is that you can pick and choose which parts of it you want to fill out. Next to each section are links with information to help you find out more about that point. If you choose to use this template, you can copy/paste the sections you like into your bank and then fill it out per character.

Identity
  • NAME: ICly, who chose your character's name and why? Are they named after someone or does the name hold a special meaning? Resources: Behind The Name | Rinkworks Fantasy Name Generator
  • NICKNAMES: What do other characters call your character? Why? Do parents/other family/friends/colleagues/rivals have different nicknames for your character? Resources: Wikipedia: nicknames
  • ALIAS/TITLE: Has your character adopted an alias (e.g. "The Doctor", "The Master"), or do they have a title (e.g. "Lord", "Countess")? Resources: Wikipedia: nobles and ranks
  • EPITHETS: An adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as a characteristic of the character. Most frequently attributed in Shaman culture to deities or deified beings.
  • REN: A physical object representing your character's identity. What is the ren shape? How did they find their ren? How old were they when they found it?

  • BIOLOGICAL SEX: Resources: The 6 Most Common Biological Sexes in Humans | Intersex Society of North America
  • GENDER: Your character's gender identity, which may match their biological sex (cisgender) or may not (transgender). Resources: Understanding Gender | The Genderbread Person | Youtube Channel: Riley Dennis | We Are Family: LGBT A-Z
  • PREFERRED PRONOUNS: Which pronouns does your character like to use? Resources: LGBT Resource Center: gender pronouns
  • ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: Which type of character is your character most likely to fall in love with? Resources: Wikipedia: romantic orientation | Asexuality Network: a list of romantic orientations | We Are Family: LGBT A-Z
  • SEXUAL ORIENTATION: What type of character does your character prefer to have sex with? Resources: Wikipedia: sexual orientation | We Are Family: LGBT A-Z

  • NATIONALITY: Which country was your character born in or which country do they "belong" to? If they were born on Shaman, they may be referred to as a native "Shamanite".
  • ETHNICITY: Which social/ethnic/racial group(s) does your character belong to? Consider parental or grandparent ethnicities and races. Resources: Wikipedia: ethnic group
  • ORIGIN: Is your character native to Shaman? If not, where are they from? Planet, country/kingdom, state/county, city/town/village/hamlet?
  • FIRST LANGUAGE: What was your character's first spoken language, the one they were raised on?
  • OTHER LANGUAGES: What other languages can your character access, either through speech, reading or writing?

  • RELIGION: What religion does your character follow?
  • RELIGIOSITY: How religious is your character? Are they practising? Church-going? How frequently do they pray? Do they attend religious festivals, observe religious holidays or partake in religious rituals? Do they dress in accordance with their religion, e.g. by wearing a cross or pendant on a necklace?
  • PREFERRED FAIRY DEITIES: Which of the deities on Shaman do/would your character prefer? Why? Have they met any?

  • DOMINANT HAND: Right-handed, left-handed or ambidextrous?

  • SOCIAL CLASS: Under, working, middle, upper, "new money"? Which class does your character belong in according to economic and cultural traits? Have they changed classes over their lifetime? Consider their occupation, education level, upbringing and attitudes towards employment, education and politics. You also need to consider where they came from, since social class structures vary by country. Resources: Wikipedia: social class | UDEL: what is social class? | The Telegraph: 7 social classes in Britain
  • POLITICAL ALIGNMENT: Where does your character sit on the right/left-wing spectrum, authoritarian or libertarian, or are they apolitical? Resources: Wikipedia: left-right political spectrum | The Life Guide: left vs right (video)

  • KEY ELEMENTS OF IDENTITY: What is most important to your character when they self-identify? What words would they most commonly used to describe themselves? Consider education, career, family, friends, personality, history, physical and neuro-differences, appearance, sexuality, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, politics, class, fashion etc.
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magic
  • LEVEL, POINTS: What is your character's level and points? What abilities do they have within that level? Resources: Shaman: magic and levels
  • LEVEL BRANCH: If they are level 8+, what is your character's level branch? If they are below level 8, which level branches would you prefer for them? Resources: Shaman: magic and levels
  • POWERS: What powers does your character currently have?

  • PREFERRED TYPE: Is your character more of a psychic or an elementalist? Are they trying to collect all the Spiderman or Percy Jackson powers? What kind of magic do you want your character to align with?
  • FUTURE POWER IDEAS/GOALS: Which powers do you want your character to acquire in the future? Resources: Shaman: power database | Superpower Wiki

  • MAGIC USE/ACCESS: How does your character use or access their magic? Do they use hand motions, interpretative dance, a magic wand, mental prowess?
  • MAGIC SKILLS/PRACTICE: How practised is your character with each of their powers? Which magic are they stronger or weaker with?
  • IDENTIFYING FEATURES: Does your character's magic have any quirky or identifying features, like a special colour, a puff of smoke when they teleport, a certain noise?
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history / timeline
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD, 0-6 YEARS: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world? Resources: Guardian: what is an ideal childhood?
  • MIDDLE CHILDHOOD, 7-12 YEARS: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world? Guardian: what is an ideal childhood?
  • YOUNGER TEEN YEARS, 13-16 YEARS: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world? How did puberty impact your character?
  • OLDER TEEN YEARS, 16-19 YEARS: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world?
  • YOUNG ADULTHOOD, 20-30 YEARS: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world?
  • ADULTHOOD, 30-60 YEARS: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world?
  • OLD AGE, 60+: What was happening to your character at this time? What environmental factors helped influence your character's future life? What sort of personality did your character have at this time? Did they go through any phases or crises? Did they learn anything about themselves or the world?

  • SIGNIFICANT LIFE EVENTS: What moments in your character's life had a significant impact on their personality, outlook, career development etc?
  • MEMORABLE MOMENTS: What moments does your character look back on, fondly or otherwise?
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relationships
  • PARENTS: Who are your characters' parents? What relationship does your character have with them? If they were raised by someone else, who?
  • CHILDREN: Does your character have children? If so, what is the relationship with them like?
  • GRANDCHILDREN: Does your character have grandchildren? If so, what is the relationship with them like?
  • SIBLINGS: Does your character have siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings? If so, what is the relationship with them like?
  • GRANDPARENTS: Does your character know their grandparents? What is the relationship like with both (or more) sets?
  • AUNTS/UNCLES: Does your character have any aunts or uncles, biological or adopted? What is the relationship like with them?
  • COUSINS: Does your character have any cousins, biological or adopted? What is the relationship like with them?
  • OTHER FAMILY: Does your character have any other family? Great-aunts, second cousins, great-grandparents? What about adopted family or friends close enough to be considered family? What is the relationship like with them?

  • BEST FRIEND: Who is your character's closest friend? Why are they best friends? What is it that bumps the relationship above just being good friends?
  • CLOSE FRIENDS: Who are your character's closest friends? What is it your character likes about them?
  • FRIENDS: What about your character's outer circle of friends? Who does your character consider themselves friends with but they aren't as close to? Why?
  • FRIENDLY ACQUAINTANCES: Who is your character friendly with, but isn't considered a friend (yet)? How might that character become a friend in the future?

  • ROMANTIC PARTNER: Who is your character's romantic/sexual partner? How did they meet? What is the relationship like? What does your character love about them?
  • FORMER ROMANTIC PARTNERS/INTERESTS: Who are your character's exes or former crushes? What was the relationship like then and what is it like now? What happened?

  • ARCH-ENEMY: Who is the one person your character hates above all others? Why?
  • ENEMIES: Who else does your character really hate and why?
  • ANTAGONISTS: Who irritates your character? Who does your character not like? Who causes them problems or strife?

  • PETS: What pets or animal companions does your character have? What is their relationship with those animals? Did your character breed, adopt, raise or train them? Do they consider the animal a pet, friend, colleague or working animal?

  • SERVANTS: Does your character live in a household with servants or staff? What is their relationship like with them? What is your character's attitude towards servants?
  • NANNIES: Does or did your character have a nanny, child-minder or wet nurse? What is their relationship like with them? What is your character's attitude towards nannies?
  • TEACHER/TUTOR: Does or did your character have a teacher or tutor? What is their relationship like with them? If it is a former teacher/tutor, is the relationship different now?
  • DOCTOR: Does your character have a personal or go-to doctor, nurse or healer? What is their relationship like with them?
  • MANAGER/BOSS: If your character has a job, who is their boss or manager? What is their relationship like with them? What is your character's attitude towards authority?
  • COLLEAGUES: If your character has a job, who are their colleagues? What is their relationship like with them?
  • FELLOW STUDENTS: If your character has tuition or attends school, who are their fellow students? What is their relationship like with them?
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other
  • VISUAL REFERENCES: Do you have a "face claim"? What visual references help you to construct your character appearance?

  • VISUAL INSPIRATION: Are there any works of art which inspire you to write your character?
  • FILM INSPIRATION: What films/TV shows/clips inspire you to write your character? Link them!
  • MUSICAL INSPIRATION: What's your writing playlist for this character? What music inspires you to write them?

  • SUGGESTED PROMPTS: Come up with your own list of writing prompts for this character. Think about things which might commonly happen to them, situations which might show off certain personality features or situations which might push them out of their comfort zone.
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