I'm desperate to get back into this roleplaying malarky, so I've done my best to come up with a few characters and ideas that might help my chances. Of course, I'm open to anything, so feel free to shoot me any ideas you might have. I've got no specific rules, just as long as you're literate (I'm guessing you are, considering you're operating a computer), anyway...here we go. Five ideas to get us started. The Smith This is a story that was originally meant for steampunk glory, but can be adapted quite easily to fit other settings. To make things easier, I'll describe it in this form. The setting is an oppressive city state ruled by a Royal family. The law enforcemers are 'Clockwork Angels', statues that basically come to life seemingly at random. No one knows if they're machines or living things, they just know to behave if they want to live. Needless to say, there's a fair bit of violence on all levels, most people are in poverty and understandably desperate, and the laws are tough. You speak ill of the Emperor, you tend to disappear. So most people just keep quiet, although there is a resistance movement operating in the slums. The character I already have planned for this is a female tinker that sells trinkets for a pittance. She is skilled enough to make weapons and other useful things, but forr reasons she prefers to keep to herself, she ignores any opportunity to aid the resistance. A partner could either play a resistance member, or go the potentially darker route of a loyalist involved in the military, or a Royal. Or, I can take on another role. Dragon Bane It's an oldie but a goodie. Humans are at war with dragons, and some wise guy comes up with the idea of working with them. Crazy. The world is medieval, and there are a few factions of noble families that gain power from the dragons they kill. This is simply done through fashioning weapons from their bones and teeth. The families' power varies depending on region, as different types of dragon favour different places. I have two characters ready for this setting. The first is a peasant boy with a bad attitude, who happens to be the illegitimate son of a Lord, and as he has 'dragon blood' that hasn't been nurtured into hatred, he can and will speak to dragons. The second is a true noble who is so hellbent on proving that she's just as good as the boys that she's reckless and generally a bit stupid. She also bears a massive personal grudge against dragons, only adding insult to injury. The Lost Boy This one is more a character than anything else. Dyrnwyn is a slave, so named for the sword he wields. The sword can only be used by a worthy man, and he was the one that got the duty. The lord he served used him for his own gains, of course, and the young man is pretty useless at anything other than fighting. When he washes up on shore after surviving a shipwreck, unfortunately without the sword, he has to work out what the hell freedom is. Brutal Werewolves Another cliche! And another character. Tifa works in an office, like anybody else. Unfortunately, on her way home from work a nasty gang of werewolves attack her. Upon waking up she has no memory of any of it, and has no idea why she's in the woods, or why everything smells of meat. These episodes of lapsed memory continue, as she pretty much remains in denial about what is happening. The obvious choices I can think of for partners, are either another human, a member of the werewolf gang going to clean up the mess, or a werewolf hunter. Vampires The vampires in this world a typically bloodthirsty. They like to whip themselves into a frenzy with various bloodsports, and they're decidedly snooty. The only real difference is that they're born and not made. They can also survive without blood, as a century or so ago, some party pooper managed to create a formula to supplement the missing proteins that caused the cravings for blood. Unfortunately, it's not perfect, and the few that do use the supplements are far weaker than the old fashioned types. They are also ostracized and ocassionally hunted by the noble order that see them as a threat to society. I have three characters within this setting. The daughter of the supplement guy, and a pair of twins at war with eachother. They both want to stop the bloodshed, but one thinks 'any means to an end', the other doesn't. So, that's it for now. If any of these ideas strike your fancy, or you have any ideas of your own. Please drop me a line. Thanks in advance.