okay but how about FIRE MERMAIDS THAT LIVE IN LAVA
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What about this?
People have driven long distances while “sleepwalking”, so I suppose it would be possible. Personal experience: My uncle sleepwalked outside during a thunderstorm to get the mail at midnight. I just found out a comedian once jumped out of his hotel window while asleep - if people will put themselves in life-threatening situations, it stands to reason walking into an ocean while under the same influence wouldn’t be too difficult. Look here, here, and here for sleepwalking experiences.
Everyone deals with death differently. In terms of imminent death, it’s going to depend on how long they’ve known about it (terminal illness, looming apocalypse, no win situation, etc), how much help they’ve had coping with it, and how their attitude about life has shaped how they feel about death.
Short answer: It’s going to vary greatly.
Here are some questions for your characters. See if figuring these things out helps you determine their feelings:
- What religion do they follow? How strictly do they follow it? How does that religion deal with death? Is there an afterlife?
- Have they spoken to anyone about the impending loss? Was it a therapist? A friend/loved one? A support group?
- Have they dealt with death before?
- Do they accept death as an inevitability? Have they fully embraced it?
- Are they not bothered by the idea of death?
- Do they fight against death? Do they do everything to try and save their loved one, even to the point of being unreasonable?
- Do they think of death as pain? Do they fear pain?
- Do they fear the unknown?
- Are they at peace with dying?
- Have they accomplished what they set out to do in life, or did they leave something unfinished?
- Do they take comfort in being able to say goodbye, or do they feel robbed that the death is too soon?
- Do they allow themselves to fall into despair at the death, or are they upbeat and positive about it?
- Do they become withdrawn?
- Do they become angry? Do they blame others for the death? Do they blame outside circumstances? Do they become vengeful?
- Are the completely numb?
- Do they turn to coping mechanisms? Are those mechanisms positive or negative?
I’ve had to deal with death a few times in my life so far, and though the concept is certain, it’s hard to accept. I lost my grandfather several years ago. He had been in and out of the hospital for various ailments over the years, and as a family we all knew his health was declining.
With that knowledge, I selected a college (the first time I went) close enough to home so I could spend time with my grandfather. Knowing that he was going to die, but not knowing exactly when, made every moment spent with him that much more important. I had time to mentally evaluate what was going on, and eventually settle on the idea that it was going to happen. That time, that preparation, didn’t make it easier when we finally lost him, but I was glad I had it, and certainly don’t regret it.
People often describe losing a loved one as losing a part of yourself, as a hole that forms somewhere deep down, slowly eating away at the joy you once had. I think that’s somewhat accurate, but to me death feels like falling into darkness, not knowing if you’ll find light again.
I cried a lot when my grandfather died. I don’t remember any other thought than knowing that he was gone. My chest hurt. It knotted. I tried to get on with life as usual, but every time I thought about him the tears came.
It did get better with time. That old adage holds true. But, there are things that remind me of him. He’s the one who got me into art. He always used to draw little cartoon doodles on place mats and encouraged me to join in. We used to play with pipe cleaners and clay. I remember he had the Beanie Baby “Batty” down in the lower sun room where he grew cactus. I made a little pipe cleaner hat for that bat, and recently I found my own Batty Beanie while I was tidying my closet and ended up crying because it reminded me of my grandfather.
The feelings of hopelessness, depression, and utter anguish over the loss do fade, but they never completely go away. Most people move on from death and continue with life. Some find comfort in the idea of the afterlife, knowing they may see their loved ones again. Others can’t handle life after the loss anymore. Some people withdraw from everything they once loved, and some people go down darker paths.
Death does many things to people, and it’s never easy (unless you’re, you know, a serial killer, or hitman, scary monster, or something like that). It’s even harder when you have a personal relationship with the one who’s going to die.
Follow the suggestions listed here. The last one might not apply. We forget most of what we dream about within a few minutes of waking up, so if you want more drama, make the characters forget part of the prophecy or mess it up.
I have a superpowers tag. You need to come up with the origin on your own.
There are a number of character name lists you can scroll through in the name tag. I like using 20000names and babynames (which has a random button if you just want random names). You can sort both sites by name meanings, gender, and ethnic origin. If you like random, then check out the many, many character name generators found here.
There are some links here.
Other than that,
Everything you need is in the gender tag.
This guide will show you how to portray a character who identifies on the genderqueer/non-binary spectrum.
Maps are excellent to use for worldbuilding, whether you take inspiration from existing maps, or make your own! When I make a new fantasy world, I usually make at least a simple map of it, so I know what the land is like and where major cities are. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it’s useful to mark down anything you think might be important to the story.
There are probably computer programs out there that can help you build a map, but I usually just draw mine in an art program. I am a mediocre artist at best, and like I said - it doesn’t have to be fancy. As long as it works for you, it’s fine.
Here are some things you might want to mark on a map:
- Countries/their capital city
- Major cities
- Mountains/other geography
- Rivers/lakes/other bodies of water
- Major landmarks
- Dangerous locations (and figure out why they’re dangerous!)
- Hidden treasures
- Locations of magical objects
You should also consider where your world grows/gets its food. If it doesn’t import its food, it’ll need some sort of place to grow agriculture (most likely some portion of flat, fertile land). Look up what kind of crops will grow in a climate like your world’s - generally, societies need grains, legumes (beans, peas, etc) and a few vegetables to have a balanced diet. Meat is generally something that societies with more money/resources have, but societies can subsist on the diet I mentioned above without meat.
Major cities tend to develop on the edges of bodies of water, since people need water to survive, and waterways are often important trade routes that allow the city to interact with people from other places.
As for your story in particular, maybe think about why the borders are so different in your version of Earth, if you haven’t already. Those conflicts or stories could provide a lot of interesting ideas for plot, or at least interesting background if nothing else. Hope that helped!
This is an extensive list of careers, with over 1000 listed careers, from small time all the way up to astronaut. Ever had trouble figuring out what your character could be doing for a living, or are you sick and tired seeing the same occupations listed over and over again? This masterlist will help you both in creating a unique original character, or occupationally diverse pre-made- and skeletal bios for your RP.
What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting…
It depends on how mixed race she is. If she has relatives or family friends who are from her ethnic background, she may have grown up with the influence of one of her backgrounds. This may have shaped her personality and worldview.
Also, if she doesn’t look completely white, people will react to her ethnicity, e.g. “Of course you did well - you’re Asian” “You look so exotic” “So you’re a half blood?” “Can you do my nails?” (Take if from a half-Asian).
Making her middle name Japanese does nod towards her heritage, but her ethnicity will probably play a larger part in her life, to the point at which you’d need to bring it up in text.
Chock full of cliches and purple prose.