So here’s a thing.
I’ve mentioned, now and again, that I’m playing in a fairly involved and pretty wild mix-up campaign of Vampire: The Masquerade (and a number of other Oddity: The Whatevering games) and Exalted.
I’ve also mentioned that I am learning to write and have been working on various bits of character background. I’ve occasionally posted bits and bobs of my efforts, though not (much) of the latest.
So, as it turns out I spent a good chunk of the spring writing what amounts to a novella’s worth of character background, approximately 30,000 words of … stuff.
My writing tutor said it was actually good enough to show people, but both tutor and GM asked that I not post the entire story directly online, for Reasons.
I can talk about it, though.
If people are interested in reading my character background, please PM me with an email address I can send an .rtf file to (“rich text”, so should not have word processor issues).
I have already shown the story to Glitterwolf. I tried PMing it, but since attachments aren’t a thing, it wound up being a gigantic post, and some of the words got changed to “broccoli”.
So just actual emails, please, if you don’t mind.
I do reserve the right to say “Wait, who are you, internet stranger who has stumbled on this post” and not send the dang thing. I probably only will be doing this for a little while after this post anyway, so no necroing this at some mysterious future time, please.
Also it might take me a little time to get back to you. I keep odd hours.
Some information: It is a vampire story. The MC is not a vampire, but several appear as characters.
It is game character background. Much of the ethos is White Wolf’s World of Darkness, but it has a lot of homebrewed elements. I changed a bunch of the terminology because some of it was kind of dippy, but I tried to use logical, linguistically reasonable choices. It should be clear from context what is meant.
Yes, there are cusswords strong enough to need broccoliing. At least one of the characters has a real mouth on her – it’s an important part of the character, I promise. And it’s international. I learned a whole bunch of fascinating new words for this story. Now you can too.
There is no overt violence, gore, sexual situations or pseudo-sexual situations. There is some strong language, some threatened violence, some uncomfortable body stuff and some tension. I like to think there is also depth, humanity, perspective and interest.
It’s basically a detective story.
Glitterwolf says he enjoyed reading it (quotes used with permission):
“There is a nice flow to it and enough mystery to keep wanting to know more.”
“I find the description of the characters, their surroundings awesome.
The references to real places, food, rituals, languages, history, they help build the story.”
“I love vampire stories, so I might be a bit biased.
But on the other hand, I can see the difference between a good one and a bad one.
I really think you got something here.”
So, that’s a thing.