I really love the web show RWBY. It has lovable characters, amazing action, and a ton of world building. I also love how the series is clearly inspired by anime.
At college, I found that a group of people were planning to use the setting of the show for a role-playing campaign. They were using the Big Eyes, Small Mouth engine. It’s an anime-inspired role plaint game engine, which felt appropriate for RWBY. I was interested in joining in.
So began the task of creating a character. One of the first things I decided was that I wanted my character to be a human and not a Faunus. In the series of RWBY, Faunus are a humanoid race with animal features. A lot of the other people in the campaign were making Faunus, and I wanted something a little different.
I first decided to create a visual image. I didn’t think my drawing skills were good enough to fully create a character. I didn’t want to use another person’s creation, however. I wanted to make it my own.
Then I remembered that I loved virtual dress up games. I mostly used this website. I started playing one, and decided to use it for my character. I used my computer to take a screenshot.
I liked what I had created, so I decided to do more.
Admittedly, I might have gone overboard. And that’s not even all of them!
Anyway, I had to come up with a name. I came up with many names. I eventually settled down on one, Elaine Vyce. There were reasons for choosing this name. Elaine was from Arthurian legend, and it means bright.
You might remember me mentioning the surname, Vyce, in a previous post. It comes from the villain of AT4W. I decided to use it as a surname in a sense of irony, because Elaine means bright and because my character was kind, upbeat, and heroic. It provided a nice contrast.
But the character creation process was not over yet. I still had to create my weapon and my skills. In the world of RWBY, weapons are often two other weapons meshed together. For example, the main character, Ruby, has a weapon that is both a scythe and a gun.
I decided to make my weapon both creative and unique. My character’s weapon ended up being cards; cards which were which were razor sharp, and had explosives laced onto them. I also gave my character the ability of telekinesis so that the cards can be formed into a whip.
It’s a bit strange.
My character’s skills are mostly based around that. She can throw well, she is agile, etc.
Everyone in the group had to go through a character test. We were sent through a tutorial battle. When I did mine, I did fairly well. My character wasn’t either overpowered or weak. I also discovered I could role-play well.
The group also decided to have musical themes for our characters. I gathered all of the song I thought would make a good theme for Elaine. I had 27. The others helped me whittle them down to a more manageable five. Though to be fair, I still haven’t fully decided on which theme to use. One of them can be listened to below.
Radio Martini Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
So there you have it. My first time creating a character for a roleplaying campaign. I had a lot of fun with this, and I want to make more characters like this.
Oh! I just had a thought.
Maybe I should cosplay her!