Blessed be! I’m up to my knees in my vampire history, which means that I’ve got… well. A lot of characters. One thing I’ve noticed, though depending on who’s in the scene, they tend to act completely differently. Some have said this points to inconsistency on the page, but I find quite the opposite. It actually lends a sense of realism and complexity. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Everyone has a history. Each character will bring their affections, grudges, prejudices, and preferences to the table. This might make for rifts or alliances that only appear when certain people are together. Maybe these two really hate each other, but they both hate this third person more. That can create interesting new tensions for you to play with.
- Secrets and taboos. There are certain topics that just won’t come up in some characters’ presence. You’ll want to be careful about who knows what, but this is another way to inject some much-needed tension into your group scenes.
- People show different sides. Certain people will bring out the best in you or the worst. The sweetest character might just snap. The most prickly jerk may have someone that they care about and show affection to, at least if they’re alone. As you’re playing with the dynamics, pay attention not just to who knows whom but also what sides of themselves they tend to show and when!