I’ve fallen behind on blog tags again, so it’s time to play catch-up (again). This tag is a brand new one from Brianna daSilva at Story Port. (Thank you, Brianna!)
The Six-Question Character Challenge offers six questions that you have to answer for three of your WIP’s characters. You can choose whichever characters you want. The point is to introduce these characters to your readers if you haven’t yet, and to see how they’re similar or different.
Before we get started, let’s start with…
A Quick Explanation of the Challenge Questions
In Brianna’s own words, from her Challenge post:
The first prompt asks for a “contradiction.” In case you start wondering what this means, it’s basically this: every important character in your story should have something contradictory or seemingly inconsistent about their personality. We see this with people in real life, and it’s the mark of a rounded, three-dimensional character.
Note that this is probably the hardest of the prompts, so don’t worry if it takes some deep thinking. But please consider: if you can’t find any contradiction at all in your character’s personality, it’s probably a sign you need to develop him/her a little more. So, it’s a good exercise to do, no matter what. 🙂
The second prompt asks for a Meyers-Briggs personality type. If you’re unsure what type your character is, you can take the test on their behalf here.
Also, the fourth prompt asks how your character would slay a dragon. This is purely hypothetical; there are no dragons in my book, for example, so the prompt can be applied to any genre you want!
My Answers to the Six-Question Character Challenge for Three Characters from The Keeper’s Curse
Since I’m still editing TKC, it makes sense to pose this Challenge to the three “top-tier” characters from that story. I’ll also include links to past character interviews or Beautiful People posts if you’d like to learn more about each one.
So, without further ado…
1. Isonyeva (a.k.a. Eva)
Who is she? A 17-year-old Feiri, and the protagonist of TKC
Contradiction: She empathizes with people who have gone through tough childhoods like she has. But in other situations, she’s not very tactful and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
MBTI Personality Type: ISTP (The “Craftsman” or “Virtuoso”)
Favorite color(s): Brown, green, white
How would she slay a dragon? Dragons don’t exist in TKC’s world, so first Eva would wonder, “What in Tovana’s name is that?” She’d also have a hunch that the dragon was created by Mother Nature; and since she practices nature worship, she’d rather watch it to see if it’s a threat. If it is, she’d sneak up behind it while they’re both in flight, figure out its weak spots, and shoot arrows accordingly to bring it down. But if the dragon isn’t a threat, she’d ride it Targaryen-style!
Her darkest secret: Eva’s parents were killed by Mountain Folk when she was 5 years old – and now she wants to avenge their deaths by murdering any Mountain Folk she meets.
Where does she see herself in 10 years? This question terrifies Eva. She’s a “here and now” character, and she has no idea what she wants to do after she retires from the Council when she turns 25. It doesn’t help that most of the Fei view Eva unfavorably after she joined the Council of Selanaan 3 years ago, too. She’s close only to her fellow Councilors and her adopted family, and Fei boys refuse to court her. So, she’d rather not think about her future right now.
2. Aurek Kolsteg
Who is he? A 23-year-old Mountain Man, and the leader of Eva’s travel party in TKC
Contradiction: Bred as a warrior, but deep down he values harmony and compassion
MBTI Personality Type: INFJ (The “Counselor” or “Advocate”)
Favorite color(s): Blue, grey
How would he slay a dragon? Like Eva, he’d be too amazed by the creature to kill it right away. He’d try to approach the dragon first and make peace with it. If that doesn’t work, his warrior side would kick in and he’d go after the beast’s neck.
His darkest secret: That’s a HUGE spoiler for TKC, so unfortunately I can’t tell you. 😉
Where does he see himself in 10 years? Married, hopefully. And perhaps a father, if his gods bless him and his wife. I can’t be specific about his other goals (again, SPOILERS!). But if they don’t pan out, Aurek hopes to continue climbing through the ranks of Suderland’s Queensguard and be a good leader / lord of the Mountain Folk’s Sumanhi Clan.
Who is he? A 21-year-old Feiri, Eva’s cousin / best friend, and the Captain of the Council of Selanaan (which means he’s also Eva’s “boss”)
Contradiction: Excellent at diplomacy and giving advice, but can be indecisive when choosing between the lesser of two evils
MBTI Personality Type: ENFJ (The “Teacher” or “Protagonist”)
Favorite color(s): Yellow, orange
How would he slay a dragon? His method would be somewhere between Eva’s and Aurek’s. He wouldn’t kill the dragon for religious reasons unless he has a good reason, and he’d prefer to be a peacemaker over fighting. Regardless, out of the three characters shown, Gidion’s the one who’d most likely get himself killed. (*eek*)
His darkest secret: Gidion doesn’t really have secrets. He’s an open, happy character who’s not ashamed of anything he’s done. The only secret is the origins of his name. His ryenar (name-giver) named him after a Human man who had rescued his parents after they married (they and other Fei were kidnapped by pirates), but his parents don’t talk about what happened. So, Gidion doesn’t know much about the Giddeon he’s named after.
Where does he see himself in 10 years? Retired from the Council of Selanaan, and working in his dream job as an advisor to the King of Fei. He also sees himself married and a father to one or two fledglings (Fei children).
My Nominees for the Six-Question Character Challenge
Since there are six questions, I’ll nominate six writers for the challenge. As always, you’re welcome to accept and join in on the fun, or pass if it’s not your thing. Just know that I’d love to get to know your characters a little more – and perhaps your readers might, too!
- Alina @ Writer Alina
- E.E. Rawls @ Rawls E. Fantasy
- Jeneca @ Jeniqua Writes
- Rae Oestreich @ The Wallflower
- Sarah J. Higbee @ Brainfluff
- YOU – basically, anyone else who would like to participate 😉
What do you think of Eva, Aurek, and Gidion now that you know more about them? Do you share any of their MBTI personality types? How would you answer any of these questions for your characters?
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