22 Jan

Character Inventory

These have been developed spuriously and sometimes out of desperation at my daughter’s bedtime since last Thanksgiving. I usually tell the stories in mad lib style, leaving blanks for her to fill in and guide the plot or character actions. She’s five and is not short of ideas or decisions.

Main characters:
Four quadruplet (but not identical) late teen Princesses opening a chain of teashops in usual and unusual locations

Recurring or single appearance characters:
A King, who builds transdimensional zoos and swings through trees at night (thanks to night vision goggles)
A Queen, admiral of the fleet
A ne’er do well enchanted Prince, asleep in a tower
A guardian tiger spirit fond of disguises (and comfortable in forest and urban jungles)
A temple dragon named Tien Lung fond of tea and conversation
A Chinese emperor worried about dragons
Madame Minus-One Pound, worried about gravity, and an expert in tea
A reformed Ogre, now tea shop manager
A leprechaun constable securing against illegal fairy ring gateway use
A quirky scientist, Professor Adams, and his submarine-based lab
Professor Adams’ alternate (bizarro) personality
A polar bear and grey whale in an interspecies romance on the ice pack
Dread Pirate Bawb and, following a devastating battle with the Queen’s fleet, Former Pirate Fred

3 thoughts on “Character Inventory

  1. Sounds like the basis for a great RPG. Or maybe a book – isn’t that how Bilbo Baggins got his start? And B’rer Rabbit? And Cthulu?…maybe not. Well, little Cthulu (or was that Nyaruko-san

  2. We’re starting to loop back through the stories and I’ll write down those that aren’t too stream of consciousness. Of course, her favorite–the one that makes her giggle–is the one where Prof Adams turns evil after a (Freudian?) explosion in his lab brings out his dark side, and the girls give him a puppy that licks the evil away, then pees on him in excitement once the prof’s back to normal. Now, that’s sounds like the basis for one twisted tale, but the innocence is in the telling, not the summary, clearly. And she’s not shy to tell me when she doesn’t like a story, although sometimes she uses that trick just to get another story, even though the previous tale was just fine. It’s all the subtle pauses and facial expressions when how she says, “I didn’t like that one.”

  3. And the Nyaruko-san video was fun. Most of the time, we’re able to turn the evil characters around–for example, the ogre was initially a variation on the witch in Hansel and Gretel and the camping trolls in The Hobbit. I think I need one about Pirates where the Queen comes into play, next. Perhaps she’s mistress of the lead ship in the defending fleet.

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