Characters Bring Back the OC Revolution -- New Discussion July 9

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  1. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

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    The OC Revolution Returns

    An original character, or OC, is a character created by a fanfic author or roleplayer for an established canon storyline.
    - Wikipedia


    For a reader, discovering a good OC can be akin to a surprise visit from a chatty Papa George who wants to explain the mysteries of GFFA, including how some of the Empire's best troops could be defeated by tribal teddy bears, why stormtrooper armor didn't work as effectively as clonetrooper armor or why Jedi Padawans wore mullets (business up front/party in the back). Sadly, a bad OC experience is comparable to being trapped in an elevator with Jar-Jar Binks and no available weapons of mass destruction.

    Undoubtedly, we've all had our share of bad OC experiences. Every one of us has stumbled across or has written (time to fess up kiddos) one of those OCs who makes you want to stab your eyes out and renounce your literacy. However, we also have read or have written the ones who put a lump in your throat, make you snarf carbonated beverages, see the humanity in the bad guys or think about the GFFA in a totally new light.

    OC writers are a tough and often under-appreciated lot, yet we keep trudging back for more--we either like the abuse or have something important to say. This thread is an attempt to provide a forum for OC writers (I know there have been others in the distant past, but MODS this will be unique, I promise) to pull together, like our very own leper colony, and talk about what makes us tick as writers and why we tell the stories we do.
    - oqidaun (former Fanfic Moderator, founder of the OC Revolution, and quite the Original Character in her own right)

    Welcome back, everyone, to the thread all of our OCs call home! It has been nearly nine months since we last convened, but all the more reason to get this rocking again. With the new boards, we will have some changes to the old system. A new day brings new excitements. [face_dancing]

    The database, as it was, fell apart, as few people were submitting their stories or characters any more, so we will no longer be continuing with the database. The old database thread still exists here (though still in a truncated form). We will, however continue our fine tradition of OC discussions and challenges, reviving the OC dueling circle once again.

    Current thread hosts: Earlybird-obi-wan and Kahara
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  2. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

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    Current Challenge

    "Close Your Eyes"

    This is a two-part challenge. It's your choice if you want to do only one part or both in the same story.

    In many of our stories we rely heavily on the use of visuals and the sense of sight. In this challenge we're going to engage another of our senses...


    Part A

    Write a story in which at least one scene is dominated by a sense (or senses) other than sight. Have us experience the scene through the character's hearing, smell, touch, taste, or even the Force.


    Part B

    Music can evoke powerful feelings and can influence our writing in many ways. Write a story in which at least one scene has been somehow directly influenced by a song, and let us know what song it is. This is very open to interpretation. Did a powerful classical piece put you in the right frame of mind to write that big battle? Did a single line of lyrics from that soft love song give you an idea for a character's relationship?

    The deadline for entries is February 28, 2013.

    PM the links of your entries to the Sock.



    Reoccurring Challenge Rules

    Just so we're all clear how all of these challenges are going to work:

    1. For your response to be accepted for voting, it must be OC-driven. This means that it features only OCs or any canon characters that appear only play a minor role.
    2. You may write your responses in any era (Before/Saga/Beyond). We are not, at this time, accepting responses from Non-Star Wars fanficion. I believe there is a NSWFF OC thread somewhere.
    3. Do not post your challenge responses or links to them in this thread. Instead, PM them to the OCDatabaseSock. When time for voting comes the thread hosts will post a list of links to stories that were entered into the challenge.
    4. Each challenge will have a deadline. In order to be qualified for voting, your story link must be PMed to the sock by that deadline. If you are late, we will still share it with the thread, but it is ineligible for voting.
    5. The voting period will usually be about a week long. Each challenge will specify this length. Votes should be PMed to the sock within that period to count.
    6. You cannot vote for yourself. Also, please don't just vote for your friends. Read everyone's responses and chose the winner after you have read through them all. Let's be fair to everyone.
    7. The winner of each challenge gets to set the theme for the next challenge. The winner should PM the sock with their challenge idea after each challenge finishes.
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  3. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

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    Past Challenges


    Here we will have past challenges, entries, and winners.

    October

    OC Deathcoaster 2012!

    It's that time again! Kill your OC (or many OCs!) in a clever and unexpected way. Extra points for blunt trauma. I know you are attached to your OCs and their story lines, but I encourage you to take an AU turn from your personal universe and give your OC a sudden and untimely death that, for this challenge, has nothing to do with the end you originally planned for them.

    Let's keep this short: 2000 word limit.

    Entries:
    Sacrifice by MasterGhandalf (winner!)
    Crash Landing by SoA (ineligible for voting)
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  4. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

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    Let's get this discussion rolling! As we gather a critical mass, let's start with something small. I have a little interview for your OCs:

    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?



    SoA here, sad to say, my fantastic co-host Corellian_Ale has not made it back after the board shift. In the midst of the shift, I started grad school. As you can imagine, my spare time is much less than it was before. If anyone is interested in helping to co-host this thread do let me know. If I'm not running out of steam all the time, this will be way more exciting. :D
  5. Commander-DWH Shiny Costuming & Props Manager

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    OC Revolutionaries unite! :D

    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    Hey everyone, I'm Leiraya, resident barefoot Jedi.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    Let's see. I believe the crew and I were getting ourselves off Korriban.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    With all due respect to my author, she had a habit of leaving me hanging a lot before the board closure, so I barely noticed the difference. I know, she has a busy schedule, and something about having a grown up job. I'm just saying, she found time for me during her worst semesters of college- heck, she started writing me when she wasn't even allowed to type.

    But, you know, she's been writing more lately, so that's good. She's just on notice.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    I mean, when you all left us, we were on a ship. It's not hard to be on a ship, so I'm sure she'd manage. Though she may have trouble keeping herself entertained that long... unless perhaps those three months were spent writing our continuing adventures? Is that what we have to do to get her to finish this story? Can we test the theory?
  6. Thumper09 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 9, 2001
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    W00t!

    1. Please do introduce yourself.
    Hi, everyone, I'm Quiver Yanilr, X-wing Starfighter Pilot Extraordinaire. My writer would probably say that my wingman Darin should be writing this instead, but trust me, you don't want that. He's way too quiet and would probably type all of two words before he runs out of things to say. I never quite figured out why my writer uses his callsign to post here. Why not mine? Better yet, why don't I have an account of my own? I should make one; it'd be a lot more fun than commandeering this one.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?
    Luckily she didn't leave me hanging personally. She was messing with some groundpounders on these boards before they closed down. She continued to antagonize me during the downtime like she normally does, though not quite as often as before since she was concentrating on a story about Darin before I met him, so I was nowhere in it. At all. I was shoved off into a dark corner... all alone...

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?
    At first I liked the little vacation. Hey, who doesn't, right? I could sleep in, not get beat on, it was awesome. But by the second day I started to get really bored. I tried being a nuisance to get some attention, and she'd just mutter something about how she really wanted to finish this other story and she didn't want to be distracted by me until it was done. Can you believe that? How rude. Plus she'd never let me borrow the car to go to the beach, so I went a little stir-crazy.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?
    Pfft, there's no way to know. I can't figure her out any more than I can figure Darin out. Like, for example, when my writer is in writing mode then she thinks and talks about us going to other planets like it's the most natural thing in the galaxy, but then when she's out of writing mode it's like there's some switch that gets flipped and suddenly making a short little flight to Earth's moon to pick up a few dirty ol' rocks is some huge accomplishment to aspire to. How do I deal with that? I never know which mindset she's in, and it drives me crazy!
    *
    Oh, on a completely different topic though, when I was messing around on my writer's computer and rifling through things (don't tell her I did that), I noticed she has pre-move threads saved, so if anything from the old OC thread is needed in its non-truncated form, I'm sure she'll be happy to supply it. Hey, she volunteers me for things all the time. Payback is sweet.
  7. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Aug 21, 2006
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    YES!!!!

    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    I am Jehna Er-San, surgeon and anaesthetist at Noranan General hospital on Moniron. I have recently joined the hospital after saving former Jedi healer Aaqu Maerhin. My writer had a story outlined for me (it had to be on the boards at the same time as the summer Olympics with the theme of running a marathon) and my colleagues Aaqu Maerhin and Marhin Adin - both recovering from an accident are writing a diary that would have them commenting on me and my adventures.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    At the first unpublished part that reads like this



    ‘I hate you!’
    Flames – burning flames – were dancing on the black and red surface.
    ‘You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you!’
    A hand was outstretched.
    A burning man tried to crawl away.
    He was trapped.
    Why?
    Why was no one coming?
    He tried to kick away the rubble with his legs.
    Arms were flailing.
    He was getting free.
    But…
    He was falling towards….
    “Oh nooh … someone help me…. darkness … I am trapped.”


    Pretty scary I think and I recall something from years back when I was a kid having the same dream. I felt two Jedi fighting on Mustafar and had a nightmare (or vision) about that. My teacher Tarmenel Eled-Hir could comfort me and tell me that Anakin had some good in him.

    That saved him and I had a nice dream when he returned to the light and the eternity that is the Force and was united with his wife Padmé



    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    Scary. What will the writer do with me? She called the story Inferno.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    She would be scared too. But maybe with a difference. I have midi-chlorians and some outlines of that story will have me loosing all of them.


    http://boards.theforce.net/threads/inferno.50003173/




    inferno
  8. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    Oct 3, 2004
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    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    My name is Sevastra Strange. Strange by name *and* by nature, or so I'm told.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    I was about to go to Hogwarts, a school of magic, though I doubt a muggle like you would understand. I'm not a muggle and I don't think I do, to be honest.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    Weird, I guess. I'm not sure I like the idea of starting at a new school, and so far from home. Then again, it's exciting. The book on Hogwarts is fascinating and I can't wait to actually get there.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    I think she'd be more excited than me. She obviously knows more about Hogwarts than she lets on. That said, she'd have to deal with my parents, and they're not the most amazing people at the best of times. She'd cope though, I hope.
  9. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

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    Feb 17, 2005
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    *chooses txt file at random*

    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    I'm Utu Rundess, head tech of the Yamay Rangers, an Outer Rim mercenary group. I hate sand, mud, rain, and anything else that doesn't belong in the controlled climate of a spacefaring vessel.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    I'm presently on Tatooine. With Jabba dead, there's no reason to stick around and I'm waiting for the captain and first mate to return so they can tell us where we're headed.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    I've had these . . . premonitions, I guess, about what's going to happen when he starts writing again. I don't want it to happen, but it will. So to be quite honest, I'm enjoying this quiet interlude while it lasts and, frankly, kind of hoping his attention turns to the dozen or so other half-written stories he has.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    He'd fret for the first couple of days, then realize there's nothing he can do about the situation and ignore it until he can't. Probably.
  10. SoA Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 2, 2008
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    Look at all these OCs! Huzzah! I guess I should let one of mine in as well too.


    1. Please do introduce yourself.
    My name is Kionee Rinnh and I'm a produce freighter pilot for Rinnh Imports.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?
    Where she usually does when she leaves me alone for other more interesting characters. I just kept freighting all that fruit across the galaxy like I've always done, seeing interesting sites, meeting interesting people, watching lots of chick flicks on my holoprojector while I'm in hyperspace, you know.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?
    It's just as well. Ev and the rest of them were off doing way more interesting things.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?
    I'm pretty sure she'd get bored. She doesn't like chick flicks that much, and that's all I've got saved on my ship computer here. Plus, she has no idea how to fly, and I bet she'd get the munchies and go for some of my stock in the hold, and that is bad business.


    While I'm here, I want to welcome Thumper as our new thread Co-host! Thanks so much for stepping up! The first real challenge of the thread will go up sometime soon this week.
  11. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    Nov 1, 2004
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    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    My name is Mark Tantiss. If my last name sounds familiar, it’s because I am named after Mount Tantiss on Wayland where I was discovered. I am a clone created by Joruus C’baoth. What most people don’t know is there were two Luuke Skywalker clones created by C’baoth. One was to be his apprentice and the other was mutated to become an Imperial Sentinel (that's me)—a chemically lobotomized 2.1 meter giant that would be an extension of C’baoth’s will. I was lucky enough to be saved by Han Solo and Luke Skywalker before the lobotomy was performed on me. Along with being much taller and muscular than Luke Skywalker, I have changed my looks by dying my hair, changing my eye color and growing a beard to look as different from Luke as possible. I am currently studying to be a Jedi. Here's a photo of me in my battle armor. I hate Jedi robes.

    [IMG]
    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    I just lost my virginity. That is a pretty good place to be left hanging.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    I was in bed with a beautiful woman…so I didn’t mind.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    I don’t think she would like it. She would much prefer lying around in bed with a certain blue-eyed farmboy.
    Last edited by Jedi_Lover, Oct 20, 2012
  12. Mechalich Force Ghost

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    Feb 2, 2010
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    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    Dr. Nivi Abrixin, Jal Shey, formerly of the Republic Bioterrorism Countermeasures Center. I am versed in a number of fields, but specialize in epidemiology, genetics, and pathology.


    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    Oh, I was nothing more than a phantom fragment of quantum possibility at that point, concrete imagery has only emerged very recently. My author is a fickle one sometimes, he spent the move blowing up starships with Imperials and playing with sharks.


    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    Hard to be abandoned when you don't yet exist, but in some ways, it sounds nice, right about now. I would be happy if time stopped and I could put everything aside and spend a few...years...reading. I think then I might feel ready to take on the present.


    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    That is a deep and philosophical question that is entirely too meta for my taste. You should probably refer it to a Jedi instead.
  13. Anime_Jedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Jul 12, 2007
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    1. Please do introduce yourself.
    Keyo Soren, former Jedi, now Shadow Jedi.
    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?
    In a dark place with water and sand all alone.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?
    I was waiting for my story to continue, he left me in such a cliffhanger.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    He wouldn't really like the place for to long, being along isn't to much fun.
    Last edited by Anime_Jedi, Oct 2, 2012
  14. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

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    Dec 17, 2004
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    Good to see all of these OCs back and that none of you abused them too badly over the break. Now we have our first challenge back on the new boards.

    OC Deathcoaster 2012!

    It's that time again! Kill your OC (or many OCs!) in a clever and unexpected way. Extra points for blunt trauma. I know you are attached to your OCs and their story lines, but I encourage you to take an AU turn from your personal universe and give your OC a sudden and untimely death that, for this challenge, has nothing to do with the end you originally planned for them.

    Let's keep this short: 2000 word limit.

    Deadline: October 31, 2012

    PM links of your responses to the sock.
  15. Book-Geek Jedi Master

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    May 28, 2011
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    1. Please do introduce yourself.
    My name is Jane Mago. I'm a Corellian-born Jedi currently training on Coruscant under my godfather, Qui-Gon Jinn, alongside his other apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi. I'm not going to beat around the bush with saying this: I'm a genius. My head just stores and comprehends information better than others. I'm also a decent fighter, artist and mechanic, but my real love is music and singing. Even though I'm just a kid, I've got a lot of dark secrets hidden behind my hazel eyes. If I feel like I trust you enough, I may just tell you them. And if I particularly like you, I may just tell you my real name.

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    I was sitting beside my new best friend, Jace Solo, and he was playing piano and we were both singing. (Note from Writer: At this point, Jane was six standard years old and Jace was eight standard years old, the year being 37 BBY. Both get older as the story progresses)

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    I'm okay with it, because I was with friends. Jace is the best, and the only friend I have that's my age.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?

    I think she'd be happy. I mean, who wouldn't want to be surrounded by good friends?
  16. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

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    To get the creative juices flowing for the Deathcoaster challenge, let's look at character deaths for a moment.

    Has the death of one of your OCs been particularly memorable for you? Whether it was due to the emotions involved (your own or your other characters'), the way you wrote it, the reactions from readers, or something else?

    Do you have an OC whose death you've regretted writing? Would you change the outcome if you could do it all over again?

    Do you have an OC (maybe a villain, maybe not!) whom you would like to kill off but can't yet? Maybe they're needed for something in the story down the road, maybe you've tried and they just won't stay dead.

    When one of your characters has completed his/her role in your story, how do you decide whether to kill the character off or to send them away alive?
  17. moosemousse CR - FF:UK South

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    I had to write the death of a character I really liked. It was kind of hard and I didn't want to do it, but it was important to the plot. The story was a three part thing that I wrote ages ago. The last part, which I still haven't written, involves a lot of death. I guess that's why I haven't written it yet. :(
  18. Mechalich Force Ghost

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    Feb 2, 2010
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    Has the death of one of your OCs been particularly memorable for you? Whether it was due to the emotions involved (your own or your other characters'), the way you wrote it, the reactions from readers, or something else?

    The death of Lynne, in my Claymore fic Silver Gray, remains my most memorable, because it involved a character who was innocent of any real wrongdoing sacrificing herself to preserve the lives of others who didn't know her and in fact actively despised her. It was incredibly challenging to do, but it worked out to be everything I hoped for, and reader reaction was very positive.

    Do you have an OC whose death you've regretted writing? Would you change the outcome if you could do it all over again?

    I was obligated to kill a character in The People's Armor for reasons of plot necessity. I was not entirely happy with how I did it, overall.

    Do you have an OC (maybe a villain, maybe not!) whom you would like to kill off but can't yet? Maybe they're needed for something in the story down the road, maybe you've tried and they just won't stay dead.

    I don't really maintain a personal continuity in the way some fanficcers do, so this isn't really an issue. I take this sort of thing story by story, and generally figure out who will die well in advance.

    When one of your characters has completed his/her role in your story, how do you decide whether to kill the character off or to send them away alive?

    Would it be believable for the character to just leave? At that present time? Will whatever they go off to do prevent them from coming back later? Would that be a problem, or can that be worked with? This is particularly important in a high-tech reality like Star Wars, where a character cannot simply wander off into the wilderness and get lost for a decade or so in the way fantasy settings can often pull. I try not to kill a character frivolously, as I recall a sequence where I set a character away and the plot them moved in such a fashion that he was able to come back and play a significant role later without needing to create another random character.
    Last edited by Mechalich, Oct 10, 2012
  19. SoA Jedi Grand Master

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    There was a really long time where I didn't want to kill anyone, and then I set up a minor OC at the end of "Under the Shadow of the Builders" just so that you would love him for three chapters before I'd kill him, making the whole war a bit more 'real.' Trouble is, I loved him by the time I killed him. It really makes me want to go back and insert him into some earlier stories. :(

    I had to write through the first Jedi purge to get to where I'm going with my bigger story arc, and it was really hard to start killing off some of my more prominent OCs. It stressed me out really badly. But now that I made it through the death of almost the entire order (I killed something like 300 Jedi in one chapter :_|), I am kind of excited to kill off other characters. I had originally only planned to kill one or two characters before the end of my main epic, but now I'm coming up with more and more reasons to kill off other characters. Bring on the drama!

    Really, I kill off characters when canon demands it, and then some. We do write in Star Wars, and people die in war. Having a cast of invincible characters, untouched by death sometimes can feel a bit contrived. I also kill of characters, sometimes, to set up a certain mind-set for the other characters that survive them. If there isn't a particular reason for a character to die, I generally let them walk out of the story alive.
  20. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    Nov 1, 2004
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    Has the death of one of your OCs been particularly memorable for you? Whether it was due to the emotions involved (your own or your other characters'), the way you wrote it, the reactions from readers, or something else?
    I've killed off one OC. At first the readers wanted me to kill her because this OC was married to Luke Skywalker. In my story Mara turned Luke down when he proposed marriage, but later regretted it. So the readers wanted my OC DEAD! This would allow Luke (after grieving) to hook up with Mara. But her death saved the life of Luke and then everybody was all, "Oh I'm so sad you OC is dead." I think they wanted me to make her unlikeable before her demise.

    Do you have an OC whose death you've regretted writing? Would you change the outcome if you could do it all over again?
    If I didn't kill off the above OC, Luke wouldn't be with Mara...so no I don't regret it. She died a hero.

    Do you have an OC (maybe a villain, maybe not!) whom you would like to kill off but can't yet? Maybe they're needed for something in the story down the road, maybe you've tried and they just won't stay dead.
    No, I don't have one I want to kill.

    When one of your characters has completed his/her role in your story, how do you decide whether to kill the character off or to send them away alive?
    I really don't want to kill off my character. I want him alive when the story is done. My OC story was originally planned to be an angst filled plot where the OC dies tragically, but then I decided to go the opposite direction and he is very happy now.
  21. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

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    Feb 17, 2005
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    I know this isn't what you had in mind, but:

    In one AU where the Empire won the Battle of Yavin, I killed everyone who wasn't airborne when the Death Star fired, and probably most of the pilots as well. I don't regret having killed them, but I do regret not having written their deaths except as a line or two of exposition. If I could do it over again, I'd kill them - alas, the premise of the AU demands it - but I think I'd put in a scene or two just so I can remember that they were living until I decided otherwise.
  22. MasterGhandalf Jedi Grand Master

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    Oct 25, 2009
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    Has the death of one of your OCs been particularly memorable for you? Whether it was due to the emotions involved (your own or your other characters'), the way you wrote it, the reactions from readers, or something else?

    Hmm... from a Star Wars fic, probably the Master, aka the Yuuzhan Vong-created clone of Anakin Solo, from I, Warrior, though this is more from writing Tahiri's own thoughts on emotions on having to kill someone who looked just like Anakin rather than anything about the Master himself (dude deserved it, honestly). From a non- Star Wars fic, I think the death of Wei Ming, a tragic villain from an Avatar: Last Airbender story, is probably the best OC death I've written.

    Do you have an OC whose death you've regretted writing? Would you change the outcome if you could do it all over again?

    Not really; I generally don't kill a major character unless I feel like it's the best way to resolve the story, or at least their part of it. I've written deaths I've felt sad about, but never that I regretted writing.

    Do you have an OC (maybe a villain, maybe not!) whom you would like to kill off but can't yet? Maybe they're needed for something in the story down the road, maybe you've tried and they just won't stay dead.

    Not currently, but Jadek Hunner and Akhi Lian (both from I, Warrior as well) were bad guys who certainly had their fates coming to them. Hunner, never more than a side villain, I got to kill off quickly, but Akhi Lian stubbornly stuck around until he finally caught a fatal case of Jaina's lightsaber-to-the-neck.

    When one of your characters has completed his/her role in your story, how do you decide whether to kill the character off or to send them away alive?

    I mostly go with my gut for what feels right for the character and the story- and this can change as the story and characters develop. To use another I, Warrior example, Captain Hassk, a Trandoshan mercenary working for the real villains, was originally slated to die, but I ended up liking the character enough that he got arrested instead. Maybe he'll show up again someday...

    EDIT: And here's the first round of questions, too:

    1. Please do introduce yourself.

    My name is Keenah, Yuuzhan Vong priestess of the goddess Yun-Ne'shel and, so far as I am aware, the only member of my race to possess the power of the Force. Does this satisfy you?

    2. Where did your writer leave you hanging during the board closure?

    He left me just as I had realized that my Master, who I had trusted to teach me to use my abilities, was perhaps not the true servant of the gods I had believed him to be following a confrontation with a specter that called itself Darth Sidious. I would prefer not to speak of this further.

    3. How did you feel being abandoned like that right there?

    Extremely uncomfortable.

    4. How do you think your writer would do, put in the same position?
    My writer is an infidel. I cannot imagine how he could have ended up in my position. Are we done here?
    Last edited by MasterGhandalf, Oct 23, 2012
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  23. SoA Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Apr 2, 2008
    star 3
    Haha. Well, we won't be bothering Keenah any more now.

    Let's extend the deadline for the current OC challenge through this Sunday night, in case there are some OC writers without power now in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I hope everyone is doing alright!
  24. whiskers Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 19, 2005
    star 4
    To get the creative juices flowing for the Deathcoaster challenge, let's look at character deaths for a moment.

    Has the death of one of your OCs been particularly memorable for you? Whether it was due to the emotions involved (your own or your other characters'), the way you wrote it, the reactions from readers, or something else?

    I would think that the most memorable would be my first OC and my first kill: Jorec Merridon. He was a Jedi who somehow managed to survive the Purge, so he was always slated to die. Thing is, as I kept getting closer and closer to the end, I began to really doubt that I could actually go through with it. Thing is, the death wasn't that much of a downer: he saved his family and got to go all blue ghosty, but I won't forget it.

    Do you have an OC whose death you've regretted writing? Would you change the outcome if you could do it all over again?

    I haven't really racked up that large of a body count of original characters, but I certainly regret killing off the OC wife of another one of my OCs. At the very least, I probably should have given her a bit more characterization before offing her. I guess that was a side-effect of having that group of OCs being in a "limited series" if you will.

    Do you have an OC (maybe a villain, maybe not!) whom you would like to kill off but can't yet? Maybe they're needed for something in the story down the road, maybe you've tried and they just won't stay dead.

    I would love to write the final fate of Ardon'iloet, a fallen Twi'lek Jedi that I played in an RPG game a couple of years back. The last anyone saw of him was fleeing into the Almas wilderness after the mission that saw him kill a fellow party member and nearly killing another. I imagine that he could be a major thorn in the side of some pre-Alliance rebel cells as an Inquisitor.

    When one of your characters has completed his/her role in your story, how do you decide whether to kill the character off or to send them away alive?

    I generally look at the character and say: what would be the best way to write him or her off? Put them on a bus or relegate them to mere background cameos? Or I can kill them. What would either option do to the other characters in the story. How would they react to either scenario and what would come across as best in the narrative?
  25. OCDatabaseSock Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 17, 2004
    star 2
    [face_skull] And the entries for the Deathcoaster challenge are in! [face_skull]


    Sacrifice by MasterGhandalf

    Crash Landing by SoA (ineligible for voting)


    MasterGhandalf is the winner of this challenge! Congratulations! =D=

    Everyone, pop on over to those stories and enjoy some good old-fashioned character death!

    @MasterGhandalf, as the winner you get to come up with the next challenge prompt. Just PM your challenge idea to the Sock.
    Last edited by OCDatabaseSock, Nov 7, 2012
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