correllian_ale/OC_sock: Thanks! But there's no need to UP it for me. I update at least every Friday - I'm like a pebble in your shoe, a constant irritant that you can't forget... Thanks for telling me. But I like to think that the index is better than a constant irritant . . . And thanks for adding the characters! I'm especially proud of River Ulric and Aster Nightflare. I'll check Trace's story out too. And that's a great tip that I try to make use of. The first I do is fling the OC into conflict(whether physical, an argument, a bad situation, whatever) to reveal his or her inner nature. It's a great way to make someone feel empathy for the character. The time when I don't do this is when I'm generating a sleazy/evil Thrackan Sal-Solo style character or if the character's going to undergo major character evolution over time that will transform him or her into a wholly different person. (That's a transformation Aster will begin soon enough.).