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Character Chart for Daniel 
Oct 16 10
careful you may end up in my novel


Full Name: (working name: Daniel - laziness. I haven't come up with a name & that's his PB's first name)
Meaning of Name: Daniel means "God is my judge" Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.

This sort of ties into this dreamwalking thing his sister will be doing. Idk, I like the name. It might stay. :/

Otherwise we have lame things like "Drake" which of course can mean "dragon" which relates to the zodaic symbol, which is kind of sueish and I don't really like it. Daniel really might stay.
Nickname: That would stick him with the nickname "Dan" or "Danny"
Birth Date: 7 December
Astrological Sign and Details: Ophiuchus/Serpentarius. (29 November & 18 December.) This sign is the 13th sign of the zodiac. Not much detail on wikipedia is given about this sign although it mentions a tie in to resurrection, thus the association with the god Osiris.
God Association: Osiris
Birth Place:
Age: Early 20's.
Nationality: American? Sure. American.
Race: Caucasian. some Germanic ancestry.
Hair Color: brown, dyes it blond
Hair Style: uh...idk how to describe it. middle of cheek long? he doesn't do much with it.
Shape and Features of Face: I'm a shitty writer if I can't describe these things. fml. Here. have a picture or two or three or four or five. His hair is basically pretty wrong in all of those, but you get the idea for face shape. :|
Eye Color: blue? brown? green? hazel? idfk.
Skin Tone: uh...well he's caucasian. see reference pics.
Scars or Distinguishing Marks: scar on his stomach, left side. I'm thinking he was stabbed. Not entirely sure.
Disabilities: He's in the hospital for mental instability. He's very withdrawn, has severe depression and grief issues from the death of his sister a year ago. He has very vivid dreams of her that the doctors have classified as projected grief and hallucinations despite having been sober for a year - off drugs and alcohol. His sister's death scared him sober.
Build or Body Type: Average. Not too thin, not fat, not built.
Height: 5'11", slouches.
Speech Patterns: speaks quietly and says little.
Special Abilities or Powers: none yet. Maybe that will change with the whole gods thing. idk yet.

family & childhood;

Parents are divorced. Father remarried a much younger Chinese woman named Li. This happened probably when Daniel was around 14 and his sister was about 16. This is when her personality changed and she got into drugs. The divorce was hard on both kids and they were separated, mother choosing to keep the daughter, son going to the father. As they were very close, it was difficult on them.

Mother: Older looking woman - looks rather too old to be his mother. Very distinguished looking. Name might be Anne or something. I don't know.
Father: Looks like your average Joe. Is not very supportive of Daniel - too involved with his own affairs. It's unclear why the children were separated. Obviously, he's not interested in having a kid, but it's also obvious that his mother knew that he was irresponsible, yet she didn't get custody of him. Who the hell knows. Unclear if that's why he got into drugs at this point or if he found out his sister was doing them and followed suit. I'm thinking they got into it independently for similar reasons, both hanging out with the wrong kind of people, or maybe they hung out with the same people so they could be near each other. This would put him hanging out with her friends which were all older and treated him like a tag along, which his sister didn't put up with. But this was supposed to be about Father, lol.
Mother's Occupation: Owns her own business. Probably in interior decorating or something.
Father's Occupation: Runs a contract labor company? idfk.
Family Finances: Reasonably well off, I'd say. The kids have to have been getting drug money from somewhere. Mom is distinguished, and I'd say her business is flourishing. Dad seems well enough off to afford the lavish things his new wife likes and keep her happy. Both seem financially secure on the outside, but I think Dad might be up to his eyeballs in debt or have gambling issues and no one knows.
Sister: Isis. I may call her Iris or something. No name for her yet. Deceased.
Birth Order: Second child
Other Close Family:
Best Friend:
Other Friends:
Home Life During Childhood: Very close to sister. Mother emotionally distant, father frequently absent. Money was there and then not there - mother was starting up a personal business while the kids were young, father did contract labor and hadn't worked his way up to ownership yet. He also blew money like crazy. Still thinking gambling problem. Mom liked to live extravagantly even if they didn't have it. Very refined. Children should be seen and not heard, clean and tidy, no roughhousing, playing on the furniture, these things are expensive and we can't afford new ones, etc.
Town or City Name Where He/She Grew Up:
Details of Town/City:
What Did His or Her Bedroom Look Like:
Any Sports or Clubs:
Favorite Toy or Game:
Favorite Subject:
Popular or Loner:
Important Experiences or Events:
Health Problems:

your character's character;

Bad Habits: Ex drug addict, Ex alcoholic. Withdrawn.
Good Habits:
Best Characteristic:
Worst Characteristic:
Worst Memory: Finding out about his sister's death. Still not sure how I want to go about this. It would be incredibly shoujo manga tragic to have him find her body but I might want to go with that. I'm thinking she died in a warehouse alone. It's possible she might have been with others who left her there either knowing she was dead and afraid because of the drug involvement and not wanting to get in trouble themselves or because they were all druggies and just didn't give a shit. Or they may not have known she was actually dead. She might have even still been alive when they left her. Their stories may not match up, too. She might have been living there - she was old enough to be living on her own and may not have been able to hold down a place because she was blowing all of her money on drugs. Both of them may have been living there but Daniel may have spent the night elsewhere and come "home" to her dead. The warehouse would be a squat pad, dirty. A mattress on the floor that they share or maybe two or three where others crash if needed. A couple chairs, a busted up couch. Meager belongings. A few crates upturned for a table. A couple of books next to the beds. Really shitty living environment.
Best Memory: Something in childhood with sister. Maybe trip to Disneyland or something.
Proud of: quitting alcohol & drugs
Embarrassed by: How he was living before the hospital. I'm thinking that his parents had him hospitalized after his sister's death - started with a detox unit - need to research more about how that works, then went into the hospital. Need to figure out what drugs he was on. She was on heroin, I know that....
Driving Style: reckless. He had a car for awhile. It got broken into twice and eventually stolen. He was living out of it at the time. Moved in with sister at warehouse location afterward.
Strong Points: tenacious
Temperament: withdrawn, even keel. It takes a lot to make him angry, but when he does, it's ugly.
Attitude: primarily, he has an attitude of "fuck it". He's trying, but he just has trouble caring about life much since her death. He doesn't know how to cope since his primary way of coping with shit before was to drown himself in drugs/alcohol and now he doesn't have that. He has a dry sense of humor that he often hides behind when just withdrawing isn't enough. Used particularly in group therapy situations when pressed to come out of his shell.
Weakness addictive tendencies
Fears: dying, attachment, loss
Secrets: He may have loved her more than he should have.
Regrets: Not being able to save her.
Feels Vulnerable When: he talks about his sister or shows emotion.
Pet Peeves: people who talk too much, but he doesn't do anything about it - just tunes them out. People who tell him it will get better with time or that he'll heal.
Conflicts: Dreams of his sister that have gotten so intense that he sees her during waking times. Doctors believe its hallucinations or drug flashbacks.
Motivation: very little, honestly. He wants to improve his life because he feels she would want that for him, but he feels dead inside without her.
Short Term Goals and Hopes:
Long Term Goals and Hopes:
Sexuality: primarily asexual at the moment. He doesn't really think about it much. Previously bisexual. Has a male partner currently but wouldn't call him his "boyfriend" even though that's clearly what he is. Has had sexual relations with both genders. Has had girlfriends. Has never been with a guy he'd call his "boyfriend" but has slept with guys.
Exercise Routine: He used to run sometimes. He's too apathetic to care about that anymore. Street fighting occasionally. Pushups and situps during downtime if he's not feeling too blah.
Day or Night Person:
Introvert or Extrovert:
Optimist or Pessimist:

likes & styles;

Music:He likes music - it helps him cope. I haven't decided what kind yet. :| Maybe well-rounded. Not emo. Not classic rock, not rap. not pop. At least none of these exclusively. Maybe some indy or stuff that not a lot of people like? idk.
Books: He does read sometimes. I don't know if it's a passion or just something to pass the time. I don't think he has a favorite genre or book though. [Suggested: Hunter S. Thompson]
Magazines: Nah
Foods: Not hospital food, that's for sure. Ate a lot of junk or scrounge food when he was homeless.
Drinks: In the hospital, cranberry juice. Outside of hospital, coke or something. idk.
Social Issues:
Favorite Saying:
Clothing: comfortable. Jeans or black pants. hoodies or sweatshirts. Not the bulky kind, but y'know...tshirts.
Jewelry: a rope necklace that he never takes off. May have come from someone significant. Not sister. Probably Anubus. May have a black dog charm woven into the front.
TV Shows: will zone out in front of whatever's on the the dayroom, generally. watches the news sometimes with interest.
Movies: Star Wars, Terminator, Alien. Some other crap.
Greatest Want:
Greatest Need:

where & how does your character live now;

Household furnishings: bed - the one by the window. No roommate currently. Will probably get one soon. I'm thinking Ra, maybe. They're on the Eastern side of the building where the sun rises. He may trade Ra beds at that point if Ra asks him to or he may offer at some point and it'll become a point of contention with staff. This is a conflict for later. Room contains a sink and mirror made of reflective metal. Bed is made of wood and a mat that isn't really a mattress, short dresser of three drawers for each occupant, one bathroom with toilet and shower.
Favorite Possession: iPod? idk. Had to get special request to have it as all patients do.
Most Cherished Possession: something given to him by his sister. Haven't decided what yet.
Town or City Name:
Details of Town or City:
Married Before:
Significant Other Before:
Relationship with Family: Somewhat estranged. Has family meetings. Parents divorced. They have family therapy now. He feels as though they weren't supportive of him and too busy dealing with their own loss when his sister died. More details in "mother" and "Father" section. Parents divorced at 14 or so, separating he and his sister and he's never forgiven them for that. Blames them for her death because of that. His mother is cold and distant, father is too absorbed in his own life. But they make the effort to come to family therapy despite the fact that he's over the age of being their responsibility. They want reconciliation and to keep their only living child alive and well. He moved out of his dad's as soon as he was old enough, wanting to move into a place with his sister. Seems kind of weird. They quickly lost the place because they were spending their money on things other than rent, and ended up homeless.
Best Friend: A guy. Don't have a name for him yet. Probably gave the Daniel the necklace he always wears. They might be sleeping together but Daniel doesn't consider him his boyfriend or anything. Daniel was staying with him the night his sister died. Will probably have him be someone significant. LETS LOOK THROUGH THE CARDS LOL.

Torn between Anubis & Horus. Already had plans for Anubis but it would be really good to have Anubis & Osiris be BFFs. idk. I think I'm going to go with Anubis and ditch the original idea. for Anubis. I don't know what name to give him yet or any real character development. He's a Scorpio. That's about it.

He could be a motorcycle riding badass, but that's so contrary to the kind of thing I think Daniel would be attracted to, so idfk. I want him to be a little coarse and edgy. He has to have a dog. Maybe a doberman? I don't know. I'll work out his details later.
Other Friends:
Other Income:
Dream Career:
Dream Life:
Love Life: None to speak of, really.
Sexual Turn Ons: We'll come back to this. I'm thinking, with his withdrawn nature, that he's pretty submissive. With Anubis as a partner, that would work pretty well, since we're looking at Anubis being a bit rougher around the edges. Being bisexual, he'd also want a take-charge kind of girl. Likes redheads. A fling with Sekhmet might work for a while. It's a sister complex thing, even though she's got browner hair. Whatev. She took care of him. He wants a caring girl who will be there for him, take care of him. He'd probably want the same thing in a guy, but something more aggressive.

As for actual turn ons...I'll come back to this.
Sexual Turn Offs: Wimpy, whiny people. As for actual sexual things he doesn't like...I'll come back to this.
Guilty Pleasure:
Sports or Clubs:
Talents or Skills:
Intelligence Level: somewhat above average, he's just made a lot of stupid choices in his life. He did surprisingly well on all his standardized testing in school, even after he started drugs, but didn't bother to pursue college. He just didn't care about it. He wanted to hide as much of that side of his life from his parents as he could and ended up not really being as hardcore addicted and life-wreckingly lost until he moved out as soon as he graduated at 17.
Finances: none to speak of, really. He's blown everything he had.
Greatest Strength:
Greatest Weakness:
Health Problems:
Religion: Angry with God. Not sure if he wants to believe in a God. This will change once the whole past lives things comes into play, obvs.

your character's life before your story;

Past Careers:
Past Lovers:
Biggest Mistakes:
Biggest Achievements:

digging deeper;

a) If you could have two whole weeks for vacation and go and do anything you wanted, what and
where would it be?:

b) If you had a weakness for one of the seven deadly sins, which one would it be and why? (pride,
greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth):

c) If you could bring one person back to life and spend a whole day with him or her, who would it be and why?:

d) If you won a three-million dollar lottery, what would you do with the money? What would you do
with a five-hundred dollar win?:

e) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?:

f) What do you do to relax after a bad day?:

g) Where would you go to hang out if you wanted to feel comfortable?:

h) What do you do when you are angry?:

i) Do you have a secret passion? What? Why is it a passion? And why is it a secret?:

j) How do you feel in a crowd? How do you feel alone?:

k) If you were asked to describe yourself, what would you say about the kind of person you are? How about how you look?:

l) Where do you want to be in your life ten years from now?:

m) A tear jerker is on. How do you react if alone? How do you react if with others?:

n) Deep down, what does you really think of yourself? Are you fair, moral, honest, etc...?:

o) What do you think would make a perfect first date?:

p) How important is money to you? Why?:

q) What do you consider romantic?:

r) How "green" are you? At the store, do you ask for paper, plastic, or bring a bag? Do you take
hour-long showers, quick ones, have a rain barrel in the yard to catch water for the garden? And so
on. Why?:

s) How do you deal with anger, sadness, external/internal conflict, change, loss, jealousy, hurt, etc...? Why?:

t) How do you think others see you as a person? How do you think other see you when it comes to
looks and clothes?:
Oct 17 10 (UTC)
Totally a Doberman.

For some reason December 7th sticks out in my mind as a birthday. hmmmm.

This is just an idea but I can see him really liking Hunter S. Thompson, if you go with reading as a passion. He's Ryan's favorite author.
Oct 17 10 (UTC)
Dec. 7th is fine with me. Fits in where I need it to.

I know very little about Hunter S. Thompson, so I would hope it wouldn't come up in the scope of the novel, but if he has a passion for it, I feel like it would. Seems like it would fit his character from what little I've heard from Ryan/other people who like him, but I don't feel like I know enough about him to put him in as something important like that. :/
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