This was arguably the most useful panel I attended in terms of it being something I’d not previously seen at conventions, and in terms of giving me some really deep questions to ask myself about my current work in progress.
The two talks shared a time slot, and though I was there for the clerics one, I found both to be funny and useful.
The first focused on why we love terrible people in modern fiction, while the second talk focused on how to improve your faith-based characters in writing and roleplay.
Panellists: Helen Gould, Phil Bettinson
My Notes – Manipulative Bastards
– A tragic past to balance out ‘evil’ or ‘dark’ actions can lead to them being sympathetic.
– Having a close relationship with a nice person can also add to our liking them.
– Intelligence is another favourable characteristic.
– Each character has a fatal flaw; something which gets them into conflict.
– Its’ often more interesting to watch malevolent acts than benevolent.
My Notes – Believable Clerics
– There must be reason they chose that god. “Mumble mumble PHENOMENAL POWER AWESOME” may be a believable reason.