Persona Creation

Creation of a valid persona that could be likely in the medieval outremer is not as hard as it might sound once you fill in the gaps. Understanding the persona you portray will allow a more valid and enjoyable persona for you to play. Not every question needs to be filled out but the more you fill out the more depth you will add.

Part I: Starting with the Basics

Who are you? What is your name? Do you have a nickname, a patronymic, or clan name?

Name:__________________________________________________________________
What are your parentsí names? Are they alive or dead?

Father:______________________________Mother:______________________________
Do you have any brothers, sisters, or children? What are their names?

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Are you single, married, widowed? Do you have children?

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Where were you born:_______________________________________________________

When were you born:/or what year do you live?___________________________________

What is your Religion? Are you Catholic or Orthodox, Muslim or Jewish, or are you a heretic like the Cathars. Is religion a reason your in the Outremer? Keep in mind Religion was very important!

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What do you do for a living? If you have a trade, how did you learn it?______________________

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What hobbies does your persona enjoy?_____________________________________________

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Are you Literate? If so, How?______________________________________________________

What social class were you born into (Choose realistically what you can afford to portray, costume and social rank went hand in hand. Were you disowned? Illegitimate? )

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Reasons your in the Outremer (Is it Religion as above or are you a felon, a servant, a pilgrim, a crusader or a native to the region. Did you get stuck out here or left behind? Are you military?

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Part II: filling in the gaps

Has your persona fought in the Crusades?___________________________________________

If so what battles?_______________________________________________________________

Can your persona ride a horse?__________Where did they learn that______________________

How pious are you? Do you pray often? Do you donate or help the Church? Or are you in the Outremer to grab land and slaves? Are you dogmatic? Do you accept Orthodox as brothers?

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Where do you live in Tortosa? In town above a tavern, in a Garrison hall, a monastery or convent? Do you have a small shack out of town or do you live with family. Think about this.

 

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What does your persona do with his free time?

 

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Do you have servants? slaves? How do you afford them?_______________________________

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Do you follow any Monastic rules?__________________________________________________

What skills do YOU have, are they skills your Persona can have? Where would you have learned them?________________________________________________________________________

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How do you feel about the Nobility?_________________________________________________

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What religions,sects,states,nations,households is your persona hostile to?__________________

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Keep in mind your Persona is a FICTIONAL role, with beliefs you may or may not have. It is the same as that for any actor. A realistic persona is the goal on what we are striving for and this is just a starting point to begin creating your FICTIONAL medieval persona. Try to avoid Modern beliefs as they would not be realistic to a medieval mindset. This form is a basic start at best.