Leveling Up, In Character
Last time we got to know a little about Marcus Cross, his father Jackob, and his Aunt Angela. This next part is going to focus on important people in his life outside of his family. But before we get to that, we need to continue our story from last time.
When we last left Marcus, he was still only 6 years old and didn't have much time, between helping his father and studying with his aunt, to play with other kids.
As the years went by and Marcus grew older, him and his dad finished work faster, leaving more time for lessons with his aunt. When he turned 10, his father encouraged him to help out at the neighbouring farms, hoping he would make friends with the kids in the area. It was not good for a boy his age not to have any friends.
The farm that Marcus grew up in was one of about a dozen small outlying farms surrounding the hamlet of Ramsbeck. Most of the other farms were better off than Marcus'; they had several children, some a lot older than Marcus. The kids his age had just started learning the trade and only needed to help out with the most simple chores, the rest was taken care of by their older siblings. They didn't need Marcus' help with their farms. As this was something his father had tasked him to do, he didn't want to let his father down. He had to be able to help out in some way.
When seeing kids running off to play after finishing their chores he wondered why they didn't have to spend the rest of the day studying, like he did. Then he realized that it wasn't that they didn't have to study, it was that unlike him who had his aunt Angela, they didn't have anyone to teach them. So he offered to teach them how to read and write. To have someone come and teach their kids or to send them off to school was not something farmers normally would be able to afford. Needless to say, most families were excited, and it was soon decided that they would send their kids over to Marcus' farm every afternoon for lessons. When his father saw all the neighbouring kids coming to his farm to be taught by his son, it was the proudest moment in his life.
Now we are at a good place where we can introduce other important characters into Marcus' life.
Here are some questions that can help you create your characters friends, enemies and/or love interests:
Do you have many friends and acquaintances, or a few tight friends?
Name and describe 3 close or closest friends.
Do you have enemies, or people you do not want to associate with, and if so, name and describe at least 2 such people.
When did your character start showing romantic interest in others- teens, twenties, never?
What level of experience does the character have with romantic/sexual relationships? (for the purposes of naivety in love, the less experience the more naive)
Describe at least one past or present partner or crush.
Think about these questions until next time, when we will be continuing our characters' developments.