(This is more for Matt than anyone, but the message can apply to any roleplayer.
I don’t see how your, or anyone’s characters are pointless or stupid.
I mean… I see someone’s characters as an extension of themselves.To call one of them stupid, would be to call one’s self stupid…
It’s kind hard to explain.
I guess I’ll just use myself as an example.
I have Psyche, obviously. She’s the part of me that holds everyone else above myself. The clearest example of this is in her typing quirk. She capitalizes names, like Sully, Sintax, Joab, Vira, and Seven, but whenever she refers to herself, it’s always a lowercase i.
But, it’s also shown in how she interacts with people. She doesn’t trouble them with her issues, and only rarely consults Adrian or whoever her Moirail is for help. She doesn’t want to trouble anyone with her problems, and keeps them to herself. If she really can’t stand it, she drops her happy facade (her overuse of ~ and !) and becomes hesitant, almost unsure, and a little sad (using a lot of … ).
There’s another of my characters… let’s call her SM for now.
She’s been altered and changed over the years, but at her core she is gullible, and cares deeply about her friends, among other things.
These traits are things that I also embody. She does so by keeping her friends close, bringing them with her everywhere. If they need help, she’ll put them above her duty as a hero of her world and come to their aid. An example of this is where she, though it is technically illegal, she protects her brother from her lands army, who are hunting for him. As for her gullibility, she goes along with her brother’s plan of splitting up, before she realizes that what’s chasing them senses everything- he can’t see who went where.
Now we come to another character who embodies my wit and sarcasm. This is Bridget Falco Matthias. She always has a clever quip or a sarcastic remark at the ready for most scenarios, as I sometimes do. The point of her is to get a bit of a laugh out of the reader, to lighten the situation with a bit of humor…
She also has a bit of my depression as the story moves on, and she physically falls to her knees under the weight of her anxiety and depression. She’s a kid, she can’t save the world, let alone five. If she screws up, trillions of people will die. But she still manages to pick herself up and does what needs to be done.
… Aside from rambling about myself, my point is this: even if you can’t quite see it, your characters are a part of you. They all have a purpose, a reflection or parallel within you, whether it be an emotion or action. They aren’t stupid in the least, and neither are you.
Seven demonstrates your isolation, how separated you are from your peers at school. He also demonstrates your loyalty to your friends- he’s killed to save Psyche twice now. If anything, I’d say he’s moreso an altered reflection of yourself than just a parallel. as he shares more than a few traits and opinions with you.
Sevenn may be your Thief of Rage, but he seems to embody respect, just with his speech patterns. He genuinely cares about people too. You show both of those things, as you have never said anything offensive, as far as i’ve seen, and you check up on us in your streams, if we say we aren’t feeling well, or when… a certain event occurred, concerning another user, Anons, and a late night spent contacting them. (Their name is omitted for privacy reasons, of course)
Then we come to Neves. Most would say he’s too new… but he is a being of lust and rage… I’m not too sure of the former, but we’ve all seen how angry you can get if someone insults you and your friends, or genuinely deserves it.
Now, I’ll let you analyze Sintax yourself, I’ve rambled on enough… do you see what I mean, though? Every character has a connection to a part of you. Their purpose is to convey that emotion, to alleviate it, to show how some part of you feels. They are not stupid in any way, because, you aren’t either. :) )
Something I wrote earlier. :p