Question by Echelon: Realistically, what kind of psychological issues might this character have?
Well, I’m writing for this character who I realize has some autistic traits, though I don’t know if all of this can be attributed to a rough patch in her childhood (considering that autism is always determined by genetics/prenatal development. Allow me to give her a bit of a past (censoring certain details because I don’t want plot ideas for this project stolen):
(You may feel free to give me constructive criticisms and suggestions, as long as they aren’t demeaning, flaming, or all around offensive and talking about how much this idea or I myself ‘suck’.)
First of all, this character (let’s call her Jess) isn’t human; she’s a mammalian race that ages a bit more quickly than humans would. Also, Jess can be visibly identified as a…let’s call her a “Diviner” for now, because of the color of her her fur (yes, fur. Like I said, not human). Diviners have the capability of developing strong precognition and clairvoyance if trained. The setting is a place that has limited technology, Steampunk/Dieselpunk, no cell phones or computers or means of communication besides letters, maybe morse-code type stuff and REALLY primitive radios at most.
Jess had a relatively normal childhood (though her parents may have been overprotective of her, because Diviners are generally feared and she might’ve been harmed if they didn’t watch her carefully). Though one night, when she was 3 or 4 years old (about 9-10 in physical development), she was kidnapped by this bad guy, Nekry, for a breeding project.
For 6 to 7 years, Jess lived in a barred prison cell, her only means of contact being talking with other Diviners that she could both see and hear around her. She had very limited facial contact (only from cells directly across from hers) and also virtually no physical contact either due to each Diviner being in a single cell. At around age 10 (12-13 in physical development), there was a jailbreak and she was sprung loose with a few other Diviners. During the jailbreak, though, everyone got seperated, though Jess managed to stick with an old Diviner woman.
They stuck together for under a year, until the old woman died of hypothermia one night in the desert. Then Jess vowed to avenge her kind, taking on a mask and a vigilante persona. She has her own sense of justice, and steals from from government waste or supplies to get by. Likewise, she distances herself from everyone and has trouble relating to others. She is generally very ‘flat’, and her expression of emotion is acted out more through her voice and her actions than her facial expressions, though they may show slightly through her eyes. She doesn’t enjoy physical contact, and might either shrug you off or act out aggressively if anyone touches her. She is not aware that there is this ‘game’ that people play (called ‘socialization’) to extract information from eachother.
For example, say she needs to know where the train station is. Most people would do this:
Person: *pleasant smile or pleading expression as she approaches stranger* “Excuse me, sir, can you please tell me where the train station is?”
My character would do this:
Character: *grabs stranger by shirt or tail and turns him around to face her, staring at him emotionlessly* “Where is the train station?”
Now that you know a little bit about this character, I must ask…is this a realistic manifestation of how a person my emerge psychologically after an experience such as hers? Would it be any different if she was already born with autistic traits (VERY mild, more like Aspergers)?
Yes, she does have emotions. But they’re just expressed differently.
Answer by Level12
Omg…tht sounds like me sometimes…o0
But this girl or diviner have some feeling inside of her even a lil bit? o0
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