A great way to engage further into the roleplaying aspect of Ebb & Flow is to establish a personality for your character that you can play up to. Every adventurer, hero or villain, has their fortes and flaws in their personality. This section will go over twelve common personality archetypes that you can quickly apply to your character. Perhaps you’ll choose an archetype that fits in with your character’s background, or the archetype you choose will inspire your background. Of course, you’re not limited to these archetypes. You can mix and match fortes and flaws and come up with any other personality traits you would see fit for your character. If you roleplay your character in an exceptional way, your GM might even reward you with Insight.
Forte: Compassionate, Generous
The caregiver is a selfless individual who helps and cares for others out of their own good will. This extends far beyond simply fighting alongside and protecting an ally in battle. The caregiver will aid anyone in need in a variety of ways, such as doing favors or errands without compensation or a strong reason to do so other than lending a helping hand. They do not seek glory as the act of helping others itself is satisfaction enough for them.
The caregiver’s selflessness can sometimes put their own life in danger. They will disregard their own safety in pursuit of helping and protecting others. This leads the caregiver susceptible to martyrdom and exploitation. Some of the biggest fears of the caregiver include selfishness and ingratitude. They most fear that they might think of themselves before others or won’t show thanks in a situation where they’re given help.
Forte: Creative, Perseverant
The creator is a lover of innovation, whatever industry it might take place in. They themselves love to create things, and it is their lifelong goal to realize a great vision that will endure in value for lifetimes to come. With their brilliant mind, the creator can come up with unique and out of the box solutions to their problems. Because of their long term goals, creators can be very perseverant, never wanting to give up once their set their mind on something.
The creator’s greatest drawback with having such a long term goal is their intense need for everything to be perfect. This level of perfectionism often causes them to act slowly, especially in times that require quick thinking. Their amount of overthinking can often end in poor solutions and execution of said solutions to a problem. The creator fears that once their great vision is finally realized, it will be received as actually being a mediocre one.
Forte: Hopeful, Cheerful
The dreamer wants nothing more in the world than to be happy and for others to be happy. They tend to stay positive and optimistic when their comrades otherwise would not be to lift their spirits up. They are more willing to trust a stranger than their comrades and see the best in people, believing that people are fundamentally good. In trying their best to do what's right, dreamers aim to create a brighter world.
The dreamer’s sunny disposition is not met without opposition. Their actions can come across as naive and ignorant at times, which causes others to view them with disdain. The dreamer fears that they may fail and be punished for doing something wrong. They can become childish when desperate and things don’t go their way.
Forte: Adaptive, Empathetic
The everyman likes to blend in and be part of the crowd. To do so, they rely on their adaptiveness and empathy to connect with others easily. They strongly believe that all people are equal regardless of their history. In pursuit of wanting to belong, the everyman humbles their self in any way possible in order to not stand out and to appear ordinary, despite how important or exceptional they may actually be.
The everyman is susceptible to losing their individual identity in their pursuit of blending in. They easily buckle under the pressure of being in the spotlight, and have a difficult time taking charge when the situation calls for it. When push comes to shove, the everyman will become submissive in order to continue fitting in with the crowd.
Forte: Courageous, Vigilant
The hero is an individual who fights bravely for the good of all people. Their ultimate goal in life is to prove themselves and leave a positive mark on the world. The hero vigorously trains to be as strong and competent in battle as possible. When danger is afoot, the hero is the first to react, and use their body as wall between friend and foe. They will charge forward fearlessly in the face of adversity, and furiously protect all those important to them.
At times, the hero will overestimate their abilities and become arrogant. This causes them to pick fights against foes that may be far too powerful for them to actually stand against. Their arrogance stems from the fear of appearing vulnerable or cowardly when they wish to be strong. The hero can also be far too eager to jump into the next battle, usually resorting to violence as the solution to a problem.
Forte: Incorruptible, Adventurous
The individualist wants to live a full, rich life. To do so, they are adventurous by nature and have a great need to explore all things to have as many different experiences as possible. By exploring the world, the individualist can learn more about their self to figure out exactly who they are. The individualist’s greatest strength is that they are incorruptible. They know who and what they are at any given and cannot be swayed or manipulated to be something they aren’t.
Since individualists care heavily about their identity, they can come off as being very headstrong and stubborn. They refuse to do things that they don’t want to do, and it can hamper them in social situations. If they are forced into such a situation, they massively suffer from ennui. The individualist’s greatest fear is the feeling of becoming trapped and conformity. They hate the idea of being unable to clearly distinguish their self from others.
Forte: Joyous, Funny
The jester lives moment to moment, and wants nothing more than to have a good time, whether it’s with others or at the expense of others. They often use their sense of humor to make jokes and play pranks on people to lighten the mood. They never mean any real harm, but humbling others and making light of heavy situations satisfies them the most. Jesters excel at deescalating those tense moments where allies and potential enemies start butting heads.
Since jesters can be quite sarcastic and even facetious, people often see them as incapable of taking things seriously to the point of frivolity. Especially in dire times, the jester’s comedic efforts are considered a waste of time. This often leads the jester to being a social outcast. The jester’s biggest fear is boredom, but even more so the boredom of others. If the jester is incapable of bringing joy and laughter to others, they begin to feel worthless.
Forte: Responsible, Confident
The leader plays a crucial role in their team and community. They seek the prosperity and success for those they lead. The ability to lead requires a massive amount of responsibility and confidence. The leader must be able to organize and direct those they command with precision and clarity. Leaders excel at multitasking and managing resources efficiently. They also exude an aura of confidence to act as a positive model for others.
Sometimes leaders must exercise their power to properly lead their allies, but doing so in excess can result in the leader becoming authoritative. This authoritative nature causes the leader to become oppressively controlling. This need to maintain complete control stems from the leader’s fear of chaos. The notion of anarchy deeply disturbs how the leader mentally functions, especially in a situation where they may be overthrown from the leader position and replaced.
Forte: Passionate, Committed
The partner revels in building strong relationships with those they care deeply about. These relationships are often platonic, but they can be romantic as well. The stronger the relationship, the more passionate and committed the partner becomes. Partners see themselves as an extension of those they love, and do whatever it takes to not only protect them but also better themselves physically and emotionally to uphold an image of appreciation.
When a partner’s passion and commitment becomes overbearing, they can succumb to the effects of anxiety and obsession. Their intense desire to please the people they love causes the partner to lose themselves and act out of character in the pursuit of being wanted. Being rejected, and ultimately being alone and unloved, is the most frightening situation possible for the partner, as they are dependent on others to live a full life.
Forte: Unpredictable, Resourceful
The rebel doesn’t like to follow rules that restrict their freedom. This isn’t to say that they are wrongdoers, but they heavily resent authorities that treat people unfairly. In their lifetime of opposition, the rebel has become adept at being unpredictable and resourceful. Everything and anything can be a tool to the rebel to achieve their radical freedom, and their unpredictability allows them to catch others by surprise and gives them the upper hand in conflicts.
Rebels are passionate about what they believe in and are easy to anger when they witness something that goes against their beliefs. Their short temper can make them act against their better judgment and do things they may later regret, possibly even endangering their allies. This radical reaction forces a rebel to ride a fine line between do-gooder and criminal. How the rebel lets their anger affect them will define which side of that line they’ll stand.
Forte: Logical, Realistic
The thinker is an intelligent, analytical, and calculating individual who seeks to understand the world. They dislike not knowing things and in turn are adept in gathering information and accumulating knowledge. This accumulation of knowledge allows thinkers to be logical and realistic. They keep others in check by reminding them that some options might be impossible or downright detrimental to their goals.
There are times when the thinker requires too much information before they decide to act. This results in overcautiousness which puts pressure on the thinker in situations where quick reactions are needed. Their overcautious disposition originates from their fear of appearing ignorant and being misled or manipulated. The thinker will endlessly study every possible detail until they can know for sure that their actions will be successful.
Forte: Ambitious, Brilliant
The visionary does not have narrow, specific idea they wish to realize. Contrarily, they have a broad, clear vision of what the world can be. Visionaries are brilliant savants whose ambitions can only be matched by their ability to find the perfect solution to a problem. They can make the impossible possible, and can use any resource available to them to their upmost potential, allowing them to create advantageous situations that can only be described as fantastical.
The raw, unadulterated genius of the visionary becomes a detriment when they begin to use it without any regard for those around them. Because they have their vision of what a better world looks like, they can tunnel vision and become oblivious to one of their greatest fears: unintentional negative consequences of their actions. The most common of these consequences is the visionary unwittingly manipulating others to fit their perfect image.