Character Creation: Personality Traits

All things in Tellaia are connected to the elements of reality. People believe that all living things are made up of the elements of air, earth, fire and water, and that this determines their personality. Aether is not included - it is the element that tethers the soul to the body, and it is what makes it possible for humans to use magic.

Instead of having personality traits based on their background, a Tirenian character may instead wish to derive their personality from their elements (or 'humours'). Some people will have traits from different elements, while others will be strongly focussed on a single element. It is believed that a person's elemental nature also determines what sort of magic they will use, though there are no rules for this. Some character races and classes lend themselves to particular elements as well - many barbarians would have a strong connection to the element of Fire, which is related to anger, while an element-touched (genasi) character might have one or more traits from their matching element.

Characters can roll from the following charts instead of their backgrounds, or choose their own personality traits.

Air 
1. No matter the danger, I'm ready with a joke.
2. I find it difficult to be doing nothing.
3. I'm always interested in meeting new people.
4. My motto is, "Work hard, play hard."
5. There's always time to appreciate the little things in life.
6. I've got an opinion to share about everything.
7. I like to make sure that everyone's voice is heard.
8. I'm always excited for the next big challenge.

Earth 
1. I need to be creative to be happy.
2. I'm always looking out for how I can make the world better.
3. I'm introspective and hold myself to a high standard.
4. I take everything I do seriously.
5. I'm reserved except around my closest friends.
6. Despite everything, I try to stay humble.
7. I like to think things over before making decisions.
8. If you expect the worst, you're never disappointed.

Fire 
1. It's better to do something now than to be perfect and too late.
2. I'm not afraid to let people know when they're being fools.
3. Actions speak louder than words.
4. Once I start something, I'll see it through to the end.
5. When I speak, others listen.
6. It's the little details that matter most.
7. I know I can always rely on myself.
8. Never tell me the odds!

Water 
1. I can take anything in stride.
2. I'd rather talk than fight.
3. I'll do anything for a friend.
4. I've always got an ear for others' problems.
5. I've got an eye on the bigger picture at all times.
6. I always try to see things from other people's points of view.
7. I try to think of the unexpected consequences of my actions.
8. There's no need to be hasty about anything.


Image: 'Alchemic approach to four humors in relation to the four elements and zodiacal signs.' Woodcut from the Quinta Essentia by Leonhard Thurneysser, 1574.

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