In my preparation for Ambercon, and the submission of characters for my games, something unprecedented for me happened.
I was submitted a character to whom that I had a viscerally negative reaction. I am reluctant to release telling details of this character, or the player because they might be known quantities, and I don’t wish to offend anyone…but I discuss some aspects of the character below.
Still, though, the character as the player gave me simply, in my minds, has serious logical flaws that do not mesh with my games, or the other characters therein.
–The character apparently, somehow, walked the Pattern successfully at the chronological age of five and survived.
–Said character is now a physical age of 12 and an actual age somewhere around 15. Amber age is somewhat unclear, but basically the character is, as submitted an arrested development 15 year old Amberite.
Even more of a problem, said character has been submitted for both AAPA and Wizard in the Attic.
Maybe its a weakness in me, but I look at this character, look at the other characters in those games, and I feel queasy. Uneasy. I sense an artificial and not at all positive tension between this character concept and everyone else. I don’t mind underage characters, in an environment suited to their development and presence. But this character almost seems designed to nettle other characters in an unhealthy way. I just feel ill at ease with the PC.
After a couple of days of wrangling, I emailed the player and explained as best as I could, which is to say not well, why I could not accept the character for the games. I have not heard back since.
Is it just me? Am I just a jerk?