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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Heresy with Psychological Shadows Cont’d

Psychological shadows can be as basic as growing pains to outright terrifying death, even without any external threat. And sometimes overcoming them requires an act of heresy within ourselves, forcing action that instinctively we (our characters) would choose to avoid at any cost.

Also psychologically making the right choice can feel heretical because the character may have to turn away from a long held belief, or value, or relationship, and take steps either towards, or away from, in order to maintain truth.

In the BBC fantasy series Merlin, the young warlock, is hampered by the decrees of King Uther who has outlawed all magic. Yet, his higher call is to keep Prince Arthur safe, so he is continually battling mortal and magical villains while living a lie of his own abilities and his secret use of magic. With every encounter he must struggle with his beliefs and his actions and analyze the risks involved.


Decide how your character physically reacts to a stressful situation. Then put him in a psychologically challenging situation where he experiences these symptoms before he is aware of the situation/dilemma he is in.

What could be the moral consequences of a choice in either direction?

Share: Which moral road will he take?

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