On Saturday, we played our temporally-displaced Exalted game. It was a good session in which I got to explore my character a bit more than usual. One thing that I sometimes have trouble with is figuring out how characters feel about things. Sometimes it is obvious. Sometimes, though, people have unpredictable desires… and PCs should be no exception. So, yeah. This is about a girl.
Specifically, my character, Red, is a Solar Exalt who was raised in the Realm – where Solar Exalted are considered demonic Anathema and the empire is ruled by Dragonbloods – lesser exalts who have numbers and a constructed state religion on their side. Red is driven to overturn what he sees as the hipocrisy of the Dragonbloods.
So, when the PCs captured a young Dragonblooded girl (about his age) from a noble family, Red dedicated himself to pointing out this hipocrisy and bringing her around to his point of view before she was turned back over to her family. Of course, things are never that simple. Some Solar Exalts are really good at persuasion (natural or otherwise). Red is just a goofy kid (who can walk unseen down the middle of a street in broad daylight and punch a hole through a castle wall). Tigara (the girl) is a noble naval officer-in-training. He had to point out that he was worried that she was being taken advantage of by her family and society… and to do that, he had to convince her that he cared about her. Despite being incredibly good at stealth and theft, he isn’t much into lying… so he came to care about her. How much? He’s not sure… and neither am I. He’s wholly opposed to her family and upbringing – and she still accepted them. Eventually, I just played up the confused teenager angle. He didn’t really try to talk her out of leaving (in part due to a magical compulsion…), but he did sneak on to her brother’s ship to say goodbye and make sure she really wanted to leave when she was returned to her family.
It was a good scene, but I’m still left with a vague bit of confusion as to how to determine PC feelings in cases like this. Any thoughts?