In Litmus, Litmus on the Wall, WordPress asks, “If you had to come up with one question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be? What would the right answer be?”
Let me put a disclaimer out there: I cannot judge a person based on one question. There are simply too many character traits out there for me to choose one by which to befriend people. I could pick a question, but if the other person answers ‘no,’ what if they could answer ‘yes’ to others? Don’t judge a book by its cover…
“Do you like Lord of the Rings?” No…. no, that won’t do after all. It’s important, but it’s not deep enough…
“To you, what is the way of the sword, and how does it represent the meaning of life?”
I think, though, that to ask a profound enough question by which I could accurately judge another person (who may very well be as complex as I am), I would have to put a lot more though into it myself. Perhaps I shall have an update on this in the future.
In the meantime, some questions that my characters might ask…
Prince Loracaz II: “Do you think I am really some kind of hero?”
Prince Zarrek Spyrytte: “Can you ensure that I shall rule over a kingdom of my own some day?”
Sir Loracaz III: “Will you help me get back what has been taken from me?”
Lady Starshine: “Does music move your spirit in a way that you cannot describe in words, yet that is very important to you?”
King Z’Lé Spyrytte: “Will she love me? Can you make sure of that… forever?”
Sorcerer Vénes: “Do I choose the world of magic… or the realm of love?”
Shu-Giri, chieftain (for a time) of Jzamneh: “Do you like this crystal?”
Shaman Mearrk’hal: “When the time comes for me to return to the earth, will I have looked after things well enough that they will be able to go on without me?”
I suppose they are not all about who the character would want to be friends with, but they are matters important to that character.