Originally posted by The MG
A few questions about signature characters.
How have you gone about designing them?
Most of it is Eric and me brainstorming, and then bouncing ideas off of other members of the writing team
What specific notes were you trying to hit in designing the signature Dragon-Blooded, or the Lunar circle in Kulinth?
With the Dragon-Blooded, we knew that we wanted to portray a wide range of the roles that Dragon-Blooded can hold—Eshuvar is a privileged Dynastic noble, River is an Immaculate monk (for a while), Kingfisher Swift is a lost egg, Mathar is part of Lookshy's Seventh Legion, and Chalima is an outcaste getting up to Conan-style adventure in the Threshold. We also knew that we'd want them to join together in a Sworn Kinship, and that they'd be part of a running narrative throughout the chapter fiction. The rest grew from there.
For the Lunars, we wanted a range of perspectives on the Silver Pact and how (or if) it should pursue its agenda, as well as a variety of geographic origins. I think we also spent a fair bit of time thinking through what animals to use as spirit shapes.
Finally, are there extant Sidereal/Abyssal/Liminal sigs, or will work on those wait until the appropriate books?
Not yet, that's something we do when we're outlining a book. We've got some ideas for the Sidereal sigs, but not fully realized characters.