I don’t use writing generators because, one, I forget they exist, two, when I do use them I don’t like what they spit out at me, and, three, I don’t find them fun to use.
Then I found chaotic shiny. It’s a website with such a modest design, rather retro in its font choice and color scheme, that I had to be at least slightly smitten with its intension.
It’s also the biggest fucking generator of anything that I’ve ever seen. Though I could see the site being used primarily for roleplay games, RPGs and writing stories are basically the same thing, the former being a primarily oral manifestation. The generators are from a variety of subject, and you can have anywhere between one and fifteen examples.
From the Motto generator:
Purity and Pride
Integrity, Vengeance, Competition
Supremacy is Dedication
Virtue from Gods
Work, Humility, Madness
Modern Name Generator
Elmer-Samuel Jose Cimmino
Amelia Virgen Minchow
Chung-Elvin Toledo (this one is a keeper)
And my new penname…..Elva Candra Vankilsdonk
The Art Object Generator
A somewhat large mosaic of a crow. It was done in an exotic style.
A rather small watercolor of a garnet. It was done in a very plain style. It is in incredibly poor condition.
A somewhat large fresco depicting a mystery involving a very tall, stocky young man. It was done in a hyperrealistic style. It is in incredibly poor condition.
A somewhat large copper sculpture of a sword and a goblet. It was done in a particular artist’s style.
A rather small tapestry of a beggar and a flail. It was done in a simplistic style.
Savemur Arrow (SA-752)
Savemur-class Fighter (SFI-1034)
Runcible Destrite (RD-897)
Violet Tachyon Marit (VTMA-15)
Dyson Cougar (DCO-649)
Niven Reaper (NRE-960)
Covert Hare (CH-551)
Uranium Turret Savemur (UTUS-621)
Epinicios Galleon (EPGA-2702)
Rogue Rocket (ROR-925)
Iron Harpy (IH-94)
This character is motivated by fear, envy, misplaced duty and pride.
This character is motivated by vengeance, very strong wanderlust, feigned impatience and misplaced lust.
This character is motivated by unlikely boredom, pride and bloodlust. They are not entirely aware of all of these.
This character is motivated by feigned desire to prove themself, overpowering anger and deep-seated faith.
This character is motivated by artificial greed, zealotry, twisted love and mild bloodlust. At least one of these is due to a falsehood they believe.
This character is motivated by honor and unlikely stubbornness. At least one of these is due to a falsehood they believe.
This character is motivated by very strong jealousy, curiousity, misplaced faith and feigned bloodlust.
This character is motivated by misplaced impatience, stubbornness, perverse compassion and resentment. They are not being honest with themselves about their primary motive.
This character is motivated by overwhelming ambition, resentment and anger. They are very self-aware about all of this.
This character is motivated by overpowering love, suspicion and integrity.
I like these characters for several reasons. Most of them believe in a lie. It’s such a powerful idea, that a character could be doing something incredibly good because of a lie they have been told, or is doing something terribly bad because of something they refuse to believe or have been told.
This central lie BEGS the moment when the character discovers the truth. When you have such an enormous discovery to be made, it can hijack story. And let it. Who wouldn’t want to watch that kind of Hindenburg crash and burn?