Character

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You may call it that, but it doesn't have any.

A Character is a person in in a story. Sometimes, people in real life get called "characters;" this is not always a positive statement.

Normally, we passively read (or watch, or listen to) an explanation of what they do and what happens to them, but role-playing games (both the tabletop and video varieties) have the unique feature of allowing a player to determine the actions of one or more characters; we refer to such characters as Player Characters.

The other characters in the game world, those not under player control, are called Non-player characters.

Sometimes, a person or character is described as "having character;" in this sense, character is defined as the qualities that define a person, especially the good qualities -- though to say that a character "has no character" usually means that he or she has no distinguishing qualities whatsoever, good or bad.

Because a player may have more than one PC under his control (in different games, or maybe even in one game), and because a DM will inevitably have lots of NPCs running around, players and DMs often use Character sheets (or stat blocks, if the character is of minimal importance) to keep track of a character's essential characteristics for ease of recollection.

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