“And how was the adventuring today, sir?”
“Not exactly to your liking, I take it?”
“I dunno. After a while all the henchmen, damsels in distress, and evil megalomaniacs kind of blur together. Sure, I managed to escape the Wrath of the Ivory Pharaoh, but so what?”
“You did recover that chalice, did you not?”
“Yeah. And don't get me wrong, it's a mighty fine receptacle of power, but...”
“I'm starting to feel like maybe there's something more to life than living through a series of death-defying adventures.”
“Perhaps some time away would be beneficial?”
“A vacation? Maybe...”
My character brainstorming can take many forms. Sometimes I have a really cool idea for something that could happen, and I need a character cool enough to do all that. Sometimes I come up with a trait that I want to write, and so I whip up a character that possesses that habit. And sometimes all I come up with is a name. I hope you enjoyed this piece about Adventure Dan, the Adventure Man.
I came up with that epithet a while back, but haven't done all that much with Dan since then. In my mind, he is a man of adventure (quelle surprise, I know) in the style of Indiana Jones. Fedora. Sweet Jacket. Perma-stubble. Maybe a whip. That kind of thing. I figured it would be nice to have someone that I could throw into any lighthearted adventure tales that I might be wanting to tell. Still, I imagine that even men who live for adventure would sometimes grow weary of the constant excitement. And so this story was born.