What a Persona Is
In the Dangerous Journeys engine a Persona is what the role a participant, player or guide, assumes during the course of play is called. In effect he sort of represents the participant, though a particular participant –even a player– can be asked to play a number of roles.
The role the player assumes is known as an Heroic Persona (HP), an HP being an extraordinary soul being quite able to act heroically and most often have an enviable reputation. He doesn’t have to be heroic, but most often those around him will assume that he rather tends to be heroic.
The Guide or Journey Master (JM) plays the other roles in a session. Most of them are known as Other Personae (OPs) and for the most part the typical OP is a rather ordinary sort with no special abilities. Though at times he may actually be something special.
There are those who are known as Friendly Personae (FPs). Ordinary folks who seem to like the HPs and are willing to come to their assistance.
But then you have Evil Personae (EPS). who happen to be mean, nasty sorts out to cause harm to others, sometimes even the HPs. Though at time they may even be friendly to an HP or two. They’re just rotten souls.
Next you have the Heroic Personage (HPG), what another role playing system may call a Guide Master Character (GMC). They are a lot like an HP, only that they are played by the Guide. Most of the time they are such as patrons and allies, important folk the Guide may use when a party needs the help.
Last but certainly not least is the Monstrous Personage (MPG), an HPG who is either monstrous or has some sort of monstrous quality. A Big Bad in other words, a really nasty sort.
And there you have a look at what I’m doing in the new version of Mythus. There’s more to come, but first I need to craft it and then publish. Remember that I’m not talking about a game him, but about a guide instead. The actual chapter will have pages on determining social class, which Vocations are limited by SC, and the role Vocation and Family play in DJ. This will be published.