Rambling about who to drop, who to keep, and who the fuck to pick up.
So, I have been wanting to pick up a kid (OR TONKS) at Lockewood since I picked up Bill. I picked up Bill in March 2010. I had my mandatory female rule, ended up picking up Cassandra, and went Remus and Tonks came along, I indulged myself and picked them, because yay! However, I was feeling pretty bored with what I was doing in Lockewood -- this was a general funk I was going through where I really just didn't feel like RPing at all anymore. I had actually decided top drop Cassandra and Rodolphus. And then of course, we got a fuckton of Death Eaters and a Rabastan and Rod is now my most active character. Lawl, I know.
Still, I wanted a new character to zest things up. I decided to play Ben Lupin (Victoire and Teddy's youngest son). However, he's kind of cesty, being that, hey, I play three out of four of his grandparents. I decided to test run him anyway (and I kneeeew I was going to fall in love with him as soon as I played him and decided to do it anyway.)
I'm supposed to decide by Sunday whether or not I'm going to pick him up. I'm really on the fence with this.
Making matters more complicated is that one of Harry's kids opened up; playing one of Harry's children was always my first choice for playing a KID. So now, I could, technically speaking, let Ben go and pick up a young Lily Luna, who would be very minimal cest because Bill is the only family connection with her. And Bill hardly ever speaks to his nieces and nephews anyway (THIS SHOULD BE REMEDIED, DEAR SELF.)
I really, really like playing Ben though and I feel like LiLu is just a compromise at this point -- as much as I know, eventually, I would probably enjoy playing her, right now it's just me kind of getting my way but not really. She's the responsible choice.
Ben!Pros: 1. I really, really, really like playing him. 2. It would be disruptive to the characters if he left 3. Myriam and Abigail really like him; several people have asked if I'm keeping him
Ben!Cons 1. I play a lot of his grandparents 2. It's a noticeable amount of cest; there's no reason Tonks, Bill, or Remus wouldn't have come and visited him already 3. While I'd be playing with people I love playing with, playing Ben doesn't open me up to anybody new
LilyLuna!Pros 1. I'd be playing with some people in game that I don't regularly play with 2. I'm still playing a kid
LilyLuna!Cons 1. I feel like I'm settling 2. Might not give me the zest spark I want
That being said. If I do pick up a new character, I have already said that I would drop one. Picking up a kid without dropping one would put me at seven characters. I've always maintained that I would never go over five. Obviously that didn't happen. But I'm trying to really draw the line at six, because I know, otherwise, I'd just pick up a new character every three months or so.
I was comfortable dropping Rodolphus, but now I can't/shouldn't/don't feel the need to. He's probably always been my least played character. Now, Cassandra is. She's always had a lack of plot in Lockewood. She has literally like nothing for the activity check for this month. But, I also like her a whole lot.
I had even considered dropping Regulus (Gasp, horror, I know), because, as he is want to do whenever I play him in a game for more than a year, he goes Dark. I thought, well, am I doing anything new with him? However, whatever the case may be, I am a possessive Regulus!mun. I really hate seeing other people play Regulus and that's just the truth. This is going to make me sound like a horrendous bitch, but I've never met anyone else who RPs Regulus in a way that I like. Some fic, yeah. Other muns? Not so much. I've played him for a long time now and I'm quite particular about how he's played. He's a bit slow in game right now, but I'm not ready to give him up yet.
Obviously I will not be dropping Remus, Tonks, or Bill. Myriam might kill me if I considered dropping Bill. Remus and Tonks are my favorite to play.
So, basically. If I want a new character, I need to drop Cassandra. If I want a kid, I need to pick up Ben or LiLu. I still don't know which one to go with.