Short Version for those of you with short attention spans: How would you write a character who is actually an hallucination of another character? Note: I've decided to put a short version in each discussion post because I've noticed that almost no-one actually bothers to read the real version. If you do, I thank you. Proper Version for those of you who give a damn: One, or possibly three, of the major plot points in my story are a set of hallucinations experienced by the principal antagonist- three characters that help him to rationalise his inevitably destructive actions. These three were created by him but gradually take on lives of their own. The Combatant, who is in control of plans, schemes, reactions and long-term goals, takes the form of a vast, powerful, dominant and almost completely undefined shape. As he becomes more 'real', he becomes an armoured but still undefined shape. The Concubine, who is in control of fears, hopes, emotions and true feelings, takes the form of a pair of unseen hands; compassionate, kind, loving and supportive, but completely invisible hands. Her improving reality grants her a visible form- a shapely silhouette. The Spymaster, who is in control of truth, knowledge, memory and his mind-reading powers, takes the form of a pair of blazing eyes, glowing in areas of dominant shadow; eyes that know more than they let on. His realisation allows him to move, in a patch of shadow, beyond natural shade. My question to you all, then, is how should I write them? At the moment, I have a concept where I write them as if they were always there- as though they simply are noticed for the first time when they appear. I was wondering if I could throw it out to the group. How would you write an hallucination- based character?