Of late, there's been a theme I've noticed cropping up in my stories specifically my historical pieces. You know how a hero does the right thing and will (on some occasions) will gladly throw away their own lives to defend what they know is right? Or the anti-hero will do the right thing through...questionable means? Well most of my main characters are none of these and it shows quite brilliantly in my historical piece set during the American Civil War. One of my characters, Andrew, is from a slave-holding family and lives in Alabama, in the middle of the CSA. He doesn't pick a side, wants nothing to do with what either side wants. He sympathizes with the slaves and wants them freed, but outside treating them with kindness and not owning slaves of his own, he does nothing. He doesn't join any abolitionist group, doesn't do anything of the sort. He's also falling in love with an immigrant woman and both plan to start a new life out west. It also helps that his brother is secretly a Union spy. If he gets caught, all kinds of hell will descend on them. To summarize, he tells my heroine: "If you want to go get yourself and your family killed for some abolitionist crusade in the heart of the Confederacy, be my guest. I would like to survive for the sake of myself and my own family. Use your damned brains, girl. If guns are pointed at you and your family, you sure as shit aren't going to be lasting very long if you play the noble hero, now are you? Want an example of heroes? Look at John Brown and Nate Turner. I wonder where they are now?" In short, he (and several other characters across my stories) believe that while being a good person should be encouraged, if the stakes are high and speaking out against a perceived injustice would land him and his family in trouble, he uses his 'damned brains' and decides it's better to look for himself and his family. Is this an example of a cowardly character, or a True Neutral character? Don't get me wrong, if he saw a black child getting beaten by his/her master, he'd step in and chase the guy off with a threat. He's just not going to be forming his own personal 'La Resistance'. He'll help when he can, but if it's getting to be too much, he'll quickly back off and cease. Especially if he's getting death threats from pro-Confederate individuals. What are your thoughts on him? Is he a cowardly man or a guy just trying to survive in a really bad situation?