I think I got this one in the right place - it's a question about characters. This is a follow-up question to my other thread (also see there for more backstory info). Thanks to all the folks who responded there - you've been a huge help. Imagine, if you will, that you're a mage in a fantasy world. You've mastered elemental magic. A war erupts, and someone comes up with a way to make elemental constructs (dragons*) that can be linked to and controlled by a mage. You volunteer to be linked to one of these constructs (air, earth, fire, water - take your pick), but you're killed in battle and your consciousness ends up inhabiting the soulless construct. This is a completely unforeseen and unintended side effect. Congratulations - you're now immortal and nearly indestructible. You don't need to eat, drink, sleep, or even breathe (you can eat/drink - anything you ingest is broken down into energy - and you can go into hibernation for any length of time, but only in dragon form). You can still take your normal human form and pass as human, except that you don't feel pain/pleasure (retconned), can't bleed, and are immune to most things that would hurt/kill an ordinary human. (To be clear: you CAN be destroyed; it just takes a lot of effort. You can also commit suicide by immersing yourself in a large amount of your related element and dissolving your form, like a fire construct diving into lava.) You can still cast magic, but only the magic related to your form - you've lost access to the other three elements. After the war, a new guild of mages is created, and the Council (the folks in charge) destroy all records of the dragons' creation and use, and disavow all knowledge of you (a bunch of mage/dragons went insane during the war and started wreaking havoc; they were eventually put down, but not without a lot of collateral damage, so the Council is covering their asses). There are about 150 of you still around, and the Council knows you exist, but they're willing to leave you alone as long as you don't reveal your existence to the world at large. You and your compatriots have created an island far out in the ocean where you can be left alone, if you want to stay there. The war took place several thousand years ago. What have you been doing since then? Any ideas are welcome, as long as you can justify them. You cannot, for example, become Casca the Eternal Soldier. * Dragons don't actually exist in this world. The term "dragon" was invented to describe the constructs' forms, which resemble dragons in some manner, but are otherwise as varied as the creators' imaginations. ==== I'm asking this because the bad guys in my WIP are members of this group; I know what the bad guys are up to, but I can't figure out what the rest of the dragons are doing. Out of the 150 or so in existence, about 50 are aligned with the villain; maybe a dozen are in hibernation; another 20-30 are active, but have retired to live quietly somewhere and won't get involved (in a monastery, on a high mountain top, deep in a swamp, on the island, whatever). This still leaves me with 70-80 people (beings?) to account for. I don't need to figure them all out - I just want a general idea, because having that many potentially plot-altering beings just hanging around in limbo would be a serious oversight. What are they doing? What do they want? Do their interests align with the villains', or oppose them?