Ooh, okay, yeah I can definitely picture a few scenes that would work out like that.
I’ll add it to the list of jobs/backgrounds!
While, generally, I have in my own mind an age for everyone (save for the MC), I’m not going to specifically mention what those ages are in-text as I kinda want to leave it up to the reader to decide.
So while I do have my own semi-specific ages in mind for everyone, they’re by no means the “definite” ages, nor are they necessarily “canon”, as I want to leave it somewhat open for the reader to fill in how they see the characters.
I’ll put my little idea of their ages down here as well since you asked, but, like I said, these aren’t really anything “official” as I wanted to let the reader sorta see the characters as they see them. (But, funnily enough, you and @idonotlikeusernames are both pretty close to my own ideas when I write them.)
Anyway, here they are.
Side note - I realize, now, I had mentioned some their ages in passing before when talking about the origin of The Rust (or at least how I pictured their ages) but I fudged some up when relooking at my notes so I’m just gonna… ignore that one because I rewrote them wrong when answering that question so my bad, whoops. (Not most of them… really only Jacob. Poor boy.)
MC - So like I said the MC is someone who I generally tend to not think of as any specific age, but in general the person I usually picture is somewhere in mid-to-late twenties. But this is pretty flexible since the MC varies from test to test whenever I’m testing the game myself. And I almost never have any specific age in mind while writing. Just kinda… “post-college, had a job that wasn’t so secretive at one point” age(?).
Jacob - Jacob is the youngest out of all the main characters in my mind. But he’s also already been through college (and even held a job) for a short while, and it’s only now that he’s going back to get his law degree (although all this happened in a short span of time). So I usually see him as around 22-23 or so.
Finley - Finley often appears as one of the oldest in my mind, second only to Ricky. So I often picture them as around 28-29-maybe 30(?) at the time the story is taking place… but they both look and feel older than they are, in my mind.
Ricky - Ricky is often the oldest when I think about the characters. He already has an established reputation, he’s been married once, had multiple affairs- the guy’s lived a fairly eventful life. So, in general, I tend to see him as 2-3 years older than Finley. (i.e. 30-31, usually.)
Raf and Lucy - I always see these two as the same age as the MC (give or take a year), since they all went to college together I figure it would make sense for them to be in the same general age group. So, kinda like the MC, I never really have a specific age in mind for them? I guess mid-to-late twenties as well as that’s how I usually picture my test-MCs.
Eileen - Eileen is the second youngest in my mind. Usually around 25-26, which I think is at least somewhat realistic for her job, considering she was something of a prodigy child at a young age. (I mean… she was taught by the best of the best and her own study habits were insane as it was basically all she did for a solid four years.)
V/incent/era/ega - I tend to picture V as late-twenties, early-thirties. So somewhere between 28-29-30-31… though they can act like they’re 21 at times… (It’s also weird as it fluctuates between each of them- I see Vega as the youngest, Vera as the second oldest, and Vincent as the oldest. I have no idea why but it’s kinda like how, for some reason, Vera has decided to make herself taller than the other two in my mind. I will never understand V.)
Yolanda - Yolanda is almost always the same as Finley in my mind, sometimes a little younger but I often think that’s because while they look much older than they are, I feel like Yolanda looks her age, if not a little younger with makeup and such. So around 28-29.
Informant - I’d say you’re pretty spot-on with what I tend to picture, 25-29. He’s not that old but at the same time not that young. Older than Eileen, usually, but not quite as old as Finley or Yolanda.
But yeah, like I said these are by no means solid ages or anything. And I’m not going to mention anything specific in text (other than a few mentions of how Eileen is especially young for her job or how Finley will look older than they actually are, but nothing specific.)
So, yeah! Hope that answers your question some!
Don’t ever worry about asking questions! I’m always more than thrilled to answer anything I can and I love these characters so much so I always enjoy whenever people are curious about them!