Couldn’t really find any other similar threads so I hope it’s ok to post this
I’ve just finished a CS project in which the max relationship value for the two main non-MC characters are 19% and 34% respectively. At relationship >30 the second character confesses to MC their role in a crime that could very possibly result in a death sentence. This led to a headache some questions:
- What are relationship values relative to? As in what does 100% relationship even mean, if we were to extrapolate it to real life? Do you view 0% as neutral (making negative % indicating dislike) or 50% as neutral?
- Do the meanings of relationship % vary from character to character within one story? For example, let’s say there is character 1, an RO, and character 2, a non-RO, and let’s also say 1 has a secret that they will tell MC if it’s 60%. If 2 had that same secret, and all other things being equal, would they also tell MC at 60%, or would they need something higher because the nature of their relationship is different? So what I’m saying is, are relationship stats relative to the character or set against a universal benchmark? Do they distinguish between different types of relationships (friend, working, RO)? Does who the other character is, along with their personality and willingness to trust, affect how the cut-offs are set?
- What % value would you set for a stranger who the MC has just met? Not a character the reader has just met, but the MC themselves. For example, MC is driving along and meets a random person on the side of the road. Would that relationship start at 0, or would there be something of a first impressions thing, where if the MC happens to be smiling or has a high attractiveness stat (if there was one), the halo effect would kick in and the stranger would view MC more favourably, so it starts at 50% or something?
- For you personally, how much attention do you pay to relationship values? (non-ROs)
- What’s the highest % you’ve achieved in a story or within your own story if you have one?
- Do you prefer %, integer values, or text descriptions as relationship indicators?
I understand that ultimately the way stats are constructed depends on the story and the author’s preferences/personal guidelines, but just curious to see what y’all think and what the general perception of it may be