More accurately, I want to talk about a Malkavian character's derangement and how I see him fitting into a game. However, for this to make sense, I also have to talk about the character. Apologies to anyone who simply isn't interested.
James Stuart was a 23 year old student of Philosophy at a local College. Not a very good college, mind you. He completed two years at a community college, with a fairly decent GPA and other relevant information, and transferred to a local college that wasn't all that expensive and that would accept him. James was interested in all kinds of things Philosophical; questions of Ethics, where Religion fits into the world, what the proper place of Man was in the universe. How one should live his life. Morality. He had big thoughts; he wasn't really sure what he would do after college. It didn't bother him that much that "I have a PhD in Philosophy" is not one of the most in demand job skills in existence. He just knew that he liked /thinking/, and he wanted to learn all about new ways of thinking and the thoughts of past great thinkers. The classical philosophers, and more contemporary ones.
I'm still working on the Sire, and how they got together. I picture the Sire as an almost Dark Ages Brujah type Malkavian. An insane philosopher; Manic-Depressive would work, I believe, for the derangement.
The two of them probably met somehow. I can imagine James being quite intrigued by what the Malkavian (let's call him Christopher; Chris for short...) had to say about life and everything. I can envision them getting involved in long debates, talking about the nature of reality, and what not. Of course, Chris doesn't blow the /big/ secret -- Vamprisim and the entire Secret World -- until it's too late.
The reason why James is embraced is still one I'm grappling with, just as I'm curious about how they initially met. One scenario is, during a debate while Chris is in a Manic phase and perhaps a little less careful than normal, James get's this feeling that Chris is holding back something from their discussions. This is mentioned, it starts an argument, with the two of them getting into a screaming match -- that starts a frenzy in the Malkavian, and ending with a more or less Dead James. More or less. Chris, unable to let such a great mind die -- and probably pushed into a depressive stage, as well, once the Frenzy breaks off, embraces James.
James likely gets a crash course in Vampires, and other important stuff. The Masquerade, Sunlight, Blood, The Fact That I'm Not Allowed to Embrace You, The Fact that You Have To Go Somewhere Else, Real Fast, Before the Sheriff Finds Out And I Am Staked For The Sun. Then, he's sent packing... Chris might have embraced you, but he isn't willing to meet the sun for you. Especially since you'd probably be staked out right next to him.
Derangement-wise, I picture James going a different route from his sire. Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, for example, fits in very well and also makes quite an interesting character at the same time.
The Obsession, "I don't know a blessed thing about anything...but I can learn everything, and I will!" The Compulsion being the acquisition, collection, recording, analysis and testing of knowledge. Copious notes, internal and possibly even external (with someone else) debates, reading and writing, eavesdropping on others. James' compulsion, as such things do, would dominate a good bit of his unlife...
I can imagine that James would also develop quite an interest in the Occult, at least initially. I can't picture him being interested in that stuff, for more than the sociological and philosophical reasons, prior to his embrace. Yet, obviously, there is more to it than he originally thought!
"I mean, look, I'm a /Vampire/ -- my old theory that the Vampire Myth is just a metaphor for the human condition is obviously flawed..."
Thus, naturally, an interesting initial compulsion might be trying to learn as much about Vampires as possible:0)
Anyway? What does everyone think? **I** don't see this as a bad example of a Malkavian, providing that I play him correctly. However, it is true that sometimes you need an outside perspective to spot problems. Does anyone see anything that I'm missing or should consider? Also, any hints??