Late again. I even knew what I wanted to post about for a while.
positive qualities: determination, stability, wisdom, dependability, sureness, tranquility
negative qualities: selfishness, narrowness, ruthless ambition, rigidity, snobbery, depression, loneliness
So, something I haven’t talked about with using astrological signs for character (personality) archetypes is general classes of characters (as opposed to specific examples).
Leaders come in all types. Something like an army general may be a character that comes to mind for a Capricorn, but what of a ship’s captain, a pilot, a head nurse, high priest, etc.
Going with a fantasy RPG bent, I can easily see a cleric with a Capricorn personality and a party leadership role. With a militaristic RPG bent, such as BattleTech, any sort of officer in charge of the party’s unit would work, even a NCO would make sense if the possibilities for advancement topped out at that level.
Loners are popular … not in any real world sense as they wouldn’t be loners if they were popular but as characters. Take Wolverine, Punisher, et al. The thing about loners is that they need to be highly competent in order to get by on their own, and Capricorn is the sign of experience.
Going through different genres, what about a NPC scientist in a Call of Cthulhu game who is not only highly sciencey but competent in other areas (like fightyness)? A (formerly) wayward student of a martial arts master who develops his own badass techniques and: will only share them with PCs who prove themselves; will be a random force of beatage who gets in the party’s way; or, whatever?
I occasionally think about age with other signs – the perpetual teenager that is Gemini or whatever. But, once I read it, I could never get out of my mind, when it came to Capricorn, the idea that they age backwards.
Long before Benjamin Button, maybe before Merlin, there was the concept of the Capricorn child who acted much older than his/her years, who got older, and who eventually started to find the inner child. There’s a lot of riffs on this that could be used, whether it’s adult-acting children or grandparenty types who are surprisingly childish at times (Doctor … Who?) or all sorts of metaphysical or superscience backwards aging story pieces.
The key, to me, seems to be, see, okay enough rhyming, that the Capricorn character needs to either have achieved or be striving to achieve. Fortunately, that’s something that is easy to relate to when trying to distinguish important characters.