Creating Characters With Cybernetics or Cybernetic Implants

 

What age did your character receive their cybernetics?
>Was your character too young to remember?
>>Was your character isolated or raised with others?
>>>If with other, were they enhanced as well?
>>>Did others survive?
>>Did your character have a “normal” childhood, or were they raised as a test subject?
>>What kinds of things were taught to your character?
>>Did their cybernetics have to be replaced as they grew?
>>>Was this a painful process?
>>This group would be most adept at using the cybernetics, as it’s all they’ve known.
>Did your character receive cybernetics before they finished growing?
>>How old were they when they received them?
>>How did their friends/family/peers react?
>>What had they wanted to be when they grew up (before receiving the cybernetics)?
>>What was your character’s personality like before receiving the cybernetics?
>>What was their temperament like? (Were they quick-tempered? Calm?)
>>Were they good at improvising and adapting, or did they prefer structure?
>>Did their cybernetics have to be replaced as they grew?
>>>Was this a painful process?
>Did your character receive cybernetics at some point after they finished growing?
>>At what age?
>>What were your characters hopes, dreams, and aspirations before receiving cybernetics?
>>What was their economic standing?
>>Was your character in shape? Properly nourished? Healthy?
>>How were your character’s relationships going before this happened? Relationships include familial relationships, romantic relationships, friendships, work relationships, relationships with their neighbors, etc.
>>What was your character’s personality like? Their temperament?
>>What were your character’s skills?
>>What were their likes and dislikes?
>>Was your character good at adapting?
>Who your character was before receiving cybernetic enhancements will determine what they are like after receiving them (with a few exceptions, which will be noted at the bottom).

Reason and Consent for Cybernetics
>Consented (fully informed)
>>Why did they agree? (Money, health benefits, to impress someone, etc.)
>>Did they pay, or was it part of an experiment?
>>Have they ever regretted it?
>Consented (not fully informed)
>>What did they agree to/think they were agreeing to?
>>Why did they agree? (Money, health benefits, drunk, etc.)
>>Did they pay, or was it part of an experiment?
>>What was their reaction upon revelation that it was not what they expected?
>>>Has their attitude changed?
>>Are they angry at the doctors/technicians?
>Did not consent (and did not express lack of consent)
>>What lead to this? (Ill/injured and unable? Drugged/kidnapped and unable?)
>>>If emergency procedure, is this common practice?
>>Were they okay with results?
>>How long did it take for them to come to terms with it (if ever)?
>Explicit lack of consent
>>How did it happen?
>>Do they hold a grudge?
>>Are they actively trying to right what was done, or have they accepted the cybernetics?
>>Do they wish to kill/harm those that did it to them?
>>Did they find themselves liking it in spite of themselves?
>>>When did this start?

Prosthetics
>What material are they made out of?
>Are they hack-able?
>Do they grow with person?
>Do they change shape?
>Are they expensive?
>Are they fixable?
>>Where can parts be found?
>>Can repairs be done on their own or is a professional needed?
>Are they replaceable?
>>How easily can they be replaced?
>What kind of complications can the prosthetic have on the organic tissues of the character’s body?
>Are the prosthetics prone to bugs and glitches?
>What is the weight, on average? (Light, about the same as the organic limb, heavier than the organic limb, etc.)
>Does the prosthetic require a power source?
>>If so, why? And what is used as a power source?
>What are the success and death rates for the installation procedure?
>Are the prosthetics used to replace limbs that existed or to add new ones?
>>New to the character (like someone born with one arm instead of two)?
>>Can they connect two organic parts, such as a cybernetic shoulder holding an organic arm on?
>>New to the species (like wings or a tail or something of that nature)?
>>>How do they make this work?
>>>What is the success rate?
>>>What is the death rate?
>>>Do those differ from other cybernetic prosthetics?

Cybernetic implants
>What material are they made out of?
>Are they hack-able?
>Are they expensive?
>Are they fixable?
>>Where can parts be found?
>>Can repairs be done on their own or is a professional needed?
>Are they replaceable?
>>How easily can they be replaced?
>What kind of complications can the implant have on the organic tissues of the character’s body?
>Are the implants prone to bugs and glitches?
>What are the effects of the implants?
>>Are there different types with different effects?
>>How do they work?
>Are cybernetic implants detectable?
>How are they installed?
>What are the success and death rates?

The people that make the cybernetics and prosthetics
>Why have they decided to do this?
>>Because it’s profitable?
>>To benefit the species?
>>Curiosity?
>>To play god?
>What methods do they use to get patients?
>>Do they kidnap people and experiment on them against their will?
>>Do they open studies with volunteers?
>>>Who funds these studies?

Personality and traits after receiving cybernetics
>If your character fully consented, regardless of if they later regretted it, their personality will be about the same. If the cybernetics helped them become better at a skill they wanted, or helped them further their ambitions, they will likely be more confidant than they were previously; they may have times of doubt and self pity, thinking that it’s the cybernetics, not themselves, that are good and desirable.
>If your character did explicitly stated their lack of consent, they will be angry. How they express their anger will be dependent on their personality, and if they find themselves liking the cybernetics after all. This could go anywhere from lightly bitching about people minding their own business while your character drinks, to slaughtering everyone the doctors/technicians ever cared for.
>If your character is naturally adaptable, they will be able to optimize the use of their cybernetics much quicker than if they were not adaptable.
>If your character is no longer able to enjoy their hobbies, or if they are no longer to do or be what they aspired to be due to the cybernetics, it will have a huge impact on their mood and motivations.
>If your character received them when they were too young to remember, and was then raised in a lab environment or isolated from others, they will not be able to socialize properly. If they were raised with peers that were likewise given cybernetic enhancements, it is unlikely that they will be able to comprehend normal abilities of their species. (“What do you mean you can’t lift it? It’s just a car.”)
>All of the above are simply example of how your character’s personality would react to their environment and situation.

The exceptions mentioned earlier
>If your character received a cybernetic implant that allowed another to control their mind or actions, your character’s personality before would make next to no difference. It’s still important to know what they were like, as the author, in case you want flashbacks, or someone who knows them, or if the implant is damaged or removed.
>If your character received cybernetics against their will and was then tortured and (basically) brain-washed to behave in a certain way, they previous personality would not really matter. Though if they were naturally adaptable and didn’t feel particularly strongly about anything on their own, this process would have been much easier on them than it would be on someone who was stubborn and opinionated.