Character Quests

Behind the Scene Details – Academic Nuts and Bolts

This individual project is designed to:

  1. Engage you in the process of character development and perspective taking.  Central to this experience is the customization of your Funko POP!
  2. Allow for inspiration and creativity through the creation a creative/original story.  Your original story should be embedded in a strong location based narrative.
  3. Develop Develop your digital literacies: a) creation of digital media/images that includes your character, b) use #vikingquests on social media and share out X images along the way (Copenhagen, Malmo, Stockholm, and Visby/Gotland) from your characters point of view. You need not include narrative (just images) and, c) (story Map JS).

Customize Your Character (1)

Individually customize your character!  Free and creative control is yours!  It would be great if you took some pictures along the way to document your process.  And consider sharing on our course website.  If you find a really fantastic resource please share it out!


Character Development (1) – Helpful Information, Resources, and Links

Feel free to use any of these tools, question prompts to aide in the creation and development of your character or go rogue!  If you find a useful resources please share.  As always, do good work!

Top questions you need to be able to answer about your character:

  • How old? (how old mentally?)
  • Did your character have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
  • Past/present relationships? How did they affect your character?
  • What does your character care about?
  • What is your character obsessed with?
  • Biggest fear?
  • What is the best thing that ever happened to your character? The worst?
  • What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to your character?
  • Biggest secret?
  • What is the one word you would use to define your character?
  • What is your name?

Looking for Character Sheets? Check out this resource on tumblr.

Need character question prompts? Check these out:

(2) Original/Creative Story

Typically a story has five basic but important elements.  These five components are: the character(s), the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution.  Your story should contain these elements.

Thinking of a Hero’s Quest? You will find this resource helpful:

How to Map Out Your Hero’s Adventure in Your Manuscript

(3) Digital Literacies – Three Components

Over the course of your travels:

a) Individually create digital media/images that places your character into a place, situation, context, etc.   Have fun!

b) Individually share out on social media sites your character/place in your image). Geographical locations include: Copenhagen (1), Malmo (3), Stockholm (2), and Gotland (5) and anywhere in between.  Use #vikingquests #nameofplace @UMW #CIE and anything else you like.

c) Story Map JS“is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlights the locations of a series of events.  It is a new tool, yet stable in our development environment, and it has a friendly authoring tool.”  For support and documentation provided by UMW – visit

It is recommended that your first slide be an “overview” slide or the beginning of your story.  The map on an overview slide will show the locations of all subsequent slides.  There are a couple ways you can make a Story Map.

Useful tips:

Maps. Add a slide for each place in your story. Setting the location is as easy as a text search for the name, address, or latitude and longitude. You can change the visual style of your map with a few presets, or you can use Mapbox to create your own style.  
Really Big Images. Tell stories with large photographs, works of art, historic maps, and other image files. Works best with pixel-dense files, we call these “gigapixel”. Setting one up requires you to host files on a web server. 
Learn more about gigapixel 
Tips & tricks. Keep it short. We recommend not having more than 20 slides for a reader to click through. Pick stories that have a strong location narrative. It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the map. Write each event as a part of a larger narrative. Include events that build up to major occurrences — not just the major events.  
Media sources. Story Map JS can pull in media from a variety of sources. Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Google Maps,

Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Document Cloud and more!


Character Quest – Digital Story Rubric