One of the players recently left the game and agreed to have me control her former character. I would really like to use that character and have permission to do so from the original creator.
What I would like to achieve is best described by my personal story. I used to play a very particular, characteristic vampire in old Masquerade game years ago. He was a techno-thaumaturgist and used an anti-materiel sniper rifle. Because of how the game went and decisions we made, he was captured by their arch nemesis and requested to yield or keep resisting. I chose a third option - flat out running away and the GM told me that my actions cost me this character. He didn't specify what happened, it was a bit anticlimactic, but justified in the circumstances - I assumed one-hit kill from behind. He had this ritual where he kept the character sheets of deceased PCs, so I handed it over. Anyway, about ten games later our group was ambushed by a sniper using techmaturgically infused weaponry - and we plunged into pants-pooping chaos, as we knew that character and what he could do, especially if he became a bad guy.
Now, my conundrums are as follows:
- The ex-PC might not have such a relationship with the group as the one in the story. I would need to keep her around to strengthen the bon
- I'm not sure if I could roleplay that character true to the original.
- I don't know whether ex-PC should stick with the group or transition to an element of the environment - I want it to be special, but an ex-PC, and not a GMPC.
Note: I am purposefully ommitting details and ideas about what will happen to the ex-PC, because my players look at RPG.SE too.