Dream characters can be defined as the inhabitants of the setting of almost any dream which can be spoken to and communicated with in extreme amounts of detail. These entities generally appear to be the inhabitants of a perceived independent reality -- they are generally expectant of one's appearance and interact with the dreamer in various ways.
In terms of their appearance, dream characters can show themselves as literally anything but will usually display themselves as perfectly ordinary people. These people are equally likely to be complete strangers or randomly selected people which the dreamer has encountered throughout their life. The more prominent and emotionally significant the person is, the more likely they are to be encountered within the dream scape.
It is worth noting that dream characters are extremely similar in their behaviour to that of hallucinogen induced autonomous entities. There are however a few key differences such as their appearance being more realistic or solid and not comprised of condensed geometry. Along side of this, their communication styles are more limited to verbal communication and lacks the ability to converse through geometry-based visual linguistics, mathematics and morphing colored structures of different textures which are innately readable as representations of specific concepts.
Regardless of appearance, there are distinctly different personality types of dream characters which one may encounter, each of which represent a particular subsection of one's own consciousness and can be identified primarily through their personality, but also sometimes their appearance. These are broken down into 3 separate categories below.
- Representations of the self - The simplest form of dream character can be described as simply a mirror of one's own personality. It can take any visible form but clearly adopts an obviously identical vocabulary and set of mannerisms to one's own personality when conversed with.
- Representations of specific concepts or people - This category of dream character is by far the most varied type in terms of its visual form and immediately perceivable personality. It can be identified as a simulated representation of any internally stored concept and adopts an appropriate personality to fit this to an amazing degree of accurate detail. For example this specific concept could include people one has met throughout their life, fictional characters, randomly generated people or symbolic representations of abstract concepts such as emotions or key parts of one's own personality.
- Representations of the subconscious - This category of dream character can take any visible form but adopts the personality of what seems to be a conscious controller behind the continuous generation of the details behind one's own dream scape and internally stored model of reality. When conversed with it usually adopts an attitude which wants to teach or guide the dreamer and assumes that it knows what is best for them.
In terms of the conversational topics which autonomous entities choose to discuss, they will usually convey insights regarding the overcoming of personal issues or problems within the one's life. However, they can also speak with cryptic or nonsensical messages which seem to have no clear or obvious meaning behind them.
When communicated with through spoken word, the level of coherency in which these entities can communicate with is highly variable but can be broken down into 4 distinct levels. These are listed below as:
- Silence - this level can be defined as a complete unresponsiveness from the side of the dream character and an incapability of speech despite their obvious presence within the dream.
- Partially defined incoherent speech - this level can be defined as audible linguistic conversational responses and noises which sound like words but do not contain any real content or meaning beyond a vague sense of emotional intent.
- Fully defined incoherent speech - this level can be defined as audible linguistic conversational responses and noises which contain fully defined and understandable words but often lack grammatical structure or general coherency.
- Partially defined coherent speech - this level can be defined as audible linguistic conversational responses and noises which contain fully defined and understandable words with a partially defined grammatical structure and general coherency which conveys its point on a level which may not always be fully understandable but is still capable of conveying a general point.
- Fully defined coherent speech - this level can be defined as audible linguistic conversational responses and noises which contain fully defined and understandable words as well as fully defined grammatical structure and general coherency which conveys its point on a level which is on par with the dreamer's own intellect.