If you’re a fan of Time Storms, you’ve probably noticed that different types of stormers have different personalities. This is something that the characters start to notice towards the end of the first book, and it’s commented on frequently in the second book.
Maybe you’ve been wondering what type of stormer you would be.
Here, I’ll explain the personality types of the four most common stormers. Keep in mind that these are generalizations, and not every stormer will fit perfectly with these descriptors. Human beings are not static creatures. They are constantly evolving and growing, whereas their powers do not change (except in the case of power “swapping” but the stormer’s original power continues to act as their descriptor, ie: ‘Healing Stormer’ ‘Fire Stormer’ ‘Water Stormer’ etc.)
Here are the four most common stormer types. I’ve listed them in order, going from most common to least common. The less common types (seeing, manipulation, wind, flying) and exceptionally rare types (stoppage, movement, creation, earth) will all be covered in other posts.
Our reckless and infuriating protagonist, Veronika, is a Healing Stormer.
Healing Stormers are thought to be followers, people with weak character. It’s easy to see how the stormer community came to this conclusion.
Healing Stormers are motivated primarily by fear and self-preservation. These are their guiding emotions, and while they can exhibit independence when it suits them, they tend to look to others for direction and guidance. They don’t necessarily have weak character, but their ‘beta’ personality type can appear that way to others.
Healing Stormers are very comfortable taking direction from others, and their strength tends to present itself best when someone else is in the leadership role.
Most Healing Stormers would fall into the D&D alignment system of Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Good. They tend to be selfish, but also very pragmatic.
A good example of this is when Veronika, Jesenia, and Nate are in the car they’ve flown out of the forest and they are surrounded by an angry mob of medieval villagers. Veronika realizes that if she doesn’t get out of the car and sacrifice herself, all three of them will be killed. Healing Stormers are not altruistic, but they also aren’t evil. Since Veronika thought she was going to die anyway, she decided she might as well save the other two people in the car.
Healing Stormers have great analytical skills. They are usually good at fixing things, and often pick up new skills quickly with little formal training.
Healing Stormers are wonderful at crafting cognitive dissonance. They can hold many contradictory beliefs at once. They are concerned with being “good” but rarely do anything that doesn’t serve their needs. They think they are striving to be good people, but usually aren’t actively pursuing that goal. This is just one example of how Healing Stormers tend to be hypocrites. They don’t notice when they’re being hypocrites, but they are receptive to criticism. If someone else points out their cognitive dissonance, they’re likely to reconsider their views.
Healing Stormers wear their emotions on their sleeve. They have a difficult time keeping how they feel hidden, but they are far less emotionally volatile than Fire Stormers.
Healing Stormers care deeply about other people, when it doesn’t interfere with their own wants. Healing Stormers enjoy making other people feel good about themselves, particularly through compliments and praise. Healing Stormers have a soft spot for emotionally damaged people. They want to build them up and “fix” them. This is why they so often end up in close relationships with Fire Stormers.
Healing Stormers are empathetic, although it doesn’t always appear that way because they tend to act in their own self interests. They have a good understanding of other people, and like Fire and Manipulation Stormers can easily read the emotions of others.
Healing Stormers are the most common type of stormer. Around seventy percent of stormers who arrive are healers.
Healing Stormers are primarily female.
They are most compatible with Fire Stormers and Earth Stormers. They are least compatible with other Healing Stormers and Water Stormers.
Fire Stormers are emotionally volatile. They come in two varieties; the angry and violent and the depressed and lethargic.
Jake is an example of the former. His guiding emotion is anger. Charlie is an example of the latter. His guiding emotion is sadness.
Both varieties of Fire Stormer have a low opinion of themselves, although this may not be apparent in the angry, violent variety of Fire Stormer.
The angry Fire Stormer has narcissistic qualities, and like any narcissist, the ego is inflated but also very weak. The Fire Stormer is fragile. The angry Fire Stormer may say that he is a superhuman god, but under all that bluster, he feels very small and unimportant.
The difference between the angry fire stormer and the sad Fire Stormer is that the sad fire stormer is lacking the narcissistic inflated ego. They acknowledge their own low self-esteem.
Both varieties of Fire Stormer have a good understanding of other people. They are adept at reading people and share many qualities with the more rare Manipulation Stormers.
They also have excellent analytical abilities and problem-solving skills.
While Fire Stormers share the analytical abilities of Healing Stormers, they don’t share their pragmatism. Healing Stormers can be impulsive, but tend to think things through more than Fire Stormers. Fire Stormers are ruled by their emotions and this is why Healing Stormers can compliment them so well. They need someone more practical to help them think things through.
The angry Fire Stormer displays leadership tendencies, while the sad Fire Stormer usually doesn’t. Fire Stormers can be either alpha or beta personality types.
Fire Stormers seek a higher purpose. They are driven by a quest for meaning, even if that quest doesn’t always display itself in a healthy way.
Fire Stormers are primarily male.
They are most compatible with Healing Stormers and Speaking Stormers. They are least compatible with other Fire Stormers and Seeing Stormers. This is because they feel uncomfortable being so exposed and vulnerable. Simply being in the company of a Seeing Stormer causes a Fire Stormer discomfort.
Water Stormers fall into neither the alpha or beta personality type. They are true neutrals when it comes to leadership, and this is because they so highly value cooperation. They don’t put a lot of stock in hierarchies, but they will respect a hierarchy if the rest of the group is willing to do so.
Water Stormers are calm and placid people. They abhor violence and fighting, but they are able to put those feelings aside if necessary. “For the greater good’ is something the Water Stormer fervently believes. This is why so many Water Stormers volunteered to assist in the siege against Blackrose Castle. Their desire to help the imprisoned stormers and save lives outweighed their distaste for fighting.
Water Stormers care what other people think. They are all about compromise and teamwork and their powers are strongest when they work together.
Water Stormers have a great deal of empathy. They are altruistic and often put the needs of others above their own.
Water Stormers are brave, but aren’t great at solving problems. They don’t have the analytical abilities of Healing Stormers and Fire Stormers.
There are an equal number of male and female Water Stormers. This is a power not segregated by gender.
There is an age distinction, however. Water Stormers are primarily elderly individuals, with the youngest Water Stormers being in their mid to late forties. Mavis, the Australian character introduced in book two, is one of the youngest Water Stormers.
They are most compatible with Speaking Stormers and other Water Stormers. They are least compatible with Fire Stormers.
Speaking Stormers are a bit of a cross between Water Stormers and Wind Stormers (Wind Stormers are the only somewhat rare element power, and that is why they aren’t mentioned in this post).
Speaking Stormers have all the cooperation and empathy of Water Stormers, but they also have the mischievousness and sense of adventure of Wind Stormers.
Speaking Stormers, unsurprisingly, are very social and love to talk to other people. They highly value understanding and seeing things from the other person’s perspective.
They often don’t show all of their cards, preferring to keep their feelings and motivations hidden. This sets them apart from Healing Stormers and Fire Stormers, who tend to wear their emotions openly. They don’t say how they feel unless they see a real purpose in it, much like Manipulation Stormers.
Speaking Stormers tend to have lots of casual friends, but few close friends.
Speaking Stormers can fall into either the alpha or beta role, depending on the people around them. They are adaptable and can wear a lot of different hats.
Speaking Stormers are not distinguished by age or gender. There are an equal number of male and female Speaking Stormers, and they come in all different ages.
Speaking Stormers are compatible with most other types of stormers, as they are quite easy going.