Do you know Ducky from NCIS? The Medical Examiner who talks to his dead patients?
Well, when I start designing a story I do the same. I need to know them and so I have to profile them.
Most of the time I use photographs of actors as a substitute. Right now a stern looking Michelle Pfeiffer from 'Wolf' (1994) captures my gaze, helping me to learn where my next hero will go.
Yes, writing Fantasy is mor than just adding orcs, dragons, shiny armor or magical swords. I wonder where this quest will lead me this time...