I'd like to determine the actual usual amount of data the human brain stores about characters, to turn it into a procedure for a game I'm working on, so I'm making this poll here.
Do not think of it as a PC character sheet; players can handle a ton of info about their characters and every single detail will be important for them. This is more like the things we notice and remember about NPCs or other player's characters.
Would you say that 3 adjectives are enough? Would you say that those are instead the anchor of a memory thread that could bring up more info on the character? Does it make it easier to remember if the character's behavior is associated to a particular emotion?
Basically, how many words would you need to describe an NPC or another party member?