To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, get to know their positive and negative traits, as well as any significant emotional wounds that might be motivating them. Then you can explore the various kinds of conflict that could block them as they move toward their goal.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Protecting one's home against the elements, such as a forest fire or hurricane Protecting one's community during a civil war or attack Protecting one's farm from those wishing to seize one's property and assets Protecting one's property from animals or creatures intent on doing harm Warding off a supernatural attack Safeguarding a lab or facility Protecting one's neighborhood during a riot Protecting one's home from the undead Warding off attacks from renegade militant groups Protecting one's home and family from violent individuals (a home invasion) Protecting a church, school, business, or other building one feels ownership of during times of violence and unrest Protecting one's property from government agencies seeking to dismantle the group or organization associated with it (a cult, an extremist group, etc.) Protecting one's business from rivals seeking to steal trade secrets, patents, or other information
HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
There are five basic human needs that, when missing from a character's life, could motivate them to pursue this goal. The following needs are all possibilities, but only one of them should be the primary driver for any given character. For more information on the relationship between human needs and outer motivations, please see this Character Motivation tutorial.
Esteem and Recognition: If a character's sense of pride was wrapped up in their property and assets (possibly due to the sacrifice and hard word that were required to attain them), a threat to those assets could push the character to do whatever was necessary to protect them.
Safety and Security: When a threat emerges that shatters a character's sense of safety (and fleeing or escaping isn't an option), they'll do all they can to protect what is theirs.
Physiological Needs: If a character's life is at stake and the only way to protect it is to safeguard their home, they'll do everything to repel the forces trying to take over.
HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL: