Friday, March 6, 2015

Here Are Some Characters

Here are some backgrounds for characters. It's mostly specialists, because that's where I started.

Your specialist . . .

  • is a jeweler, seeking gems of great value.
  • is an explorer, seeking or returned from exotic lands.
  • is an archaeologist, searching for the secrets of lost civilizations.
  • is a political exile, waiting to return home.
  • is a black priest, charged with keeping the church's secrets secret.
  • is a barbarian, skilled in ways that civilization has forgotten.
  • is a migrant worker, willing to help out locals for a bed or a meal.
  • is a tinker, but will take on other odd jobs.
  • is a busker, but with a lost instrument.
  • is a common beggar.
  • is an organ grinder, whose monkey ran away.
  • comes from a nomadic culture.
  • is a traveling merchant, freshly cleaned out from a deal gone awry.
  • is a fence, but is branching out into "acquisitions".
  • is a jester who spoke too much truth to power.
  • is an actor, separated from their troupe.
  • is an acrobat.
  • ran away from a terrible apprenticeship.
  • is a sailor on shore leave.
  • trained as a domestic servant.
  • is a smuggler, on the lookout for new routes.
  • is a quack doctor, peddling alcoholic tonics.
  • is a professional burglar.
  • is a pickpocket street urchin. Singing optional.
  • is a con artist, in search of a mark.
  • is a con artist, whose parter was recently taken in.
  • is a gangster, whose connections have soured recently.
  • is a rake, seeking to take his mind off of a doubtless life-threatening liver disorder.
  • is a spy, awaiting orders from a foreign nation.
  • is a bandit/pirate (depending on feasibility).
  • is a poacher.
  • is a halfling in search of adventure.
  • is a trained assassin.
  • was a military scout.
  • escaped slavery.

Your fighter . . .

  • was a bouncer.
  • is a bodyguard.
  • is a noble knight on an inscrutable quest.
  • is a digraced knight, exiled from the court.
  • was an infantryman.
  • is a mercenary, between jobs.
  • is a bounty hunter.
  • is a barbarian, unmatched in the art of combat.
  • escaped from a laboratory.
  • was a prizefighter, but is getting old.
  • apprenticed as a blacksmith.
  • was a collier or miner.
  • escaped from prison.
  • is a lawman.
  • is a bandit/pirate (depending on feasibility).
  • is a dwarf.
  • is from a long line of warriors.
  • is a deserter.
  • is a berserker.
  • is a local hero in their remote hometown.
  • was an Olympian athlete.

Your magic user . . .

  • is a wild talent with psionic powers.
  • made a pact with the devil.
  • speaks with elementals.
  • is an elf.
  • proud to be self-taught.
  • learned Atlantean secrets.
  • was abducted by aliens.
  • apprenticed with an insane wizard.
  • graduated valedictorian at Wizard Academy.
  • dropped out of Wizard Academy.
  • was taught magic by nature spirits.
  • has dragon blood running through their veins.
  • has no memory of his life before now.
  • happens to have not died in the last century (but is still mortal).
  • was an advisor to kings and generals.
  • died once. Might even still be dead. Isn't sure.
  • is a bard.
  • can't return to it's home dimension.

Your cleric . . .

  • is an orphan, raised by the church.
  • once was blind, but now can see.
  • once could see, but now is blind.
  • is a pacifist.
  • is a reformed death cultist.
  • once received a vision.
  • is personally an atheist.
  • is a millenarian, convinced that the end is nigh.
  • is an inquisitor, charged with rooting out heresy.
  • acts obsessive about rituals. Practices them like clockwork.
  • is a shaman, who calls upon ancestral spirits.
  • is a druid, who remembers the old ways.
  • is not the child of prophecy, but sees how you could make that mistake.
  • was an ascetic monk, living on the fringes of society.
  • was recently accused of heretical beliefs.
  • is a street preacher, spreading the gospel to all who will listen.
  • is a pamphleteer, too shy to preach on the streets.
  • almost died once, but was saved by grace alone.

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