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29th-Sep-2006 09:59 am
Help me get free pie!!!!

Okay, no pie.. but I could use help. I would like to compile a %age chart of events that happened to shape a characters life for a little experiment I want to try. So I want to see what we can come up with as a community. These are things that could have happened while a child was growing up, before their adventuring career started.

Here are the rules:
1. Keep it general so that it could fit into almost any campaign setting (ie "a wild animal stole his sandwhich" rather than "an owlbear stole his sandwhich"
2. Nothing to graphic. Lets keep it at least pg-13, or at least a non-detailed R.
3. Lets leave out death of a parent. Siblings are fine, but I'm handling parentage a different way. Other than that, kill off anyone you want, but add what manner they died.
4. Nothing EXCEPTIONALLY magical, such as "someone wished they had purple fairy wings", but "burned by a fireball" would be fine.

That's it! This should be fun, I look forward to what we come up with!
29th-Sep-2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
A Friend of mine has an entire book that is meant for specifically shaping and characters background. It covers everything from their social status, to the events that happened while they were growing up. I think the book is called Heroes of Legend, it is a hard book to find since it was last printed in the 80s I believe. I have found one copy on amazon but they want 75.00 for it.
29th-Sep-2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
wow, screw that. I'm sure it's great, but....
29th-Sep-2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
There were three volumes of that book. One was for fantasy, one was for sci-fi, and one was for supers. I have the fantasy and sci-fi ones. They're useful and for the most part generate reasonable character backgrounds, but every once in a while you get some crazy results. Like my friend who rolled up a character with 75 ranks in Seduction (for a D&D game!). He had trysts with sea monsters and earth elementals. It was bizarre.
29th-Sep-2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll start to get things rolling

1. You were kicked by a horse at a young aged. There is still a scar on your thigh from this.
2. Your mother decided that eating birds was bad for young childen, so would not let you have chicken, turkey or other game birds to eat.
3. During a bad spell when there was no money, your family couldn't afford proper clothes for you. For almost a year you had to wear mended and altered clothing
4. While fooling around with a bow and arrow, you accidently shot a friend with an arrow. It was a small wound.
5. Your father gave you a mug of ale for your 9th birthday. After getting sick for 2 days, you weren't left with a fond memory of it.
29th-Sep-2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
While exploring through a nearby forest you fell through a hole into an underground tomb. You weren't seriously hurt, but you were lost in the ruins for the better part of a day.

Your father, a wealthy politician, was subject to political turmoil and ousting. At a young age your family was forced to move from the big city to a small farming community.

At twelve your parents took you to a nearby town to see a magic show. You were called up onstage to volunteer, and it was one of the happiest moments of your life.

Your first kiss was the shepherdess next door. It wasn't until four years later that you found out that your friends had to pay her a large sum of money to do so.
29th-Sep-2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
I love 'em!!!

I added two myself
6. Your sibling was once kidnapped by bandits!
7. You are allergic to a specific flower that grows in the fall. You may have outgrown this but it made fall very sniffly.
30th-Sep-2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
1. You were kicked by a horse at a young aged. There is still a scar on your thigh from this.

Or for a character who used intelligence as their dump stat, kicked in the head.

(That's actually on my list of 'characters to play', for the sheer foreign-ness of it.)
29th-Sep-2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh man, if an Owlbear stole MY sandwich, I would embark on a righteous quest of vengeance that ended with the Owlbear, even years later, AS my sandwich.

29th-Sep-2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
I asked the fine people in the roleplayers community for a similar list not too long ago, and I got some pretty awesome answers.

You can find the thread here.
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