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Alright so a friend of mine is making a new campaign and i was to come up with my character and a background for him and all that fun stuff. witch usually isn't a problem but i have character block. .. Anyway-ways! I was playing around with making figurines to try an get an idea started and i came up with a character that i really love.

https://www.heroforge.com/load_config%3D425483/ <---- Link to the figurine Iv'e come up with an idea of his personality and tried to incorporate it into his look but so far i have a person who has A pride complex and an alcoholic , is an overachiever in the courtesy act and charismatic . Always ready to jump into new risk's as well as flirt with anything pretty he comes across. Believes the best truth is wrapped around a shred of a lie. Feels most at home in a tavern or small town were he can play his instruments and interact with the patrons or community.

the problem is a backstory. i was trying different starts like!

He was born in a decent family in a wealthy village. But after his family was killed while he was out running some tasks for the upper class his family was murdered and he was left alone. with no were to go he started to travel the world and do what he loved most. as he traveled he made a living threw playing music at taverns he came across and started to learn new languages. He loved the adventure of seeing new lands and meeting new people....

and similar things but i'm not sure how to keep going or like... i don't know... But if anyone has any ideas on how to expand on this concept ^ or has a cool background idea of there own that could fit (you can play with the personality if you want) It would be really awesome and i would be grateful -thanks <3
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For a character like that, I would go with the youngest son of a minor noble: ie well educated but no inheritance. His choices in life were pretty much limited to the military, exploration, or the church. He chose exploration.

The backstory is easy to understand, and was very common in real life. It was a driving force in the Spanish colonization of the New World.
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Posted 11/10/15 , edited 11/11/15
Have you determined character alignment yet? It sounds like you're a Bard that leans on chaotic good since you're an explorer with a penchant for alcohol.

I personally would try to find a different angle for the backstory, because the "my family was murdered" plot point is DONE TO DEATH in D&D. To me, it'd be better if he had run away for another reason. Maybe he just wanted to get out and explore if it comes naturally to him. I know it's not as exciting as murder, but you can do so much with a Bard in-game that you don't have to have a particularly thrilling backstory.

On a lighter note, here's a hilarious character generator: http://whothefuckismydndcharacter.com/
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hnrbledischarge wrote:

I personally would try to find a different angle for the backstory, because the "my family was murdered" plot point is DONE TO DEATH in D&D.



I second this. It's been driven so far into the ground that it comes out the other side.

He does sound very bardy. Love me a good bard.

Perhaps, instead of having them killed, maybe conflict with the parents involving his love for music? Say for example that his parents were actually pirates that roamed the high seas, or wizards that dedicated their lives to the craft. They figured that their son would grow up to be the same, but when they found that he preferred playing the lute instead, the friction in the family forced him to leave so he could travel simply to play music for people and drink (the two often go hand-in-hand, but our DM decided for our bard a few campaigns ago that whenever he played music while drunk in a tavern, he had to roll a charisma check to determine how well he played and sang). It's still a bit of a cliché, but it definitely gives more room for both you and the DM to work with for potential character development. Maybe his parents decided to go looking for him.

Another idea: He was born to two greedy merchant-thieves who wanted nothing more than gold and glory. A wise traveling bard who knew about them and their awful deeds stopped by their caravan in a town, and saw they had a baby. Being a well-traveled man with much practical knowledge who had seen many things, he knew who they were and how they thought. Knowing that such an upbringing would be dangerous for a child, he offered to buy him. His corrupt parents gave it no second thought, and the man forked over all the gold in his pocket for him. He decided to raise the child as his own, and traveled to many towns and cities, where he played music to earn his keep. As the child grew up, he fell in love with music and the mysteries of the world, just like the man he called father. When he became an adult, he decided to start his own travels, taking him wherever the wind took him, leading him on many adventures, often involving booze.

Some of the best characters have completely non-tragic backstories. But it's your character, so you call the shots.
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Nah you guys are right thou i differently like the positives background idea allot more and if your cool with it CaptCouch i would love to build on that 2nd idea of yours with your permission of course.


hnrbledischarge That dnd character generator is something else... i don't even XD
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