Backstory

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  • Reading the Players Guide [here] is a great source for helping you create your character in the campaign setting. The guide is wealth of information that contains things like local deities, life in riddleport, rumors, important people, a primer on the local slang, common poisons, and city districts. This is just a small selection of everything offered to you. You would be doing yourself a grave disservice to not read the guide.
  • Additionally, probably the post important part of the guide is an explanation of what your race is even doing in the city. How did they get there? What do they typically do? How does the city treat them? This is why the recommended races were in the survey and why they are in the guide. Sure, given a good enough reason there is a chance you could be a race that is not commonly found in Riddleport. If you do that it would be up to you to climb that uphill slope to determine why you’re in the city in the first place.
  • Remember, your traits are seeds for your backstory. What did you do in your traits? Work them together, flesh them out, create the connecting tendrils. Leverage them to work for you, not the other way around. Writing a backstory is not supposed to be an arduous process.
  • After you pick your traits, you will have a point of inspiration from which to build your character’s personality and history. Alternatively, if you have already got a background in your head or written down for your character, you can view picking their traits as a way to quantify that background, just as picking race and class and ability scores quantifies his strengths and weaknesses.
  • A backstory is also important in playing your character because it can give you a solid background to base how your character will act in a given situation. Yours and your character will only benefit from a well thought out backstory. Also, backstories that have open ended questions in them give me, the GM, room to work them into the campaign. By doing so I can make the world more personal to you and to your character.
  • In addition, a completed backstory by the beginning of the first official session of the campaign will net you an additional 500xp. If you could not see already, following the recommended patterns will quickly help you to level up. If you want more xp, be more engaged in the richness of the world, it is a simple as that.

Backstory

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