Character Prep Document
Formal Introduction: Firstname Lastname, the Race Class, and the Title/Moniker of Homeland.
What do they want out of life?
What do they want out of adventuring?
What are some of their career goals?
What are some of their personal goals?
Race Specific: Firbolg
What was it about your home forest that caused your tribe to settle there?
What was it that started you adventuring?
What’s your favorite animal?
What’s your favorite plant?
Do they have any siblings or people they consider to be siblings?
What was their home town environment like? Farm? Village? Town? City? Did he grow up by the sea? Near the mountains? Was the main trade in sheep, logs, stone, or fish? Create!
Who taught them to read?
Who taught them the skills / abilities of their class?
How did they learn the languages they know?
How did they learn about their religion?
How did they learn about themselves?
How did they learn about their kingdom’s history? (if they did).
Where have they lived and where have the traveled to? (Most likely to be kept in Bretonia, unless you’re playing an Otherworld race or specifically want a more international backstory).
What’re their friends names and what are they like? How did they make them and how close are they? (Here’s your chance to make NPCs for me! Be sure to include name, race, etc.)
Childhood Friends from back home? What’re their names and what are they like?
Friends they’ve made during the journey?
Friends in the group?
What are they interested in besides their race/class/background? Music? History? Religion? Otherworld? Annwyn? Romance? Epic tales?
Is there someone they’ve admired from a distance? Is there anyone who’s shown a romantic interest in them? Have they only heard of romance through the stories they’ve heard or read? Do they despise the idea? Do they long for it? Do they despise it because they long for it and it’s denied them? Have some fun.
Class Specific Barbarian: (Delete if it’s not your class).
What led you to take up the adventuring life? Were you lured by promise of riches?
Have you joined forces with soldiers in the past?
Did monsters or an invading horde lead you to adventure? Are you a rootless refuge?
Are you cast out from your people or welcome there?
Class Specific Bard: (Delete if it’s not your class).
How does your true backstory compare against the stories you tell about it? How much artistic license are you apt to take?
Did you have a secure and mundane childhood only to find you were destined for greatness when you discovered your magic?
Did you acquire your magic through supernatural or otherworldly means? Perhaps the blessing of a forbidden fey romance?
Did you serve an apprenticeship, studying under a master before you struck out on your own? Or do you have yet to find one?
Did you attend a bardic college where you studied lore and music? (They exist in Hibernia, but are unheard of in Caerleon – there’s one in Cymru though).
Are you of noble or common birth?
Class Specific Cleric: (Delete if it’s not your class).
What diety do you serve?
Did you enter this service willingly? Or under compulsion from the deity?
How do the followers of your faith regard you?
How do the lay members of your faith regard you?
How do the clergy of your faith regard you?
Does your deity have a special task in mind for you?
How important is the law of the land to you versus the law of your religion?
How important is the well-being of your enemies?
How important is the well-being of the innocent?
How did you come to choose your domain?
Class Specific Druid: (Delete if it’s not your class).
Why does your character have such a close bond to nature?
Have you always been an adventurer or did you first spend time as a caretaker of a sacred grove or spring?
What tree do you consider most sacred: alder, ash, birch, elder, hazel, holly, juniper, mistletoe, oak, rowan, willow, or yew? (Has no mechanical application, just a fun thing to do).
What is your character’s favorite animal?
What is your character’s favorite wild shape and why?
Do you worship a specific deity, or do you revere nature itself?
Class Specific Fighter: (Delete if it’s not your class).
Where did you get your training?
Who was most influential in your training?
What specifically set you apart from other warriors?
Why do you fight?
Where did you acquire your weapons and armor? Do they have a story?
How important is sophistication in fighting to you?
Class Specific Monk: (Delete if it’s not your class).
Did your character spend time at a monastery? Or were they more hermetic? Did they travel or stay in one place during their early studies?
How did they come to study the ways of the monk? Were they an orphan? Or did they come from a family? Was it tragedy that drove them to the lifestyle? Escape from their enemies?
Why did you leave your cloister? Were you cast out, or did you leave of your own volition, or was your departure a part of your rites?
Did you dread leaving or were you happy to go?
Are you eager to go back?
How did you first discover that you were able to manipulate your own spirit?
Class Specific Paladin: (Delete if it’s not your class).
What, is your quest?
How did you experience the call to become a paladin?
Was it a god, an angel, or some other messenger or parable?
How does your alignment color your personality as a holy warrior?
How do your beliefs drive you to fight?
Class Specific Ranger: (Delete if it’s not your class).
Did you train with a single mentor, wandering the wilds until you mastered the ranger’s ways? Or did you strike out on your own to survive the wilderness? Was there something that caused you to do so? Was your clan wiped out?
Was your mentor / family / friend / pet slain by the same kind of monster that became your favored enemy?
Did you learn your skills from a druidic circle trained in wilderness lore? From a mentor? Or on your own?
Are you tasked as a protector of the forest by some nymph or other fey forest creature?
What’s the source of your particular hatred or skill against a certain kind of enemy?
Is your adventuring career a continuation of your wilderness work, or a significant change?
What made you join up with the party?
Class Specific Rogue: (Delete if it’s not your class).
With your criminal past, are you wanted by the law in any province or kingdom?
How is your relationship to the Red Hand? Friendly? Antagonistic?
Why did you leave your home and your guild? Did a great con or heist go terribly wrong? Did a priest give you a second lease on life by not turning you in? Did wanderlust strike?
Do you choose your targets carefully or do you steal like a chaotic stupid PVP rogue who surely will die a painful death at the hands of his fellow players?
Class Specific Sorcerer: (Delete if it’s not your class).
Wild or Draconic?
What is the exact source of your power?
How far removed is your character from the source of their power? (Like, how many generations, etc.)
Do you consider it a blessing or a curse?
How do you feel about the idea of powerful magic coursing through your body?
What do you intend to do with the power you’ve been granted?
Class Specific Warlock: (Delete if it’s not your class).
What led you to make your pact?
How did you first make contact with your patron? Did they find you? Did you seek out the ritual that would allow you to make contact?
Which specific creature did you make your pact with?
Do you chafe under the obligations of your pact? Or do you sever joyfully in anticipation of the rewards promised to you?
What kind of relationship do you have with your patron? Is it friendly, antagonistic, uneasy, or romantic?
How important does your patron consider you to be?
What part do you play in your patron’s plans?
Do you know other servants of your patron?
How does your patron communicate with you?
Class Specific Wizard: (Delete if it’s not your class).
How did your character first come into contact with magic?
How did they discover that they had an aptitude for it?
Is it a natural talent? Or was it developed through study and practice?
Did they have a teacher? Was that teacher of this world?
What drew them out of their study and into the world?
How eager are you to test your skills?
Background Specific Acolyte: (Delete if it’s not your background)
What deity/pantheon did you dedicate yourself to?
What temple, shrine, or sacred site did you work at?
What is/was the nature of your service? Cleaner? Candle-lighter? Priest?
Who taught you the rites and services that you conduct?
Background Specific Charlatan: (Delete if it’s not your background)
How did you first come to realize that you were good at manipulating other people?
Do you have a conscience? Do you feel guilty about what you do when you’re alone?
Do you trust others easily, or is everyone else also wearing a false face?
Background Specific Criminal: (Delete if it’s not your background)
When and how did you first break the law?
How close / friendly are you to your criminal contacts? Are they family?
Is there a crime you won’t commit?
What are your endearing or redeeming characteristics?
Do you live by a code even if it isn’t the law of the land?
Background Specific Entertainer: (Delete if it’s not your background)
When and how did you first come into contact with your art form?
What were the circumstances of your first performance?
What is your best routine?
What is your weakest routine?
Background Specific Folk Hero: (Delete if it’s not your background)
What was your former profession?
What was your defining event?
How do you feel about the attention that you get?
How do you feel about your humble beginnings?
Background Specific Guild Artisan: (Delete if it’s not your background)
How did you first encounter your trade?
How did you first encounter your guild?
Who did you apprentice under?
Do you try to weave your trade with your travel? Or have you abandoned your trade?
Background Specific Hermit: (Delete if it’s not your background)
Why did you first seek out the hermit’s life?
Were you in a sheltered community or totally alone?
What changed and allowed you to end your solitude?
Life of Seclusion:
Background Specific Noble: (Delete if it’s not your background)
What is your family’s patriarch’s/matriarch’s title?
What is your title?
What kind of influence does your family have on you?
Is your family old and established or recently titled?
How much influence do they wield, and where?
What kind of reputation does your family have among other aristocrats?
What kind of reputation does your family have among the common folk?
What is your position in the family, are you the heir?
How do you feel about that responsibility, or lack of it?
How does the head of your family feel about your adventuring?
Are you in the rest of the family’s good graces?
Does your family have a coat of arms? What does it look like?
What does your signet ring look like?
Does your family wear any particular colors all the time or have an animal they regard as a symbol or patron of the family?
Background Specific Outlander: (Delete if it’s not your background)
Why did you go out into the wild? Why did you stay?
What was the most severe thing (storm/migration/etc) that you survived?
Who were you with in the wild?
What was your occupation in the wild?
How comfortable are you around people, in villages, towns, and cities?
Background Specific Sage: (Delete if it’s not your background)
Where did you study the lore you studied?
Are you protective of your knowledge, or willing to share with anyone who wants to learn?
Is knowledge worth seeking for its own sake? Or is it just a means to an end? What are you trying to learn?
What field of study interests you the most?
Background Specific Sailor: (Delete if it’s not your background)
What was the name of the sea going vessel you sailed on?
Who was the captain?
How did you come to work there and what job did you have?
Was it a merchant ship, a pirate ship, a naval vessel, or an explorer’s ship?
How famous or infamous was it?
Is it still sailing? Or was it retired or destroyed?
Did you leave on good terms?
What brought you to land?
Background Specific Soldier: (Delete if it’s not your background)
Which military organization were you in?
What rank did you achieve?
What kind of experiences did you have?
Background Specific Urchin: (Delete if it’s not your background)
How did you come by the money in your pocket?
What allowed you to break free of your desperate circumstances?
Where did you live that you were able to survive on the streets?
Where have you worked before? And for whom?
Who are their enemies? What enemies have they made, and how? What kinds of creatures does they hate on sight?
What was their most tragic moment so far in life? Plenty of options to create.
What was their happiest moment in life?
Coming of Age:
What was the moment that they realized they needed to strike out on their own? What was the moment they decided they were an adult? What was the moment they were recognized by someone else or by society at large as an adult?
Disposition: What is your character’s default emotional disposition? Are they cocky? Are they laughable? Are they serious and grim?
Moodiness: How easily does your character switch between emotions? How volatile are they emotionally?
Outlook: Optimistic? Pessimistic? Realist?
Integrity: How trustworthy is your character? How codified are their morals?
Impulsiveness: How likely is your character to just run off and do the thing? Or are they the slow and careful planner type?
Boldness: Are they timid and quiet? Are they brave and loud? How likely are they to put themselves out there?
Flexibility: How adaptable are they to new situations and new information? Do they need to sit and think things through? Or do they prefer to do things ‘off the cuff’ as it were?
Affinity: How warm or cold is your character toward other people? Are they affectionate with strangers? Or are they closed off and unyielding?
Comportment: How do they carry themselves? Do they stand tall? Do they slouch behind other people if given the opportunity?
Interactivity: How engaging are they with the world? Will they touch/smell/see new things or people? Or do they prefer to not get involved?
Disclosure: How likely are they to talk about themselves with other people? To tell their stories?
Conformity: How well or closely do they conform to social norms? Or do they buck tradition and strut their own path?
Humor: What does your character find funny? Slapshtick? Witticism? Dramatic Irony?
Attitude toward humans:
Attitude toward orcs:
Attitude toward half orcs:
Attitude toward half-elves:
Attitude toward goliaths:
Attitude toward dragonborn:
Attitude toward tieflings:
Attitude toward elves:
Attitude toward halflings:
Attitude toward gnomes:
Attitude toward dwarves:
Attitude toward tritons:
Attitude toward barbarians:
Attitude toward bards:
Attitude toward clerics:
Attitude toward druids:
Attitude toward fighters:
Attitude toward monks:
Attitude toward paladins:
Attitude toward rangers:
Attitude toward rogues:
Attitude toward sorcerers:
Attitude toward warlocks:
Attitude toward wizards:
Attitude toward the red hand:
Attitude toward guilds:
Attitude toward the universitas valachorum:
Attitude toward Vaticana & its worshipers:
Attitude toward The Old Way & its worshipers:
Attitude toward The Nine & its worshipers:
Attitude toward The Eight & its worshipers:
Attitude toward The Father & its worshipers:
Points of comradery:
List at least one point of comradery for each other character in the party.
Points of contention:
List at least one point of contention with each other character in the party.
Ultimate Player Goals with this character:
What destiny would you like to see this character fulfill?
What role would you like this character to take in the Arthurian Cycle that is to come? (It’s okay to say that you don’t want a part in that).
Do you have any goal post inspirational characters that you’re basing this character on?
A chronological listing of important life events.