Character Background

These are things I like to know about my character. I hand this out to new players in my game so they get an understanding of how I roleplay. It is not important that you know all these things about your character at first (though you should know more than a few) but the more of these you know; the more you will understand your character’s motivations. As you play remember how you react in situations. That will answer these questions as you go along.

The Basics
1) Describe your character. Include its; height, weight, race, hair and eye color, style of dress, and any tattoos, scars, or distinguishing marks).
2) What is your full name?
3) Where and when were you born?
4) Who are your parents? (names, occupations, personalities)
5) Do you have any siblings? List and name them.
6) Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place and the person/people.
7) What is your occupation? (other than adventurer)
8) To which social class do you belong?
9) Do you have any allergies, diseases, or physical weaknesses?
10) Are you right- or left-handed?
11) What does your voice sound like?
12) What words/phrases do you use frequently?
13) What do you have in your pockets?
14) Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics?

During Your Youth
1) Write a general description of your childhood.
2) How much schooling have you had?
3) Did you enjoy school?
4) Where did you learn your class skills and abilities?
5) Did you have a role model? If so, describe them.
6) How did you get along with your family members?
7) What did you want to be when you grew up?
8) What were your favorite activities?
9) What kinds of personality traits did you display?
10) Were you popular? Name your friends, (what were they like?)
11) When and whom was your first kiss?
12) Are you a virgin –or- when and to whom did you lose it?
13) Are you a supernatural being (i.e. mage, werewolf, vampire), how did you became what you are or first learn of your abilities.

Past Influences
1) What is the most important event of your life?
2) Who has had the most influence on you?
3) What do you consider your greatest achievement?
4) What is your greatest regret?
5) What is the most evil thing you have ever done?
6) Do you have a criminal record of any kind? Where?
7) When were you most frightened?
8) What is your most embarrassing moment??
9) You can change 1 thing in your past, what would it be, why?
10) What is your best memory?
11) What is your worst memory?

Belief and Opinion
1) Are you an optimist or pessimist?
2) What is your greatest fear?
3) What are your religious views?
4) What are your political views?
5) Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable?
6) What is the most evil thing any being could do?
7) Do soul mates and/or true love exist?
8) What makes a successful life?
9) How honest are you about thoughts and feelings; do you hide your true self from others, and in what way?
10) Do you have any biases or prejudices?
11) What do you refuse to do under any circumstances, why?
12) Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)?

Relationships with Others
1) How do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how?
2) Who is the most important person in your life, why?
3) Who do you respect the most, why?
4) Who are your friends? Do you have a best? Describe them.
5) Do you have a spouse or significant other? Describe this person.
6) Have you ever been in love? Describe what happened.
7) What are you attracted to?
8) Are you close to your family?
9) Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not?
10) Who would you turn to if you needed help desperately?
11) Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?
12) If you died or went missing would anyone miss you? Who?
13) Who is the person you despise the most, and why?
14) Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?
15) Do you tend to take on leadership roles?
16) Do you like interacting with large groups? Why or why not?
17) Do you care what others think of you?

Likes And Dislikes
1) Favorite hobbies and pastimes?
2) Your most treasured possession?
3) Your favorite color?
4) Your favorite food?
5) What, if anything, do you like to read?
6) Your idea of good entertainment (music, movies, art, etc.)?
7) Do you smoke, drink, use drugs? Why? Do you want to quit?
8) Your typical Saturday night?
9) What makes you laugh?
10) What, if anything, shocks or offends you?
11) If you had insomnia what would you do to amuse yourself?
12) How do you deal with stress?
13) Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
14) What are your pet peeves?

Self Image, etc.
1) Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted?
2) What is your greatest strength as a person?
3) What is your greatest weakness?
4) One thing you would change about yourself?
5) Are you introverted or extroverted?
6) Are you organized or messy?
7) 3 things you are very good at. 3 things you are bad at.
8) Do you like yourself?
9) What are your reasons for being an adventurer (or doing the strange things heroes/villains do)? Are your real reasons different than those you tell people? (If so, detail both sets of reasons…)
10) What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
11) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
12) If you could choose, how would you want to die?
13) 3 things you would do if you knew you were about to die.
14) 1 thing you would like to be remembered for after death.
15) 3 words that best describe your personality?
16) 3 words others probably use to describe you?
17) What advice would you, the player, give your character?

Character Background

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