Backgrounds

Quelques suggestions / sources d’inspiration

Better, instead of writing “Thievery,” you write “member of the Thieves’ Guild of Tenrook.” Now you can make a case for contacts with other guild members and fences. If you’re feeling frisky, you write “Head of the Tenrook Thieves’ Guild, the ‘Gray Monks’” and now you have all that thief stuff, all that stuff about contacts, and you can probably make a case for leadership ability or intimidation.

I have to encourage some players to take their backgrounds to the next level. Some people write down “Thievery” and that’s good enough for them. I tell them that doing that is cheating themselves of the social skills they get by connecting their character to an organization. Also, who you are and who you know are more interesting than what you can do, since the former suggest the latter. Here’s the formula I describe to the players:
Figure out a skill you want to have.
Figure out how you learned that.
Figure out what people you knew, what group you joined, when you learned that.
That is your background. For example, I create a cleric character and I want him to know about demons. I could write down a background called Demonology and put points in it, but I’ll trust in the formula. How did I learn that? Let’s say I studied under a prominent demonologist… no, let’s amp this up. I was enslaved to a demon lord named Fyrax, who made me his Chief Torturer. I bided my time, gathering allies, until we headed up a slave revolt and escaped. Now Fyrax is after me. For my background, I write down “escaped slave, Chief Torturer to the demon lord Fyrax.” I figure my guy became a cleric as penance for all of the evil things he did as a torturer. Awesome, right?

Forgeron
Bûcheron
Berger
Camelot
Ménestrel errant
Barde de cour
Courtisan distingué
Dame de compagnie de la famille ir’XX à Beaurefuge
Universitaire
Professeur émérite de XX à l’Université Morgrave
Héritier choyé de la maison Lyrandar
Orpheline des rues de Sharn
Employé serrurier Kundarak à Beaurefuge (Aundair)
Formé à Arcanix sous la tutelle du mage XX
Escroc professionnel recherché à Korth
Antiquaire en curiosités ésotériques
Thaumartisan Cannith
Né pour se battre
Alchimiste Zilargue
Missionnaire de la Flamme d’Argent
Sang de Dragon
Etudiant à l’université morgrave (+spécialisation?)
Apprenti magicien raté
Vétéran du Cyre, Lieutenant du bataillon monté des Heaumes-d’Argent
Préparateur de cadavres Karrnathien
Espion des Lanternes noires
Façonneur de Masques Spirituels Talantais
Banni de la tribu Talantaise des Crocs Silencieux
Pupil de la Cour d’Outre-mort, favori de la lignée de Jaelian
Parle-chevaux Tairnadal
Enfant des fées
Ancien capitaine du Guet de Sharn
Esclave affranchi du Dargûn
Instincts animaux
Souvenirs implantés
Fille de la noblesse du Thrane
Soldat de métier
Diplômé de l’Académie de Rekkenmark
Ancien Braconnier
Porteur du dracogramme de XX
Machine de guerre
Attaché Diplomatique Karrnathien
Eclaireur du bataillon Aundairien des Lames Rouges
Nécromancien Aërénal
Médecin de bataille Jorasco
Initié des Sentinelles du Seuil
Charlatan errant
Traqueur d’aberrations
Pélerin de l’Ost
Traducteur itinérant Sivis
Ex-Seconde du navire pirate La Murène, dans les principautés de Lhazâr
Archiviste de la Bibliothèque de Korranberg
Séminariste des Elus de l’Ost à Wroat
Meilleur jongleur de feu de Fort-de-flamme
Acrobate de cirque
Diva extraordinaire
Violoniste maudit
Gladiateur enfui de Grisemurailles (Droâm)
Lame lige de la Dame ir’XX, Brélande
Excorié de la maison Orien
Conducteur de Fulgurant
A fui son mariage arrangé avec XX
A grandi dans un clan de Férals
Lunettes de vision spectro-arcaniques

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