Writing a Backstory

Posted on Jan 27, 2021 by Admin

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Building a backstory for your character is important to really understand how your character would act in situations. Are you a drunken fool, a brave warrior, or afraid of all the monsters in the dark? Well it probably depends on your character's background. You can go super in depth or very simple just make sure you have an idea of what type of character you want to play.

Now maybe you have no clue where to start and that’s okay. Start with what kind of class and race are you wanting to play? See what a typical region is for that character. Would you have been part of an outcast tribe or city dwelling?  Just figure out some semblance of a beginning. Next talk to your DM and see where your campaign will start. That is your ending point. Now you have the freedom to fill in all the rest between with whatever you want.

Stuck for ideas? You can always roll for it. There is a background and ideals part of 5e. I recommend that if you do this, you fill in more to your backstory than just what it gave you. The more you have to go off of the more you’ll be able to get into character when playing. Which is probably the best part of D&D.

Some questions to consider when creating your backstory:

Here is an example backstory from one of my group's past adventures.

Not all backstories are pretty. Some are dark, others are bright and fun. You have to find something that you feel comfortable playing. But most of all, have fun with it, and don’t worry so much!

Happy Questing!

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