Backstory Template

Don’t feel the need to fill this out. But do use it to think about the things that might not have occurred to you.

So your character was a dark elf slave; tormented and forced to do terrible things, becoming hard and bitter. But don’t make that all your character is; was there a friend? a fellow slave perhaps, or maybe a master/mistress who used a carrot as well as the stick confusing your feelings of hatred? Did part of you enjoy the discipline of weapons training for your role in the army’s shock-troops? Were your parents killed in the raid? Or maybe you would rather let them think you were dead than see what you have become? It’s that extra layer of connections, hopes and fears that will let me make this a character-driven roleplay.


Summary:

Parents:

Siblings:

Childhood:

Childhood dreams:

Youth:

Youthful dreams:

Friends:

Adulthood:

adult goals:

People you respect:

People you adore:

People you despise:

Principals:

Places, creatures, things that evoke positive feelings for you:


Example: Sa Ta’Baneslieth
Summary: Sa is an escaped slave to the dark elven Baneslieth household of Naggaroth. She was bred in a slave farm; tattooed at birth and branded at twelve. She has very fragmented memories of her mother; her main memory is of her dormitory warden. A tall elderly (by slave standards) woman, she had gone through her time and could not bear anymore children – her role now was to raise those birthed by others. Her name was Warden Koll Ta’Baneslieth, and though she was strict and often brutal, she was the only parent Sa knew.

Parents: Sa never knew them except as as tiny child, but Warden Koll her human matron was the closest thing she had. Warden Koll was tall, with a severe face, weathered by having child after child torn from her breast. She always had her own room in the breeding centre and the children used to dread seeing it’s sparse insides, as it meant they were getting special training – usually at the end of a rod. Matron Koll saw her first duty to the young slaves as health-care and feeding, and her second duty as teaching them the submission, skill and tolerance to pain they would need once their masters judged them fit to be sold.

Siblings: Sa grew up with 30 other children in her dormitory. Her closest friends were Kirin; a quiet boy who tried hard to hide his sight defect, and Chen; a proud and pretty girl, always willing to take the blame and the punishment for others.

Childhood: As a child Sa was cared for in a dormitory with other children. Their days were spent doing the less skilled housework within the keep – such as cleaning floors, and learning good slave skills. Items such as the subtleties of eltharin to convey servileness, arms training for the less attractive, dancing for the more attractive, and a plethora of other skills useful to slaves. Many slave children were moved to other places at around the age of 8 or 9 once they were judged useful enough; such as farms or beast-pens. Sa was moved to another…. TODO

Childhood dreams: As a child Sa wanted to grow to be so beautiful and graceful that the Witch-King himself would long to have her as a house-slave, and she would be safe and respected ever-after.

Youth:

Youthful dreams:

Friends:

Adulthood:

adult goals:

People you respect:

People you adore:

People you despise:

Principals:

Places, creatures, things that evoke positive feelings for you:

Backstory Template

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