Guardians of the Past
1: Where was your character born & raised?
2: Who were the character’s parents? Did they raise the character? If not why? If not them who?
3: Describe your character’s family.
4: Describe your character’s childhood. What was childhood like for the character?
5: Does the character have any or did the character have any role models? Describe them.
6: Has your character ever had a pet? If so, what was it, what happened to it?
7: What was the worst thing that ever happened to your character, and how did it affect them?
8: Describe a recurring nightmare your character had once.
9: What kind of relationships does the character currently have? Does he have any close friends? Describe your character’s friends. Bitter enemies? If so who? What are they like?
10: Do they have a best friend (not a child or a lover) whom they’d protect with your reputation or life? Who? Why?
11: Has your character had any romantic interests? If so, who, when, what? (you can leave out how)
12: What is their most important personal possession? Not the magical item you value most but the possession that means the most. How much would the character sacrifice to keep/save this possession?
13: Name the one thing your character has done which makes him the most proud. Name the one thing of which your character is most ashamed.
14: What did the character do before he entered the story? Who trained the character to do what he does now?
1: What skill (non-weapon) are they most proud of?
2: What are the character’s dreams? Ambitions? Goals?
3: How does he seek to obtain them? How does adventuring fit into this dream, or does it at all?
4: What type of person would be their ideal mate?
5: Does the character ever want to have his own family someday? If so with who or
6: What (if anything) would make them stop adventuring? (i.e., death of a loved one, physical mutilation, enough money to retire on, marriage, etc.?)
7: If your character had to quit adventuring for some reason, what would they do?
8: What are their immediate goals? (i.e., what would they like to be doing in the coming year?)
9: What are their long-term goals? (i.e., what would they like to be doing twenty years from now?)
10: Would your character consider a brief romantic fling? A one-night stand?
11: What is their greatest fear? (it can be rational or irrational)
12: Why do they adventure — why have they chosen to risk their life as a career choice?
13: What would they like to be remembered for after your death?
14: If there was one thing about the world they could change what would it be (a border, a tradition, a custom, an empire…. cultural/societal/political things, not physics)?
1: Does the character have a nickname? How did they get it?
2: What is their motto or favorite saying?
3: What is the character’s normal daily routine? How do they feel when it’s interrupted for whatever reason?
4: What is their favorite food? Their favorite drink? Dessert? A particular cuisine?
5: Does the character have any mental problems or phobias (e.g. does your character like crowds)? If so what are they? What do they stem from?
6: Why might someone dislike your character?
7: What is their greatest strength? (i.e. honest, loyal, brave?)
8: What is their greatest shortcoming or personal flaw? (i.e. cowardly, drinks too much, lies?)
9: Whom does your character most admire? Love?
10: Name three personality traits your character most admires in others.
11: Name three traits your character most dislikes.
12: What are their hobbies (collecting, jam sessions in a bar, dining out, etc.) when they’re not adventuring or training in their class skills? What would they do if they woke up with insomnia and had to find something to do all night?
13: What makes your character angry? What happens when they’re angry?
14: If your character could ask an all-knowing oracle one question, one would it be?
15: Rate yourself with these traits on a scale of 0 (you barely, or do not, possess this trait) to 10 (you have great amounts of this trait).
ALIGNMENT, ETHICS AND RELIGION
1: What is your character’s religion? Who is their patron deity? Are they a devout worshipper? How often do they attend services or make sacrifices?
2: What are the character’s moral and religious beliefs? What lengths will the character go to defend those beliefs? Who or what taught those beliefs to the character?
3: Does the character have a moral code that they follow? If so, what is it?
4: Could the character kill? (Not ‘kill’ in the sense of slaying evil monsters, but killing another human, possibly as a murder or manslaughter). Why would the character kill? Does he have any enemies at all? Would or could the character kill them?
5: How does the character generally treat others? Does he trust easily? Or not?
6: What are their political beliefs? (i.e. do they prefer democracy, monarchy, rule of the aristocracy, communism, anarchy, etc.?)
7: Is there any race, creed, alignment, religion or the like against which your character is strongly prejudiced? Why?
8: What, if anything, would your character sacrifice their life for?
9: Are there any circumstances under which they would abandon your adventuring companions in an hour of need?
10: What does ‘justice’ mean to your character?
1: What does the character look like?
2: How often does your character bathe?
3: How do they wear their hair?
4: Are they neat or sloppy?
5: What colors does your character tend to wear?
6: Do they have any scars or tattoos? If so, how did they get them?
7: Does the character have any unusual habits or physical traits? How do others tend to react to them?
8: What kinds of clothes, jewelry, etc, do they wear when they’re not in armor or other “adventuring gear”?
9: Do they have “a look”?
10. Do they typically dress up or down when going out?