D100 Mildly Plausible Background Stories For Characters

1 Mentor was killed in an explosion 51 Swindled a high ranking mage/thief
2 Father was beheaded 52 Grew up on an island far from civilization
3 Sister kidnapped by Demon 53 Bandit, refused to participate in a raid
4 Home town destroyed 54 Drowned a family member
5 Lost all gold in bad bet 55 Warlord
6 Wanted for murder 56 Found a long forgotten sword in a stone
7 Twin sibling taken at birth 57 Court jester
8 Empath, had to leave society 58 Grew up in a monastery in the outskirts
9 Left barbarian tribe wanted more 59 Family were witch hunters
10 Father was a notorious thief 60 Re-roll twice and add both together
11 Shunned by the gods 61 Sworn to keep an important secret
12 Miner, caused accident 62 Reincarnated fortune teller
13 Horrible hunter, nearly starved 63 Mother was killed by large beast
14 Parents killed by a thug 64 Escaped a prison
15 The last of an order (religious, thieves) 65 Borrowed a large spell book didn’t return
16 False prophet 66 Designed war machines
17 Made pact with witch 67 Parents killed by pirates
18 Grew up an orphan begging on streets 68 Prince/Princess of noble house
19 Teleported from a different world/time 69 Trained by a master in their class
20 Father was a renowned mercenary 70 Brewer of fine ales & wines
21 Locked in a tower for years 71 Tasked with cleanup of disease
22 Apprentice to a trade 72 An assassin
23 Father sold out traitors to lord 73 Town hero destroyed an evil threat
24 Wizard’s experimental subject 74 Survived dragon attack, with scars
25 Veteran of a war 75 Slave
26 Runaway 76 Skilled Artist
27 Story collector & teller 77 Sailor who caused a mutiny
28 Traveling merchant 78 Squire to evil knight
29 Humble villager, didn’t cause much trouble, and never went on any adventures. 79 Previously a merman/woman, turned by wizard
30 Re-roll twice and add both together 80 Plagued by ghosts
31 Caught someone doing something bad 81 Amnesia, don’t remember a thing
32 Remembers all past lives 82 Exiled because of previous mistakes
33 Set on a religious pilgrimage 83 Grew up in nature with only animals
34 Ransomed as a prisoner of war 84 Born with wings
35 Famer 85 Ran an illegal gambling den/bawdy house
36 Born with facial scarring and a tail, shunned 86 Woke up in a different reality
37 Stole a large sum of gold 87 Fisherman/woman
38 Temple from hometown burned, did nothing 88 Hung for treason, brought back from the dead
39 Started a riot 89 Arsonist
40 Guard/Solider AWOL from post 90 Debts from addiction
41 Family were prospectors, lost map to mine 91 Kidnapped a high lord/lady, ransomed.
42 Barkeep 92 The bastard son/daughter of a lord
43 Smuggler 93 Deposed king
44 Immigrant from a foreign land 94 Dreams of the “end of days”
45 Concubine to the king/queen 95 Led rebellion against local government
46 Born from a union with a vampire 96 Arm’s dealer
47 Family were cavemen, smartest of the bunch 97 Betrothed to a ugly noble
48 Lewd painter 98 Born blind, other sense heightened
49 Scribe for a local priest/wizard 99 Wandering minstrel
50 Alchemist’s apprentice 0 Cartographer

Special thanks to 3 Toadstools Publishing – 3toadstools.blogspot.ca

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