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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-09-03 02:37 PM
Chart 9: Youth Events
Some events happen after childhood and in the middle of youth before the characters venture out on their own into their adventuring career. These events could change the entire course of their lives. This table represents the last significant event of their lives before the adventure of their character begins.

01 – 60) Nothing
60 – 70) Cultural Shift: A large group moved to your community or you were forced to move into another community. Doing so created friction between both. You were exposed to a new culture and challenges.
71 – 75) Siege: An attack from an organized menace extended over a period of time to your community.
76 – 80) Battle: A significant monster or villain threatened your community and is eventually driven off or stopped.
81 – 85) War: A large scale armed conflict engulfed your community, possibly a war, revolution, or an invasion.
86 – 95) Crisis: This includes earthquakes, climate shifts, famine, plague, and floods.
96 – 100) Religious: A new faith was created or brought to your community tearing the local religion to shreds. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-09-03 02:50 PM
Chart 10: Enemies
This could be something as small as a local bully that never forgets your name, or an eventual major villain that reoccurs throughout the characters life. This can be a good example to improve the characters life and relationships or cause enough of a plot hook to have enough adventure during the characters life to never have to worry about being bored.

01 – 15) No Enemies: Yet. . .
16 – 25) Minor Childhood Enemy: Someone has a grudge against the character but it is small and has no reason to lash out violently.
36 – 30) Jilted Lover: The character wronged someone in the matter of feelings and love related issues in their youth.
31 – 35) Lovers’ Friend of Relative: Someone has a grudge or ill will toward the character due to their actions toward a loved one the character treated badly.
36 – 40) Romantic Rival: You beat someone out of someone’s affection and another who was pining for their attention feels wronged and holds a grudge.
41 – 50) Family Enemy: Your family has gained the enmity of a person, group, organization, or another family.
51 – 55) Friends’ Enemy: The enemy of my friend is my enemy. One of your close friends has an enemy and that that person hates you due to your relationship with them.
56 – 60) Social Rival: You have wronged someone in a social, public, or business manner.
61 – 70) Villain: One or more local criminals that have contacts to a much larger organization has chosen to direct their hate toward you because of some incident you had a hand in.
71 – 75) Creature: A group of intelligent creatures have chosen to direct their hate toward you for an incident you had a hand in during your youth.
76 – 80) Political Enemy: A noble, military officer, or other high ranking official looks to you with disfavor and contempt.
81 – 85) Arcane Rival: A student of the arcane develops an intense hatred for you due to an early incident in your lives.
86 – 90) Diabolic Enemy: A demon or other powerful enemy identifies you as a current or eventual threat.
91 – 100) Imaginary Foe: You falsely believe that someone is out to get you at all costs. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-09-05 11:59 AM
I think I fixed that. There were some doosies in there. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-09-07 10:30 AM
Since I created this thing, I decided to show everyone how it works. Thanks to manfred he has diligently worked ot get the random generator working for this and right now, it works great. Here is what my new NPC has for a background. Its not spectacular, but its quick and fast. I did it in three minutes.

1) 51-65: Village Community
2) 01-20: Lower Class, homeless, beggers, etc.
3) 46-70: Minor Wealth
4) 46-65; Merchants
5) 26-50: Fair Ethics
6) 01-40: Unknown Reputation
7) 01-49: No Known Ancestors
8) 86-95: Illness
9) 01-60: Nothing
10) 16-25: Minor Childhood Enemy

Now I didn’t do the racial community, simply because I think Manfred forgot to put it in there. But here is what I got from this little experiment.

My family was originally merchants of some minor wealth. They owned their own home and business and were comfortable in their day to day needs to have few concerns. When I was young I came down with wet lung (pneumonia) and it taxed my parents so. I was ill for months at a time, and even when I got better, I would be overcome by a violent cough on the most unfortunate occasions.

Having spent their savings to find a healer to make me better, they began loosing their business for lack of want or care. Having no other siblings, their only desire was to see me well. At first, we had plenty of friends wishing to help, until the daughter of the local constable began spending her time with me, helping me throughout the day. This caught the nerve of Johnny Thimes, who fancied her to no end. The taunting never ended and it began to circulate around the village that my sickness could spread. She stopped coming.

Hurt, my parents left with me and went to the outlands where my pa hired on as a small time farm worker. We have little now, and mom weeps at night for what we don’t have. My cough still lingers but I vow to leave and return one day to raise my parents back to what they had and get them out of the muck and mire they are in because of my illness. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-09-07 10:56 AM
Hey if I can do it, anyone can. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-09-07 01:50 PM
Ah indeed, good point. Thanks again manfred. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-11-13 09:47 AM
The dice roller comes in handy! Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2007-09-24 09:18 PM
Thank you for your concern. But if you read the text the following is stated in the submission.

This was created in conjuncion with an online guide to help flesh out a character during creation. This is a much shorter version, the online version was 75 pages long.

It is a much trimmed down version of what was located and read on the internet. There is no meaning to make profit or to even claim that I wrote any of what is in the sub. Now we take ideas from many concepts, whether they are from movies, books, TV shows, and alas from the internet. Some with direct conotations from these sources. This is an idea site. This was put up to give those GM's or players a helpful idea on the creation of background for those who have not read the original as some of the viewers and readers onthis site do not follow D20 or other conventional games. Agin however, thank you for your remarks. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2007-09-25 06:35 AM
And of all the things i have seen copied directly form the internet and not classified as being from another source other than the person who submitted it on the site. At least I stated point blank that it was from another source. Now crap like this, seemingly an attack, has made me really not want to come back again. Delete it if you wish. Adios. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2007-09-25 09:50 PM
Updated: Placed in hidden content so as not to offend. But it is still kept up here so I can still use it. Go to Comment
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Dragonlordmax's comment on 2007-09-24 08:50 PM
Having seen this, I feel compelled to mention that it is essentially a copy of many of the tables from the D&D Hero Builder's Guidebook, minus some of the more repetitive tables and with a fair number fewer options, but with quite a bit of text that seems more or less directly quoted.

I wouldn't mention this but that this is so similar that I fear it could, conceivably, result in some sort of legal action.

Sorry (Please don't misconstrue this as some sort of accusation - it's not; it's just a warning). Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-09-03 05:09 PM
Great Job Mourn. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-09-07 10:33 AM
A tragic tale Mourn, I weep! :D

generator in action- very nice! Go to Comment
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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-09-24 10:23 PM
I do not mean this to be critical, but I am concerned that this may infringe on others' copyrights.

Was the online guide that you cited derived from the Hero-Builder's Guidebook? If it was, it may be construed as an infringement on their copyright. Copyright law is not as simple and straightforward as would be preferable: For example, a professor was once successfully sued for using one page from a textbook (A summary page with numerous formulae) in his class handout packet.

Fair use does not depend on whether the use is intended to make a profit, it depends on whether the information gathered is properly attributed, and is part of a larger project. Simply collecting and summarizing information does not protect you from the "Vile Lashunzuv Khoppi Rites". How much of this is original work and how much is derived from other sources?

(I am not an attorney, but I do have some familiarity with copyright law.) Go to Comment
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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-09-25 12:13 PM
Mourn,

It wasn't meant as an attack: I'm sorry that it came across as critical or judgmental. I was concerned that it might come across as hostile, which is why I prefaced my comment with the caveat that it was not meant as criticism.

I asked my questions honestly, without any sarcasm or judgment intended, because copyright law is not always clear-cut and there is room for disagreement.

Please allow me to express my heartfelt respect for you and state that I appreciate the effort that you went to in presenting the information. Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-08-07 06:29 AM


A useful reference when coming up with backgrounds for NPC's or fleshing out a PC's history, thanks Mourn!


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pilwyn's comment on 2011-08-07 10:29 AM


It's not my favorite method to create character'sbackgrounds; I have an agreement with my players that they can create their background freely, but if something is missing, I'm free to exploit the blank areas of their character's life. But, my players are more experienced. Your submission is a wonderful idea for those who are not used with the character's background creation process. If a new player comes by, I'll use it, to make things easier. Congrats!


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Pieh's comment on 2011-04-21 02:04 PM


Another nice piece. Fear seems play an important role in this setting. Or maybe I'm reading into it more intended. Horse-Lizards are awesome! Picturing elongated, reptilian horses, ribs exposed, gaunt, probably a sickly grey with a long tail. Nice!



Also: Death Seekers are scary.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-10-22 07:45 PM


Dark Tuereg.


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Mourngrymn's comment on 2011-09-03 09:11 AM
Thanks Tundra... there are plans for more but Mathom has moved into my home. Go to Comment
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