The best part about creating a character is deciding your character’s personality and origins. The way you’d go about creating a backstory is first deciding what you want your alignment to be.
(The image shows all of the alignments and what they think about Xbox gaming.)
All jokes aside, each alignment has their own morals and attitudes. I’m going to give you a short rundown of each alignment.
- Lawful Good characters do good deeds no matter what, and they seek out to fight evil no matter what.
- Neutral Good characters do good deeds when people need the help the most. They don’t follow orders which makes this alignment ideal.
- Chaotic Good characters act on their conscious and don’t believe in the law. They are kind and helpful and still want to actively help others in need. They are very much like the Robin Hood characters of D&D.
- Lawful Neutral characters believe fully in the law. They believe in order and act as the “judge” of any situation.
- True Neutral characters don’t fall in any of the evil and good categories. They are the most balanced character out of all the alignments since they embody both sides of the scale. They don’t really believe in law or good, but they don’t actively seek out to hurt others.
- Chaotic Neutral characters are individualists and only want to benefit themselves. They’ll help either team as long as they get something in return. Chaotic Neutral characters can be unpredictable.
- Lawful Evil characters will do whatever they want as long as their evil deeds fit within their code. This character alignment fits with those who want to control others like a king, or act more like a devil.
- Neutral Evil characters only look out for themselves. They commit evil just for the sake of it, and they tend to not care about anyone or anything.
- Chaotic Evil characters are the craziest and most unpredictable characters you can have in a game. They let their lust for killing and greed guide their actions. These characters just want to watch the world burn.
Now that you know what each alignment is and what their morals and goals are, it’s time to start writing a backstory.
- First, describe what your character looks like. What’s their age? Gender? Appearance? What are they wearing?
- Next, decide what you want your alignment to be. Do you want to help others? Do you want to cause destruction and chaos throughout the land? This is where you’ll decide your character’s fate.
- Think about what what you want your characters goals to be? What do they hope to accomplish by the end of their adventure? What do they expect to get from joining the party? Try and think about what they want and what they’ll do to get to their goal.
- After writing out your goals, think about your character’s personality. What kind of person are they and how would they react to certain situations. How were they growing up? What do people think about your character?
- After writing out your personality, think about the universe your character is in. How has the environment shaped your character to who they are today? Talk about where your character grew up and the type of society they were exposed to.
- Now with all of this information, think about your character’s history. What did they do and what happened to them before meeting up with the current party they’re in.
If you want an example of a backstory I’ve written for one of my characters, check out the paragraph below.