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Developing your character background story




It is important to develop a background story for your character so that you can create a unique identity for them, otherwise your Intelligence 4, Wits 3, Resolve 2 Mekhet will be the same as every other Intelligence 4, Wits 3, Resolve 2 Mekhet. You want to avoid such 2 dimensional characters and strive for something that has its own personality and flare, a character that will be memorable.  

This character background should be at least around one page in length (that’s about 350+ words).  For doing so, players will receive bonus experience points. These experience points are applied after basic character creation is complete and are in addition to any other bonus experience points (such as from spent brownie points or granted for good character death).

The questions that follow can be used to flesh out a character’s background, providing insight into areas a player might gloss over during character creation.

You should answer as many of these as you can!


The devil is in the details, as they say, and these specifics not only help make your character far more real once the story begins, but they provide the Storytellers with an idea of who your character is, and what kind of story to present that your character would take an interest in.

You have done the work of putting dots on the sheet, now tell us how those dots got there.

• When did you first learn to handle a gun, sword or bow? What motivated you to pick it up? How did you learn so much about computers, or Medicine, or Politics? Who taught you how to be intimidating, or to have empathy? What made you decide to become an expert in detecting lies?

Tell us a little about who you were before you were embraced into the World of Darkness.

• How old are you? When were you born? How old were you when you were Embraced? How long have you existed as a vampire? How old do you look to others? Are you more or less mature than you seem?

• What was unique about your childhood? What do you remember about your early years? What forged your basic motivations and attitudes? Where did you go to school? Were you a good student? Who were your immediate family members? What is your clearest childhood memory? Did you go to high school or College? Did you have a hometown, or did your family move often? Did you run away from home? Did you play sports? Did any of your childhood friendships last until adulthood?

• What kind of person were you? Were you a kind and gentle person or an arrogant bastard? Were you popular or a social outcast? Did you have a family? How did you earn a living? Did you have any real friends, or just acquaintances? What kept you going from day to day? Will anyone miss you?

Tell us how you learned about the World of Darkness, and more importantly, how you became a part of it and what it did to you.

• What was your first brush with the supernatural? When did you first realize you were being stalked? Had you dabbled in the occult at all before your Embrace? When did you first meet a vampire? Were you afraid? Disbelieving? Curious? Angry?

• How did the Embrace change you? How did your sire catch you? Was the Embrace painful? Did you get perverse pleasure from it? Did the Hunger tear at you? Were you frightened? Did it somehow feel right? Are you grateful to your sire? Do you want to kill her for what she did to you?

Tell us about your sire, and your role in Kindred Society.

• Who was your sire, and how did she treat you? What do you know of your sire? Was she seductive, forceful, abusive, cryptic or open? Why do you think she chose you? Did you even know your sire? How long did you stay with your sire? Did she teach you anything at all? How long was it until your sire released you? Where did you stay? Where did you go? Did you meet any other vampires during that time? Did your sire Embrace another? Do you judge other vampires by your opinion of your sire?

• Were you presented to Kindred society? Did the Prince welcome you? Was he reluctant to accept you? Did prominent Kindred need to be bribed or threatened before accepting you? Did your sire have permission to create you? Are you on the run from Kindred authorities? What do you suppose your domain’s preeminent Kindred think about you?

• Are you a member of a coterie? How did you meet the others in your coterie? Were you brought together by chance or design? Are you all of one covenant or clan? Are you united in purpose, working toward the same goal? How long have you been together? Did you know any of the others before your Embrace? Do your sires cooperate, or are they rivals? Do any of you share the same sire? What holds your coterie together when the situation is at its worst?.
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