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Monday, 15th September, 2008, 12:58 AM #1
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
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Help with half elf background
While working up the background for my half elf I am unsure where I should place him (and his sire). So far I have Girth as the product of the rape of his human mother by some elf or eladrin. Reading the wiki I can't work out where best to have this happen. I considered the wooded interior of Daunton but that didn't seem to fit the Eladrin bit but could fit an elf?
Then there is the story of the 'rapine etc that went on when Allaria was cut off. That could fit - but where?
Also the Imperium seems heavily Eladrin. Perhaps this all happened over there and Girth has only quite recently arrived in the area - perhaps looking for his father? To avenge his mother? This would be my preferred option as it provides some hooks and also cuts him off from home which could add some more stress!
Any comments or suggestions? Also if he is from the Imperium what would his original language be? I can't find that.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 03:37 AM #2
Gallant (Lvl 3)
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Well Graf is your main man for the Imperium. Personally I prefer the Imperium option, and it would be nice to have a character from there for diversity. Looking for his father would also serve as a nice kicker.
As for the being from the interior of Daunton my adventure path is beginning with a group of Eladrin who have recently been forced to flee a Formorian incursion in the Feywild. So ther is at least one group in the interior, although having only been there for a matter of months it would be challenging to use in a half-elven backstory.Back after a long absence, and feeling rather sheepish.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 03:40 AM #3
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
Sorry to keep you waiting. I'm gonna get back to you today, but it may take a little bit longer.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 06:43 AM #4
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
The 'r' word
Personally I would suggest being "from the Imperium" if you want to be from the Imperium.
However half-elves who are fostered with Temperavir families are quite common in the Imperium; so that wouldn't really make your character unusual. Since it's so common most children aren't looked down upon. At least that was my intent in the original setting, but the current writeup of the Imperium doesn't get into those sorts of details.
So you'd potentially have chances to interact with your parent under social circumstances from a young age (if they were interested in keeping tabs on you) or you'd have no idea who they were (and your foster parents may have no idea, depending on who your eladrin parent was).
If you were here to meet him clandestinely after years of search you could easily be looking to meet the same person that Amicus (a PC I'm considering playing) was here to meet (a grizzled old Eladrin paladin).
Of course a traditional paladin wouldn't take advantage of someone, let alone violently, so that may or may not work in the story you want to tell.
If you're looking for a father who is more of a traditional "green-tights in the woods" type character then a typical Eladrin from the Elvin Court would make more sense. Of course... if your father just appeared, attacked your mother and then left... you have realistically, very little chance of ever finding him.
And this is just a personal thing...
My interest, as a DM, in running a story about this sort of thing is pretty low (i.e. near zero).
I don't, personally, tend to run games that go in that direction; I introduced it as an element in the Imperium because the eladrin were there and ruling over humans in very close circumstances so it sort of fit (half-elves should have a place in the setting as a race I thought...) but I tried to work hard to keep it as small and non-yucky as possible.
The majority of Temperavir are just born to other Temperavir who were born to Temperavir; they have eladrin somewhere up there the same way that most Americans are originally from somewhere else, but its not necessarily important to a given individuals identity.
So you may find it difficult to really explore this whole thing in a game; in the sense that DMs may not be interested in bringing it up.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 08:17 AM #5
Thought I'd chime in here to note that not all DMs necessarily shy away from including PCs with social realistic backgrounds, even though they may not always be family-friendly.
Personally, I like mature games dealing with mature themes, such as poverty, class difference, and so on.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 10:26 AM #6
Acolyte (Lvl 2)
I do think that good fantasy stories and settings can explore certain real life themes in a an interesting.
I kinda put poverty and class difference in a vastly different categories than hunting for one's father/the rapist of one's mother. I mean... what's your social theme?
Male feelings of weakness translating into violent action, dehumanization of the other...?
I may be selling it short, but rape is, given all the other issues involved, probably the most difficult issue to really address and roleplay in a realistic/meaningful/interesting/enjoyable way.
(And if your goal is not to be those things then I'm not sure it has a place in a living online rpg game -- people game to have fun and all that.)
I have had characters with similar backgrounds in my rl games... but it's four people I know well in a private setting.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 11:06 AM #7
Perhaps the character has a hot temper or is prone to take things slow, yet such traits are not reflected in his/her upbringing - the explanation may lie with the parent he/she has never known. To my understanding, its often similar questions that drive adopted children to seek out their blood relative.
Particularly in a medieval setting most people believe that we are a product of more than our environment, even though they may not then have called the other contribution genetic heritage. "The blood of a great warrior/mage flows in your veins", and all that.
It was my impression that Digger's PC wouldn't be prone to hunt his biological father out of a desire of vengeance, but to understand why he's so different from those he grew up with - but I could be mistaken. He certainly seems to be looking for answers, considering his overt willingness to give in to outside agents that offer him insight (his warlock patron).
Last edited by Dunamin; Monday, 15th September, 2008 at 11:10 AM.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 04:14 PM #8
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
Now, as long as the detail is not too graphic and its mostly BG, that hasn't been a problem here. But just something to keep in mind.
Monday, 15th September, 2008, 04:47 PM #9
Now that you've made your intention explicit, though, that answers a lot. I’d recommend expressing some parts of the background differently to avoid such misunderstanding, but of course that’s your call.
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