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D&D 5E What can my character lie about?

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
My 5E character has the flaw that he will lie about things, even when he doesn't need to. I have some ideas for things that I will lie about (including a few things that I plan to tell a different lie about every time I talk about them a la the Joker in the Dark Knight and how he got his scars), but I'd love to have some more.

So tell me what I should lie about.
 

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BoldItalic

First Post
You could take inspiration from the Baron Munchausen story. Exaggerated tales about all your previous adventures. After the first few combats, you can start talking about those and exaggerating your part in them outrageously.

Think about if you want to lie to the other PCs or just to NPCs. If the PCs know that you are lying to them, the other players might not find it so funny after a while.
 

transtemporal

Explorer
If he's a compulsive liar, it's not so much a question of what he lies about, since he lies about everything.. Basically whenever someone asks him a question, he makes something up.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
You could take inspiration from the Baron Munchausen story. Exaggerated tales about all your previous adventures. After the first few combats, you can start talking about those and exaggerating your part in them outrageously.

Think about if you want to lie to the other PCs or just to NPCs. If the PCs know that you are lying to them, the other players might not find it so funny after a while.

My group has been playing together in its current configuration for about 5 years (some players longer than that). We're pretty good at keeping player knowledge and character knowledge separate and not letting thing in-game impact out-of-game relationships.

So I think lying to other PCs would be fine. Last campaign (3.5E game) the Rogue PC in the group ran off with about 60k worth of party loot. In-game a few PCs were pissed. Out-of-game no one batted an eyelid.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
If he's a compulsive liar, it's not so much a question of what he lies about, since he lies about everything.. Basically whenever someone asks him a question, he makes something up.

I don't know if I'd want to go to that extreme. Besides, it's harder to separate truth from fiction when your lies contain elements of truth in them.
 


BoldItalic

First Post
Assuming you spend part of the first game session narrating backstories for your new characters, you could start by privately telling each of the other PCs a different and wildly improbable backstory. No-one knows what your real backstory is, least of all you.

For example, you tell the paladin a sob story about growing up in an orphanage where you were beaten once an hour and fed on rat stew, but you only got that once a week; you tell the party wizard that you were a mighty sorcerer until a demon from the abyss robbed you of your powers; you tell the party rogue that your brother-in-law owns a diamond mine but it's been taken over by kobolds and that's why your family is poor; you tell the fighter that you are a colonel in the army, working undercover for the king; and so on. The PCs will soon compare notes and realize that you are not who you say you are, but start to wonder who are you.
 


PnPgamer

Explorer
You know what I mean. ;)
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Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
Assuming you spend part of the first game session narrating backstories for your new characters, you could start by privately telling each of the other PCs a different and wildly improbable backstory. No-one knows what your real backstory is, least of all you.

For example, you tell the paladin a sob story about growing up in an orphanage where you were beaten once an hour and fed on rat stew, but you only got that once a week; you tell the party wizard that you were a mighty sorcerer until a demon from the abyss robbed you of your powers; you tell the party rogue that your brother-in-law owns a diamond mine but it's been taken over by kobolds and that's why your family is poor; you tell the fighter that you are a colonel in the army, working undercover for the king; and so on. The PCs will soon compare notes and realize that you are not who you say you are, but start to wonder who are you.

Yeah, we're 2 sessions in, but my backstory is one area where I plan to tell different tales to different PCs. Even better is that I'll tell different tales to NPCs when PCs aren't with me, so the players will hear the lie, but can't actually say anything to my character about it (as I said, our group is pretty good at keeping that stuff separate).
 

PnPgamer

Explorer
When you talk about your history, It can be pretty much anything.
"You know, before i was a stage actor... got so much poontang its not even funny."
"Have I told about the time when I was a secret agent of the harpers? Infiltrating the Zhents got boring after a while, though"
"I used to be a high class sports runner... but then i got an arrow to the knee"
"I am a cousin of Elminster. But umm... we are not in good terms."
 

Herobizkit

Adventurer
You know those office workers who always have a "Me too" story and somehow it's always worse for them?

Friend: "I slipped and fell on some ice. I twisted my ankle something fierce."
Me too: "Yeah, I put my back out trying to shovel."

Also, anytime you see someone doing something, assert the fact that you could do a better job and faster, too.
 

Wednesday Boy

The Nerd WhoFell to Earth
Think about if you want to lie to the other PCs or just to NPCs. If the PCs know that you are lying to them, the other players might not find it so funny after a while.

I think telling the other players that your character is a liar is a good idea. I played in a game with a shapeshifter PC who used aliases and different guises instead of his natural one. I didn't have an issue with the shapeshifter's paranoia but it caused a bit of a rift in the party because another player was really irked by it. The other player went out of his way to catch the shapeshifter in a lie. Perhaps the other player's concerns could have been assuaged with a frank discussion from the shapeshifter's player that his aliases were for character flavor and he would otherwise be loyal and forthright with the party. A similar reassurance from you could be a valuable preventive measure to not alienate the other players.
 

Jeff Carlsen

Adventurer
I played with someone once who used a different name with every PC, and all of them lies. We eventually settled on one to call her, but it still wasn't her name.
 

SunGold

First Post
Everytime he bring up the price of something, raise it, à la G.O.B. and his suit in that one episode of Arrested Development.

[video=youtube;81Nl7VYFEaI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Nl7VYFEaI[/video]
 

FrogReaver

As long as i get to be the frog
I don't think I would enjoy playing as much if someone else was playing such a character. Lie to NPC's all you want. Lying to the party and the other PC's is not fun for them.
 

What type of character is it? What is your class?

This will color the types of things of you lie about. Suppose you are a thief? Your role in the group is to scout ahead, look for traps, etc.

" Hey (liar character), any traps on that door?"


"Um.. nope, all good there. Checked it real good I did." :p
 

FrogReaver

As long as i get to be the frog
What type of character is it? What is your class?

This will color the types of things of you lie about. Suppose you are a thief? Your role in the group is to scout ahead, look for traps, etc.

" Hey (liar character), any traps on that door?"


"Um.. nope, all good there. Checked it real good I did." :p

Which for many groups would not be remotely fun if there was a trap behind that door and he lied about it.
 

Rune

Once A Fool
Telling fantastical stories is fun. Spinning a good yarn about your teammates is even better. I know someone who does this in real life. Wonderful storyteller. Total BS.
 


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