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Dungeons and Dragons is enjoying a resurgence lately thanks to The Legend of Vox Machina and Honor Among Thieves getting new seasons and movies. With this in mind, more and more people are joining the hobby and creating their characters. While the mechanics can be learned, it’s the role-playing aspect that proves the most fun yet challenging for players.

Stories, in particular, tend to be the hardest part of character creation for some people. This is what defines the role-playing aspect going forward, and some Redditors have gotten creative with their backstories.

Wisely Barbarian

u/TheGlen has a very simple story for his character. A half-orc barbarian with a wise background usually conjured up images of a wise old warrior. Rather hilarious, u/TheGlen subverts it, saying, “When asked to justify the unusual past, he just replied ‘sports scholarship.’ A clever alternative to the usual stereotypes associated with Barbarians.

After all, barbarians are generally thought of as stupid brutes, but that’s just not true. Barbarians may revel in battle, but battle is not the end of their existence. They’re just angry people, and there are few things that cause more rage than going to college. Plus, it’s a good way to introduce more RP flavor to the Barbarian class.

Fail up

u/ditto08 has an interesting concept for their farmer-turned-fighter. “Was once a farmer, but on a walk in the woods I found a vehement armor, so I decided to wear it as a joke and walk around the city. After getting the wrong general, he tries to get himself fired, giving the worst instructions in hopes of losing battles, but somehow every battle has turned into a landslide victory.

Most heroic stories tend to make the characters want to be heroes, or at the very least do so to protect their loved ones. This backstory subverts expectations by making the hero incredibly lucky and is a great way to organically introduce humor into the campaign. Think characters like Ciaphas Cain from Warhammer 40,000, but much less skilled.

hide and seek

u/the-conqueror shares a rather adorable story they came across as a DM: “One of my players is looking for a griffin, nothing new there. Yet it is his griffin, he is playing hide and seek with it, currently the griffin is winning. Often the goal of finding a legendary creature is to tame or kill it, whether it’s dragon knights or monster hunters.

Subverting expectations by making the backstory a whimsical game of hide-and-seek provides great freedom in how the player shapes their story. All the great adventures they have are just a side effect of this childish play, and it makes for a humorous and heartwarming experience.

Growing pains

u/Mcbruce1985 has a “Buddy the Elf”-esque backstory on their barbarian Goliath that puts a fun twist on the formula by making it about dwarfs. “He was raised by dwarfs who think he’s just a ‘big dwarf’ and refuse to believe otherwise, he’s also ashamed that he can’t grow a beard like his father. »

The role-playing opportunities with such a backstory are immense. They could take Dwarven as their language and have a deep understanding of Dwarf traditions. Their “dwarf” mannerisms such as stroking a non-existent beard could also make room for a lot of humor. Plus, it provides a great character arc for the character when he finally has to come to terms with the fact that he’s not a biological “dwarf,” but was still lovingly accepted by his parents.

Marshawn Lynch, the Beast Druid

u/piefork decided that if they couldn’t find a backstory for themselves, they would just transfer one of their favorite in-universe athletes, Marshan Lynch. “It will be a human druid, from the Land of the Oak. As a young farmer he worked with Oxen (Buffalo) but found it unsuccessful and often got into trouble with the law. As a druid, it also allows me to go into beast mode. Pretty much that dice roll, boss. ”

Besides the obvious hilarity of Marshawn Lynch suddenly finding himself in a fantasy world, the way it’s integrated is surprisingly well done. Translating “Beast Mode” into Beast Druid is a very creative way to implement personality and gameplay into a single stroke. There are many fun ways to play Marshawn Lynch as a good-natured but rebellious Druid.

Regrettable echoes

u/AF79 has a unique, almost Dickensian take on the Echo Knight underclass, “An ex-adventurer who’s just a mess, going through a terrible divorce, a full-fledged midlife crisis, deciding to move back into the game and relive his glory days, trying to forget how much he hates himself. It’s not easy when you’re an Echo Knight, summoning versions of yourself from unrealized timelines where your marriage worked well.

We don’t stop to think how the version of Ebenezer in Ghost of Christmas Future would feel if he had been told that was his future. How demoralizing it must be to find out that you’re the worst version of yourself. Not only does this work perfectly with the Echo Knight subclass, but it also provides a narrative edge to the gameplay mechanics. It’s worth noting that this coincidentally resembles Henry Hogfish, a character from NADDPod’s Eldenmourne campaign.

instrument of justice

u/Spreadsheets takes a very different view of the Bard class. Usually stereotyped as attention-seeking (and seductive) musicians, their view of class reflects the more erudite, “Human Bard who didn’t know he was a bard, thought he was a lawyer.” He had memorized volumes and volumes of legal proceedings and quoted them as he fought.

This means that all word-based attacks would not sing, but throw legalese at people. Think of Ace’s prosecutor himself, Phoenix Wright, in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hurting his enemies with accusations and objections. It’s a very unique take on the Bard class, as the lawyers are so anti-magical they border on hilarity.

Conan the Librarian

u/herminator88 asked for help with their unique backstory idea of ​​a barbaric librarian, saying, “I really like the idea of ​​the rage that happens when things don’t work out because they keep such an orderly system for their books. Several recommendations were given in the thread, but the funniest turned out to be an existing joke by Weird Al Yankovic of all people.

In UHF, one of the sketches happened to be the titular Conan the Librarian, who swears that people follow library rules lest they fall under his blade. It shatters the stereotype of the brainless brute, but with the added caveat of a librarian’s disciplinary nature that appears as the barbarian rages.

Chad the Desert Druid

u/Thejestersfool drew their adorable character Chad and garnered thousands of upvotes for him on r/DnD. In the comments, they share their unique story: “I was raised by both my parents. My mother was a mere human and my father was a tiny potted cactus. You see, as a druid, I learned that all of nature was interconnected; That plants, rivers and even cacti were the essence of the universe.

The twist here is that Chad doesn’t believe his dad is a cactus. He’s obviously just a normal cactus, and despite his mother’s insistence to the contrary, he shares all his worries with his “father”. Not only is it a funny parody of druids, but it’s also a creative way to incorporate the characters’ love for nature by making it a family affair.

A Loving Murderhobo Family

u/CME_T is a popular artist in the Dungeons & Dragons fandom for his charming and devious comics about his original characters. One of the most beloved is Grogna, a half-orc (not barbarian) fighter with a penchant for mindless killing. The backstory hilariously reveals that his parents were former adventurers and aggressive Scars.

However, they were not abusive. They have a bakery they wish to leave to Grogna and support her in her murderous ways. That’s how they met, after all. The idea that the aggressive party member comes from an equally aggressive yet loving family is wholesome and equally terrifying. It’s no wonder Grogna’s backstory has received so many upvotes on Reddit.

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