Fleshing out your Archetype.

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When creating a character it is fine to say you are a warrior, but what were you before you became a warrior? By answering this question and a couple more, you can have a very rounded and fleshed out character.

Let us look at some helpful questions:

What were you, before; you are what you are now?

Think about where your character came from. What lead up to you becoming your chosen archetype? A warrior maybe started life on a pig farm, working with his parents. Maybe a mage was a farmer, or scribe.

When we answer this question, we not only have a linage of events, we also create another skill to draw upon in adventuring, and sets the character up for more role-playing potential.

What type of archetype are you?

Are you just a warrior? Alternatively, are you a defender of the king’s realm (warrior)? Maybe you are a warrior of the south patrol. These clarifications can show a level of prestige or even command within the chosen field.

 

Let us look at an example or three.

Archetype: sheepherder, town defender (warrior)

Archetype: Farmer, town scribe, mage

Archetype: hunter, hired gun, bondsmen

 

Having a fleshed out Archetype, your bio can better explain who your character is:

Biography: While working with his family as a sheepherder, Kijo fought off many wolves and a few goblins with only his determination, wit and a staff. The elders took note of is abilities and decided to train him as a town defender. kijo still herds the sheep, but also watches, defends the town, and is well liked in the community.

Wow, Kijo just came to life, and is ready for adventure!

In conclusion:

Next time you create a character for the Fugue system, or any other role-playing game, think about these questions and elaborate on the history of who your character is. It will make role-playing your character a lot more colorful and engaging.

Randal McD
Randal; Role-Playing since 1983, Computer Geek since the TI994A, his vision, to write games that are fast paced, rules light and fun. Creator of: The Fugue System and Stargazing