A dragons breath in the Mists
Changeling Character Background Primer
If you would like to flesh out your character concept some more before play, follow this page and have a think about it
Changeling is a game of balancing the fae self with the human self, so it is important to know who you are and where you have come from.
A Mortal’s Life
Your character was most likely a child at one point, and if not then we’d really like to know why not. In fact, your character was probably a purely mortal child to begin with, and may or may not have had any kithain relatives at all. While kithain are more likely to have faerie babies than non-kithain, a faerie soul can choose anyone in the world to settle in with. We require backgrounds to include some mention of a childhood, parenting and growing up. We expect you’ll tell us about your character’s personality, and perhaps an event or two that shaped his or her life.
Questions to contemplate include:
1) Why was this particular child so attractive to your faerie soul? Was he or she chosen at random? Did your faerie soul have a choice at all?
2) What are your parents like? Do you still have their support? Are they ‘in on the joke’ at all? Are they mortal? Kithain? Kinain? If they are kithain, are they in the Forgetting?
3) How does your mortal side view other people? Does he or she have strong views? Is your mortal half well cared-for?
Growing up as a faerie is tough. You’ve got to cling to your childlike belief when all the world tells you not to. And even if you didn’t undergo a chrysalis yet, it’s still the Awkward Age and the teenage years. Those are not easy.
There must be some mention of adolescence and teenage years, and we hope to see some of these questions answered:
1) What does your mortal side want out of life?
2) What does your mortal side want to do or be? Most people aren’t completely off in the land of knights and princesses and dragons; what did your character aspire to do in the mortal world?
3) Did you finish high school? Get into college? A good college? How? Good grades? Scholarship? Sidhe friends in high places?
Chances are your character is a full fae by now, and is at least teetering on the edge of adulthood.
1) What does your character do? “Daddy’s money” is a cop-out, and those people usually have a lot less money in real life than you’d think. After all, if Daddy’s really that rich, he probably got that way by not entrusting it all to his children.
2) What does your character want?
3) What motivates him? Family? Desire for success? Desire to stay out of jail?
Child of the Dreaming
Starting in this game, anyone not familiar with the setting should have just gone through this as it allows me to introduce the setting to you in character.
Anyone happy with the setting feel free to have gone through the Chrysalis a while ago
Sometimes a chrysalis occurs during childhood, with the pleasures of life all new as the first spring day. Sometimes, it doesn’t occur until the character is old, and the character is enjoying a second childhood, or a renaissance of Glamour. Much of the time, it occurs during adolescence, when the mortal brain is seething with emotion, hormones, and pent-up frustration. Usually, something happens to trigger a Chrysalis, and it isn’t always a moment of great alarm. It’s often something important to the character, such as financial troubles, getting a date to the prom, your first job, your first day at school, that one birthday party where Alex from school showed up and ruined everything and you wanted to get back at him…
Each Chrysalis should be a moment of great change and strife, surely something more than just “a mugger showed up and I kicked his ass” — while a moment of great danger is a good option to bring forth a Chrysalis, it’s not the only option, and many a life-changing events happens without involving a physical threat. The moment of Chrysalis should also be something epic and memorable: in that moment, the Dreaming awakens in the character, crowning him or her as one of its own. For a few moments (and very likely, for the only time in the character’s life), he will become a living conduit for the Dreaming itself, and be able to wield the devastating power that makes it. This is something unique, and the description should match the awesomeness of the event.
Living in Fae Society
With the character suddenly finding a new society and a new world that, in so many ways, go against what they knew for all their lives (feudalism is a tricky business for someone who spent their lives in a democracy, especially if the Chrysalis occurred after the late teens), how will he handle it? Where did he find his friends, and what where the hurdles that needed to be overcome? Was his apprenticeship complicated, or did he settle into his role easily? What marked him most during this time period and what memories and lessons does he carry with him?
Add anything else you can remember and find useful, taking special care to justify particularly high ratings in the character sheet. Explaining the origin of particularly exotic merits and flaws will also be appreciated, and help the Staff get a better understanding of the character.