Character Trait Tables

Some months back I had the notion to write up some random tables for generating quick character details, basically inspired by the tables in Knave.  And then, of course, everything in the last year kept on happening *vague wave* and I poked around the idea in my head some but didn’t actually get things written down.

But now I have!  *doot doot*

Hilariously, one of the things that I dithered on was how long to make the tables; too long and I felt like things could turn into more like variations (some physical descriptors are/were especially annoying for this), too short and there wouldn’t be enough options.  Eventually I settled on d12 tables as a decent middle-of-the-road.

You don’t have to use the Favour Owed and To Whom tables in tandem, if you’d rather not deal with starting favours/debt/etc.  The To Whom table would probably work nicely on its own as a “starting acquaintance or contact” table.

01. Soft01. Burly01. Curly01. Immaculate
02. Pinched02. Willowy02. Whip-straight02. Homespun
03. Saturnine03. Bony03. Braided03. Monochromatic
04. Wolfish04. Curvy04. Cropped04. Elegant
05. Lantern-jawed05. Massive05. Frizzy05. Patched
06. Hollow06. Lithe06. Furry06. Many-layered
07. Aquiline07. Emaciated07. None07. Blazoned
08. Uneven08. Statuesque08. Ringlets08. Antiquated
09. Delicate09. Lean09. Shaved Patterns09. Scanty
10. Rounded10. Ropy10. Bun(s)10. Fashionable
11. Angular11. Plump11. Dreadlocked11. Tatterdemalion
12. Sharp-cheeked12. Toned12. Mane-like12. Technicolour
you know your own character’s complexion; I’m not making that random.
Distinguishing MarkOdd Trait IOdd Trait II
01. Scarred Face01. Glyph-shaped Birthmark01. Pawlike Feet
02. One-eyed02. Third-eye-stone02. Webbed Digits
03. Heterochromatic Eyes03. Nictitating Membranes03. Bioluminescence
04. Albinism04. Tailed04. Odd-coloured Blood
05. Pictorial Tattoo(s)05. Metallic or Jewel-like Markings05. Eyeshine
06. Calligraphic Tattoo(s)06. Clawlike Nails06. Crystal Teeth
07. Beaded Hair07. Pointed/Elongated Ears07. Leafy/Flowery Hair
08. Piercings08. Fungal Growths08. Fangs
09. Brand(s)09. Tusks09. Metallic Skin
10. Missing Digit(s)10. Gold-limned Shadow10. Flesh-pearls
11. Unusual Height 11. Scale or Fur Flourishes11. Mirrored Eyes
12. Lock of Miscoloured Hair12. Gill Slits12. Chitinous Parts
distinguishing marks are mundane things, whether from birth or acquired before adventuring. “odd traits” are … more out there, ha. you don’t *need* to roll on any of these, of course.
01. Secretive01. Generous01. Vicious
02. Friendly02. Humble02. Miserly
03. Bitter03. Forgiving03. Deceitful
04. Quiet04. Honourable04. Slothful
05. Suspicious05. Thrifty05. Slovenly
06. Cross06. Gentle06. Greedy
07. Scholarly07. Patient07. Traitorous
08. Sanguine08. Just08. Wrathful
09. Hasty09. Accepting09. Judgemental
10. Trusting10. Courteous10. Prejudiced
11. Innocent11. Sincere11. Arrogant
12. Phlegmatic12. Loyal12. Vainglorious
a few important caveats: 1) these are just notable features, not necessarily your character’s only ones, 2) please don’t feel forced to use a feature that makes you uncomfortable, 3) don’t insist on using one that makes your fellow players uncomfortable either.
Background IBackground II
01. Ghost Hunter01. Unexpected Conjuring
02. Cloistered Scribe02. Ancient Sleeper
03. Sheepbird Herder03. Soldier of Fortune
04. Ruin Mapper04. Magewar Casualty
05. Maverick Priest05. Minstrel With A Secret
06. Drifter-saint06. Backalley Ruffian
07. Wandering Sage07. Cultist of Some Obscurity
08. Exiled Noble08. Former Ghoul
09. Snowgourd Farmer09. Seasonal Fisherfolk
10. Uncursed Wretch10. Foraging Chef
11. World-lost Foreigner11. Transformed Beast
12. Artisan Looking For Inspiration12. Would-be Lordling
some of these are more exotic than others; some are origins, some professions. you could always roll more than once if you wanted to, but more than twice would probably start getting complicated fast.
What Do You Owe?To Whom?
01. Debt of Coin01. Antlered hedge-mage who lives outside your home village
02. Life-boon02. Bone-dragon that spared your precious one’s life
03. Oath of Loyalty03. Wandering bard that appeared at just the right time with an answer
04. Recovering a Bauble04. Your extended family has certain Expectations of which this is one
05. Carrying a Message05. Witchwolf that gave you shelter
06. Delivering a Package06. Whispering voice that comes on the wind at night; you don’t recall why
07. Season’s Labour07. Demesne-lord who’s pledge you’ve severed; this is your last tithe
08. Your First Claim To Fame08. Eternal One whose blood you drank
09. Part of Your Soul09. Townsfolk who helped you prepare for your travels
10. All of Your Soul10. Patron of the ancient shrine you stumbled across
11. Treasured Secret11. Seediest guild in the city’s underbelly
12. Recovered Knowledge12. Shadowy spellcaster who draws up contracts and breaks curses
the details of each favour are left deliberately vague, because power levels and such vary from game to game