I created a way to generate pregen characters earlier on for the Encounter Generator. I wanted to tie the pregenerated characters into the history of Glorantha. So in those I also included information about the family history for four generations – from the current time to Great Grand Parents days. Family history was connected to Gloranthan Timelines around Dragon Pass area roughly. Gloranthan timeline events come from Guide to Glorantha, Wyrms Footnotes and other sources. In that first version there was only one deed per each timeline event like in the below examples.
- In 1563 at Elder Wilds GrandFather was caravan guard when Last Vizkinni king Partobas the Bold raises the wrath of Lunar Provincial Commander
- In 1589 at Lunar Empire Father saw when Jar-Eel goes to Fronela expedition and overcomes the Syndic’s Ban
Here is a small table expanding those deeds that your blood relatives might have done. Deeds vary from small to large – from benign to evil – from mundane to heroic. This will be eventually incorporated to the pregen in some form . These can be used for the back story of character in character generation – this is system independent – so will work whatever version of Runequest or Mythras or even Heroquest you are running.
So for example you might pick an entry from the list and say that
- In 1589 at Lunar Empire Father fought a famous duel when Jar-Eel goes to Fronela expedition and overcomes the Syndic’s Ban
- In 1563 at Elder Wilds GrandFather refused to talk about the time when Last Vizkinni king Partobas the Bold raises the wrath of Lunar Provincial Commander
abandoned faith of the ancestors ambushed the enemy attacked enemy encampment became a hero became a runelord became enemies with powerful clan became friends with a powerful clan befriended locals betrayed his/her master burned a temple burned a village was busy fighting chaos captured dabbled with dark forces dabbled with sorcery devoted oneself to the cult died in the action died fighting chaos disappeared for a long time embezzling company's money embraced the enemy faith encountered chaos was enslaved escaped the bloodbath escaped the caravan fled for his life fought fought a famous duel fought for freedom fought hard found the family treasure rose high in the cult was banished from the cult was famous for his/her herd was famous for his/her prize bull became a member of the ring/council/inner circle/general staff fraternized with enemy got ambushed got an epithet got craving to go to sea got famous got famous as a chaos killer got involved with a vendetta got married got rich selling beer had to flee the home region was claimed to have child/ren outside the clan was imprisoned gained 50 herd animals in a raid fell in love with wandering minstrel and left the family had dealings with dwarves had dealings with elves acquired a Grazelander Goldeneye horse went berserk and saved the day was carried on his/her shield from the battlefield joined joined the outlaws joined a Heroband killed 7 enemies killed enemy priest and his entourage laughed at the grave of the enemy lost a fortune lost ones’ mind seeing the carnage made a fortune made a powerful enemy made friends with trolls married from outside the clan met lifemate never came back offended the authorities participated participated in the atrocities rebelled refused to talk about the time retired from active life retired from the world embraced the Lunar way fought the chaos in Snakepipe Hollow never returned from Snakepipe Hollow succeeded in a Heroquest failed in a Heroquest came back changed came back as a broken person never left the village after coming back was hounded by a spirit the rest of her/his days seeked forgetfulness from alcohol/narcotic substances the rest of his/her days spent rest of his/her days seeking penance from the deeds done saw saw the events of saw the light and converted saw the refugees suffering served the dark forces served the enemy smuggled contraband stole a treasure travelled to distant land was a body guard to a ruler was a caravan guard was a guard on a merchant ship was a spirit talker was a spy was a Trickster was absent from duty was an unwitting pawn of chaos was around was asked odd questions by a stranger and was said to become illuminated was barely surviving was branded as a coward was branded as a traitor was captured was caravan guard was defending the village was drafted to the expedition was drunk the whole time was embezzling his/her master's money during was falsely accused of a crime or unworthy deed was famed thruout the region as the master of his/her skill was famous for depravities was fighting as a mercenary was fighting for our lives was fighting for the freedom was for many years consort in a ruling family was hardened criminal was hiding from the authorities was in the camp was in the city was in the city and got rich was in the counter raid was in the courtyard was in the field was in the relief expedition was in the service of sorceror from the west was in the service of the sorcerors beyond the sea was lost at sea was one of the first to see was outlawed was part of was part of the army. was part of the caravan was part of the work crew was promoted was rightly accused of a crime or unworthy deed but escaped the retribution was spoofed by a Trickster was suffering in was taking advantage of the situation was the lone survivor was the party animal of the generation went along
Now all of the above are available when generating for example a priest in Sartar.
Here an example generated…
Our History in Dragon Pass – My GreatGrandPa: In 1539 at Dragon Pass GreatGrandMother died in the action when Dragonewts Dream. Phantom dragonewts appear throughout Dragon Pass and surrounding lands carrying out mysterious rituals and other tasks.
Our History in Dragon Pass – My Grand Parents: In 1580 at Lunar Empire GrandFather lost ones’ mind seeing the carnage when Lunar Empire made trade treaty with Ralzakark
Our History in Dragon Pass – My Parents: In 1609 at Dragon Pass Mother embraced the enemy faith when Boar Hunt: Persistent raiding by tusk riders rallied their foes and many lands sent their best hunters and warriors to hunt down the raiders. Success was – as usual – questionable
Our History in Dragon Pass – My Time: In 1619 at Holy Country member of my family (me or my sibling or my cousin) was famous for depravities when Ditali raided Esrolia
On the following round need to look at some of the syntax – there seem to be some missing words here and there.