D&D: Tips for Playing a Barbarian Character

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If you’re looking for tips for playing a barbarian character in Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn all about the class. We also have information on LitRPG Adventures, a set of advanced RPG generators powered by GPT-3 from OpenAI. The tools make it easy to come up with a good barbarian backstory for your character. Members also get access to a growing library of RPG content, including magic items, monsters, dungeons, cities, governments, spells, skills, and a lot more. Keep reading to the end if you want to learn about how you can use the generators to flesh out your barbarian character. First, let’s look at how to get the most out of playing a barbarian character.

Playing RPG Barbarian Characters

Here’s a quick rundown of our look at barbarians.

Physical Description

Barbarians come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, but most tend to be taller and more muscular than other classes. They have faces that let them look intense and animalistic. They have powerful builds, so they’re able to use heavy weapons and carry lots of equipment.

Their arms tend to be long, and they have rough skin. Coming up with a good physical description for your barbarian character is important because it can help you to think about how your character’s appearance will affect their behavior and outlook on life.

Here are some of the physical traits that you might want to take into consideration when making your own barbarian character:

  • Clothing: Barbarians wear clothes that are rough and rugged. While many stereotypes depict barbarians as wearing nothing but a loincloth, but this is rarely true. Barbarians come from the wilds – outside society – but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have their own sense of class and style. Some barbarian cultures favor colorful clothing and ornate jewelry.
  • Scars: Barbarians are in a constant state of physical conflict, so it’s common for them to have obvious signs of past wounds. Barbarians also sometimes use scars and battle marks as tattoos, so if you have the option, you might want to avoid using the deformity rules.
  • Facial Features: Barbarians have unkempt hair and rough facial features. Generally, they have a low brow, prominent nose, and thin lips. Shaggy hair and unkempt beards are common.
  • Skin: Barbarians have tough, thick skin and are sometimes covered in scars. They often have a healthy tan.
  • Hair: Barbarians have long, messy hair. They sometimes have beards. They are also some of the few characters who are allowed to wear their hair long.
  • Hair Color: There is no cultural norm for hair color, but most barbarians have dark hair or hair that is dark at the roots and light at the ends.
  • Eye Color: While there’s no cultural norm for eye color, most barbarians have dark eyes.

How you want to describe your barbarian character’s appearance can be just as important as what you choose to describe. Consider how your barbarian character looks and try to think about how they might feel about their appearance.

For example, your character might be proud of their scars, or they might be self-conscious. If your barbarian character has a scar on their face, it might affect how they interact with other people. Maybe they are so self-conscious that they never show their face to people they meet.

Portrait of a handsome muscular ancient warrior with a sword.

Barbarian Society

In the past, most barbarians lived in tribes. These tribes were nomadic, so they constantly traveled from place to place. They followed the animals that they hunted and maintained close relationships with the gods. They built up large camps that were made out of simple shelters and animal hides. Each tribe had a strong sense of community and family.

Over time, as civilization encroached, the tribes gradually merged with it. If the tribe was strong, it was often absorbed into the new culture. Sometimes the tribe was allowed to maintain its culture as a special group within the civilization. Most of the time, however, they were driven out to the fringes of civilization or the wilderness.

After surviving for so long as a separate and unique culture, the barbarians still look at themselves as different and superior to others. They have a strong sense of honor, and they are fiercely loyal to their friends. Barbarians are generally at peace with most races. They get along well with most groups with traditional warrior cultures. Barbarians generally hate those who they think have abandoned the warrior lifestyle and turned into cowards.

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Cultural Traits of Barbarians

Barbarians have a strong sense of community and honor. They are proud and believe in living as close to nature as possible. Barbarians are also traditionalists. They respect the traditions of the past, especially those that are related to warfare and combat.

They have a sense of duty and honor, and they follow a strict code. They consider their actions to be the result of the decisions that they make, and they would never seek to blame others for their decisions.

Barbarians and Personal Relations

Barbarians are generally at peace with most species and cultures. They tend to get along with those who have warrior traditions. They are also closely tied to the natural world, so they are usually in harmony with nature.

Alignment and Religion

It is unusual for a barbarian to worship a god. Barbarians generally find it more natural to worship a pantheon of gods or nature. Many barbarians believe that they are a living incarnation of a god. Although barbarians have no formal religion, they have a strong sense of honor and loyalty. They try to emulate their gods by living in harmony with nature and fulfilling their duties.

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Barbarians as Adventurers

Barbarians are usually adventurers just because they don’t really know what else to do. They have an inherent wanderlust and a desire to stand out. They have a strong sense of honor, so they often look for opportunities to prove themselves. They are natural leaders, so they often rise to leadership positions in groups.

Roleplaying as a Barbarian

Here’s some tips and suggestions for role-playing as a barbarian character.

  1. Your barbarian character has a strong sense of honor and tradition. They have close relationships with their tribe members, family members, and friends. They are used to fighting, and they see battle as a natural part of life. They aren’t afraid to fight, and they aren’t afraid to die. They don’t see life as something that should be wasted.
  2. Your barbarian character has a sense of community and responsibility. They are loyal to their friends and family, and they have an obligation to protect the weak and innocent. They are used to adapting to dangerous situations and taking care of themselves. They have seen terrible things, but they choose to keep fighting so that they can protect others.
  3. Your barbarian character is a traditionalist. They have a strong sense of duty and honor, and they follow a strict code. They consider their actions to be the result of the decisions that they make, and they would never seek to blame others for their decisions.
  4. Your barbarian character has a strong sense of honor and duty. They are often the leaders in their groups. They are often used to being in dangerous situations, and they make good group leaders because they are used to dealing with difficult situations. They like to fight, and they are able to keep their groups moving in the right direction.
  5. Your barbarian character is a traditionalist. They have a strong sense of duty and honor, and they follow a strict code. They consider their actions to be the result of the decisions that they make, and they would never seek to blame others for their decisions.

Barbarian Backstory Generator

If you want some help coming up with a barbarian backstory for your D&D or Pathfinder character, be sure to check out LitRPG Adventures. Members can create character backstories, magic items, spells, skills, locations, governments, and a lot more. Additionally, members get access to our growing library of RPG content.

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