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D100 D&D Backstory Hooks
1) Solve a mystery or unsolve a mystery about someone close to the character or a family member.
2) Discover the hidden location of an heirloom (ring, necklace, etc.) that was lost years ago.
3) Find the remains of a family member who was killed for his beliefs.
4) Discover that an ally or close friend has been hiding a dark secret for years.
5) Uncover the secret of a close ally or friend.
6) Discover that someone close to the character is not who they seem to be.
7) Discover the true nature of one of your friends or an ally.
8) Uncover the secret of a family member.
9) Discover the home of a lost family member.
10) Discover the secret of a family heirloom.
11) Discover a plot against the family.
12) Find an artifact of the family.
13) Discover the hidden location of someone dear to the character.
14) Discover a secret about your family.
15) Discover the secret of a family business.
16) Discover the secret of a family field of study.
17) Discover the secret of a family stain.
18) A close ally or friend falls sick and is on his or her deathbed. A cure is possible, but the only way to get the cure is through a dark and dangerous mission.
19) A mysterious ranger stranger arrives in town and informs you that your family and friends will be in great danger unless you retrieve an heirloom and bring it to him.
20) A bounty hunter is on your trail. If she catches up, she will kill you.
21) Discover the diary of a traveler you met on the road. The diary describes a person or place of great importance.
22) Discover the lost diary of a relative.
23) Discover the secret of an ally.
24) Discover the secret of your family’s land.
25) Discover the location of an ancestor’s hidden diary.
26) Discover the location of your ancestor’s birthplace.
27) Learn about your lost ancestor.
28) Find an ancestor’s bones.
29) Discover the hidden location of an ancestor.
30) Discover the ancestor’s heirloom.
31) Discover the ancestor’s hidden study or workshop.
32) A magical book fills in the details of your ancestor’s life.
33) Discover an ancestor’s hidden laboratory.
34) A long-lost relative returns to the family when in need.
35) Discover the secret of an ancestor.
36) Discover the location of your ancestor’s stolen heirloom.
37) Discover the secret of an ancestor’s lost heirloom.
38) Discover the secret of an ancestor’s lost lab or workshop.
39) Discover an ancestor’s hidden library.
40) Discover the location of an ancestor’s hidden treasure.
41) Discover the secret of an ancestor’s lost treasure.
42) Discover the secret of the last person to hold an ancestor’s lost heirloom.
43) Discover the location of an ancestor’s lab or workshop.
44) Discover the location of an ancestor’s secret treasure.
45) Discover the location of an ancestor’s secret library.
46) Discover the location of an ancestor’s secret study.
47) Be the first to return from a lost expedition to a lost or abandoned city.
48) Bring a family member back from the dead.
49) Be a professional cat burglar.
50) Set out to find a long lost artifact from a forgotten age.
51) Recover a priceless family heirloom that was stolen from your clan by a rival family.
52) Discover a hidden society that existed around your town and how they have been affecting the local area in secret for centuries.
53) Hunt down the bandits that killed your mother.
54) Discover what happened to an entire patrol of adventuring heroes, including their leader, who disappeared in the middle of the night two months ago.
55) Be the first person in your family to go to college.
56) Go on a quest to find the most powerful magic item you can find.
57) Be the first member of your family to win an election.
58) Secure a noble title for your family, possibly by assassinating the current holder of the title.
59) Be the last of your kind in your family.
60) Become a professional athlete.
61) Be the first in your family to graduate college.
62) Be the first in your family to master a magical art.
63) Become the master of an ancient martial art.
64) Set out to collect the heads of the most terrifying creatures you can find.
65) Be the first member of your family to earn a college degree.
66) Find the grave of the relative that led your family to settle in this area.
67) Be the first to set foot in an ancient ruin since the great war that devastated the area.
68) Seize power in your kingdom or empire.
69) Save an ancient magical artifact of immeasurable power from falling into the hands of an evil cult.
70) Build a great monument to your family’s honor in the village.
71) Discover the secret to immortality.
72) Find the lost treasure of King Blaise.
73) Become the master thief.
74) Find the lost treasure of King Salaman.
75) Bring down the corrupt government.
76) Find the lost treasure of King Lutha.
77) Discover the history of the area.
78) Bring one of the lost gods (or their avatars) back to the world of the living.
79) Bring your god’s word to non-believers.
80) Bring justice to the land.
81) Find the ancient enemy of your god’s followers.
82) Discover an ancient evil (or its origin), possibly in an ancient temple.
83) Be the first in your family to complete an apprenticeship.
84) Seize the throne.
85) Be the first to return from a long or dangerous journey.
86) Discover the secret to restoring destroyed lands.
87) Convince a great hero to train you in the ways of being a hero.
88) Find the ancient enemy of your god.
89) Discover why your god hates this or that race so much.
90) Be the first to return from a quest for one of the holy relics.
91) Be the first in your family to travel abroad.
92) Retrieve one of the holy relics.
93) Retrieve several of the holy relics.
94) Retrieve all of the holy relics.
95) Retrieve all of the holy relics, then bring back several of the holy relics to keep your family safe in the future.
96) Become one of the greatest heroes in history.
97) Bring enlightenment to the masses.
98) Seize the holiest relic (other than the one you took to keep your family safe) and bring it back to your god.
99) Bring great honor to your family by performing some great service for your family’s patron deity.
100) Find the lost treasure of the five kings.