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DnD Paladin Backstory Examples
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- Male Dark Elf Paladin Backstory
- Female Halfling Paladin Backstory
- Male Human Paladin Backstory
- Female Gnome Paladin Backstory
Male Dark Elf Paladin
Born in Yozgad (Kingdom of Grabisco) (Grabisco Kingdom)
Othello is the son of a wealthy merchant in the Kingdom of Grabisco. His mother was arranged to marry a wealthy Knight of the Imperial Order, but the arrangement fell through when she was carried off by the Dark Elf King. Young Othello then lived and traveled with his father as he went about his business, eventually inheriting his father’s estate and wealth.
Othello’s father taught him to be a lover of justice and honor, and Othello grew up to become the noble and just person his father always wanted him to be. One day Othello met a paladin who took Othello under her wing and taught him how to protect the weak and innocent from the forces of evil.
Othello joined the Knights of the Imperial Order and soon found himself defending his country from all manner of evil. This is the story of Othello, a man who dedicated his life to justice and honor.
Othello is a very kind and caring person. He cares deeply for his country and the people in it. He is a very loyal friend who is willing to put his life on the line to protect the people he loves.
Othello has pale skin and short, black hair. His eyes are almost black, as well. He has a chiseled face and strong jaw line. Othello dresses in fine armor and weapons and usually wears his hair in a ponytail.
Start of Character:
Othello has devoted his life to serving his country and keeping it safe. He travels throughout the country, seeking out evil and taking it down. He enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
Iona Kratz Zuck
Female Halfling Paladin
Born in Pertliss (Grabisco Kingdom)
Iona has always been a good kid. She was raised in a religious home and was taught to trust the words of the Paladin’s Creed. She had a normal life, despite her family’s poverty. Her mother and father worked at the local mill, and she helped out around the house after school. One day during her youth, she had a life-changing revelation during a particularly rough storm. As she prayed to the gods, the lightning struck a nearby tree and split it down the middle. Ever since that day, Iona has been on a quest to serve the gods with everything she has.
Iona is full of fire and passion. She is always ready to do her duty to the gods, but her heart is not always in the right place. For all of her desire to do the right, there is a part of her that yearns to know more about the world and the people in it.
Iona is a tiny halfling with short black hair. When she is dressed for combat, she wears a suit of plate armor and a breastplate emblazoned with a symbol of a griffon. She wields a shield and a greatsword that was a gift from her mother.
Start of Character:
Iona is on a quest to find the Paladin’s Sword. She hopes to use it to find and kill a powerful wizard named Zan (not the one from the Sinister Saints).
Male Human Paladin
Born in Hethfel (Grabisco Kingdom)
Bumper Ravenwort grew up in the city of Hethfel. His father, Hangro Ravenwort, was a prominent merchant in the city, and his mother, Marisa Ravenwort, was a courtesan. In his youth, Bumper was sent to study under the tutelage of a knight of justice, where he learned to be an honorable warrior.
His life changed when he came of age and was assigned a priest of the Lord of Light. He began to show promise as a paladin, a warrior warrior who was particularly devoted to seeking out evil in the world. Bumper tried to stay as pure as possible, but he was corrupted by an evil tyrant in his early twenties.
Now that he’s seen what evil can do, he’s even more determined to fight it.
Bumper is a bit of a nerd, but he’s a cool nerd. He understands the uses of power and authority better than he understands himself.
He has dark skin, short black hair, and glasses. He wears black armor with gold highlights. He typically carries a shield and a sword with him. He is not typically armed to the teeth.
Start of Character:
Since his encounter with the tyrant, Bumper has decided to join an adventuring party and forge his own destiny. He will make a difference in this world, and he will be a hero.
Female Gnome Paladin
Born in Kaltar (Grabisco Kingdom)
Glynne was a peasant girl who never had much, but she was fairly content with her situation. Her parents taught her the basics of life and how to get by as a simple woman. One day, she saw a knight from the Grabisco Kingdom riding through town. She immediately fell in love with his promise of honor and valor. She knew then that she wanted to ride around on a horse and help people, just like him.
Her parents weren’t exactly happy with the idea, but they figured she would grow out of it. One day, however, she was in town when she saw another knight who was also riding through. This time, however, was different. A band of robbers decided to rob the shops in town, and this knight rode in just in time to keep them from kidnapping and robbing the mayor.
Glynne was inspired by this knight and decided that she wanted to be like him. She sought out the nearby training grounds where anyone could learn to be a knight, so that she could become a knight as well.
Glynne is strong and independent. She is especially good at keeping a cool head in a tense situation. She is, however, also a little bit of a showoff who likes to show off her strength.
Glynne has short brown hair that she keeps in a tight bun. She has freckles dotting her face, and has a stern but friendly expression when she talks to others. Glynne dresses in the formal garb of knights.
Start of Character:
Though she still loves knights, she also finds she has a strong sense of justice and a need to punish evil. She wants to start a new life as a paladin of the Order of the Oath.
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