February 11, 2011 by thebasicsofthegame
Every good villain has a good backstory. He has something about him, that makes him so deliciously evil. Darth Vader fell from grace before he becomes a Dark Lord of the Sith. Sauron, started out as a lesser demigod before he becomes the villain in Lord of the Rings. Everybody starts their path somewhere, even PC bad guys. Are the normal backgrounds in 4th edition not evil enough for you? Are they a little too goody two shoes, for you? Would you prefer a sprinkle of villainy to flavor?
Well we can help. Here are 10, count them 10 brand new, evil backgrounds. Use them like you would any background in 4th Edition. Think of them as good starting points to build a character on.
Two bad you couldn’t be the good son, the one born in wedlock. You may have lived in the keep, sat at the table of power, but they never let you forget your place. Now it is your turn to make them see their place….on their knees.
The Lover of Death
They never understood, you see. The cold beauty of the Raven Queen is so divine. They don’t understand that her kiss is a gift, but you will help them. You will let them see her gift one person at a time or by the thousands. You will make the world hers, as it should be. Then maybe, she will speak to you.
Servant of Evil
Power is the result of a contract. You trade one thing, for another. That is the way of the world. You traded to acquire power, position and destiny. You traded to have path in life which you could be sure of. And the cost…. well you traded your obedience, your loyalty, and your soul. A fair trade, if you think about it.
You are a simple creature. You are not complicated by philosophy or religion. The world needs such men and women. They need someone who understands life. The world needs someone who gets the distinction between a cut throat, and the one doing the cutting.
Life is hard for you. The world has not been kind. It is only fair after all. All those lovers you met, all they wanted was your time and attention. Such things are valuable, but you gave it freely. When the romance ran it’s course, you ended it with no complaints from your lover. After all, you can’t talk much when your dead.
Seeker of Apotheosis
The world needs help. It needs a new kind of savior. It needs a new force to fix it. It needs a new god. The wisdom of it is so clear and in the end it will work. When all the bodies lay at your feet, and you have achieved your goal, the survivors will be so thankful to their new god….you.
A Proper Murderer
You were brought up to have class and poise. You were taught by the best to use deception and guile. You were trained to end a life like a proper professional would. In killing, there are so many amateurs, talented or not. It is good that there are people who are professional about the whole affair.
The Voices Speak To You
HA!HA!HA! That is very funny. What? Oh not you, the other one. Yes, that voice says so many things. The other voices say bad things at times. Tell you that your bad, but you try not to listen to those. You like the pretty voices. You also like the screaming voices, but they may not all be in your head. Shhh now little one. What? Crazy? In a world of gods and demons, how can you be sure?
I Am What You Made Me!
Life isn’t fair to you. You did not ask to be this way. You didn’t ask to be the way you are. The men who kept you in the cell, who tried different rituals and different tools on you, they did this. YOu might have been good. You might have lived a normal life, but pain is all you ever knew. Now you are a monster, just like they wanted.
Lickspittle to The Dark Lord
“Of course master, let me take care of that mess for you.” ”Master, you know I love only you. How shall I prove my love? Oh? Kill the child master? Are you sure? I don’t mean to be a bother master, but they make such a mess and….Oh. Yes of course Master? What ever you please. I will move the next specimen into the lab master, right after. “