Character Personality

Let’s say you’re stuck for a way to describe a culture or character. I often just write a few words to describe something and go off the cuff when the time comes to describe it to the players. One simple way is to define what kind of animal the character or culture is like. Here we go!

Elves
The Fox: Delicate, careful, excellent poise.
The Owl: Silent, thoughtful.
The Swan: Belligerent if angered, somewhat all the time, but serene from a distance. Desired but actually undesirable.

Dwarves
The Goat: Voracious. Interested in exploration, able to get sidetracked or stuck sometimes.
The Badger: Vicious, tenacious. Holds grudges.
The Crow: Wary, stealthy, creative. Likely to form small gangs. Materialistic.

Halflings
The Rat: Self-sufficient, cunning.
The Rabbit: Cautious, communal.
The Raccoon: Playful, leisure-loving, fastidious. Materialistic.

Humans
The Wolf: Opportunist. Works hard for the group.
The Bear: Boastful, loud, but realistic.
The Boar: Selfless, sacrificing. May get in above his head.

Gnomes
The Mole: Bossy and impatient. Hard-headed.
The Weasel: Proud. Deceptive, manipulative, selfish.
The Beaver: Industrious, willing to take on complex projects

Then again, one could always roll on the following table a few times:
(Choose one of the two personality features. If you want to, roll again. If you get the same roll use the alternate. If subsequent rolls really don’t make sense, consider the second roll to be how the character really is and the first roll is how he tries to act)

Character Personality Table
Roll 1d30.
1 – Delicate / Coarse
2 – Wary / Careless
3 – Silent / Boastful
4 – Thoughtful / Rash
5 – Belligerent / Serene
6 – Voracious / Picky
7 – Curious / Dull
8 – Vicious / Compassionate
9 – Tenacious / Lenient
10 – Materialistic / Aescetic
11 – Self-sufficient / Needy
12 – Communal / Solitary
13 – Playful / Serious
14 – Leisure-loving / Industrious
15 – Fastidious / Sloppy
16 – Miser / Wastrel
17 – Impertinent / Respectful
18 – Hard-Headed / Milquetoast
19 – Impatient / Relaxed
20 – Considerate / Rude
21 – Proud / Humble
22 – Deceptive / Forthright
23 – Manipulative / Honest
24 – Modest / Shameless
25 – Temperant / Self-Indulgent
26 – Chafes at Authority / Obsequious
27 – Values the Opinions of Others / Doesn’t Listen to Others
28 – Hatred (Roll on the Subtable)
29 – Obsession (Roll on the Subtable)
30 – Fear (Roll on the Subtable)

Character Personality Subtable
Roll 1d20.
1 – Own Society / Neighboring Society
2 – Own Race / Other Race
3 – Disease / Hazardous Chemicals
4 – Religion (Specific or all)
5 – Warfare
6 – Being Outdoors / Indoors (Confined Spaces)
7 – Being Well-Lit / In Darkness
8 – Flying or Heights / Being Underground
9 – Specific Animal Type (Snakes, Spiders, Carp, Elephants, Frogs)
10 – Specific Artifacts (Crossbows, Swords, Tankards, Wedding Bowls, Mud Balls)
11 – Specific Festivals
12 – Specific Game (Board Games, Dice, etc. If D&D is chosen avoid recursion by forbidding the player’s character from rolling on this table for its character)
13 – Time of Year / Season / Weather
14 – Specific Terrain or Climate (Jungle, Arctic, Sandy)
15 – Magic
16 – Thieves
17 – Women / Men / Children / Old People
18 – Books (Written Knowledge in General)
19 – Swimming or Being Underwater / Being Near the Sea / Being Far From the Sea
20 – Fire / Smoke

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2 Responses to “Character Personality”

  1. lernspielzeug Says:

    There is actually obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some really points in Features also. Keep working, really job!

  2. 1d30 Says:

    Thanks!
    Actually I had a couple extras, but I felt the need to use the d30 on the table šŸ˜›

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