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    491 KB Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:08 No.16170996  
    Sup /tg/.
    So my character in Pathfinder is the daughter of two famous adventurers who took her along for all their shenanigans. The catch is that they're wildly neglectful. Like, leaving her in a dungeon and taking a kobold home instead neglectful.
    Can you guys help me come up with more instances of neglect a family of adventurers might inflict on their child? Keep in mind I'm mostly playing this for comedy.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:09 No.16171014
    They put her on a really scary Roller Coaster.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:09 No.16171030
    They tried to kill Illithids by telling her logical paradoxes and then throwing her into a room full of them, like an idiot grenade.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:10 No.16171039
    When they didn't have a crowbar they told her to bite down really hard and tense EVERYTHING.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:10 No.16171040
    She was left at the Aboleth day care.

    For a pet, her parents got her a baby rust monster.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:11 No.16171044
    rolled 21, 26, 52 = 99

    While adventuring in the mountains, they left her at base camp.

    She then went on an adventure with wolves
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:11 No.16171051
    "Here, fight this endless army of goblins while we open the door."
    Vaguely remembering she's along but assuming she's a hireling.
    Encouraging her to acquire templates for the power boost.
    Accidentally killing her boyfriends when they weren't a standard race.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:11 No.16171055
    Her parents decided to use a "Wish" spell to get a babysitter.
    They got a demon that actually sat on babies.
    They didn't give a shit.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:11 No.16171056
    Man, FUCK firefox remembering the last shit I put in the e-mail field. Shit gets annoying sometimes.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:12 No.16171063
    They told her that she couldn't date anyone who was 'Unoptimized."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:12 No.16171065
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    This is actually the backstory of one of my other characters.

    Keep it coming guys, this is all really great stuff.
    >> Drmrfreckles 09/03/11(Sat)22:13 No.16171081
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    They were at their max carrying comp, So they opted to leave you at the top of an evil wizards tower (since everything was dead after all) while they carried all the goods back to the nearest city. They gave you the wizards dead familiar to snuggle with though and left you a rather large bowl of milk.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:13 No.16171083
    They were once told by a devil to give it "Their Child or their Life."

    They trusted her to find her way home from hell and took him up on it.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:13 No.16171084
    Well, definitely malnutrition from the diet of nothing but hardtack, jerky, and foragings for her entire childhood.
    Genocide is her default solution to any real or perceived conflict with other beings, sapient or not.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:14 No.16171088
    When they angered a paladin, they held her out like a shield, shouting "Can't touch her or you'll faaaaaaaaall".
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:15 No.16171100
    Her mother was the tank. Being pregnant didn't stop her from blocking with "Her most useless part of her body at the time."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:16 No.16171109
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:16 No.16171118
    Her nose has obviously been broken several times and set properly none of those times.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:17 No.16171125
    Routinely used as betting material inside taverns.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:17 No.16171132
    They were once reduced to almost 0 hitpoints in the middle of the dungeon. They used charm monster on a local gribbly to act as a babysitter.

    They then forgot to actually pick her up for another month or two.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:19 No.16171151
    To this day, they vaguely remember this halfling rogue that used to run with them, but they can't remember her name.

    Also, trapfinder, door-holder, and switch puller.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:19 No.16171159
    She was kidnapped by a wizard. Upon waiting a full two months after his letter was magically delivered, he decided to adopt her as his own child in pity.

    The loving and happy home was immediately busted into and destroyed by her adventuring parents a week later after they heard of the wizard through a plot hook NPC.

    They debated for a full hour over whether or not to bring her back with them, stating that she might have gone "Feral."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:20 No.16171172
    This poor child...
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:21 No.16171181
    It's standard issue in 4chan actually. Doesn't have anything to do with your browser.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:21 No.16171185
    She grows up to be a Chaotic Neutral Gunslinger. She ran away from these parents just because they're such assholes.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:22 No.16171187
    They used her as a pack animal, on the logic that "Hey, she crawls on 4 legs, and quadrupeds have GREAT carrying capacity."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:24 No.16171212
    He became a lich, and she visits him every year.
    They share stories, go to the theatre, and act like the most loving father and daughter you could ever have.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:24 No.16171214
    Chainmail footie pajamas.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:25 No.16171230
    Fuck that, go plate.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:25 No.16171233
    Upon being abducted by a [insert monster here], she drove it to suicide through her stories of "What my parents forgot to do."

    She has never celebrated a birthday.

    She has several burn-scars on her hands from when her parents tried to get her to set up a peasant railgun.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:26 No.16171241
    Don't make me cry man.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:26 No.16171243
    I like the concept.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:27 No.16171250
    don't go too obvious, or it lacks the fun and impact.
    Rather, you have plenty of stories, shared occasionally, that make people wonder afterwards, which, when put all together start to paint a horrific picture. Kids often grow up seeing some of these things as normal, which can really make other people cringe. That's what you should go for.

    "It'll singe a little but like daddy always said; better a friendly fireball than a cryohydra's teeth!"

    "We should be careful with these hallways. I still remember this one time when I got lost and there was this sliding panel... I was holding the torch in a place almost just like this one, and they only found me on their third trip from dragging the loot to town."

    The parents should be viewed in a generally positive light, with the stories implying they thought something her size OBVIOUSLY would be just as capable as all those thieving halflings. They're of course happy to find her again when they do, but were treating her like a low level partymember (instead of a 0-level child) a good decade before they should have.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:27 No.16171258
    There are several small sized monsters out there with wigs that fervently believe they're actually a human girl with two "Really great parents."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:28 No.16171261
    Or he can go through the over-the-top route.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:30 No.16171280
    Alter her morality to reflect the fact that she was raised by players instead of parents.

    NPCs are expendable and can be ignored once the plothook has been discovered, there's ALWAYS a hidden room. The little village ALWAYS has a dark secret.

    Make her overly paranoid when she shouldn't be, and without fear when she should be crapping her pants and running.

    Etc, etc.
    >> Kingsfoil !!/lI/F9eKE8m 09/03/11(Sat)22:31 No.16171298
    See, if you do that just a bit wrong, it'll seem like you're in fact failing to play a role and just min-maxing your way through an adventure.

    But if you're ok with surprising your group with character depth out of nowhere if they call you on it, it might work.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:33 No.16171316
    Can instantly split loot 4 or 5 ways, knows the proper price for any number of sundries, and probably has a better grasp of practical applications of magic than some of the practitioners.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:34 No.16171319
    There seems to be a theme with her getting kidnapped...
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:34 No.16171327
    Welcome to /tg/. Enjoy your stay.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:36 No.16171339
    If you've read the comic NextWave, think Elsa Bloodstone's flashbacks to monster-hunter training.

    If you haven't read the comic NextWave, go buy it and read it. Whatever the fuck else you have planned can wait.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:47 No.16171445
    After a black dragon kidnapped her for ransom, he allowed her to toil with the kobolds and not be eaten.

    From her time before being rescued, she has an adorably poorly made kobold doll.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:48 No.16171459
    It took almost six months for them to realise she was missing.
    On the other hand, she now speaks perfect draconic.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:50 No.16171488
    Make her Genre Savvy even if she hated her parents.

    Ridiculously so.

    So much that she never forsees stuff not going exactly like an adventuring quest.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:56 No.16171553
    ALWAYS gets the money.
    None of this 'doing it for the publicity' or 'angling for goodwill' crap.
    If the mayor promises 50 gold to clean out the goblins, there had better fucking be 50 gold when she gets back. Preferably 25 up front and 25 on completion.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)22:57 No.16171583
    I do fucking agree. Yes, even you manga-exclusive faggots. Go read Nextwave.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:07 No.16171696
    Already planning this. At the start of the campaign she's a highwayman.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:07 No.16171704
    She has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of monsters. Hell, she even memorizes their stats.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:20 No.16171881
    Also probably a bit nicer to them, as a form of rebellion.
    Instead of killing the carrion crawler, just lead it away with rotten meat to another place it would be more at home in.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:23 No.16171912
    Makes sense. I bet the orcs who fed her bacon, cheese, and bread to make her taste better to eat were better to her than her parents.

    So she is sometimes nicer to monsters she isn't being paid to kill.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:34 No.16172047
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    What were her parents' classes?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:34 No.16172051
    She has scars all over her palms from holding backup weapons by the blade so that they can be passed to the parents hilt-first. Since you can hand someone an item as a free action (witness: peasant railgun) it's just like having Quick Draw without paying the feat tax.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:38 No.16172104

    Should be a rogue and a wizard. The rogue tests out her traps, the wizard tests out his spells.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:40 No.16172127
    haven't thought of it yet
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:40 No.16172132
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    Sounds like a female version of Rusty Venture
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:41 No.16172141
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:42 No.16172158
    Come to think of it, a show that's basically The Venture Brothers in a fantasy setting would be pretty damn awesome.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:42 No.16172166
    Referring to the classes
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:54 No.16172296
    This is shaping up pretty well. There is a lot of kidnapping though. Maybe less of that? I don't want her to just be abducted constantly.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/11(Sat)23:57 No.16172326
    Come to think of it, a genre-savvy D&D campaign would be pretty damn funny. It would be like the the Venture Brothers, but with dice and more swordfights.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)00:02 No.16172394
    Maybe have the occasional just abandonment, and having to survive there?
    Less kidnapping and more 'left behind and grabbed as possible bargaining chip'.
    Or she might just get along well with the dungeon denizens.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)00:11 No.16172503
    >Or she might just get along well with the dungeon denizens.

    I vote for this. She has a huge cultural knowledge base because she's had friendly relations with pretty much everything that lives in a dungeon. Red dragon? She ended up an honorary cleric of Tiamat for her cooking skills. Orcs? She ended up with a pet Warg and a set of child-sized hide armor. Illithids? She cleaned their laboratories for them and learned how to play chess REALLY well. Beholder? She ended up holding up books so he could read them.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)00:11 No.16172504
    Rogue and a wizard? Bit of a weird combination.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)00:36 No.16172745
    More of this, definitely.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:02 No.16172989
    Yeah, the DM wants me to keep it subtle.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:12 No.16173079
    Wow, it was halfway into this thread before somebody pointed out the Rusty Venture parallel?

    Still some great ideas in this thread, all pointing to the same conclusion. She idolizes her parents, but anyone who actually gets the history would be horrified. She is also fond of her other daddies and mommies and babysitters and has monstrous (in both senses of the word) social skills. She absolutely refuses to admit that she is damaged in any way. That would reflect badly on mommy and daddy who were perfect if frequently absent in her eyes.

    Unlike most adventurers who torque themselves up with all that good and evil crap she's sophisticated. Dungeons are ecosystems that sustain themselves with rules that she understands, but no surface-dweller could. She also understands that capable adventurers serve as floods and fires, clearing out space for later occupation. Bad adventurers, which are much more common, serve as fertilizer. That won't happen with her on the team, but her cheerful acceptance of horrific shit should give other party members cause for concern.
    >> teka 09/04/11(Sun)01:14 No.16173104
    well, children pick up languages faster then adults, so make sure she has a smattering of almost everything. At the least her parents language, the local "trade" language and 2 others, like goblinese and draconic.

    Some rogue skills, from all the times being coached through "ok honey, you lifted up the latch? now slowly turn the bolt.. good.. good" disarming traps while hanging upside down in an airshaft on a rope.

    Would have to grow up strong. Any strength feats or bonuses?

    And for some reason i can't get past the idea of her having a large (giant on her) scabbard normally strapped to her back, the handle of mommy or daddie's longsword sticking over her hear.

    Instances of neglect.. Go with plenty of those scars, stories of being used as a mini-packmule or doing boring tasks like separating all the copper and silver out of the big sack of gold coins in the dragon's keep while parents fight in the next room.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:18 No.16173149
    Sounds like a Factotum to me.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:19 No.16173164
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    There had better be a chance to tenderize her parents somewhere in the campaign. They need to have some sense beaten into them, plus it'd be an interesting encounter.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:21 No.16173186
    Fighting adventurers who have been adventuring since well before anyone in your group was born? Perfect plan.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:23 No.16173199
    Can calculate the worth of a pile of gold by looking at it for a few seconds.
    Also, drop some ranks in appraise.
    Possibly have an experimental phase, where she took up potion testing duties, or went on a spree of dangerous stuff to get stronger to please parents.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:23 No.16173202
    Well, she ran away in her late teens. In a fit of rebellion she kind of decided to strike out on her own...it hasn't been going well for her. She tried to be a bard for a bit but that didn't work out, since no one believed her stories. She tried a bunch of other jobs to much the same end. She's pretty desperate now, so she's capitalizing on some of those things the bandits taught her. The idea is that as she adventures she mends things up with her parents.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:24 No.16173212

    And they're gonna metagame the fuck out of you.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:27 No.16173250

    Who says you can't metagame back?

    At a sufficiently Epic tier, of course.
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    Smart man.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:40 No.16173375
    >>There had better be a chance to tenderize her parents somewhere in the campaign.

    If you go down far enough into any dungeon they all connect to the Underdark. Yes, even the the old castle basement you cleared out at first level. It was behind a secret door. They all connect and word spreads.

    OP's parent's were the Avengers, John Steed and Emma Peel. Or James Bond and Ellen Ripley. Two hardcore badasses. They toppled kingdoms and the ramifications of their delvings are still being dealt with on multiple plains of existence.

    Are you going to be the one to mess with their kid? Admittedly most of the aunties and uncles that she was dropped with had only a vague inkling, but they knew that this was a child with some strong ju-ju. Hence her exposure to dungeon culture, which was mostly old hat to her, she was picking locks at age five.

    Surface dwellers think of all beneath their feet as horrible beings, but monsters have families. Cruel families to be sure, but it is a cruel environment. Foundlings from the surface being adopted below are not unknown. They rarely survive the harsh environment, but native mortality rates are high as well. OP's character however was trained from birth and saw the tests of survival as fun games that reminded her of how her absent parents used to play with her.

    To tie back to the original quote, the parents sort of knew that their kid wouldn't be killed outright and were confident she could handle a few days (ok, months, that last quest took awhile) in dungeon daycare.

    >>They need to have some sense beaten into them, plus it'd be an interesting encounter.

    Oh you meant that? Beating up a senior citizen who OP's character adores? Bad form.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:41 No.16173381
    fukken lol
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)01:43 No.16173399
    Assuming basic golarion, where are the guns from?
    Has she been revisiting some of her monster surrogates?
    Assuming the parents are unaware of her disappearance for a bit, what happens when they assume she's been kidnapped and head out after her?
    Also, might communicate through letters, they'd know how to get them anywhere and back.
    Also, uncomfortable hiding when they show up in the same town by accident and are monopolising the common room.

    >> OP 09/04/11(Sun)01:50 No.16173510
    Custom setting actually. Given the responses in this thread I'm thinking that the Wizard or the Illithid came up with the plans, and she helped make it--hence why it's a really shitty musket.
    I'd assume she keeps contact with whatever monsters are still alive. Her parents probably killed quite a few of her aunties and uncles, which gives her more reason to run away.
    What happens when they come after her? Plot, my good anon.
    And yeah, was thinking that she knows every barmaid in every town by name.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)02:03 No.16173629
    If her parents killed her aunties and uncles that would be a disincentive for future care. Assuming she came out of her abandonment with nothing more than a few curable wounds, a smattering of native language and a few ranks in knowledge?

    Her caretakers would find themselves rewarded beyond their wildest dreams. An entire bag of +1 swords! Silver pieces! Wands of wonder!

    Complete trash that wasn't worth selling as far as her parents were concerned, but treasures to her caretakers. As she and her parents leveled up along with her aunties and uncles the equation held pretty steady and word spread that if you ever found a human child wandering alone in a dungeon, or one showed up with your chief obviously charmed and claiming her as his adopted daughter? Don't eat them, not for a few months anyway. Besides, if it is the one people are talking about (there are more than a few orphans and foundlings who go into dungeons having no other options) she probably has skills that can help the tribe.
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    >> OP 09/04/11(Sun)02:07 No.16173669
    That's actually a really good point. I didn't think of that. Thanks, Anon!
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    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)02:14 No.16173740
    Who wrote this? It's pretty great
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)02:22 No.16173820
    Thanks. Now that doesn't mean she has a friend in every dungeon. Far from it. Those dungeons were burnt out and looted. It is part of the natural cycle and they are in the recovery stage. They don't raid the surface world and don't attract adventurers.

    However all dungeons connect to the Underdark and people migrate. It would be unusual, but not impossible for her to find a childhood friend as chief of a tribe in another dungeon. That's some RP potential.

    She kills and loots, just like mommy and daddy. She knows this isn't wrong because both her parents and aunts and uncles told her so in different ways. The family reasons she doesn't remember because they were gone for long times and it conflicts with the much more sensible ideas of her aunties and uncles.

    Sometimes a dungeon must be swept by surface-dwellers to clear it for new life. But when "Big-Head" Gromosho who always beat her at skull-kicking, but still shared his deserts, asks her to spare his tribe how will she deal with her fellow adventurers?

    Or not. But I'd totally forward that idea to your GM for the lulz.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)02:25 No.16173858
    My brother played a similar character, OP. Only his parents were downright horrible to him, but he was completely devoted and loving in return. IC quotes:
    "That's the fifth-worst beating I ever got. That ogre don't got nuthin' on my pappy."
    "It's like my pappy used to say; 'Get the hell outta my house, I'm not your father, don't make me stab you again.'"
    "I haven't seen such a whorish display since I walked in on my mom with the palace guard." "Which guard was it?" "All of 'em. Even the fat retard they make watch the prisoners."
    "This scar's where a lizardman I was wrestling bit me. These here are from some elvish arrows. And this one? (indicates jagged scar running down the side of his face) That one I call 'The Reason You Don't Wake Pappy Up On Weekends'"
    "Since we got here, I've been stabbed, poisoned, bitten by worgs, and dropped into a cesspit. If there were more empty liquor bottles, I'd feel homesick."
    "In the words of my Pappy, 'Who the hell let you out of that cage'?"
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)02:37 No.16173978
    Those are scans from the Marvel comic book Nextwave by Warren Ellis.

    Well worth checking out.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)03:39 No.16174519
    That's adorably darkly optimistic.

    I like this guy.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)05:36 No.16175541
    I just downloaded and read that.

    It is made of explosions and sugar high and I dearly wish there was more.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)05:38 No.16175555
    I'll have to give it a read!
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)11:13 No.16177941

    I rest my case.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)14:20 No.16179420
    I love this thread so much. The Lich-wizard should totally stay too. He sounds awesome.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)16:34 No.16180763
    I'd be cool with having a lich godfather.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/11(Sun)18:01 No.16181700

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