Daggerfall:Background

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These background questions generate additional characteristics of your class. After choosing your class, you can either answer these questions or have the game randomly answer them for you. Each question gives you items, skills, or reputation; some even give you a small disadvantage. Note that some classes might not have some of the answers available, even though they are listed as having the question.


What motivates you into a life of adventure? (All classes)

a. Riches
GP +500
b. Fame
Reputation with Underworld +10
Reputation with Scholars +10
c. Knowledge
A Book
d. Fun
Skill Etiquette +3
Skill Streetwise +3
e. Helping Others
Reputation with Commoners +10


As a child, your nickname was ___. (All classes)

a. Rabbit
Skill Jumping +6
b. Guppy
Skill Swimming +6
c. Quicksilver
Skill Running +6
d. Scrapper
Skill Hand-to-Hand +6
e. Monkey
Skill Climbing +6


What god, if any, do you worship? (All classes)

a. None
Reputation with Scholars +5
b. Arkay, Birth and Death God
Reputation Arkay +5
c. Zenithar, God of Commerce
Reputation Zenithar +5
d. Mara, the Mother Goddess
Reputation Mara +5
e. Dibella, Goddess of Beauty
Reputation Dibella +5
f. Julianos, God of Logic
Reputation Julianos +5
g. Akatosh, God of Time
Reputation Akatosh +5
h. Stendarr, God of Mercy
Reputation Stendarr +5
i. Kynareth, Goddess of Air
Reputation Kynareth +5


Of all disagreeable types, you have the most personal hatred for ___. (Archer, Battlemage, Healer, Mage, Nightblade, Sorcerer, Spellsword, Thief) (Unknown Results)

a. Sanctimonious priests
b. Diabolic wizards
c. Stupid peasants
d. Power-mad robber barons
e. Immoral assassins


You are friendlier than most with ___. (Barbarian, Bard, Battlemage, Healer, Knight, Mage, Monk, Nightblade, Ranger, Sorcerer, Spellsword, Thief, Warrior)

a. the savage Harpies
Harpy Skill +6
b. the simple Giants
Giantish Skill +6
c. the glorious Dragons
Dragonish Skill +6
d. the immodest Nymphs
Nymph Skill +6
e. the infernal Daedra
Daedric Skill +6
f. the bucolic Spriggans
Spriggan Skill +6
g. the primitive Centaurs
Centaurian Skill +6
h. the mischevious [sic] Imps
Impish Skill +6


Since childhood, you have saved ___. (Archer, Barbarian, Bard, Knight, Monk, Ranger (Also gets 8 arrows and an iron shortbow regardless of choice), Thief, Battlemage, Healer, Mage, Sorcerer, Spellsword)

a. 100 gold pieces
GP +100
b. A book
A random book
c. A dozen arrows
12 Arrows
d. A cuirass
An Iron Cuirass
e. An amulet
An Amulet
f. A pearl
A Pearl
g. A round shield
A round shield of steel quality
h. A katana
An Iron Katana


You have a certain degree of training with ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Bard, Rogue)

a. Short-bladed weapons
Short Blade Skill +6
Elven Short-Sword
b. Hand-to-hand combat
Hand-to-Hand Skill +6
Iron Gauntlets
c. Axe fighting
Skill Axe +6
Steel Axe
d. Blunt weapons
Skill Blunt Weapon +6
Steel Staff
e. Archery
Skill Archery +6
Steel Shortbow and 6 Arrows
f. Longblade
Skill Long Blade +6
Steel Longsword


What thieving skill have you been studying the longest? (Acrobat, Assassin, Bard, Burglar, Nightblade, Rogue)

a. Dodging
Skill Dodging +6
b. Stealth
Skill Stealth +6
c. Backstabbing
Skill Backstabbing +6
d. Lockpicking
Skill Lockpicking +6
e. Pickpocketing
Skill Pickpocket +6
f. Climbing
Skill Climbing +6
g. Critical-Striking
Skill Critical Strike +6
h. Running
Skill Running +6
i. Jumping
Skill Jumping +6


Your preferred criminal method is ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Burglar, Rogue) (All options increase your reputation with the same unknown faction, and add something to your background, but the answer makes no impact on your character)

a. catburglary
b. mugging
c. pickpocketing
d. swindling
e. smuggling
f. bankrobbing


Given your choice of reward, you would most likely choose ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Bard, Rogue)

a. 200 gold pieces
GP +200
b. An ebony dagger
An Ebony Dagger
c. An interesting book
A Book
d. A ruby
A Ruby
e. A silver staff
Silver Staff
f. An amulet
An Amulet
g. A pearl
A Pearl


One of the most important survival skills you picked up was how to ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Rogue)

a. Mend simple wounds
Skill Medical +6
b. Ingratiate yourself
Skill Etiquette +6
c. Boss people around
Skill Streetwise +6
d. Haggle with merchants
Skill Mercantile +6
e. Fight with a knife
Skill Short Blade +6


You were an active child, ___ than anyone else your age. (Acrobat, Assassin, Burglar, Rogue)

a. faster
Skill Running +6
b. sneakier
Skill Stealth +6
c. a better climber
Skill Climbing +6
d. a better swimmer
Skill Swimming +6
e. a better brawler
Skill Hand-to-Hand +6


You can get most of the things you want by stealing from ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Burglar, Rogue)

a. Rich Nobles
A Bracelet
b. Scholar Types
A Book
c. Established Temples
Holy Water
d. Diversified Merchants
A Torc


The one skill you could not work without must be ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Burglar, Rogue, Thief)

a. Lockpicking
Skill Lockpicking +6
b. Pickpocketing
Skill Pickpocket +6
c. Stealthy Movement
Skill Stealth +6
d. Dodging
Skill Dodging +6
e. Climbing
Skill Climbing +6
f. Backstabbing
Skill Backstabbing +6


Your frail health as a child has made you ___. (Acrobat, Assassin, Burglar, Rogue)

a. Less resistant to poisons
Poison Resistance -5%
b. Less resistant to disease
Disease Resistance -5%
c. Easily tired
Fatigue -5
d. Less resistant to magic
Magic Resistance -5%


Which of the following skills have you been studying the longest? (Archer, Barbarian, Knight, Monk, Ranger, Warrior)

a. Dodging
Skill Dodging +6
b. Stealth
Skill Stealth +6
c. Backstabbing
Skill Backstabbing +6
d. Lockpicking
Skill Lockpicking +6
e. Pickpocketing
Skill Pickpocket +6
f. Climbing
Skill Climbing +6
g. Critical-Striking
Skill Critical Strike +6
h. Running
Skill Running +6
i. Jumping
Skill Jumping +6


You have an unusually high affinity with ___. (Archer)

a. the savage Harpies
Skill Harpy +6
b. the simple Giants
Skill Giantish +6
c. the glorious Dragons
Skill Dragonish +6
d. the immodest Nymphs
Skill Nymph +6
e. the infernal Daedra
Skill Daedric +6
f. the bucolic Spriggans
Skill Spriggan +6
g. the primitive Centaurs
Skill Centaurian +6
h. the mischevious Imps
Skill Impish +6


You have the most trouble ___. (Archer, Barbarian, Knight, Monk, Ranger, Thief, Warrior)

a. Resisting poisons
Poison Resistance -10%
b. Staying awake and alert
Fatigue -5
c. Getting along with others
Reaction Roll -5
d. Avoiding diseases
Disease Resistance -5%
e. Resisting spells
Magic Resistance -5%
f. Fighting and parrying
To Hit -5


You have the most trouble ___. (Bard, Battlemage, Healer, Mage, Nightblade, Sorcerer, Spellsword)

a. Resisting poisons
Poison Resistance -10%
b. Staying awake and alert
Fatigue -5
c. Getting along with others
Reaction Roll -5
d. Avoiding diseases
Disease Resistance -5%
e. Resisting magic
Magic Resistance -5%
f. Fighting without magic
To Hit -5


You feel most comfortable ___. (Archer)

a. On stable ground
Skill Running +4
b. In the water
Skill Swimming +4
c. On a ledge or tree
Skill Climbing +4
d. Anywhere dark
Skill Stealth +4
e. With other people
Skill Etiquette +2
Skill Streetwise +2


Given 200 gold pieces as a reward, You decided to ___. (Archer, Barbarian, Knight, Monk, Ranger)

a. Save it.
GP +200
b. Buy an ebony dagger
An Ebony Dagger
c. Buy a rare book
A Random Book
d. Buy a ruby
A Ruby
e. Buy a silver staff
A Silver Staff


You spend any free time you have training with ___. (Archer, Barbarian, Knight, Monk, Ranger, Spellsword, Warrior)

a. Short-bladed weapons
Skill Short Blade +6
b. Hand-to-hand combat
Skill Hand-to-Hand +6
c. Axe fighting
Skill Axe +6
d. Blunt weapons
Skill Blunt Weapon +6
e. Archery
Skill Archery +6
f. Longblade
Skill Long Blade +6


You are intimate friends with ___. (Archer, Barbarian, Bard, Battlemage, Healer, Knight, Mage, Monk, Ranger, Sorcerer, Spellsword, Warrior)(Each answer gives a background entry and a +1 reputation with an unknown faction)

a. a Monk
b. a Mage
c. a Rogue
d. a Warrior
e. an Assassin


You are most fond of using ___. (Barbarian, Knight, Ranger, Warrior)

a. Short-bladed weapons
Skill Short Blade +12
An Iron Short Sword
b. Hand-to-hand combat
Skill Hand-to-Hand +12
An Iron Gauntlets
c. Axe fighting
Skill Axe +12
An Iron War Axe
d. Blunt weapons
Skill Blunt Weapon +12
An Iron Warhammer
e. Archery
Skill Archery +12
An Iron Shortbow
6 Arrows
f. Longblade
Skill Long Blade +12
An Iron Longsword


You were loaned and later allowed to keep ___. (Barbarian, Knight, Monk, Ranger, Warrior)

a. 200 gold pieces
GP +200
b. A great book
A Random Book
c. A cuirass
Iron Cuirass
d. Pauldrons
Iron Left Pauldron
Iron Left Pauldron
e. A dai-katana
Steel Dai-Katana


What school of magic have you been studying the most? (Bard, Mage, Nightblade, Sorcerer)

a. Destruction
Skill Destruction +6
b. Restoration
Skill Restoration +6
c. Illusion
Skill Illusion +6
d. Alteration
Skill Alteration +6
e. Thaumaturgy
Skill Thaumaturgy +6
f. Mysticism
Skill Mysticism +6


Whenever you had a chance growing up you liked to spend time ___. (Bard)

a. socializing with aristocrats
Skill Etiquette +6
Reputation with Nobility +5
Reputation with Commoners -5
b. learning streetsmarts
Skill Streetwise +6
Reputation with Commoners +2
Reputation with Underworld +3
Reputation with Nobility -5
c. practicing acrobatics
Skill Jumping +2
Skill Dodging +2
Skill Running +2
d. learning economics
Skill Mercantile +6
e. swimming
Skill Swimming +6
f. sparring
Skill Critical Strike +6


After the College of Destruction, what school of magic have you been studying the second longest? (Battlemage, Spellsword) (All answers give +12 Destruction)

a. Restoration
Skill Destruction +12
Skill Restoration +6
b. Illusion
Skill Destruction +12
Skill Illusion +6
c. Alteration
Skill Destruction +12
Skill Alteration +6
d. Thaumaturgy
Skill Destruction +12
Skill Thaumaturgy +6
e. Mysticism
Skill Destruction +12
Skill Mysticism +6


In between formal study, you spent your time ___. (Battlemage, Healer, Mage, Nightblade, Sorcerer, Spellsword)

a. socializing with aristocrats
Skill Etiquette +6
Reputation with Nobility +5
Reputation with Commoners -5
b. learning streetsmarts
Skill Streetwise +6
Reputation with Commoners +2
Reputation with Underworld +3
Reputation with Nobility -5
c. practicing acrobatics
Skill Jumping +2
Skill Dodging +2
Skill Running +2
d. trespassing
Skill Stealth +6
e. learning economics
Skill Mercantile +6
f. swimming
Skill Swimming +6
g. sparring
Skill Hand-to-Hand +6


As you grew older, you received additional magical training in ___. (Battlemage, Healer, Mage, Nightblade, Sorcerer, Spellsword)

a. The School of Destruction
Skill Destruction +6
b. The School of Restoration
Skill Restoration +6
c. The School of Illusion
Skill Illusion +6
d. The School of Alteration
Skill Alteration +6
e. The School of Thaumaturgy
Skill Thaumaturgy +6
f. The School of Mysticism
Skill Mysticism +6


At an early age, your family considered it important that you learn how to ___. (Burglar)

a. Mend simple wounds
Skill Medical +6
b. Ingratiate yourself
Skill Etiquette +6
c. Boss people around
Skill Streetwise +6
d. Haggle with merchants
Skill Mercantile +6
e. Fight with a knife
Skill Short Blade +6


Though certainly not due to hard work, you happen legitimately to own ___. (Burglar)

a. Over 200 gold pieces
GP +200
b. An ebony dagger
An Ebony Dagger
c. A book
A Random Book
d. A ruby
A Ruby
e. A silver staff
A Silver Staff
f. Some holy water
Holy Water


Where is your expertise in combat? (Burglar, Thief, Nightblade)

a. Short-bladed weapons
Skill Short Blade +6
Iron Gauntlets
b. Hand-to-hand combat
Skill Hand-to-Hand +6
Iron Cuirass
c. Axe fighting
Skill Axe +6
Iron Axe
d. Blunt weapons
Skill Blunt Weapon +6
Iron Mace
e. Archery
Skill Archery +6
Iron Left Pauldron


After the School of Restoration, what magic have you been studying the longest? (Healer) (All answers give +12 Restoration)

a. Destruction
Skill Destruction +6
Skill Restoration +12
b. Illusion
Skill Illusion +6
Skill Restoration +12
c. Alteration
Skill Alteration +6
Skill Restoration +12
d. Thaumaturgy
Skill Restoration +12
Skill Thaumaturgy +6
e. Mysticism
Skill Restoration +12
Skill Mysticism +6


In gratitude for services rendered, the Emperor gave you ___. (Healer, Mage, Sorcerer, Spellsword, Thief)

a. Over 200 gold pieces
GP +200
b. An ebony dagger
An Ebony Dagger
c. A book
A Random Book
d. A ruby
A Ruby
e. A silver staff
A Silver Staff
f. An elven flail
An Elven Flail
g. A suit of armor
Iron Cuirass
Iron Greaves
Iron Left Pauldron
Iron Right Pauldron
f. An amulet
An Amulet


Your favored weapon type is ___. (Monk)

a. Short-bladed weapons
Skill Short Blade +12
A Silver Wakazashi
b. Axe fighting
Skill Axe +12
An Iron War Axe
c. Blunt weapons
Skill Blunt Weapon +12
An Iron Warhammer
d. Archery
Skill Archery +12
An Iron Longbow
6 Arrows
e. Longblade
Skill Long Blade +12
An Iron Katana

Before you set out for the Imperial City, your mother gave you ___. (Nightblade, Thief)

a. 100 gold pieces
GP +100
b. Her favorite book
A Random Book
c. A cuirass
An Iron Cuirass
d. A pearl
A Pearl
e. A buckler
A Buckler of Steel Quality
f. Gauntlets
Iron Gauntlets


Scrounging through an alley, you came upon ___. (Warrior)

a. Two hundred gold pieces.
GP + 200
b. A book
A Random Book
c. A ruby
A Ruby
d. A silver flail
A Silver Flail
e. An amulet
An Amulet


Besides the bow and arrow, you are best at ___. (Archer) (All answers give +9 Archery)

a. Short-bladed weapons
Skill Archery +9
Skill Short Blade +3
Iron Short Sword
b. Hand-to-hand combat
Skill Archery +9
Skill Hand-to-Hand +3
Iron Gauntlets
c. Axe fighting
Skill Archery +9
Skill Axe +3
Iron War Axe
d. Blunt weapons
Skill Archery +9
Skill Blunt Weapon +3
Iron Warhammer
e. Longblade
Skill Archery +9
Skill Long Blade +3
Iron Longsword