Friday, March 11, 2011

Juliet's Backstory

I mentioned a while ago that I would make a post regarding Juliet’s backstory for those that were curious… well, here it is! I make this mostly for the curious audience out there, but also as insurance just in case we never reach a point in Dethklok where our pasts comes up. So enough dicking around, time to explain Juliet’s backstory so you can all ridicule it.

Juliet is the third child and only daughter of the Tunde family, a family of farmers. The oldest two boys aren’t worth noting, but the youngest child, Daniel, was a bit “touched” as Juliet’s father would say. In truth Daniel actually has a high-functioning form of autism, but to these simple parents it was nothing more than a disrespectful child who didn’t know the value of hard work. The family could always tell there was something different about Daniel because he would seem distracted or appear as if he was hearing things no one else could, but Father Tunde was positive that with discipline Daniel would grow out of it. He didn’t.

By the time Daniel was five he started to sneak out of the house frequently. As the men of the family had to manage the farm work and the mother handled the cleaning, the responsibility to fetch Daniel was given to Juliet. It wasn’t a hard task to find Daniel because he always went to the same place every time: a nearby forest. Every day like clockwork he’s be sitting in the woods talking to nobody, however Juliet began to learn that Daniel was in fact talking with nature. It was a slow discovery, but she eventually learned that from a young age Daniel has had the ability to commune with nature, and as time went on he became more and more in tune with it.

Juliet tried to explain Daniel’s special abilities to her family, but they never witnessed his talents and instead continued to assume he was misbehaving and that Juliet was only trying to cover for him to spare him from his punishment. She was never able to convince her father otherwise, and as such Juliet became the only one in their family that Daniel could relate to. After years passed, even Juliet started to see the world in the way Daniel did, and she could even hear whispers of the same spirits Daniel spoke with daily. As time went on Juliet and Daniel’s relationship grew stronger, but their father became more and more irate with his son. Their relationship was awful, and sadly it never recovered.

Tragedy struck one day when Juliet was sent out to fetch Daniel, and his trail lead far deeper in the forest than Daniel had ever ventured before. Juliet followed this trail, but she couldn’t shake this uneasy feeling around her. It felt as if her surroundings were trying to warn her she wouldn’t like what she saw ahead, but she continued on in spite of it. Before long she stumbled upon a clearing in the woods, and off towards the edge of the clearing she found the bloodied corpse of her brother, Daniel. Juliet couldn’t understand what she was seeing. She had witnessed her brother playing with wild beasts before without any concern, so it couldn’t have been an animal attack. Looking at her brother’s corpse more closely she realized the wounds weren’t from any normal beast, and it appeared that whatever attacked him had set up camp in this clearing but left hours before. Juliet felt a surge of emotions, but the greatest was confusion: Why, if Daniel was close to nature, didn’t the spirits protect him?

That night was a dark one for Juliet. She helped bury Daniel with her family, and the grief was nearly too much to bear. Her father didn’t help the situation much either as he didn’t seem to show much remorse for his fallen son. There was a cold, distant look in his eyes whenever he looked upon Daniel’s body, and Juliet swore she could see a glimmer of relief in his eyes. That night Juliet couldn’t sleep but not just because of the stress. There was a very audible sound coming from outside their farm, and its origin seemed to be coming from the forest. Juliet tried to ignore it, but as she tossed and turned trying to end this awful day, she heard her name echoing in the call.

It took a while for Juliet to realize it, but these were the same whispers she had used to hear with Daniel, only now they were much louder and speaking directly to her. The spirits that had been Daniel’s only friends were calling out to her, and she had to investigate it. However as she tried to sneak out of her house, she was stopped by her father. He ordered her back to her room and ensured her that he wouldn’t lose another child to those woods. Juliet tried to explain everything to her father about Daniel and the spirits, but he refused to listen. He told Juliet that if she left the farm she would never be welcomed back, but sadly this was a situation Juliet couldn’t back down from. In the dead of night she left her home and family behind.

When Juliet entered the forest she could hear voices that called out to her quieting down, and as Juliet embraced their presence they explained their motives. The spirits warned Juliet that a great danger was going to befall this world, and that nature needed a champion who can protect it from the imminent danger. That champion was to be Daniel, but unfortunately the call to action occurred before he was ready, and he was killed. As such Juliet was chosen as his replacement, and the will and mission of her younger brother would pass on to her if she accepted. However to accept this mission would mean abandoning her old life completely, and she would have to live among the wild during her preparation. The choice wasn’t easy, but Juliet had to accept. She needed to ensure that her brother’s death would be avenged, and that his will would carry on.

So yeah, that’s Juliet backstory. Her brother was actually supposed to be the hero, but he died early and thus all of the responsibility became hers. I wanted play with the idea that fate can be wrong because I’ve always felt it adds more tension to a story if the “destined heroes” aren’t the first of their kind and that sometimes destiny screws up and everyone party wipes. I’m not going to pretend this is a fascinating character by any means, but I like the concept enough to play it. Anyway this is the reason why Juliet was so adamant about burying those people she found at the farmlands—she knows how painful it is to have to bury your own family. It’s also part of the reason she’s concerned about Garrett since his body might become abducted just like Darstine’s which is more or less the same as losing them for good.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed reading, and if you have any criticism I’m all ears. This definitely isn’t my proudest backstory for a character, but again I still like it. Maybe it will show up in the campaign, maybe it won’t, but at the very least we know about a few backstories. By the way word from PAXEast is that Pongo, Grae’s murdered dog, is now canon.

Until next time, Namaste!


  1. ;.; I like it... It's a good story.

  2. Awesome backstory Rollo, when i saw the picture of her backstory done i did consider she had to burry someone important to her in connection to the farm burial but its good to get the full content =)

  3. rollo t don't be so hard on yourself. I thought it was a wondeful backstory, were engaging. But i haven't come up with anything half that good.

    I am intrested if you could give some tips how to make a better backstory?

  4. Juliet is one of my favorite character in your D&D sessions (right next to Victor and Garret) and it's cool to see the character getting more info. I have to say though, I groaned at the word "autism" just because it's used to much in shitty fan fiction. But after reading the rest of the story I was happy to see that it was pretty good. I did note a few concerns with some minor details.

    I'm wondering why Juliet didn't resent her father for pushing Daniel away? It just seems that she would harbor a resentment towards him due to him being a part of Daniel's death. But she might have and it's the greatest reason she choose to leave.

    Are the powers that Daniel had just the powers of a Druid or something more? I mention this because I want to see what the powers entail but I don't see how it can happen in the context of the story. It's an intriguing idea that I want to see in the game.

    I like the idea with destiny transferring to someone that isn't destined for greatness. I REALLY want to see this influence the game more. All and all it was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it.

    P.S. Oh and for the love of god, tell the origins of GA-GOOSH!

  5. @JRD - Thanks mate. I was a bit hesitant to use the word "autism" as well but the point I wanted to make was that Daniel saw the world differently, and that's why he could speak with the spirits at such a young age. As for the powers, he was also becoming a Druid, but unfortunately he died before he could really learn what he needed to. To me I imagine it as sort of a case where the call to action came too early, and Daniel was just too inexperienced to answer it.

    As for Juliet and her father, she does resent him quite a bit. I don't recall saying she didn't, but I'm thinking you're referring to her leaving behind her family? Well that way I look at it is this: Juliet's father wasn't a bad guy. He was traditional in his style of beliefs and his attitude was something shaped not cruelty, but rather by ignorance. He never understood Daniel like Juliet did--none of her family did.

    Still his actions did make Juliet hate him. However leaving your family behind is still going to be tough. She's not just leaving him behind, but also her mother and two brothers, and her relationship with them wasn't nearly as sour (again, they were ignorant to how Daniel's condition). Leaving behind the family that took care of you for your entire life is going to be hard, but I think it shows just how strong her relationship with Daniel was to see she left that behind to ensure he didn't die in vain.

    Yeah, I would like to see the destiny thing come up, but I'm not the DM, and Spoony never seemed to take too much of an interest in our backstories. There's nothing saying he didn't copy what I told him down for use later, but I'm not counting on it. Instead I want to continue playing with the idea that Juliet is a firm believer in the idea that destiny must be earned and that her commitment to fulfilling Daniel's destiny is a big reason why she keeps moving forward despite what happens around her.

    At least that's what I try to do. Our group is kinda derp, so getting out in-character moments is a bit difficult.