Creating a character is more than simply picking a character class. Writing a character's background allows you to flesh your character out into a living, breathing person. Having a considered background will allow you to speak with other characters about your experiences, dictate your character's motivations and choices and you may even find yourself involved in some of the ongoing plotlines of the game.
Some players choose to write down their background and submit this to the game runner; this is not obligatory but it makes it easier for the referees to provide adventures that involve your character and plotlines which incorporate your interests. As an incentive, extra character creation perks are available for players who submit a background.
Some aspects of your background you may need to pass by a referee to be agreed – generally these are things that will affect the ongoing game world. Examples might be writing a new member of an established noble household, defining a new foreign country or using an already established non-player character within your background.
For reasons of practicality, it is helpful if all players live in or around Novum Castellum where the majority of the games will be hired from. It should also be considered what your character's motivator for engaging in being hired for adventures is.
In writing a background, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:-