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What's the backstory of that person in the cantina?



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They are a farmboy off for a life of adventure after their relatives were killed. (Okay, had to have that one!)

They are a groupie of the singer or band currently on stage.

They are a bounty hunter following up on a lead that said the person/creature they are chasing was seen in the bar.

They are waiting for a group of associates to arrive to plan their next adventure.

They are a thief casing up the various patrons to see who is the easiest mark.

They are a witch hunter following up on rumours of a coven operating in the area.

They are an agent of the Crown, as the place is reputedly the front for a subversive organisation.

They are a mercenary who has just finished a long, tiring deployment and are looking to kick back, relax and have some fun.

They are an artist sketching roughs for the next painting, a cantina scene.

They are a conglomerate entity hidden under robes; the head is real, but dead, and is starting to smell.

The local purveyor of recreational pharmaceuticals.

A guy who knows a guy, or a gal, who has the skills or items you need.
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Just a dude spiking the food with mutagens.

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They are an elderly, powerful, white-haired wizard who takes immense & slightly perverse pleasure in assigning ridiculous & often baffling tasks to small groups of people chosen at random from the transient population, offering incomprehensible advice & nebulous rewards for their efforts. Their name sounds like a cross between an aphrodisiac and a disfiguring disease.
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It's just a guy who enjoys hearing the music play and watching Felina whirl. But pretty soon, he'll become famous for being shot down by five and a dozen or more mounted cowboys.
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They are a lazy adventurer. "Adventure would come to him," he proclaimed. He been sitting in the same seat for 40 years.
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I don't know who he is, but his fashion sense is fabulous.
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Well... The lady in the hat is just your average dream smuggler.

The blue furred lycanthrope is Jimmy. Jimmy used to work as a stuntman in Hollywood, but is now a down on his luck exotic dancer in some extremely exclusive clubs.

...and surely you've heard of Amy Heidegger already? She's been in here every day since they banned the Arena Of Carnage for technically committing war crimes. Occasionally someone gets drunk enough to think they'll challenge her while she's drunk. I'm pretty sure you can see some of the last challenger still in the roof beams - "Hey, mack? You should fire your cleaner"

Me? Oh nothing much to tell. I'm just a fixer.
A fixer. People pay me to make problems go away. Problems like you, I'm afraid. You've probably noticed by now you already can't move; you shouldn't accept free drinks from strangers, buddy. Your friends in the north say hi...
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A outlaw, who thinks of himself as a freedom fighter, with a price on his head who ducked into the cantina to elude a group of bounty hunter canvasing the street looking for him

A slumming rich boy who is planning on starting trouble not realizing he has finally managed to loose his bodyguard who normally follow him around discretely and only show themselves when he is about to get himself beaten in retaliation for his antics and calls for them.

A young woman looking for company for the night who recently broke up with her old lover, a brutal jealous man who get a call from a friend at the cantina and will follow anyone who decides to accompany the woman along with a few of his friends. Cruelty, his plan is to act like the woman is part of set up to extort the player for money for dishonoring his "sister" but he plans to attack them regardless of the scam goes.

A elderly man passing out cigars or whatever is appropriate for the setting in celebration of finding out he recently became a grandfather. The man is part of criminal crew looking to create a distraction for a robbery by passing out cigars laced with hallucinogens and stimulants.

A person writing a review for the local paper on the cantina, their obvious observation of the cantina and note taking is making some of the clientele nervous but if questioned they will try to keep their real reasons for being there secret so the staff doesn't treat them differently for a normal customer
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A psychopathic stalker, a jilted lover of one of the PCs wanting marriage or, failing that, vengeance.
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He's just won the lottery, and thinks he's hidding it.

He's realizing he should have stayed on the farm, he should've listened to his old man.

She's just figured out the 49th way to leave your lover, and really needs to try it out.

An advanced scout for the alien invasion

Reporter looking for a scoop

folowing up on rumors on a cure to his curse

purveyer of farcial aquatic cerimonies. "Look, have you ever considered what would happen if your real origin story got out, better to get something interesting out now, and I got just the thing..."

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the well-known dective, who just wants to have his vaction

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time traveler who was all prepped to arrive next decade
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Her guy calls her Honey Bunny, and in 2 minutes, when he's back from the toilet, they're gonna hit this joint HARD.
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She is in love with the bartender but the feeling is not mutual. She is a lovely and petite red-head that also happens to be a spy for the revolutionaries. When she is not flirting at the bar, she is listening for alliance / imperial chatter, especially about where their next assignment will be to stamp out rebels or independents. She is how a small battalion of freedom fighters continues to be one stop ahead.
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pdzoch wrote:
What's the backstory of that person in the cantina?


A couple looking to get travel papers to emigrate
A lovelorn proprietor looking to escape his rebellious past
A talented musician who was given another chance in life after fleeing the war with the proprietor
A corrupt official looking for his next score
Soldiers of a foreign power seeking out spies
A thief looking to fence stolen papers
An owner of a rival cantina looking to one up the competition
A jilted lover looking to get revenge on their ex-lover
A young couple looking to score enough money gambling to start a new life
The manager looking to keep the peace and see everyone is happy

[spoiler]Take that you Star Wars flunkies.[/spoiler]
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Apoxo Rin has been a nobody his whole life, despite his grandiose dreams. He wanted to be the captain of one of the great pleasure starsailers, but he couldn't even get past Intermediate Propulsion Theory. He thought he'd be a swashbuckling luxuries smuggler, but his gambling and Galli habits meant he'd never have enough of a stake for a down payment on any ship fast enough. Now he's stuck running prefabricated building materials between a half-dozen backwater systems in the same corner of the galaxy where he was born and drinking nights in this cantina.

He's not even restless anymore, just withdrawn, tired, and a little dead inside. He's convinced he's never going to play a part in a great galactic drama, never going to be remembered for anything.

But Apoxo is wrong. Because on his last trip to Doric-IV, he met an Aggian who was carrying a virus that will come to be known as the Jorian Rot. Aggians are immune to the virus; so, it seems, is Apoxo. But the rest of humanity is not. Which means that Apoxo is in some way remarkable. And it means that a lot of people are about to come looking for him...



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He's an extraction farmer, who has four hungry clone fledglings and a crop of GenPig 100's bulging with monofilifat(used for organ printers) in the suspensor fields. He's sitting there in the corner pining over his ex biologic genometank sex bot, Lucille, who is at the bar sending wooing click sounds to the skip pilot cowboy at her side...It's a fine time for that.
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She's KimiKawaii-Tête O'Tokyo, of the Kawaii-Tête O'Tokyos if you're knowledgeable bout such things, and her companion...
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pdzoch wrote:
What's the backstory of that person in the cantina?


Hua came up on the hard streets of the city with a pack of urchins, stealing and begging. He saw a happy family in the market the other day and was consumed with jealousy. He can't steal a family, but he can try to forge one with some strangers, perhaps...

Moki ran away from her little village to escape an arranged marriage and a life of drudgery. She's charming, a good singer, and can play several instruments well, but busking is dangerous and pays little. If she could get a regular gig in a place like this, perhaps...

Cord has scars from the bad old days with his gang, but sleeping rough and always looking over your shoulder gets tired quickly. Busing tables and being a porter gets him a spare room here and its a step up, so he'll defend his new turf if it is threatened. By those strangers who just walked in perhaps...

Jun grew up safe and secure in her wealthy merchant family home, tutored by experts and philosophers, but she finds their cloistered home stifling. So she sneaks out at night disguised in commoners clothes to enjoy the city and the people, knowing little fear. A new diversion just came through the cantina door, perhaps...

Sindar's mother was cured by a wandering monk so she pushed him into a monastery to give back. He learned discipline and the holy scriptures, but lacked the devotion of dedicated priests. Now he wanders looking to share the temple's wisdom and help others. A place like this is often a magnet for lost souls. He is always looking to pay it forward, so perhaps...

Whent was always curious about how things worked, but his laborer parents could give him little education or opportunity. Especially in such a large family. Still, he tinkers and trades in scrap and parts, practical and hard working. So it's nice to spend a well earned and relaxing evening in the cantina. Who knows, there might be new business, too. Even these travelers might be an opportunity, perhaps...
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Y is an entity from an unknown strata of spacetime. Y's powers are immeasurable, but there is a strong ban against using them on feeble lifeforms. One of Y's brethren has no such qualms; Y is out to get this entity and pull it back home. First, it needs information.

Xeercost was a leader in the rebellion two years ago in the star system two jumps away. The uprising failed, and now Xeercost is masquerading as a lowly patron.

Xaviaana Karl is the heiress to the local Great House, training her stealth under the tutelage of her parents' Master of Assassins. Two agents in the cantina are supposed to mock-abduct her if she does not act naturally enough; three more are around to assess her skills and intervene if needed.

Hushkrth is the hero-king of a barbarian tribe on one of the moons. After slaying about half the other people on his homeworld, relative peace bored him and he decided to go explore the universe, but so far he has only started exploring drinks.

Twkthhh is the chaman-king of a tribe among Hushkrth's worst enemies. He is planning to do something against Hushkrth. When the dancers have finished doing their number. Or maybe later.

Ikko is a ghost. Nobody has noticed yet. not even Ikko. He had been sitting on the same seat for so long, always in that dark corner. When he died at home last week, he went to the cantina as usual.
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What person?

Oh, you must be talking about the ghost of Primrose Cassedy. Legend has it that men who see her sitting there end up dead within a fortnight.
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I often fill the background of scenes, especially bars and cantinas, with secret NPCs.
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