One of my fondest memories as a kid was back in Junior High. Every couple of weeks a few friends and I would meet up. We would sit around the table and play AD&D. We started with level one characters and played enough to really develop them.
I had a cleric and thought he (then she – long story but basically in an adventure the character sat in chair that changed gender) was the coolest. When we were not playing, I would imagine his backstory and were he came from. I recall that he was a follower of Dionysus and therefore loved wine, a bit too much I think. He even had a bag of holding that contained an entire wine rack! During adventures he would drink and then make mistakes – such as sitting in suspicious chairs – that ending up being hilarious. I created a personality and that I think was the best part of the game.
Fast forward to WoW – while there are RP servers and I clearly have RP’d in the past I didn’t have the full interest to dive in like I did with that cleric. Plus, when I first started I played with a friend so naturally I started a toon on his server, a PVP server. However, I did create mental backstories for my characters without realizing it.
Recently, Fussypants had asked me why I chose that particular face for Ayayron, she thought it was quite ugly and disturbing. What surprised her and me was my immediate and fairly complete head cannon.
Ayayron was a regular human in life. He had a humble profession and was not anyone important at all. Unfortunately, like many innocents, he was dragged into the conflict between the Horde and Alliance. He died horribly due to a tremendous blow to the face. To this day, Ayayron cannot remember the details. He does not know who did it or exactly what the circumstances were.
He was then raised into unlife by the Banshee Queen. While most Forsaken have a fanatic loyalty to Sylvanas, Ayayron saw her as a means to an end. Shortly after being raised, he had looked into a mirror and discovered the horrifying truth – he was missing the lower half of his face. This was unacceptable. Ayayron must rectify this and his queen has provided an opportunity for revenge. He appreciates this but he now has a single ambition in unlife.
Ayayron will kill whomever killed him and he will wear their jaw to fix his face.
He will spend every day in his unlife exacting his revenge.
As it turns out, a few of my other characters have head cannon too, but not quite so vicious.
Yotaan the pandaren shaman (formerly Yotin the troll shaman) has always had simple roots. He was first and foremost a farmer. This was established years ago and I was very happy to get the Farmer title from the Tillers in the previous expansion. He became a shaman because it helped his farm work. Rain whenever you need it!
Heeaahww is an ugly little dwarf and grew up as an orphan. If you look closely, he has features of both the Wildhammer clan and the Dark Iron clan. He is the product of a secret relationship that went sour very quickly. He was given up as a baby and grew up in Ironforge. Heeaahww mostly kept to himself. He became attracted to becoming a monk because of his personal duality of his heritage and hoped that he could manage it with monk practices. He still struggles with it today.
The best part of AD&D was imagining your character. In my mind I created an entire castle (with vineyards, of course) for my cleric. (S)he had prized possessions, a personality, ambitions, and all those necessary bits to make a character alive. I think that I have done this a little in WoW as well and that may be why I play certain characters at certain times. What’s your head cannon?
This post was written entirely by Yotaan.