Wow, I never thought Yotaan of all people would get a post about RP and headcannons out before me. He’s just not really the story-telling type, that was my job! No, it’s still my job! And now I’m going to do it! Pants style!
Most of my character start off with a set of personality traits and characteristics. Sometimes they just at that level, no back story or name. Name you ask? Well, the majority of my characters have a name that ends in or relates to Pants. I’ve got Fussypants, Fancypants, Yogapants, Stancepants, and Bearbottoms to name a few. Doesn’t really make for great RP names, does it? So, part of creating headcannons also includes picking an appropriate name that matches with the character. Actually, this is typically the last part, once I’ve cemented down the story. Personality traits, then backstory, then name. Well this was a lot of exposition, now lets get to those headcannons!
First off, we have my main and most beloved character, Fussypants. She’s a draenei holy and protection paladin with a strong sense of morals and compassion. Very much the archetypal paladin, my draenei is the first person to stand up to something unjust and will put her life on the line for a righteous cause. She’s a fierce defender of her companions but she also internalizes issues to protect those around her.
Backstory-wise, she did live on Argus but was still rather young during the exodus. She came of age around the time the draenei landed on Draenor and joined the guard in her home town. She was still a paladin at this point, but she relied much more heavily on her martial abilities and her trusty shield. However, when the orcs attacked, she was badly injured and spent the rest of that war recovering in hiding. After this experience, she became more in touch with the Light and took up the mantle of healing, though she still carries her trusty shield. When the draenei eventually escaped to Azeroth, she quickly joined up with the Stormwind army. She has, for the most part, remained in the army all the way up to the events of Warlords of Draenor.
I struggled the most with a name for her, as she is the character I am most attached to, but eventually I settled on the name Kya. No last name yet, that will come later, but for the most part, I’ve settled upon her story.
Moving on to my next character! My gnome mage, despite being my oldest character, does not actually have a complete backstory. Personality-wise, I know she is ingenious and resourceful. An unwavering sense of optimism as well as a stubborn streak a mile wide means there is very little in the world that she cannot do. She is talkative and sometimes overly cheery but she is also highly dedicated to her duties and friends. I have a working name for her of Mikri but I’m sure this will probably change once I settle on a complete backstory.
Next up we have one of my newer toons, my human priest Fancypants. Fancy is vain (what a surprise there!), self-centered, and incredibly presumptuous. The rest of the world is beneath her, despite her not being particularly skilled at anything. Now you must be thinking, this is a terrible character, why would you ever play someone like this? Well Fancypants is unusual in that her backstory actually came first, before her characteristics or name.
You see, Fancypants came from wealth, with a capital ‘W’. The daughter of a very influential Stormwind noble, she got everything she ever wanted without having to do a thing. She entered the Stormwind clergy but left shortly after, finding their life of prayers and public deeds boring. Unfortunately for her, her family’s prestige and wealth was not to last. A very public and very dirty contract ended up with her father’s title being forcibly removed and even worse, the family was now prime targets for Stormwind’s underworld. Fancy and her siblings were all sent away for their own protection, a fact she resented immensely. After leaving her prearranged ‘vacation’ home, she now wanders from town to town sneering at the ‘low born commoners’ and burning through the remaining bit of her inheritance.
Fancypants does not yet have a name, but you better bet your bottom dollar, it’s going to be prissy and very very rich sounding.
Last on the docket is a very old character of mine, my blood elf shadow priest by the name of Elfster. Look, she doesn’t have a Pants name! …Although the name she has isn’t great for RP purposes either. Elfster… isn’t all there. She’s got a few screws loose although she does her very best to hide it. It probably has something to do with the whispers she hears constantly, but Elfster would never tell you about that either. She’s accutely paranoid, extremely single minded, and highly observant.
I haven’t completely filled out all of Elfster’s backstory but I do know she is an agent working for Wrathion. During the events of Mists of Pandaria, she was a thick as thieves with the last black dragon and personally carried out a number of missions for him. At this point, her whereabouts are unknown but it is believed that she is somewhere in alternate Draenor. And of course, since her backstory isn’t finished, neither is her name.
Well there you have it! Some of the backstories and headcannons I’ve put together. None are completely finished and all could be changed dramatically but the characters themselves will probably remain the same. I’ve actually written a few short stories about these characters which I maaaaaaaaaaaay or may not post here. Only time will tell!