Edited: The link below has been updated with the revised version
Hello everyone ... I'm not sure if I've ever posted here before but I would be very surprised if anyone recognized my name.
In any case, I'm a DM about to run a campaign set in the Nentir Vale, using a lot of D&D Essentials products at my disposal (all of them actually).
I'm making this thread because I found it unsatisfying that there were no pre-made backgrounds available for this setting, or at least in the rulebooks I have.
So, looking at various factions and places described in the Dungeon Master's Book that came with the Dungeon Master's Kit, I decided that I would type up my own backgrounds and share them with the community.
Some of the text in these backgrounds are quotes from the book, a lot of it is invented. I'm sure there is expanded material out that conflicts with the liberties I've taken.
I intend to run The Twisting Halls, followed by The Reavers of Harkenwold, and these backgrounds reflect that idea, but they can be easily modified to accomodate different plot hooks or a more general idea.
DMs more inventive and knowledgable than myself could conceivably add Powers to these and make them into full fledged Themes ala the Neverwinter Campaign Guide.
Anyway, I hope it helps somebody spice up player options. It's just a for-fun exercise, and you're free to use it.
There are twelve backgrounds in all. They are written in such a way that there are no pre-requisites for them. Some might fit a dwarf more, or a mage, or a half-orc, or what have you, but it allows for there to be exceptions in every case.
Let me know what you think.
Here is a link to the file on Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2QK8Jx23CcyWFpmUWM4bFF4ZjA/edit?usp=sharing