This is my first serious campaign, as I've played a few but we acted stupid the whole time. I'm rather excited to do it seriously. My DM has requested a backstory for my character, and I've been giving it serious thought. I'm thinking that maybe his mother, an elf, was raped by a wandering group of mercenaries in the forest. She belonged to a very anti-human elven society, and it turns out the mercenaries were human. When she gives birth to him, she was shunned. She raises him in the forest until he's about 15, then she tells him the story of how and why he was born. All she can remember about the group that raped her, is that try wore iron chains with iron hand pendants on the chain. After telling this story, she gives in to depression and dies. He was distraught, so he wandered out of the woods. He came across a small town, and in it, was a bard telling stories of fabulous heroes. He fell in love with the art of storytelling, and became a bard. He also found he was a natural with a lute. That's all I've got so far, but I've been considering other things. Maybe he is racist towards humans, and tells other people he is a full blooded elf. We've also considered having another one of my party members playing an older character, who turns out to be the half-elfs father. Any suggestions and opinions are appreciated.