Splode wrote:This one guy I GMed for refused to give his character a backstory. His justification was "He has amnesia!".
I once wrote up a character who had no backstory. She had amnesia because she had so much exposure to the Fey that she became too mutable to have a concrete identity. She even has a Barbarian archetype that gave her the ability to gain different abilities by switching faces. Whenever somebody asks her about her past, she just makes something up on the spot, and seems to honestly believe it, despite telling a different story each time. Nobody understands her motives or ways of thinking, least of all her. Her whims and instincts, which she obeys unquestioningly, fall into Chaotic Good territory, so she isn't overly destructive and isn't known to attack people without reason, but she is odd in the low-Charisma sense. I have never written any information about what her backstory actually was before becoming feytouched, because the lack of any sort of explanation of who she is or where she comes from works for the character concept. When the fey are involved, things just are. You can't explain it, and there isn't any logic to it.
See? No-backstory amnesiac characters can be done in a flavorful manner.
Sounds like someone's been wearing the Mask of Lost Identity!