Alright, so starting this summer I am running a campaign for a group of friends and one of my players sent me this wall of text I'm about to copy and paste below. Effectively, I need to create balanced, but still Impactful Intelligent Items equipped with a backstory and an emotion/alignment. Here is the backstory he sent me.
-Tabias- Bearer of the Family of Espateth
-Tabias never met his father, nor any of his Grandparents either. His mother, Elwin, was a caring moral compass for Tabias who worked as the caretaker for the Espateth Family Mosuleum of Relics. Tabias heard stories of his father Horas Espateth, who was a reclusive artificer of renown skill. It is said that a fraction of his heart and soul go into every artifact he crafts. The exact age of Espateth is unknown, but it is known that he is at least 6 generations old and has other world beauty. Picking up the family trade, Tabias is the book keeper of historical records of the Relics of the Family of Espateth. Tabias hated his job. He never understood his mother's value that she put on these Relics. As a kid his mother use to tell her that she would go talk to them to call them down and let them know what's going on in the real world as "life is pretty boring when your stuck on a shelf all day". Tabias chalked this up to children stories. One bitter Winter's Night, when staying late at the Espateth Family Mousuleum of Relics a robber came in and robbed what he could before he ran into Elwin. In his escape he stabbed Elwin and left her dying on the floor. She did not die that night, but would in the week to come as desiese took her life. In her dying days Elwin told Tabias the story of his family history.
Horas Elspateth was no oridinary man. Celestial, Demigod, no one truly knows, but he is much more than any mortal. Horas has had many lovers of many Races and Genders throughout the years and love them all till their death. Horas was a man of great heart and could not bear to watch his lovers die. To save them, he would take their ashes and forge them into magical relics. Whenever He found a new lover, he would ask them to watch over his family. This happened again and again, with assortments from decorative amulets, to intracate wands, to Armour, to weapons being forged. Things changed with Elwin. For as many lovers as he has had, he has never been able to bare an offspring. In fear of being unable to an adequate father, Horas provided Elwin with the means of taking care of Tabias on her own. He set up the Mousuleum for Elwin and told a few of his trusted family where she could find him if the situation turned your enough.
Tabias, with his newfound knowledge of his family history, and with a few of his inteegent artifact distant family in his possession, he is off to bring his mother's ashes to his elusive father so that he can forge her into his family. Tabias is also looking for his missing family as one of them may know the way to where his farther now resides in soitude.
-Actual mechanics: A character that holds a multitude of intelligent items some that get along, some that don't, that are all different objects with all different unique properties(as per being magic) that relfect their personality in some way. Work closely with GM in creation of these magic items. Tabias is a Archeologist Bard.
Example item, (Siezire Scouge- the 800 year old Male Elf wand of Magic Missiles with the ancient property[25% chance of forgetting how to use it's ability] that sometimes offers good advice but usually just talks old person gibberish)
Alright,so what do you guys got? Don't worry about what level he will be when he gets them. He will not be starting with the entire family set of Items. He will probably find a few along the way;)