Th character’s biography will influence their storyline immediately. Once you have created your character’s race, class, and gender, you may choose your physical appearance – and there are a ton of options! From there, you are offered a chance to answer several detailed questions about your character’s personality, history, and background.
Some of these questions are defined by earlier choices – a character’s race, class, or heritage. An asura will be asked what college they attended (Synergetics, Dynamics or Statics), while a human will be asked to define their social background (Gentry, Commoner, or Streets). Other questions might establish that your character has sympathy for a particular lesser race. A charr would have little opportunity to meet the peace-loving quaggan, as quaggan are sea-creatures and Ascalon has no coastal territory. So, while the game may have stories that focus on the quaggan, skritt, ogres, hylek, and grawl, a charr character chooses between grawl, skritt and ogres. A sylvari character, coming from the coastal Maguuma jungle, instead chooses between hylek, skritt and quaggan. In this way, we’ve made certain choices distinct to each race.
In order to develop your character’s personality, the biography also has questions that are applicable to all races and classes. If you describe your character as intimidating and unfriendly, the reactions of NPCs will be different than if you choose to portray yourself as charming and kind. If you are simply making an alt character to see if you enjoy a class or race, you can choose ‘random selection,’ and these questions will be instantly filled out for you. But if you take a moment and answer, your character’s story will be tailored to meet your interests, and match your vision of the person you have created within the world of Tyria.