Developing your character into someone who has a rich story can be a fun and rewarding process. You likely have an idea of what race and what class you want to play, but you might have only a general idea of what your character’s life was like before you start playing the character at the gaming table. A theme can help you flesh out your character and provide some interesting options for developing his or her background.
This article details two character themes, the samurai and the yakuza. Both of these themes have a flavor that ties them to the FORGOTTEN REALMS setting, particularly a campaign that centers on or touches on the fringes of the far eastern realm of Kara-Tur.