Six or more tragic background stories to be revealed when the PC’s have just victimized a hitherto faceless, nameless NPC (inadvertently or otherwise), which will force the PC’s to act either heartbroken and repentant or cruel and callous. (Or maybe just emotionally dead)
Ok, so your PC’s have been dicks to someone. How are you going to make them feel like crap for it? I’ve posted some below, but I gotta say there’s a good chance your players will just fall over laughing…
Hob was bringing that herbal concoction to his sick daughter when you crowded past him and pushed him over the edge fo the cliff.
Bram was born blind, but his eyesight was restored to him just this morning. He was travelling back to his village to see his wife for the first time when you allowed that band of goblins to take him hostage and behead him.
Helgan’s virginity was pledged to the Count in exchange for the release of a brother from debtor’s prison. Now you’ve ruined that plan.
Marianne had caught the Vizier’s eye and had his trust. She had the poison from the assassin’s guild and knew how to administer just enough to kill him and avid suspicion. Now that you have killed her, her daughter will be a ward of the Caliphate, under the supervision of the Vizier…
That was Tig’s dog you ate. Tig is seven and was born the same day as that dog.
Half-glove was a lieutenant in the guard for thirty years. He was going to retire in six days.
Luthien was an elf. He was eight-hundred-years old. He had travelled the length and breadth of this continent, had seen the most beautiful sights, could recite poems not heard in centuries, cook recipes once reserved for kings with ingredients found in any peasant’s cupboard, play the harp to make a demon weep, knew treatments for the worst ailments known to man, the location of lost kingdoms, supported the orphans of anyone who he’d known to die in battle and, in short, knew the secrets to worldly contentment and equanimity, held the keys to peace and was a treasure to any who had met him. Until you killed him for his horse.
[Look, I don’t really think any of these will work but if they do, be sure to tell me.]
Also: a note to orsobuffo: I have been working on your request. It’s taking a bit longer than I want but you are not forgotten. I am going to do a few more requests before posting yours in the interests of not losing steam. The results will be either spectacular or craptacular.