Factions play a crucial role in shaping the dynamics of a fantasy realm. Creating your own factions from scratch can be a daunting task, but this d100 list of one hundred motivations (fifty good, fifty evil) for factions can serve as a valuable resource to kickstart the creation process.
|To rid the world of any demonic presence.
|To enslave a particular race.
|To reclaim their ancestral home.
|To conquer a neighboring region.
|To root out cult activity in the region.
|To bring back a dead God that was slain thousands of years ago.
|To hunt down witches that reside in the region.
|To achieve the power of immortality.
|To protect the Emperor from all threats.
|To destroy the sun and usher in eternal night.
|To find and preserve holy relics across the region.
|To kill a particular Lawful God.
|To take back an ancient religious site from the hands of evil.
|To summon an ancient and powerful demon lord.
|To stop a currently ongoing apocalypse.
|To eliminate all magic users in the realm.
|To stop an evil prophecy from taking place in the world.
|To stockpile magic items in preparation for the apocalypse.
|To trade and barter with neighboring regions.
|To find 666 humanoid sacrifices for their dark God.
|To preserve ancient books and scrolls from across the region.
|To kill the Emperor and replace him with a lookalike.
|To spread the word of a particular Lawful god.
|To amass an army of mindless undead.
|To protect and preserve an entire forest.
|To gain the forbidden knowledge of the Old Gods.
|To spy on a particular evil faction and report their findings to the Emperor.
|To evolve into superior beings.
|To explore and map all of the unknown places in the region.
|To make contact with the Old Gods.
|To aid and protect those less fortunate.
|To steal as much money as possible.
|To slay dangerous monsters that terrorize the region.
|To create a disease that will plague the world.
|To collect and follow ancient treasure maps.
|To spy on and influence the decisions of the Emperor.
|To smite down heretics in the region.
|To form a powerful dark coven of witches.
|To gain political influence in order to control trade routes in the region.
|To assassinate powerful individuals for the right price.
|To keep magic users from dabbling in the Dark Arts.
|To smuggle dangerous drugs into the region.
|To collect, transcribe, and research spell tomes and ancient magic items.
|To control the seas by force.
|To root out slave lords and stop slavery in the region.
|To bring a powerful Vampire lord back from the dead.
|To establish trade routes to the farthest reaches of the region.
|To open a portal to the Nine Hells.
|To travel to an unknown part of the region.
|To steal from the wealthy.
|To vanquish and smite the mindless undead.
|To steal corpses from graveyards in order to harvest their organs.
|To rebuild a destroyed holy city.
|To worship a great and powerful dragon.
|To build a new druidic circle.
|To usurp the throne and bring a new ruler into power.
|To reclaim a holy relic that was stolen.
|To teach the lost art of necromancy to those worthy of learning it.
|To stop the spread of a terrifying new plague.
|To collect blood for an Old God.
|To enact revenge against corrupt leaders.
|To build a colossal tomb for a dying evil god.
|To rebuilt a holy cathedral.
|To conquer the entire region by force.
|To bring about a new age of prosperity.
|To run a successful underground gambling ring.
|To develop the cure to a terrible disease.
|To bring back a powerful elemental creature.
|To gather information regarding a lost historical event.
|To prepare the world for the coming of an Arch-Devil.
|To study the stars and the meaning behind them.
|To create a powerful and deadly disease.
|To help their race regain their magical heritage.
|To buy and sell illegal items on a black market.
|To research the secrets of the universe.
|To dominate the supernatural world and control the undead.
|To aid lesser beings into governing themselves.
|To steal a priceless artifact from the King's treasury.
|To defend another civilization from being wiped out by an evil presence.
|To keep other factions warring and at each other's throats.
|To act as a private army for a Church of Good.
|To combine this world and a twisted shadow realm together.
|To rid their people of an ancestral curse.
|To collect the bones of an evil dragon that were spread all across the realm.
|To save an endangered species from going extinct.
|To completely wipe out another civilization.
|To hunt down dragons that terrorize the region.
|To subject the people of the realm to the dark gifts of their chaotic God.
|To uphold the traditions and legacies of their ancestors.
|To strike fear into the hearts of everyone in the realm.
|To secure valuable resources in the name of the Empire.
|To complete a centuries-long ritual to bring about a long dead Lich.
|To collect valuable artwork, sculptures, and literature from a civilization long gone.
|To build a structure big enough to impress their God.
|To start a new civilization from scratch.
|To bring about the apocalypse.
|To aid and help refugees in a time of war.
|To kill everyone who practices a particular Lawful religion.
|To defend civilizations who aren't strong enough to keep the forces of evil at bay.
|To serve and worship an evil Dark Lord, preparing to enter the material realm.