How do I make a NPC that is dead inside and disinterested in the world around him while also being someone whom my party will care about?
As a DM I like to insert NPC’s into the party and role play as them along side my players. This time I wanted to give my inserted NPC a bit more of a dark backstory. Something akin to – he and a girl where in love, he went away with a group promising to return to her, the group betrayed him, time passed (years) with him growing colder each day, his past love finds him but he wants nothing to do with her, she follows after him usually only a day behind, he joins the party.
I’ve seen DM’s use distant, disassociated NPC’s in the past but when they did it the party would just ignore the NPC. The thought being “If they are just going to be distant then I’m not going to bother interacting with them. I’ve got better things to do than find out whats wrong with this character”.
How do I get my players to like him?