Silas says: "It's not failing unless you've died yet."
This week, my son, who turns four in four days, insisted that "I want to use that book [5e Players Handbook] to make a character for my stories!" So, I broke out the six-sided dice, taught him how to roll stats (4d6, drop lowest), asked him a few basic questions, and translated his riffing into stats. His responses (actual quotes) and the results appear below.
What do you want to be?
"I want to play a dragon!"What is your dragon's job?
"He's really a nice fighter named Khaka! Khaka is a good name for a dragon!"
"My dragon's job is killing gnomes. He just breathes fire and that's how he kills gnomes."
Does he do anything else?
"He actually likes to cook pasta with meatballs for people. He's a cooker and a fighter."
"He's good at swimming, but if he swims he gets really sick."
What is his background? What was he like as a kid?
"He is a HERO!"
"He was actually a TERRIBLE MONSTER before he was a hero. When he was a baby he was a terrible monster. When he was a terrible monster he made fire, but when he was a hero he just saved the day all the time." [sadly I cannot capture the matter-of-fact voice and knowing nodding that accompanied this last statement]
(This is a more detailed background than I get from many adult gamers...)
So he kills gnomes. What does he use other than fire?
"I use a sword and shield to fight. Like 'I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield down by the riverside...'" [starts singing]
"And he needs a saw and an axe!"
Male Dragonborn (Brass) Fighter*, Folk Hero Background
Stats: [4d6, drop lowest, in order]
Hit Points: 9
Armor Class: 16
Breath Weapon (30-ft. line of fire)
Damage Resistance vs. Fire
Fighting Style (Protection)
Armor: Light Armor, Medium Armor, Heavy Armor, Shields
Weapons: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Tools: Cook's Utensils, Land Vehicles
Saving Throws: Strength, Constitution
Skills: Animal Handling, Athletics, Intimidation, Survival
Languages: Common, Draconic
Longsword and Shield
Belt pouch w/ 10gp
* Given the "gnome-killing" aspect, he could have been a Ranger with gnomes as his favored enemy, but Silas used the term "Fighter" multiple times without prompting, so we'll trust his judgement.