Every kid has a favorite toy - even if the toy isn't really supposed to be a toy. What was your villain's favorite toy when he or she was a small child? (If your conflict has no clear villain, choose an antagonist or a foil for your character.)
He had a long but fairly dull dagger made of pure gold on his 6th birthday. His parents figured he couldn't cause too much damage with such a soft metal, and he wanted very badly to be just like his big brother, who got to have a real sword. His father was known as a brilliant swordsman (as well as a cruel tyrant and a vicious conquerer), and he wanted his father to be proud of him.