Backgrounds

Creating Backgrounds

You might want to customize your character with a unique background. Creating your own background is a simple process. You choose four skills and a trait from the sample backgrounds, and spend 175 gp on gear. (You can't also take the equipment package suggested for your class.) If you can't find a trait that matches your desired background, work with your DM to write one.

As a rule of thumb, a trait should tie your character to the world in some way. It should provide links to organizations and people that your character had contact with in the days before he or she became an adventurer. It can also reflect special advantages and opportunities that a member of that background enjoys. Traits never improve your character's class abilities or provide numerical bonuses on checks, saves, and so forth.

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Type your Backgrounds Name in the text-box below and click on create, to get started.

Backgrounds

This list may contain homebrew content

Spirit Reaver

  • As a Spirit Reaver you defer to the authority of the all god Manu. unknown to most Manu is the creator of all time and space. He is a constant force of balance in the universe and as a Spirit Reaver...…..Continue Reading

Far Traveler

  • Almost all of the common people and other folk that one might encounter along the Sword Coast or in the North have one thing in common: they live out their lives without ever traveling more than a few...…..Continue Reading

Commoner

  • You come from a humble social rank, perhaps working as a farmer, servant, or laborer. Although your background is not as glamorous as others, you find it easy to blend in wherever you go and have a...…..Continue Reading

Bounty Hunter

  • However fine and noble the world might have seemed at first glance, once you dug a little deeper beneath the facade, a deeper truth revealed itself to you. Conflict and strife are the only real...…..Continue Reading

Artisan

  • You apprenticed under a master artisan until you learned enough to strike out on your own. You have the skills needed to create finished items from raw materials. Additionally, you are well connected...…..Continue Reading

Urchin

  • You grew up on the streets alone, orphaned, and poor. You had no one to watch over you or to provide for you, so you learned to provide for yourself. You fought fiercely over food and kept a constant...…..Continue Reading

Soldier

  • War has been your life for as long as you care to remember. You trained as a youth, studied the use of weapons and armor, learned basic survival techniques, including how to stay alive on the...…..Continue Reading

Sailor

  • You sailed on a seagoing vessel for years. In that time, you faced down mighty storms, monsters of the deep, and those who wanted to sink your craft to the bottomless depths. Your first love is the...…..Continue Reading

Sage

  • You spent years learning the lore of the multiverse. You scoured manuscripts, studied scrolls, and listened to the greatest experts on the subjects that interest you. Your efforts have made you a...…..Continue Reading

Outlander

  • You grew up in the wilds, far from civilization and the comforts of town and technology. You’ve witnessed the migration of herds larger than forests, survived weather more extreme than any...…..Continue Reading

Noble

  • You understand wealth, power, and privilege. You carry a noble title, and your family owns land, collects taxes, and wields significant political influence. You might be a pampered aristocrat...…..Continue Reading

Hermit

  • You lived in seclusion—either in a sheltered community such as a monastery, or entirely a lone—for a formative part of your life. In your time apart from the clamor of society, you found quiet,...…..Continue Reading

Guild Artisan

  • You are a member of an artisan's guild, skilled in a particular field and closely associated with other artisans. You are a well-established part of the mercantile world, freed by talent and wealth...…..Continue Reading

Folk Hero

  • You come from a humble social rank, but you are destined for so much more. Already the people of your home village regard you as their champion, and your destiny calls you to stand against the tyrants...…..Continue Reading

Entertainer

  • You thrive in front of an audience. You know how to entrance them, entertain them, and even inspire them. Your poetics can stir the hearts of those who hear you, awakening grief or joy, laughter or...…..Continue Reading

Criminal

  • You are an experienced criminal with a history of breaking the law. You have spent a lot of time among other criminals and still have contacts within the criminal underworld. You’re far closer than...…..Continue Reading

Charlatan

  • You have always had a way with people. You know what makes them tick, you can tease out their hearts' desires after a few minutes of conversation, and with a few leading questions you can read them...…..Continue Reading

Acolyte

  • You have spent your life in the service of a temple to a specific god or pantheon of gods. You act as an intermediary between the realm of the holy and the mortal world, performing sacred rites and...…..Continue Reading

External Homebrewed Backgrounds

Adventurer
Afflicted
Almost the Chosen One
Antiquarian
Apothecary
Assassin
Battlesmith
Bewitched
Bounty Hunter
Brute
Buckaroo
Camper
City Guard
Clone
Cursed
Diplomat
Dishonored Noble
Doctor
Duelist
Executioner
Exile
Experiment
Farmer
Feral Child
Firefighter
Fourth Wall Breaker

Gladiator
Gypsy
Hellborn
Idol Follower
Inquirer
Librarian
Lone Survivor
Master Inquisitor
Mercenary
Metal Worker
Monster
Monster Hunter
Mystic
Prospector
Psychic
Reaver
Salesman
Scavenger
Seeker of a Lost Life
Shadow Thieves' Guild Member
Slave
Slayer
Spy
Squire
Student of Magic
Unknown
Urban Vigilante
Writer

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