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  • Deserter

    Deserter

    In many ancient worlds, military service was compulsory and armies were filled with conscripted peasants led by noble officers. This does not lead to enthusiastic military service the same way an all-volunteer army does. Deserting …

  • Healer

    Healer

    You worked in a village or a city to help heal the sick and wounded in your community. You may have been formally educated and call yourself a doctor or surgeon, or you may have been taught what you know from a relative or mentor in …

  • Acolyte

    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 offering sacrifices to conduct …

  • Actor (Entertainer)

    Actor (Entertainer)

    You thrive in front of an audience. Your voice, gestures, and wit are your instruments. You entertain, educate, incite, inspire, and/or insult with style and force of presence. The qualities that make a person appealing …

  • Afflicted - Cursed

    Afflicted: Cursed

    You were cursed for a significant portion of your life. As a result, you were scorned, shunned, and/or feared for years within your home community. The curse may have been placed on you by a magic using humanoid, or by …

  • Afflicted - Haunted

    Afflicted: Haunted

    You are haunted by something so terrible that you dare not speak of it. You’ve tried to bury it and flee from it, to no avail. This thing that haunts you can’t be slain with a sword or banished with a spell. …

  • Afflicted - Possessed

    Afflicted: Possessed

    You spent a significant amount of time enthralled by some being. You may remember every moment as if watching your life from deep within yourself unable to exercise your will. Or you may have few incoherent memories of …

  • Amnesiac

    Amnesiac

    You awoke one day with no memory of your past. At random times, you will get a flashback or sense that something in your surroundings is connected to your past, but you have no cohesive idea of your past life. Work with your DM to …

  • Apprentice Alchemist

    Apprentice Alchemist

    You were trained in a formal school of Alchemy or under the tutelage of an experienced Alchemist. Your training in, and understanding of, matters arcane and natural are highly valued as are the consumable products you …

  • Apprentice Enchanter

    Apprentice Enchanter

    The world you live in is full of magic and the people of that world have learned to harness that magic to create items that better their lives in a variety of ways. You trained under a magic user who spent most their …

  • Apprentice Mage

    Apprentice Mage

    You have worked and studied in a wizard academy or under the direct supervision of a powerful wizard. Your time has given you a comprehensive understanding of magic and the fundamentals of spellcasting. Discuss the details …

  • Apprentice Shaman

    Apprentice Shaman

    You come from a primitive people who have a tribal spiritual leader that you trained under. There are many different shamanic rites and practices, but you have probably undergone rituals that altered your state of …

  • Artist

    Artist

    You have a gift. The images you create are spot on reflections of the world around you or wildly creative and colorful reinterpretations. You can accurately reproduce the world around you in images. This has made you a comfortable …

  • Athlete

    Athlete

    From a young age, you were allowed to cultivate an athletic talent as a full-time activity. You were either born into a family that encouraged your development, or your obvious ability was recognized by a patron devoted to your …

  • BankerMoneylender

    Banker/Moneylender

    You worked with money, either holding it safely or lending it (legally or otherwise). You were in a profession where trustworthiness and accuracy is a must. You are intimately familiar with calculating interest, accurate …

  • Barkeep

    Barkeep

    You served others food, drinks, and information. You may have worked in a seedy location or someplace reputable and clean. You are often a hub in the rumor mill of your community. You usually know or have heard about most of the …

  • Boarded Noble

    Boarded Noble

    In some heavily populated areas with established noble families there is a tradition of sending the children of the wealthy and powerful to boarding schools. This tradition allows the parents to attend to their duties without …

  • BookkeeperManager

    Bookkeeper/Manager

    You have spent several years managing the affairs, personnel, operations, and/or finances of a small to medium sized business. This may be a family operation, or you may have been hired by someone who recognized your …

  • Burglar (Criminal)

    Burglar (Criminal)

    You are an experienced criminal with a history of breaking the law. You spent time breaking into homes or businesses and stealing valuables. You have contacts within your home community who can provide you with …

  • Caravan Driver

    Caravan Driver

    You are used to life on the road. It is no life of luxury, but driving goods and people around is steady income. You have traveled every major trade route close to your home, including the best backroads and shortcuts. Or …

  • Charlatan

    Charlatan

    You know how people tick and can tease out what they long for. With the right few questions you can read them like a book. You know what people want and what you can get by offering it to them. You are the master of a confidence …

  • Clan Crafter (Dwarf)

    Clan Crafter (Dwarf)

    Dwarves are known for their master artisans’ exceptional skill in crafting items of intricate detail and enduring durability. The craftsmanship of dwarven artisans hinge upon secrets handed down from one …

  • Construct

    Construct

    You were created. You may be a formerly inanimate object brought to life by some arcane energies. You may have been alive once, died, then somehow been re-animated by some remnant of your own soul. Your soul may have been …

  • Cook

    Cook

    You were a cook in an establishment that served the public or perhaps a chef in a private home. It was hot and busy work that provided a meager but steady income. There was no aspiration of fame to motivate you to cook. Public houses …

  • Courtesan

    Courtesan

    You have worked the world’s oldest profession, whether cheaply or for more wealthy clients. You may have worked in a brothel full of others or by yourself on the streets and in back alleys. Regardless of where you were or …

  • Criminal

    Criminal

    You are an experienced criminal with contacts in the underworld and a history of breaking the law. You have spent a lot of time with other criminals, and still have many criminal contacts. You have survived, and possibly thrived, …

  • Dockworker

    Dockworker

    ​​​​​​​You worked (and probably lived) on the docks of a river, lake, or sea. You spent your days laboring hard and socializing with other common folk who worked just as hard as you. You were part of a close-knit community and …

  • Domestic Servant

    Domestic Servant

    You were a servant in the home of a noble or wealthy merchant. You may have been a specialized servant, handling only certain duties (maid, governess, kitchen helper), or you may have handled a variety of chores the wealthy …

  • Double Agent

    Double Agent

    You are an informant for an agency or faction in a large urban region, but secretly you provide false information on behalf of an opposing organization. You may be an informant for the city watch who provides them false intel …

  • EnvoyAdvisor (Noble)

    Envoy/Advisor (Noble)

    You are of noble birth, and due to your wit, knowledge, or connections your counsel is quite valued. You are a trusted advisor and representative who has served a highborn lord for years. You advise him/her from …

  • Explorer

    Explorer

    You used to explore the unknown regions of your homeland. You may have explored mountains, forests, waterways, or underground caverns. You may have been seeking out the ruins of ancient civilizations from written histories and …

  • Extraplanar - Evil

    Extraplanar: Evil

    You come from a plane where evil is ever-present. You may come from the Abyss, the Shadowfell, Gehenna, or one of the nine Hells. Your home is a place where cruelty, pain, and dominance are the norm.

    Discuss your …

  • Extraplanar - Exotic

    Extraplanar: Exotic

    You come from a plane that is unusual and distinctive. You may come from a place where the natural laws are perverted or do not apply or function at all. You may come from a place where creatures from other planes …

  • Extraplanar - Good

    Extraplanar: Good

    You come from a plane where kindness, love, and respect are the dominant ideals. You may come from a plane where celestials are born and live. You may come from a place where gods call home. You may come from a peaceful …

  • Extraplanar - Lawful

    Extraplanar: Lawful

    You come from a plane where order reigns supreme. You may come from the Nine Hells, where devils adhere to a strict hierarchy of power. You may come from Mechanus, where order and predictability are all encompassing. You …

  • Extraplanar - Neutral

    Extraplanar: Neutral

    You come from a plane that is not strongly aligned with any ideal. You may come from a primordial plane, the Astral plane, or the Ethereal plane. You may come from a small pocket plane where most pass through, or that …

  • Faction Agent

    Faction Agent

    There are several factions that operate across the world without regard to national boundaries. They seek to advance their own agendas and goals; often quite aggressively. You work on behalf of a faction as your talents fit …

  • Fanatic - Cultist

    Fanatic: Cultist

    You are completely committed, body, mind, and soul, to a religious order. You were (or still are) a member of a cult or other religious order that worships a nontraditional deity. Your order and its ideals and practices …

  • Fanatic - Revolutionary

    Fanatic: Revolutionary

    You are certain that some aspect of your life would be much better if there was a change in the philosophy of you governing. You actively foment change in your community. You may want to dispel the Noble classes and …

  • Fanatic - Zealot

    Fanatic: Zealot

    You are a believer who worships the traditional gods of your region, but you take your worship to extremes. You may be involved with a group of devotees who all share extreme interpretations and practices. You may be alone …

  • Farmer

    Farmer

    You have lived a simple life, as did your family before you. You worked on a farm that was probably tended by your family for generations. You are quite used to hard work and early rising and aren’t afraid to get dirty.

  • Feral - Abandoned

    Feral: Abandoned

    You were left on your own at a very young age with no other people around you to care for you or teach you. You may have been found later and taught to speak, but you will always bear the marks of your time left alone to …

  • Fisherman

    Fisherman

    You are a small-time fisherman (or women) who fished from your own boat in a safe harbor, river, or lake. Or you worked as part of a crew on board a larger vessel that threw lines or nets in the open sea or large lake. You took …

  • Folk Hero

    Folk Hero

    You come from a humble social rank, but are destined for more. The people of your home village regard you as their hero and claim your destiny is to stand for small folk in all the lands. You may have stood up to a local monster …

  • Fostered - Ancient

    Fostered: Ancient

    You were raised by a creature of great power that has a vastly longer lifespan than you. At best, you were raised as a curious toy by a Dragon, Djinn, or Celestial who was certain you will never be their equal. At worst, …

  • Fostered - Elder Race

    Fostered: Elder Race

    You were raised by a race of humanoids whose lifespan is significantly longer than yours. You may be a short lived being raised by humans or dwarves. You may be a human or dwarf raised by elves or fey. They may have …

  • Fugitive

    Fugitive

    You are on the run for a serious crime that has you wanted and pursued with a bounty on your head. You have been accused or convicted of a crime that you may or may not have committed. You either fled upon accusation, or were …

  • Gambler

    Gambler

    Games of chance and luck are what you live for. You understand the true game you are playing, where most others who play are clueless about what is really going on. This may make it look like you are luckier than others, but it& …

  • Guard

    Guard

    Your physical attributes and demeanor have led you to a life protecting your community. You either worked as a city guard, village watchman/woman, or as private security for a caravan, noble, or merchant. You are used to staying alert …

  • Guild Artisan

    Guild Artisan

    You are a member of an artisans’ guild. You are skilled in a field and freed from the constraints of feudal society by your association with others who produce goods of great value. You learned your skill as an …

  • HarvesterForager

    Harvester/Forager/Trapper

    You harvest a natural resource where it grows. You may be a lumberjack or mushroom hunter, or perhaps you seek out and harvest reagents for an alchemist or healer. You might also harvest local animals for …

  • Herder

    Herder

    You tended many animals. They could have been freeroaming over a large area or enclosed in one small pen or yard. They could have been large herd animals or small birds or land animals. You safeguarded the herd from predators and …

  • Hermit

    Hermit

    You lived a life of solitude. You chose to avoid other people for religious, spiritual, or personal reasons. You may have lived in a small community or in complete isolation.

    Discuss the reasons for your seclusion, and how …

  • Independent Artisan

    Independent Artisan

    Some skilled craftspersons associate themselves with a guild. Others, due to geographic isolation or other personal reasons, do not. You are skilled in a craft and choose not to seek membership within a guild. This …

  • InformantSpy

    Informant/Spy

    You provide information to an organization discreetly. You may have a mundane position in society, or your only role may be as an espionage agent. You may provide information to make extra money, you may do it because you are …

  • Inheritor (Noble)

    Inheritor (Noble)

    You carry a noble title, and your family owns land, collects taxes, and wields significant political influence. In addition, you are the heir to something of great value, an object that has been entrusted to you and you …

  • InnShop Keeper

    Inn/Shop Keeper

    You worked in an Inn or Shop serving the community by providing wares or services. You were not the merchant who travelled and/or bartered for the price of the goods; nor were you the artisan or alchemist who created the …

  • InvestigatorAuditor

    Investigator/Auditor

    You evaluated details to solve mysteries or ensure endeavors were going according to plan. You may have worked as an independent contractor, or as a member of a local guard unit. You may have audited businesses in dank …

  • Labourer

    Labourer

    You provided physical labour to earn a living. You may have dug ditches, limbed trees, cleared sewers, and/or swept walkways for a city. You may have been a grave digger or groundskeeper for a church or noble. You may have been a …

  • LawyerSolicitor

    Lawyer/Solicitor

    You have studied the laws of your region for years. You provide legal advice and council, and/or make official requests and inquiries on others behalf. Your training and experience make you invaluable in an urban setting.

  • Medic

    Medic

    You aided wounded soldiers in an army or guard unit. You may have served double duty as soldier or guard and medic, or you may have provided medical services only. You may have served during a war or in an area where border conflicts …

  • Merchant

    Merchant

    You were a trader that was actively engaged in the process of buying and selling merchandise. Perhaps you were a travelling merchant who led a caravan from place to place buying what was available at a low cost in one spot and …

  • Messenger

    Messenger

    You are fleet of foot, have a good memory for spoken messages, and are trustworthy. You have been called on to relay messages and handle other odd jobs for a wealthy, noble, and/or otherwise influential person or persons in your …

  • Miner

    Miner

    You work underground laboring for valuable resources. You may work for yourself mining a single claim or cave system on your property. You might be part of a large operation that pays well, or pays nothing and uses slave labor.

  • Musician (Entertainer)

    Musician (Entertainer)

    You thrive in front of an audience. You entertain, educate, incite, inspire, and/or insult with your instruments and your voice. A powerful voice and skillfully played instrument enthrall and demand the attention of …

  • Noble

    Noble

    You carry a noble title, and your family owns land, collects taxes, and wields significant political influence. You might be a pampered aristocrat unfamiliar with work or discomfort, a former merchant just elevated to the nobility, or …

  • Nomad

    Nomad

    You come from a group of people who travel across the land and do not have one year-round home. You may come from what most would consider a primitive tribe. You may come from a group of people who appear much the same as small town …

  • OracleSeerPsychic

    Oracle/Seer/Psychic

    You have a connection to the world and can see things that others cannot. You receive visions where you clearly see events occurring in either faraway places or at time in the past or future. Your visions may be the …

  • OutcastOutlander

    Outcast/Outlander

    You live in the wilds. You may have been cast out of your home for some transgression, or you may have always lived outside the societies of others. You are not part of a tribe that roams or refuses to adopt current …

  • Pirate

    Pirate

    You sailed with a rough crew of buccaneers. You committed crimes on the open water and may be wanted for your activities.

    Skill Proficiency: Athletics and choose one from: Intimidation, Perception, Sleight …

  • Pit Fighter

    Pit Fighter

    You have been forced to fight, possibly for your life, since you were young. You may have been a slave, purchased to provide cheap thrills for your owner. You may have been introduced into a rough life by your family, or entered …

  • Primitive Tribe Member

    Primitive Tribe Member

    You were born and raised on the lands of your tribe. Your people have a home region where they reside year-round. You may come from people who are physically isolated and have had little contact from “civilized& …

  • Prisoner

    Prisoner

    You spent a significant portion of your life incarcerated. You may have been innocent but poor, run over by the machinations of a system you lacked the ability to understand or influence. You may have been guilty, either of& …

  • Sailor

    Sailor

    You were part of the crew of a large sea-going vessel. You may have served on a military vessel or a merchant vessel. You may have fought off pirates or sea beasts, or perhaps you ran a short, peaceful trade route.

  • Savant

    Savant

    You were born with an exceptional knack for a skill or trade (or both). Your ability earned you renown and quite possibly envy and awe. You have developed your skill your whole life; practicing is part of your daily routine.

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  • Scholar - HistorianSage

    Scholar - Historian/Sage

    The sage is a scholar of regional and world history. You know the political history and battles of the region you are in, and how they shaped the borders of the region. You also know of the history and important …

  • Scholar - Naturalist

    Scholar - Naturalist

    The naturalist studies animals (natural and magical), plants, and the land they live on. Unlike many other scholars, you gain knowledge from firsthand experience out in the world getting dirty as well as books.

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  • Scholar - Occultist

    Scholar - Occultist

    Occultists study arcane knowledge with a focus on extraplanar regions and beings, and their interactions with your world. You may have had some firsthand experience with a being from another plane, or your knowledge may …

  • Scholar - Theologist

    Scholar - Theologist

    The Theologist studies religion. You know of the rites and deities of multiple pantheons from multiple races. You know of the primary (and possibly smaller) ceremonies regularly practiced by adherents. You also know of …

  • ScribeCartographer

    Scribe/Cartographer

    You take written works and duplicate them or create and duplicate maps. Perhaps you translated these documents into a different language as well. Your job was essential for maintaining libraries and sharing knowledge.

  • Smuggler (Criminal)

    Smuggler (Criminal)

    Legitimate trade is subject to tax and regulation of what, where, and how much of a good can be traded or sold. There are always those who wish to obtain goods without sharing profits to taxation. Others wish to deal in …

  • Socialite (Noble)

    Socialite (Noble)

    Some were born into struggle and conflict, but you were born into money, influence, and entitlement. Some families in some areas of the world are so well established and secure that they have the luxury of being part of a …

  • Soldier

    Soldier

    Most wars are fought by armies of conscripted peasants led by militant nobles. These soldiers are pressed into service, rewarded with a meager portion of the spoils of war, then those still living are returned home at conflicts …

  • Squire (Noble)

    Squire (Noble)

    A squire is a young noble who is under the tutelage of a noble knight or lord. Squires learn about weapons, warfare, and tactics by watching and assisting. When they have learned enough, a squire is promoted to knighthood and …

  • Stable Hand

    Stable Hand

    You worked in a stable or kennel handling animals. You trained, groomed, and fed other people’s beasts.

    Skill Proficiency: Animal Handling and choose one from: Athletics, Insight, Intimidation, …

  • Thug (Criminal)

    Thug (Criminal)

    You are an experienced criminal with a history of breaking the law. You hurt or intimidate people for money. You may enjoy what you do, or might only do it for the security of a paying job. You may simply threaten violence, …

  • Urchin - Beggar

    Urchin - Beggar

    All traffic into and out of most cities and large towns (especially those with walls) passes through a few main gates and thoroughfares. This makes these areas ideal for the destitute to gather and beg for charity. You grew …

  • Urchin - Opportunist

    Urchin - Opportunist

    You grew up on the streets in poverty, but found ways to make money aside from begging. You see and hear things that others want to know. You may have developed light fingers and a skill for finding open windows. …