Background Ideas

Every story has a beginning. Your character’s background reveals where you came from, how you became an adventurer, and your place in the world. Your fighter might have been a courageous knight or a grizzled soldier. Your wizard could have been a sage or an artisan. Your rogue might have gotten by as a guild thief or commanded audiences as a jester.

Choosing a background provides you with important story cues about your character’s identity. The most important question to ask about your background is what changed? Why did you stop doing whatever your background describes and start adventuring? Where did you get the money to purchase your starting gear, or, if you come from a wealthy background, why don’t you have more money? How did you learn the skills of your class? What sets you apart from ordinary people who share your background?

Make sure that your background also ties in with your choices for Campaign Trait and Character Trait.


Background Ideas

Acolyte

Charlatan

Criminal or Spy variant

Entertainer or Gladiator variant

Folk Hero

Guild Artisan or Guild Merchant variant

Hermit

Noble or Knight variant

Outlander

Sage

Sailor or Pirate variant

Soldier

Urchin

Background Ideas

Crossroads Coppermane Coppermane