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  • Urban Bounty Hunter

    _Before you became an adventurer, your life was already full of conflict and excitement, because you made a living tracking down people for pay. Unlike some people who collect bounties, though, you aren’t a savage who follows quarry into or through the …

  • Refugee

    _You are one of hundreds of refugees that were driven from your homeland or that fled the destruction and who now shelter in hidden camps under the northern eaves of the [New Land]. If you up grew in the camps, you have never been to a settlement other …

  • Gate Urchin

    _All traffic into and out of city that you call home passes through the Gates, making it the ideal place for the destitute to gather to panhandle, busk, gossip, and pick pockets. You grew up on the streets in the shadow of that great steel edifice, which …

  • 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 in order to conduct worshipers into …

  • 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 most people to the world of murder, theft, and violence …

  • 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 and monsters that threaten the common folk everywhere …

  • 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 unfamiliar with work or discomfort, a former merchant just …

  • 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 master in your fields of study._ *Skill Proficiencies:* …

  • 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 battlefield. You might have been part of a standing national …

  • Backgrounds

    ♝ [[Acolyte | *Acolyte*]] ⚉ [[Charlatan | *Charlatan*]] ♜ [[City Watch | *City Watch (Variant: Investigator)*]] ⚒ [[Clan Crafter | *Clan Crafter*]] ♝ [[Cloistered Scholar | *Cloistered Scholar*]] ⚒ [[Cook | *Cook*]] ⚉ [[Criminal | *Criminal (Variant …

  • 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 like they were children's books._ _It’s a useful talent …

  • 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 anger. Your music raises their spirits or captures their …

  • 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 from the constraints of a feudal social order._ _You …

  • Hermit

    _You lived in seclusion—either in a sheltered community such as a monastery, or entirely alone—for a formative part of your life._ _In your time apart from the clamor of society, you found quiet, solitude, and perhaps some of the answers you were looking …

  • 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 city-dweller could comprehend, and enjoyed the solitude of being …

  • 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 distant line of the horizon, but the time has come …

  • 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 watch out for other desperate souls who might …

  • Haunted One

    _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. It might come to you as a shadow on the wall, a …

  • Courtier

    _In your earlier days, you were a personage of some significance in a noble court or a bureaucratic organization. You might or might not come from an upper-class family; your talents, rather than the circumstances of your birth, could have secured you …

  • Cloistered Scholar

    _As a child, you were inquisitive when your playmates were possessive or raucous. In your formative years, you found your way to one of Merovia's great institutes of learning, where you were apprenticed and taught that knowledge is a more valuable …

  • Clan Crafter

    _A few clans are well known for their artisanship and the worth of their handiwork, and you have been trained in that ancient tradition. For years you labored under a master of the craft, enduring long hours. and dismissive, sour-tempered treatment in …

  • City Watch

    _You have served the community where you grew up, standing as its first line of defense against crime. You aren't a soldier, directing your gaze outward at possible enemies. Instead, your service to your hometown was to help police its populace, …

  • Far Traveler

    _Almost all of the common people and other folk that one might encounter in Merovia have one thing in common: they live out their lives without ever traveling more than a few miles from where they were born. You aren't one of those folk. You are from a …

  • Inheritor

    _You are the heir to something of great value- not mere coin or wealth, but an object that has been entrusted to you and you alone. Your inheritance might have come directly to you from a member of your family, by right of birth, or it could have been …

  • Dragon Casualty

    _When the Savage King descended upon Drak, you were one of the unfortunate casualties of war._ _Captured during the initial assault, you have spent the last year of your life as a plaything of a capricious and malevolent overlord._ _While many of your …

  • Cook

    _To you food is more than just sustenance and pleasure. A great meal is art that brings people together. You might have worked in a tavern, a bakery, as a personal chef to a noble family, or within a military unit as they marched to war.Decide what kind …

  • Lycanthrope

    _You were afflicted with lycanthropy, a disease which caused you to become a shapeshifting monster such as a werewolf, wererat, werebat, etc. The disease drove you to commit violent acts you never even contemplated in real life and though you are cured, …

  • Farmer

    _You worked the land for many years, or perhaps even owned a farm of your own._ _For some reason, that path is closed to you know. Maybe your farm was razed. Maybe days of work under the hot sun no longer appealed to you. In any case, you sold what you …

  • Winter Soldier

    *You once lived a life that is now gone. Through sorcery, magic, or chance everyone you once knew is dead and you live in a time far into the future.* *Skill Proficiencies:* Acrobatics, History. *Tool Proficiencies:* Select any two tools. *Languages …

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