Almost the Chosen One (5e Background)

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Almost the Chosen One

Thousands of years ago a prophecy in your kingdom foretold of a great evil rising to power and of a great good that would vanquish that evil. It was said that that person would be born under the right combination of stars, with the right hair color, the right eye color, and a birthmark in one specific place. Sadly your older twin is the one with the birthmark, not you. This left you with a life of being ignored. Maybe your parents still loved you for who you were but the country had no care as to what you would do with your life, leaving you to teach yourself. Still everything you ever did was overshadowed by your older sibling. Did they do this on purpose? Were they intentionally trying to make you look bad to make everyone love them more, or was it simply the nature of who they were that caused them to be in the way of every step you made? Were your parents always supportive of you despite you not becoming the great good that would vanquish evil, were they extra hard on you so that you could still have a life of meaning, or did they cast you aside, allowing you to do whatever you pleased because they had already given up hope of you achieving anything? How many times have you pretended to be your sibling in order to get favors, or maybe just feel the love that they are given? Whatever the case you grew up with much hatred and resentment in your heart, did you pursue a holy life to try to purge you of this hatred or did you embrace it, seeking to bring about the evil your sibling was fated to destroy, only to murder your sibling after wards?

Skill Proficiencies: Stealth (no one is looking anyway) and Deception

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise Kit (good), Forgery Kit (Neutral), Thieves' Tools (Evil)

Languages: Any One

Equipment: Common Clothes; 1 days rations; 1 water skin; Disguise Kit, Forgery Kit, or Theives' Tools depending on proficencies

Reasons for Running Away[edit]

Are you chasing your sibling's shadow, or running away from your emotionally abusive family?

d6 Specialization
1 You are going to gather information to bring back to your sibling to help them defeat the evil.
2 An oracle told you that you also have the potential to defeat the darkness, so you set out to vanquish it before your sibling can.
3 Your fiance has chosen to abandon you in favor for your sibling, so you plan to abandon everyone else.
4 Your parents told you to start paying rent or leave.
5 You were just bored.
6 You went off chasing after your sibling, glory by association.

Feature: Sibling of the Chosen One[edit]

Due to the status of your sibling, people don't look in your direction if your sibling is near. Everyone is too awestruck by your sibling, and, to be blunt, don't give two flying chamber pots about you. However, you can get certain things for free, like whatever you can get your hands on while no one is looking. Sometimes you can even get a free room or service by promising the Chosen one will visit an establishment.

Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am persistent, even if I fail I will keep trying until I get it right.
2 I have to do something that no one has ever done before to prove my worth.
3 When people talk to me I assume they are talking to someone else and sometimes ignore them completely.
4 I often pretend to be my sibling.
5 I am prone to complaining uncontrollably about the smallest things.
6 I automatically assume that everyone is better at everything than me.
7 Having no self esteem, I will needlessly put myself in dangerous situations when I think it will protect someone else.
8 I don't know how to talk about anything other than my sibling.
d6 Ideal
1 Control: One day, I'll make the world see that prophecies are meaningless; I control my destiny. (Any)
2 Equality: Those in power, like my sibling, should not overlook those who are weaker, like myself. (Lawful)
3 Sidekick: I will help protect everyone to make things easier on my sibling. (Good)
4 Isolationism: I want to explore the world without living in my sibling's shadow. (Neutral)
5 Adventure: I will try everything at least once, since I haven't had the chance before. (Chaotic)
6 Villain: If I can destroy the world before my sibling saves it, I'll finally prove they're not so great. (Evil)
d6 Bond
1 I want to kill my sibling and take their place.
2 Only my god can be depended on.
3 I will be an asset to anyone willing to see me for me.
4 If I can't get people to like me, maybe I can get animals to like me.
5 I can't let my companions find out how uncool I actually am.
6 My parents have supported me more then anyone else, I will make them proud.
d8 Flaw
1 I will forgo sleep if it means training to be better then my sibling.
2 I actually think I am the chosen one and will act accordingly.
3 I can't stand people I think are better than me.
4 I will desperately pursue adventure if it means showing up my sibling.
5 I secretly have deep attractions and feelings for my sibling.
6 My anxiety from my sibling has lead to a massive drinking problem I can't kick.
7 I will accept any challenge if it makes me seem better then my sibling.
8 I'm cowardly and often find myself running from battles, screaming for someone's help.

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