Balloon Mage (5e Background)

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Balloon Mage[edit]

You spent a lot of time experimenting with balloons. What is a balloon, you might ask? A balloon can be many things! From a form of transportation, to a sword, to a small dog! A balloon can be anything you want it to be!

Skill Proficiencies: Any two of the following: Sleight of Hand, Performance, Nature, or Arcana

Tool Proficiencies: Tinker's Tools

Languages: Primordial or Draconic

Equipment: Tinker's tools, traveler's clothes, 25 empty balloons, one tank of helium, one gallon of water in a jug, a balloon operator license, and 1d4 books on balloon designs, how to make them, and neat things to do with them.

Balloon Specialty[edit]

You play with balloons and twist them into magical fantasy at the flick of your wrist, but wait, what do you specialize at doing with these balloons?

d6 Specialization
1 Hot Air balloon operator
2 Weather balloon user
3 Balloon animal tamer
4 Balloon bundler
5 Parade balloon creator
6 Water balloon warrior

Feature: Oh, How Fantastic![edit]

You've played with and altered balloons for so long that you are able to create wonders with them, be it realistic balloon animals, or simply give them beautiful arrangements and designs. Balloons not being a common commodity will draw attraction from audiences, primarily children. The things you create with your balloons and what you can do with them is absolutely dazzling to the eye. Your creations and your art almost always catches the attention of anyone who sees them and their bright colors. This leaves you in audience with even the most noble and humble of folk often.

Alternate Feature: Magic Maker[edit]

Your ability to create balloons in such fantastic ways as your creations almost seem to live and breathe tends to have scholars searching you out, wanting to know your secrets to your art? Is it arcane, or simply trick of the eye? They'll never know!

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

To properly play one who uses balloons to entertain and leave audiences in awe, one may use the background traits as provided below.

d6 Personality Trait
1 Oh, how I love how the rubber squeaks!
2 Magic is everywhere if you use your imagination!
3 Sometimes, even I fall in love with the motions and colors the balloons have.
4 I have a rather strange habit
5 i would rather make a new friend than a new enemy
6 I get bitter if I'm not the center of attention.
d6 Ideal
1 Joy I want to see the happy faces. (Good)
2 Entertainment What better way to make a child smile and laugh? (Good)
3 Creation The world is bleak, however, in it, I will create beauty. (Any)
4 Illusionist Not many know what I do, or how I do it, and it should stay that way. Magic in the mystery. (Lawful)
5 Fun No matter what ones thoughts are, what I do is what I find fun. (Chaotic)
6 Mind Games Trick of the eye and a sharp tongue will get you very far in life. (Evil)
d6 Bond
1 Someone stole something from me, I aim to steal it back
2 I am always seeking a fellow balloon mage to share stories
3 I will do anything to prove myself superior to my hated rival.
4 I will face any challenge to win the approval of my family.
5 I was rejected in another form of entertainment, so I decided to make my own.
6 I was cheated out of my fair share of the profits, and I want to get my due.
d6 Flaw
1 I have a terrible temperament.
2 I tend to obsess over my balloon art.
3 I get jealous very quickly, especially if another entertainer that isn't a balloon mage steals my limelight.
4 I hate to admit it and will hate myself for it, but I'll run and preserve my own hide if the going gets tough.
5 I tend to not think before I act.
6 I tend to mock royalty or governmental authority through action or deed.

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