Barmaid (5e Background)

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Barmaid[edit]

Have you ever wanted to spend your days babysitting belligerent drunkards while trying desperately to earn a living? Well too bad, someone has to do it. As a Barmaid you spent your life using both charisma and brute strength to "persuade" drunkards to follow the rules like everybody else.

Skill Proficiencies: Persuasion and Intimidation

Tool Proficiencies: An instrument or game set, and your choice of one of the following: Brewer's Supplies, Calligrapher's Supplies, or Cook's Utensils.

Equipment: A Barmaid outfit, a weighted club, a flask filled with mead/hard cider, an instrument or game set, and a pouch with 15 gold.

Place of Employment[edit]

The type of establishment you were employed at can have a big impact on your life, as well as your future adventures

d4 Specialization
1 You worked in a Tavern, where you met many travellers, and probably picked up another language and performed many songs.
2 You worked in a Speakeasy, where you found that a knack for deception was a necessary job skill.
3 You worked in a Saloon, where you had to learn how to handle animals
4 You worked in a Village Pub, where some of the locals taught you how to use the tools of their trade

Feature: Plastered Persuasion[edit]

After spending years tending to the regular drunkards and new faces in the establishment you work in, you have become an expert at getting what you want from the drunk, the tipsy and the plastered.

Alternate Feature: Hard Cider Sale[edit]

You understand that the more people drink, the more you get paid. Because of this you have finely tuned your art of negotiating a sale. This feature is most effective on the inebriated.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I understand that sometimes a little bit of flirting goes a long way.
2 Regulars always get the cheapest drinks. New-comers are almost always trouble.
3 Drinking on the job is never a problem.
4 My quick temper can end as many problems as it starts. At least, that's what I tell myself.
5 Sleazebag pervert is one bad comment away from a slap.
6 A jolly smile and cheerful laugh is the best way to start the day.
7 I hate my job and everyone I have to serve.
8 My loyalty to my employer is unmatched.
d6 Ideal
1 Kindness. Service with a smile is everyone's right. (Good)
2 Strictly Business. You get what you pay for and I can't help that. (Lawful)
3 Loose Change. The drunk make easy money for stealing. (Evil)
4 Work Ethic. Hard days work for a hard days pay. (Neutral)
5 Fickle. My time is worth whoever is paying me. (Chaotic)
6 Self-Betterment. I'm working to be the best I can be. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My employer saved me from a horrible fate. I want to repay him properly
2 The regulars keep money in my pocket and food on my table, they're like family.
3 A great debt keeps me tied to this tavern.
4 I will never forget the name of the adventurer who saved me from a cruel fate.
5 My family has run this tavern for years.
6 I work at a tavern to support my family.
d6 Flaw
1 My bar was raided, which has led to a natural distrust of authority figures.
2 I am a perfect example for why you shouldn't sample your own product.
3 I can never turn down a chance to gamble.
4 I'm willing to try anything to have a good time.
5 A little coin and I will do anything you want.
6 Never leave money out around me.

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