Child (5e Background)

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You are a child. Not even a young teenager, a child. There could be many reasons why you're ready to take on dragons, lichs, or other nasty things, but it's still a little unsettling for you to be ready for that sort of danger at such a young age. Whether you're motivated by the pressures of your family, an important personal goal, or by simple curiosity, you are a child in a world of grown-ups; This won't be easy, but it'll be fun!

Languages: One language of your choice.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two from: Persuasion, Deception, Animal Handling, Acrobatics, Performance

Tool Proficiencies: Gaming Set, musical instrument

Equipment: Mess kit, set of common clothes, small belt pouch containing 3 GP and a small toy of your choosing.

Feature: Child-like Wonder[edit]

Your naivety and inexperience with the world around you lead you to have an overwhelming appreciation for everything you see. You can use this to your advantage in order to seem innocent or non-threatening, or just to convince that cool wizard to let you pet their familiar. Some magic items will work better for you if "sense of childlike wonder" is mentioned in the lore.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Every kid is different, so don't feel like you have to slot into the types below. Have fun with it! After all, you won't be little for long!

d8 Personality Trait
1 I'm really energetic and tend to get real excited about everything!!!
2 I like making up my own jokes and pranks, and I think it's hilarious!
3 I'm weirdly knowledgeable in one really niche area, and I can hold a full conversation about it. Otherwise, I'm pretty normal.
4 I'm really clingy and shy, and will latch onto one person as my "safe place."
5 I'm very physical and express affection by wrestling or aggressively hugging people.
6 I'm super curious about everything! Tell me more!
7 I'm very calm and quiet around big groups, but I'm rambunctious and lively around my friends.
8 I'm kind of obnoxious, but I'm completely unaware of it.
d6 Ideal
1 Fun! I want to have a ton of fun, even if I might get in trouble! (Chaotic)
2 Knowledge. I want to be the smartest kid my age. (Neutral)
3 Family. I want to find a better family than the one I have. (Chaotic)
4 Family. I want to make my family proud of me. (Lawful)
5 Rebellion. I'm sick of all the pointless rules my parents make me follow. (Chaotic)
6 Happiness. I want everyone I meet to have a reason to be happy that day! (Good)
d6 Bond
1 My older sibling is the coolest person ever, and I want to be just like them!
2 My parents want me to be a perfect child, and I'm willing to try if it makes them happy.
3 My grandma says I have to write home to her if I go on this adventure!
4 I intend to go to an expensive school when I'm old enough, but my family can't afford it. I refuse to accept defeat and I'm going to get the gold on my own.
5 I've gotta get money for my mom's healing spell costs, otherwise she won't get better.
6 My dad is a retired adventurer, and he's super supportive of my chosen career. I can't wait to show him all the things I've done!
d6 Flaw
1 I always think of things as much simpler or much more complicated then they actually are.
2 I can't stand the feeling of armor much heavier than hide.
3 I can't eat anything if it hasn't been cut into smaller bites.
4 I'm still learning to tie my shoes by myself. I get really upset when I can't do it alone.
5 I'm easily distracted. Like, really easily.
6 I have little to no filter, and will say whatever comes to mind.

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