Collector (5e Background)

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You were once, and still somewhat are, a collector of some sort of semi-rare object that serve little or no practical use, be it gems, spoons, or some other thing. The interest may have come from a family collection passed down to you, or simply through a fascination with a certain thing. You may have even begun travelling and adventuring in pursuit of expanding your collection. You might have heard of a rare item resting as part of a dragon's treasure hoard, or heard rumors of an influencial noble with a collection much like yours being willing to trade.

Skill Proficiencies: History, Persuasion

Tool Proficiencies: A set of artisan's tools of your choice

Languages A mundane language of your choice

Equipment: a set of common clothes, your collection in its container (A sack, jar, book, display case, etc.), and a belt pouch containing 10 gp. If you do not wear other armor, you may have Collector's Armor


As a connoisseur of curious objects over the years, you have chosen one items that particularly catches your eye. You would give up your very last gold piece for one of these.

d12 Specialization
1 Spoons
2 Forks
3 Gems
4 Out Of Mint Coins
5 Feathers
6 Trinkets
7 Cards
8 Stamps
9 Puzzle Pieces
10 Fish
11 Butterflies
12 Dice

Feature: Collective History[edit]

You have extensive knowledge on the object you collect. It may not seem important to some, but these object have been somewhat ubiquitous across history. You know when your objects have been touched by famous figures, like Kings and Queens, heroes and villains, and even prominent figures of the peasantry. You know its purpose as well as a rough selling price and potential buyer.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I'm defensive about my collection.
2 When I see something to add to my collection, I will stop at nothing to get it.
3 I often correct people about my collection.
4 I'm self conscious about my collection and sharing it.
5 I'm great at organizing.
6 I try to get all of my friends and family into collecting.
7 I'm an awkward nerd loser.
8 I steal things for my collection.
d6 Ideal
1 Knowledge. I must learn all about my collection and what history it holds. (Neutral)
2 Community . I share my hobby with everyone else. (Good)
3 Narcissism . I must have the best collection. (Chaotic)
4 Wealth . I will sell my collection once it's worth more. (Chatoic)
5 Love . My collection is the coolest, I'll get all the chicks. (Chaotic)
6 Boredom . It gives me something to do. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My father bought me the thing to start my collection, then died.
2 I love to see a completed collection.
3 I want to spread my knowledge to all.
4 I will sell my collection.
5 I have a rival who thinks he's better at collecting than me.
6 There is one part of my collection I will never give up.
d6 Flaw
1 I value my collection over other lives, including mine.
2 I will do anything to add to my collection. Even crimes.
3 I am jealous of other collections.
4 I'm somewhat antisocial. I care about my collection more than friendship.
5 I'm very clingy, with objects and people.
6 I can't accept someone criticizing my collection.

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