Conscript (5e Background)

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It was never your war to fight. Never your cause. You remember the day when you were forced to put down your pitch fork, and pick up a sword. Told that you were mere property of the regional lord. You were sent to the harshest environment. The front lines. However you towed the line, and fought. Side by side with your fellow conscripted warriors. No more than slaves, bodies to throw at the enemy lines. For the conscripts, every fight meant losing another brother in arms. You feel torn between protecting your comrades, yet you wish desperately to be free. Eventually you were recognized by your fighting prowess. You were given the chance for freedom you and the conscripts in your regiment. In order to be free once again, you were each forced on a veritable suicide mission. Somehow, against all odds, you were successful. However, several of your comrades fell that day. Freedom, it was purchased with blood. You will never forget that day.

Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, Perception

Tool Proficiencies: Gaming Set

Languages: Any One

Equipment: Cast off Iron Sword, Battered Kite Shield, Set of Traveler's clothes, Insignia, Writ releasing you as a free man(or woman), Flask, Broken Manacles, a coin purse with 10 gold pieces.

Feature: Tow the line.[edit]

When your back is up against the wall, when all seems lost, you can somehow find the strength and will to carry on. You are inspirational and those around you respond favorably to that glint of sure will in your eye. When you are below 30% of your maximum hit points you gain the following benefits: A plus one to normal, non-magical melee attacks, as well as your allies gain 1d6 temporary hit points. When rolling against the "Fear" condition you may roll at advantage. Once you have used this feature you cannot use it again, until you finish a long rest.

Alternate Feature: Let freedom ring[edit]

You have learned what it truly means to be free. When those seek to bind you, and encroach upon that freedom, you fight with all of your being. You gain the following benefits : An attempt to grapple you ( non-magically) is made at disadvantage. You can choose when this effect occurs. This happens once per long rest.

Additionally should an individual attempt to control your will through magical means causing you to roll a Wisdom, OR Intelligence saving throw, you may do so at advantage. You can chose when this effect occurs. This happens once per long rest.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

This was never my fight...

d8 Personality Trait
1 ...but I am in it to win it! - Determined
2 ...yet why do I crave battle? - Tainted
3 ...I just want to go home! - Trepidacious
4 ...but I'll make the best of a bad situation. - Opportunistic
5 ...but I face it with honor. - Upstanding
6 ...and when it's over I'll bring it to those who placed me in bondage! - Vengeful
7 ...yet my comrades are worth fighting for! - Good-Natured
8 ...perhaps, I too will die this day.. - Self-Destructive
d6 Ideal
1 <-Ideal->. I fight for my own reasons. (Lawful Neutral)
2 <-Ideal->. War has left me changed. I have an unquenchable blood lust. (Chaotic Evil)
3 <-Ideal->. One day, I'll return to home and hearth. Until then, I live honorably. (True Good)
4 <-Ideal->. War is profitable. I have learned to capitalize on the death of others. (True Neutral)
5 <-Ideal->. My time as a Conscript has taught me the value of the aid of others. I will fight for their sake! (Lawful Good)
6 <-Ideal->. If you can't beat 'em, conscript 'em. (Chaotic Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 I hold those who were conscripted along side me dear.
2 I will return to my family.
3 I remember, and Honor those that fell beside me.
4 I have a special kind of hatred for soldiers.
5 I know that I am strong, I will teach others that they are strong too!
6 I vividly remember the faces of the enemies I have slain.
d6 Flaw
1 At times, I feel such anger towards military personnel, I wish to kill them.
2 Memories, plagued with memories...
3 My hands often shake, causing me to drop things I am holding.
4 I haven't been able to stop killing. I cannot hold myself back in a fight.
5 I despise those who are cowards in battle.
6 I drink to cope. Like a lot.

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