Engineer (5e Background)

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You are (or were) an engineer, a contributor to science. You were inspired by a great inventor at a young age, and want to be just like them. So where did you come from? What is your specialization?

Skill Proficiencies: Investigation and One of the following: Arcana, Perception, Nature, or Medicine.

Tool Proficiencies: Two types of Artisan’s tools of your choice.

Languages: Any Two of your choice

Equipment: Common clothes, one type of artisan's tools you are proficient with, 1D4 books on Engineering, and a Tiny or smaller invention made by you, small pouch containing 15 gold.


As an Engineer you sometimes draw inspiration from different sources for your creations or inventions, do ideas come to you after you've read a line of ancient scripture? What about the way the animals move or how the leaves and grass sway? Or even seeing the simple yet complex beauty of a cogwheel?

d6 Specialization
1 Inventor
2 Artisan
3 Technomancer
4 Architect
5 Tinkerer
6 Aeronautic

Feature: Once a student, always a student[edit]

You can always find shelter or limited sanctuary within a place of learning such as a college or academy, as long as you are on good terms with the group who runs the school, while there you are able to gain basic knowledge of certain topics, as long as you contribute to the school in some constructive way.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 When I see a scrap of metal or wood, I can't help but pocket it.
2 I don't talk a lot, because I become engrossed in my thoughts.
3 I can't help myself around complex objects, I just want to find out how they work.
4 Most of the words I say sound like complete gibberish to those who know nothing about science.
5 I'm constantly sketching or taking notes about my surroundings.
6 "If I elevate my crossbow by 3° then the bolt should.. sorry? Just shoot the damned Orc?"
7 Everything, no matter how small or insignificant, must be catalogued.
8 When excited I tend to start speaking faster, and tend to get a bit jittery.
d6 Ideal
1 Organization. Everything has it's place and everything should be in it's place. (Lawful)
2 People. All of my inventions are made to help people who can't help themselves. (Good)
3 Freedom. I invent what I want, whether my inventions are legal or not. (Chaotic)
4 Greed. Everything I make I sell, I don't care who it hurts. (Evil)
5 Community. I invent to help myself, my friends, and my family, and other people can do the same if they want inventions. (Neutral)
6 Safety. I build so that harm may not come to myself and those I care about. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I once made a child very happy with an invention, I wish to do so again.
2 My inventions are like family to me, so I protect them as best I can.
3 I seek to blend technology with magic, and create perfect harmony.
4 My old workshop is now in ruins due to an accident, I will never make that mistake again.
5 Anytime someone is hesitant or scared of my inventions I try to make them feel comfortable around them.
6 All the profits i make from selling my inventions go to my old masters back home.
d6 Flaw
1 I enjoy my more dangerous inventions a little too much.
2 Gold is the only thing that motivates me.
3 The best inventions are the ones that harm others.
4 I always over analyze any and all situations.
5 Explosions are adorable.
6 One of my inventions horribly mangled someone influential, and they hunt me to this day.

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