Feared (5e Background)

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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” -- Marie Curie

You walk through a bustling town, watching the busy townsfolk in silence. Suddenly, a man points you out, and many others turn towards you. Their faces turn from gentle and welcoming to fearful and angry within seconds. The area silences and the townsfolk move out of your way to allow you to pass and do whatever business you came for. Some whisper quietly among each other while others scoff and yell empty threats. You finish quickly and leave the area, feeling the frightened and judgemental eyes stare at you as you head on your way.

You are feared and looked-down upon by many. What caused this predicament to fall upon you? Are you a criminal who's trying to redeem themselves? Are you a hideous or unnatural creature that strikes horror into others? Are you a powerful and mighty warrior who slays those in your way? Whatever the cause is for this fear, it is something that has become a part of your life and have adjusted to.

Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation and Survival

Tool Proficiencies: poisoner’s kit

Languages: Any one language of your choice, including exotic if it suits your race or reason for being feared.

Equipment: a Hooded cloak, a trinket related to Your past, darkened Common clothes and a Belt Pouch with 10gp


d6 Specialization
1 Criminal
2 Deformed
3 Killer
4 Heretic
5 Undead
6 Apocalyptic Horseman

Feature: Fearful Presence[edit]

Whenever people are around you, they feel a sense of uneasiness and anxiety. Due to this, many people tend to avoid contact with you in any way possible. Most individuals won't approach you unless they have a reason to, and others will stare from a distance. However, your presence can also be used to your advantage; confronting for information is easier due to individuals cracking under the pressure or giving you what you want to get away as soon as possible.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Feared individuals are usually quiet but powerful beings who tend to stay away from society as often as they can, only entering busy towns to collect information, buy and enchant items or accept quests. They are considered castaways and have little to no close relations. Due to their solidarity, feared individuals would rather gain from their own desires rather than the desires of others and are considered to be somewhat selfish. It is uncommon for a feared individual to put others before themselves unless they are close with them or have ulterior motives.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I enjoy seeing the fear in the eyes of those around me.
2 I hope some day to be accepted into society.
3 I prefer to be alone in solidarity.
4 I feel far more comfortable around animals than people.
5 I try to hide as much of my body as possible.
6 My past speaks for itself, so I do not speak of it.
7 I do not say anything unless someone says something to me.
8 I know people hate me, and that's fine. I hate them more.
d6 Ideal
1 Merciful. I know these people don't understand who I truly am, but they don't deserve punishment for it. (Good)
2 Resilience. I know I'm feared and cannot stop these people from fearing me, but their opinions don't bother me. (Neutral)
3 Revenge. If people want to treat me like I'm nothing but a monster, then I'll show them a true monster. (Evil)
4 Perseverance. The fear and anger in the people around me amuses me, and sometimes I like to push it further a bit. (Chaotic)
5 Protection. No matter their opinions of me, all people deserve to be protected. I will fight for even the most rotten of individuals to keep them safe. (Lawful)
6 Freedom. I am who I am, no matter what others think. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 Fear. Fear is the only thing I've ever known.
2 Duty. I fight for and uphold what I believe in.
3 Society. No matter what, the people around me have shaped who I am, and I will protect them.
4 Friends. I have few people who trust me and I hold them close.
5 Honor. I won't quit until I've proven myself.
6 Solitude. I will always be alone because of what I am, and I accept it.
d6 Flaw
1 When faced with a choice between money and my friends, I usually choose the money.
2 I like to use my threatening appearance to my advantage, but sometimes get too far
3 I hate merrymaking. Especially singing. And dancing.
4 I am afraid of who I will hurt next.
5 I find causing pain to others a little too enjoyable for most people's tastes.
6 I feel superior to everyone around me, but I hold them blameless for their ignorance.

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