Fearful (5e Background)

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Dwight Fairfield from Dead By Daylight hiding in a locker (Credit: https://twitter.com/notsofairfield)

You're scared of everything, and hiding is your thing. As you sense danger, your first idea would be to hide somewhere nearby. But why are you this scared of everything? Did your own shadow attack you? Did your family mistreat you? Whatever the reason, you are now frightened by everything and you will have to live with it.

Skill Proficiencies: Stealth, and your choice between Deception, Survival and Perception.

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise kit.

Languages: One language of your choice.

Equipment: Disguise kit, a small item you found while hiding, darkened common clothes, and a pouch containing 15 gp.

Preferred Hiding Spot[edit]

As a fearful person, you know your hiding spots, but there's one place you exceed at hiding in or at. This part is actually quite important, so remember to choose it.

d6 Specialization
1 Lockers.
2 Crates.
3 Under beds.
4 In grass.
5 Within crowds.
6 In trees.

Feature: Hidden sense[edit]

You have an almost magical connection with hiding spots. You can feel where a good hiding spot is within 60 feet of you, and when you are hiding there, you can only be detected by magical means or if someone is actively looking for you and have a direct line of sight with you.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

As a fearful person you hide often, but why do you do this? Were you scarred as a kid, or was it something that came later? Personality matters a lot to fearful characters, as there must be a reason for them to be fearful.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I feel at peace when I am hiding at my preferred hiding spot.
2 I sleep in my preferred hiding spot. People seem to think I am weird because of this.
3 I am a hide and seek master.
4 I am a bad loser, and get extra mad if I lose a game of hide and seek
5 If I am found in my hiding spot, I panic and I don't know what to do with myself.
6 I'm not good at making friends, as my fearful personality keeps my from talking to people I find frightening.
7 I stay inside my hiding spot as much as possible as I feel exposed everywhere else.
8 I try to act calm and collected, but if I sense danger, that fa├žade is broken and my true, fearful self, is shown.
d6 Ideal
1 You do you. Everyone can do what they want. I am hiding, and if anyone dies it's not my fault. (Chaotic)
2 Helping. If someone is in danger, I use my abilities to help them find a hiding spot where they won't be found. (Good)
3 Territorial imperative. This is my hiding place, if anyone takes it they must prepare to face the consequences (Any)
4 Lone Wolf. I work better alone (Any)
5 Iron Will. If I set my mind to something, I will get it done. (Any)
6 Teamwork. "We have to work as a team, I need you to survive so that I can survive!" - Dwight Fairfield From Dead by Daylight (Good)
d6 Bond
1 I am trying overcome my fear, and to stop hiding when I sense danger.
2 Someone I held dear was killed while I was hiding. I am trying to atone for not helping them.
3 I try to help others with my abilities.
4 An important thing was stolen from me, I am here to take it back
5 Someone destroyed my favorite hiding spot, they are not going to live for long.
6 I am looking for a good friend that disappeared.
d6 Flaw
1 I have a hard time trusting people.
2 Sometimes my own shadow scares me.
3 I sometimes trust my hiding spots a little too much.
4 I use other people to achieve my own goals, sometimes with their lives at cost.
5 When I sense danger, my logical sense disappears and I can't concentrate on anything else than hiding.
6 My optimism often irritates the people around me.

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