From The Past (5e Background)

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- The idea was that because you lived it, it would be more like a memory than history knowledge.

- Response: According to many I've played with, most DMs use History as the memory skill, as there isn't a memory skill in 5e
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From The Past[edit]

Maybe you were pulled into a wormhole that left you in a new time period, maybe a time wizard mishap, or maybe you were turned to stone and recently reverted to flesh, somehow, you ended up in this new time, hundreds of years after yours. Whatever the case, where you are isn’t exactly the way it was before.

Skill Proficiencies: History, and one other skill of your choice befitting whence you came from.

Tool Proficiencies: One Musical instrument.

Languages: One extra language, and a dead language spoken back in your time.

Equipment: A walking staff, set of clothes befitting your profession, a map of the area from your time, a belt pouch containing 20gp of currency from the past (perhaps 20 gold coins but they are now far out of mint).


Feature: Old Friends[edit]

Maybe you made a lot of connections with the common folk back in your time, some may still be alive, or their descendants. You may come across works of art done by someone in your time in a museum, or maybe find that a certain family line because nobility. Whoever it may be, they may be willing to offer some assistance or coin for you helping them, or their ancestors, in the past. You may also occasionally be recognized by people from your past life, or their children, or historians, depending on your role.


Suggested Characteristics[edit]

You, being from the past, have several connections to a land long dead. Living in what is practically a new world to you has its troubles and it’s benefits. When interacting with people in this new world, it is often hard to grasp the nuances of “modern” society.

d4 Personality Trait
1 Every thing I see in this timeframe fascinates me.
2 I can’t loose my past, even if it means not being able to fit in.
3 I see everything around me as a bastardization of what I knew.
4 Collecting and finding things from the past I came from entertains me.
d4 Ideal
1 Knowledge. I want to learn everything that has changed since I lived. (Neutral)
2 Redemption. I am the cause for the drastic changes from the past, I can’t have it happen again. (Good)
3 Freedom. I let life and time come as it may, and live freely as I do. (Chaotic)
4 Loyalty. I still hold to the people of my past, and will see their graves, and wishes, be protected. (Lawful)
d4 Bond
1 I will find a way back home, even if it takes a lifetime and costs a fortune.
2 I will track down all of the living friends I knew, or the children of those I loved.
3 I need to know what happened to get me here, and I will find out.
4 I need to learn how to adapt to this new world before someone find someone out I’m here.
d4 Flaw
1 My inexperience with modern customs and traditions often gets me into trouble.
2 I feel as though I am better than those around me, and know that my knowledge of the past makes me necessary.
3 I can’t accept this place as my home, and no amount of living here will change it.
4 I look, and sound, like a maniac when I try to explain my past, as words have changed so much.

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