Gravetender (5e Background)

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Gravetender[edit]

You lead a rather "interesting" lifestyle, dealing with the cemetery of a village. It takes a strong stomach and an even stronger respect for the dead to make a successful gravetender, and not everyone is cut out for it.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two to be proficient in; Sleight of Hand, Stealth, History, Religion, or Investigation.

Tool Proficiencies: Years of tending the grave yard have made you an experienced artisan, in your own way. You are proficient in Mason's Tools and Carpenter's Tools.

Equipment: Your trusty shovel, the remains of or treasured trinket from an old acquaintance, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 10 GP

Feature: Mutual Respect[edit]

You treat the dead with the utmost care. Undead creatures recognize your care for those who have passed, and may be more likely to trust you.

Alternate Feature: Greedy Fingers[edit]

You abused your position to rob the graves of your deceased patrons. You seem to give off an aura of avarice that lets people know bribery is an effective method of getting you to cooperate.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Gravetending is hard work, and brings you face to face with mortality. Do you have what it takes?

d8 Personality Trait
1 I'm cruel and selfish.
2 I'm shrewd and prone to greed.
3 I'm studious and enjoy various hobbies.
4 I do my work, emotions just get in the way.
5 I try to please others whenever possible.
6 I'm kind and gentle, opening myself up to others.
7 I enjoy the quiet of the graveyard.
8 I want to destroy mankind with an undead army.
d6 Ideal
1 Selfishness I benefit myself, it's every man for himself out here. (Chaotic)
2 Balance The balance of life and death above all else. (Neutral)
3 Station I do my job, and I do it properly. (Lawful)
4 Honesty I've seen the end of many lives, the truth always comes out. (Lawful Neutral)
5 Respect I believe that people, and the dead, are deserving of a base respect. (Lawful/Good)
6 Malice I want to see the world burn as the undead claim the living world. (Evil)
d6 Bond
1 I must protect my graves at all costs.
2 Guilt from my past drives me to help those in need.
3 I will return the bones of a friend to their birthplace.
4 I must get vengeance for the death of someone dear to me, or the desecration of my plot.
5 When danger looms, I must prevent all the deaths I can, I've seen too many already.
6 I have to skip town, the locals have noticed my looting.
d6 Flaw
1 I've more in common with the dead than the living.
2 Now, later, who cares so long as it gets done eventually.
3 I've seen too many corpses to march bravely into the dark.
4 I'm used to commanding the unquestioning dead, human interaction confuses me.
5 It's not stealing if they're dead.
6 Death comes for all of us, who cares if someones time has come early?

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