House Worker (5e Background)

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House Worker[edit]

Before your adventuring days, your work confined you to a house. Perhaps you performed chores while your spouse went to work; perhaps you were a servant of the local lord. Regardless, travelling and adventure are extremely new to you.

Skill Proficiencies: You are proficient in Perception and either Investigation or Animal Handling.

Tool Proficiencies: You are proficient in one type of gaming set and one musical instrument.

Equipment: A gaming set, a musical instrument, a token from your home (such as a drawing of your children or your spouse's handkerchief), common clothes and a belt pouch containing 5 gp.


The house you work in can range from your own humble cottage to the local noble's manor. Who do you work for?

d4 Household
1 Stay-At-Home-Spouse
2 Parent
3 Servant
4 Unemployed

Feature: Eye for Detail[edit]

You find it easier to notice when objects in a house are out of place. Perhaps you notice a book that sits strangely on a shelf, or a dustless circle on a mantlepiece tells you something has recently been moved.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Despite the apparent mundane nature of domestic life, house workers are frequently embroiled in drama the likes only monarchs see. According to the house workers themselves, of course.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I compulsively clean.
2 I rearrange things to how I like them.
3 I'm extremely polite.
4 I talk about my family a lot.
5 I never talk about my family, to keep them safe.
6 I treat anyone younger than me as children.
7 I kowtow to authority.
8 I'm the biggest gossip.
d6 Ideal
1 Family. Nothing is more important than family. (Neutral)
2 Freedom. Everyone should be able to do what they want. (Chaotic)
3 Greed. I'll do anything if I'm getting paid. (Evil)
4 Fairness. Everyone should share work and reward evenly. (Lawful)
5 Cleanliness. It's next to godliness. (Unaligned)
6 Future. My past doesn't define my future. (Unaligned)
d6 Bond
1 My partner expected me to do everything around the home. So I left.
2 I would do anything for my children. Anything.
3 The local noble was kind to me and gave me a job when I was out of work.
4 When I cleaned, baubles and trinkets would mysteriously disappear. Eventually, though, my employer caught on.
5 My last boss fired me for no good reason. Now I'll do anything to make their life more difficult.
6 My children grew up and left and never did anything to help me out.
d6 Flaw
1 I'm far too acquiescent.
2 I avoid my problems instead of dealing with them.
3 I take advantage of the current situation without thinking about the future.
4 I gossip too much—I'm terrible at keeping secrets.
5 I rely on other too much.
6 I believe I have it worse than anyone else.

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