Hunter (5e Background)

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Hunter[edit]

You are a hunter. Whether you hunt oddities or normal animals, you have become adept at tracking, predicting, and killing your chosen prey.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose three from Nature, Stealth, Animal Handling and Survival

Tool Proficiencies: Leather worker's tools, and Herbalism kit or Poisoner's kit

Languages: Language of your chosen prey, if they don't have one you can choose one language.

Equipment: Herbalism kit or Poisoner's kit, Skinning knife, Leather worker's tools, a trophy from your best hunt (i.e. a bear's claw or deer antlers), and an animal companion.

Specialization[edit]

d6 Specialization
1 Hunt for Survival
2 Hunt for Entertainment
3 Hunt for Pelts
4 Hunt for Glory/Trophies
5 Hunt for Money (Career hunter)
6 Hunt to Protect (Hunting a particularly dangerous animal)

Feature: Hunter Merchant[edit]

You know how to sell pelts, antlers, heads, and meat from your prey for the most you can get out of them. ( sell them for twice the normal price)

Alternate Feature: Hunter Scavenger[edit]

You know how to scavenge and use every part of an animal, you can cook and eat the meat, make knifes out of antlers, and make clothes and blankets out of pelts. You also can make them into rations easily. It takes you half the time to make rations than someone else. Creating the rations requires a fire(for smoking meat) nuts and berries, and some sort of package.

Alternate Feature: Hunter Camouflage[edit]

You know how to camouflage yourself like other animals, such as deer and wolves, with their pelts. You can use leather working tools to create a disguise. You gain a +2 to stealth checks against creatures with an intelligence of less then 12. The disguise takes 30 min to make, and lasts for 12 hours.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d4 Personality Trait
1 I enjoy the simple life of hunting.
2 I see unnatural creatures as prey worthy of my blade.
3 I get bored of hunting normal prey and think of hunting something smarter, maybe even humanoid.
4 Social class does not concern me. Riches wont save you from bugbears.
d6 Ideal
1 Pacifist. I dislike killing but will do it to survive. I will avoid killing unless it seems necessary. (Good)
2 Freedom. I enjoy the freedom and self-sufficiency of hunting. (Chaotic)
3 Power. I feel powerful every time I take a life. (Evil)
4 Apathy. I don't like or dislike killing, it's just something I do. (Neutral)
5 Exterminator. I get rid of pest and threats to society. (Lawful)
6 Ambitious. I wish to move on to bigger, more dangerous game. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I have a deep admiration and respect for nature.
2 The animals I kill are going to help me survive, and I thank them for there sacrifice.
3 I feel a brotherhood with fellow hunters.
4 I have become attached to my weapons, and do not want to part with them.
5 I find it hard to kill small, innocent animals such as squirrels and ferrets.
6 I believe nature is sacred, and only animals deserve the title of natural.
d6 Flaw
1 I don't understand why everyone doesn't hunt.
2 "Only the strong shall live in the wild"
3 I'm so use to eating what I kill, I might cook and eat a monster or even person I kill without even thinking about.
4 I treat other people like prey just like animals.
5 I'm socially inept due to spending most of my time in nature, and do not know or understand most social constructs.
6 I sometimes act territorial like an animal, and "mark my territory".

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