Inventor (5e Background)

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You are essentially a creator. You have brilliant ideas and then you translate them into reality via technology or magic. You go for original content, or at least try to. People may find you eccentric and funny or attracting in personality. Others may decry your practices as unorthodox or dangerous even. Inventors vary far and wide in aims and specialties, from weaponry, to tinkering, and even the realm of metaphysical, like theorists and magic spell makers. Bottom line is that you bring new things to the table.

When making an inventor, consider what you invented or are trying to invent. Perhaps you failed before and were disgraced, or your invention had a terrible side effect which disgraced you forever. Did you aim to make something helpful to society, or just a side hobby you play with? Do you perhaps want to further a paid cause and compensate your patrons with their desired product, be a weapon of mass destruction or not? Even better, do you only claim inventor status after having stole the invention from someone else?

Skill Proficiencies: History, Sleight of Hand

Tool Proficiencies: Tinker's Tools

Languages: Choose between Gnomish or Dwarven

Equipment: Set of common Clothes, Tinker's Tools, a Hammer, an Hourglass, a Magnifying Glass, and 10gp

Feature: Inspiring Inventions[edit]

​With your ability to create wonderful contraptions, you command respect among both artists and craftsmen. As a fellow creator, you are on friendly terms with these folk, provided you have done nothing to offend them, and their local connections can often prove invaluable to a traveling artisan such as yourself. Through these connections you learn of the best suppliers of raw goods in the area as well as the identities of local people who would be the most interested in purchasing your inventions.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Inventors are rather intelligent people with a drive to change the world for the better or the worse. They love to make objects of complete wonder or complete destruction. There are two types of Inventors: Those that want to share their gifts with the world and those that want to hide their inventions for themselves.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I ask a lot of questions.
2 I am always polite.
3 I quote famous philosophers, sometimes adding my own twist.
4 I am more of an indoors person. Being outside (literally or figuratively) gives me hives.
5 The idea of multiple Gods is ridiculous to me.
6 I treat my creations with the same care a parent does for their child.
7 I change the topic at hand if it doesn't interest me.
8 I absentmindedly construct/destruct when I'm thinking over something.
d6 Ideal
1 Mastermind ​I refer to others as tools that I can use (Evil)
2 Ingenious Sometimes, I speak in random nonsense just to see others' reactions. (Chaotic)
3 Resolved We build our own destinies, we are the real gods. (Neutral)
4 Supportive I hope to build a grand machine to help the community. (Good)
5 Purposeful. We have been created for a purpose, mu need to follow our orders. (Lawful)
6 Inventive I build to help myself or others, whichever is more important. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My creations are my only true companions.
2 I am trying to outdo a rival inventor with my own inventions.
3 I stole the ideas from my old partner and they want revenge.
4 My old partner stole some valuable blueprints and I plan on ​getting them back.
5 My mentor taught me everything I know to this day, I could not be where i am without them.
6 I love seeing the looks of amazement as I build something new and wonderful.
d6 Flaw
1 Anyone who criticises my creations will find a hammer coming their way.
2 I refuse to stop once I begin a task, I can't leave something incomplete.
3 When explaining something I end up speaking far too quickly for anyone to understand.
4 I snap at others pretty often, especially if they're distracting me.
5 I end up treating everyone else as complete idiots.
6 I can be pretty blunt.

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