Lucky Fumbler (5e Background)

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Lucky Fumbler[edit]

The Wizard, tripping over his own robes, unknowingly saved his life, jumping out of the way of an axe. The Bard, stringing a wrong note, gives the party just enough time to gain the advantage in the fight. A Barbarian accidentally throwing his weapon, only to cleave through the skull of an attacker sneaking up on them. Is it that you are incredibly skilled? Or just dumb lucky?

Skill Proficiencies: You gain proficiency in Acrobatics and Investigation.

Tool Proficiencies: One gaming set of your choice.

Languages: Fumbling Common (explained later) or your choice of one common language.

Equipment: 15 gp, all earned from clumsiness and or sheer luck, a gaming set you are proficient with, a set of common clothes, and a trinket you just found laying on the ground somewhere.

Feature: Fumbling Common[edit]

You sometimes have a tendency to jumble your words together in such a way that the listeners are absolutely dazed and confused, either from the astounding stupidity in what you say or the extreme intelligence in it. This confusion tends to leave people avoiding asking questions of you at all possible moments. And if they do ask you questions, your fumbling and mumbling of words completely derails their thoughts to the point where they can't even remember what they asked half the time. It's rather confusing, wouldn't you agree?

Alternate Feature: Insistant Luck[edit]

For some odd reason, your luck always seems to find you at very strange times. When taking a blind guess at something or blindly wing it, things tend to work out either ridiculously in or against your favor. Just your luck... However, things tend to go more often in your favor than against it.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am rather clumsy near people I admire or am in love with.
2 When speaking, I usually slip up and then try again from the top.
3 I hate my luck and feel like I should be legitimately good.
4 I hate my luck and feel like I am legitimately good, even though everyone else thinks i'm just lucky.
5 I depend on my luck, usually.
6 People around me commonly comment on my luck.
7 I usually go unnoticed until my luck comes into play.
8 I believe my luck is not luck at all; it is skill.
d6 Ideal
1 Redemption. I seek to prove my skill is what i use, not Luck. (Lawful)
2 For the Better. I depend on my Luck and want to spread it to others. (Good)
3 Unnoticed. I want my Luck to go unnoticed, to be normal. (Any)
4 Overbearing. I shove my Luck into other peoples' faces, trying to prove something. (Evil)
5 Arrogant. Because of how lucky I seem to be, I believe I can do whatever I want.
6 Belief. My luck is nothing but the universe picking where I end up. Lets see where the dice take me. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 I'm in love with someone, and I'm hoping to get lucky as to be theirs one day.
2 Out of sheer luck, I beat a noble in a gamble. They now want my head for dishonoring them.
3 My father taught me about how luck works in the world. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be where I am now.
4 My bad luck may or may not have gotten me in trouble with the law a few times. Now I'm wanted... Just my luck...
5 A group of scholars are hunting me down. Their goal I think, is to figure out how to harness my luck for their personal desires.
6 I've caught wind of a faraway treasure worth more than the world. If I'm lucky, it is real, and I'll find it.
d6 Flaw
1 I can never not stumble in a - a - a conversation.
2 Due to my clumsiness, I make my teammates uncomfortable.
3 I sometimes do cool things only to screw them up again.
4 My luck is something I like to shove into other peoples' faces... even if it gets me in trouble.
5 Because of my luck, I have a terrible gambling addiction.
6 I never stop and think things through, believing my luck will always get me out of a sticky situation.

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