Marked by the Outsider (5e Background)

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Marked by the Outsider[edit]

Sometime in your past, you were at your lowest of lows. You were at the end of your rope, but then a figure from beyond came to you. Either in your sleep or in what you wished was a dream, someone came to you from the void itself to give you a "gift". The Outsider. He became interested in you and decided to give you his mark, which some say has a terrible price attached to it. To this very day it still burns on your hand. But why you? What exactly does the outsider have in store for you? And just what price might you end up paying?

Skill Proficiencies: Arcana and Intimidation

Tool Proficiencies: Navigation tools

Equipment: A set of common clothes, an oil lamp, a tattered blanket, a pouch with 10 gold, and a prized heirloom of yours.

Feature: Mark of the Outsider[edit]

You have been branded with the Mark of the Outsider, which has connected you to the void and, in turn, the Outsider. When sleeping or at a shrine to the Outsider, he may contact you and tell you a piece of information. The information is decided by the DM and could be anything such as a name, location, or even a cryptic message.

Alternate: Friend of the Rodents[edit]

Due to the mark on your hand, rats and their kin are particularly comfortable around you. Rats and any other rodents will not flee from you, so long as you do not harm them. They may offer you scraps of food or simply trust your presence.


Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Those marked by the Outsider are not the most cheerful and are often fairly grim in nature with what few things that bring them pleasure in life being fairly plain or simple.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I find rats to be fascinating creatures and often spend time with them.
2 I love the sea! It's such a calm place away from everything.
3 Reading is usually how I pass the time. It clears my mind.
4 I'm not a very picky eater. As long as it ain't spoiled, I'm good.
5 I sing and whistle a lot, especially songs from home.
6 I like to tinker, especially with things that are new to me.
7 I have stories from everywhere I've ever been and I like to keep making new ones.
8 I'm always studying the void and any information on it.
d6 Ideal
1 Zealous. The outsider gave me his mark to destroy. (Evil)
2 Righteous. I have power, so I must be responsible. (Lawful)
3 Intrigue. I want to understand this mark and why I have it. (Neutral)
4 Outsider. I simply serve the outsider's plan. (Any)
5 Corruption. This mark makes me strong, so I'll do as I please. (Chaotic)
6 Rejection. I refuse this cursed mark! (Good)
d6 Bond
1 I've got a friend of mine back home who I'm dying to see.
2 Keeping to myself is the life for me.
3 There's an old crew I used to run with. I try to keep clear of them.
4 I've got myself a pet who I love more than life itself.
5 I'm only devoted to the Outsider. If he needs me, I will do as he commands.
6 There's a special someone I've been keeping in touch with. I yearn to see them.
d6 Flaw
1 I'm a bit of a drunkard.
2 Paranoid? Who's paranoid? Not me!
3 I often offend those around me.
4 I'm incredibly selfish.
5 I buy into superstitions too easily.
6 I talk big, but it tends to get me in trouble.

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