Messenger (5e Background)

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Messenger[edit]

You have always had skill with moving and never asked any questions on why's, its just when. Were you a private messenger, conveying messages that both stopped and started wars or were you just a simple post man, delivering letters to old women in the wilderness? Have you received special training in getting around, or did you just get good? Were you from a prosperous family and struck out for yourself, or did you come from a poor family and work to support your family? Do you take the conventional ways of getting around, or do you strike out to make everything quicker?

Skill Proficiencies: athletics or acrobatics, perception

Tool Proficiencies: navigator's tools

Languages: one of your choice

Equipment: satchel, 10 pieces of paper, 5 ink bottles, travelers clothes, 10gp and the crest of your previous employer.


Feature: Shortcut[edit]

You've been learning to get around for a while so you know ways to make things quicker, no matter where you are. This allows you to get around a city or town in half the normal time.

Alternate Feature: Hurried Traveller[edit]

You travel the main roads daily and remain cautious even when travelling quickly. This allows you to travel at a fast pace without penalty to passive Wisdom (Perception) scores.

Alternate Feature: Don't Shoot the Messenger[edit]

You are skilled at defusing tense social situations. You gain advantage on all Charisma checks made to improve the mood of hostile NPCs.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I say a lot of quips that people don't get
2 I berate my travelling companions for walking too slow
3 I'm shy so I try to stay out of sight
4 I tend to be blunt, even when delivering bad news
5 "Don't stand in my way, if you do then you wont stand again."
6 If people give me messages then I simply have to read them
7 I never waste gold, even if someone dies because of it
8 "I never fail, only succeed."
d6 Ideal
1 Rebellious I will go where I want, when I want (chaotic)
2 Greed Money is the only reason to work (evil)
3 Knowledge We need to share what we know when we can (neutral)
4 Assistance I work to help people (good)
5 Skill I always try to improve (any)
6 Reliable The message must be delivered (lawful)
d6 Bond
1 I need to support my family
2 I'm trying to start my own business, starting from the ground up
3 A messenger saved my village by bringing warning of an army, I want to do that
4 Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays me

from the swift completion of my appointed rounds

5 I left because i was bored and it seemed fun
6 I'm working off a debt to a Noble that I tried to steal from
d6 Flaw
1 I am easily distracted
2 I pick fights when I really shouldn't
3 I think i'm a demi-god.
4 I don't consider other's emotions
5 I'm an adrenaline junkie
6 I'm so lazy, I can't be bothered to finish this sent--

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