Mute (5e Background)

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You are mute, you cannot speak, how will you compensate for that? Have you been bullied for it? How did this malady descend upon you, or were you cursed from birth?

Skill Proficiencies: Insight and any other of your choice

Tool Proficiencies: Calligrapher's supplies

Languages: Deep Speech and two other languages.

Equipment: Calligrapher's supplies, a book on sign language lessons, a set of common clothes, and a pouch of 20 gp


We know that you are mute, but why are you mute? If you can't think of a reason, you can use one of these.

d6 Cause of muteness
1 You have been mute all your life. because of this, you have always had a fascination with voices.
2 You are selectively mute - selective mutism has no correlation to trauma!
3 You got your voice box badly damaged in either a fight or an accident.
4 An angry sorcerer cast a silence spell on your voice box and since then you haven't been able to speak.
5 You have been mute all your life. because of this, you have always felt jealous of other peoples voices.
6 You took a Vow of Silence in hopes of pleasing your god.

Feature: Sign Language[edit]

You can use sign language of any language you know, but only creatures that know the sign language of that language will understand it.

Alternate Feature: Awkward Silence[edit]

Because you don't speak, some people are likely to impose their own misconceptions, likely that you are some poor, dumb soul. When people are struck oddly by your muteness, they are more likely to be polite and compassionate to you rather than be offended at your unresponsiveness.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Since you are mute, you have to express your personality in other ways. Or would you perhaps like to keep to yourself?

d8 Personality Trait
1 You often communicate dark and depressing themes.
2 You pretend to speak normally and people lip reading you can understand, however no voice is heard.
3 You over exaggerate your emotions through your face, often making ridiculous faces in the process.
4 You break the fourth wall, looking at the view point or knowing beings controlling your actions.
5 You gesture to people your feelings
6 You are often sarcastic in your true feelings.
7 You avoid getting into social situations and are socially awkward.
8 You often communicate bright and encouraging themes.
d6 Ideal
1 Justice. You will not stand for people mistreating you or people like you. (Lawful)
2 Weirdo. You're just in it for the lols (Chaotic)
3 Angry. You have been through so much, so everyone else can either feel sorry for you or go through the same pain as you. (Evil)
4 Helpful. You want to help as much as you can without talking. (Good)
5 Strong. You've been through so much, but you'll be damned if you let that stop you. (Neutral)
6 Empathetic. You don't want anyone else to go through the pain you did. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 You have heard rumors about a special potion that could give a mute person a voice, and have gone out in search for it.
2 You want to hear all sorts of different voices, accents, languages, etc.
3 You've gone out in search for your place in the world
4 You are trying to find a voice for the silent, for people like you.
5 You feel a deep connection with the people who take the time out of their day to "listen" to you
6 You wish to make your family happy in other ways that don't require talking
d6 Flaw
1 You get all huffy if people don't act as though they are paying attention to what you are trying to say.
2 If you get scared, you can't sign or write properly, thus cutting off your communication to the rest of your team.
3 You are envious of those who have a voice
4 You are scared when you meet a new person, fearing that they will hate you for being mute.
5 If you meet someone who understands sign language, you could lose hours because you are so wrapped up in conversing with them
6 Hearing another persons voice makes you feel as though someone is dragging a knife down your back

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