Pilot (5e Background)

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Design Note: This background is designed with certain technologies in mind.


You are adept with your skill in maneuvering. Be it a plane or a mechanical soldier, you feel right at home in the cockpit, behind the controls. You were probably recognized for this skill, maybe even given employment based on it. Did you maybe work as a pilot? Was it a military style employment? Perhaps you had to man a vehicle to shoot down others or deliver goods amid war. If you killed, how many did you kill, and how do their deaths hang over you? How did you train, if you did, to gain your level of skill? Or were you a prodigy, an envy of your peers? Are you still employed in the aerial ranks of warfare? If so, did something in the institution facilitate your desire to leave? Perhaps your wanderlust or similar feeling drove you towards more open fields.

Skill Proficiencies: Perception, acrobatics

Tool Proficiencies: Any two sets of artisan’s tools

Equipment: Goggles, tool belt, a pilot license, and a photoplate depicting someone important

Feature: Pilot's Privilege[edit]

You have distinction as one who can man vehicles of the air as well as other vehicles of similar nature. If you go to obtain a vehicle of such, your credentials to ride it are considered much higher than that of the layman.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I’m obsessively interested in machinery, especially if it can fly
2 I like taking things apart to see how they work
3 I was scared of heights as a child but now I live for the adrenaline rush of flight
4 There is a specific type of aircraft that I literally drool over
5 I treat vehicles like people and would defend any one with my life
6 I have trouble paying attention to details, preferring to look at situations from a high-up perspective
d6 Ideal
1 Freedom. I want and want everyone else to feel like I do in the air: completely free (Good)
2 Aspiration. Someday I’ll have a craft of my own and will control my own destiny (Any)
3 Recklessness. I like to take the greatest risks so I can gain the greatest rewards (Chaotic)
4 Disconnect. I feel so high above things it’s hard to be motivated. (Neutral)
5 Mastery. I don’t care what it takes, I will become the best pilot in the world (Evil)
6 People. I’m committed to my friends and family back on the ground, not ideals (Neutral)
7 Reserved. In the larger view of things, I’m just a tiny spec among other specs so I try not to draw attention to myself (Lawful)
d6 Bond
1 My freedom is my most precious possession
2 Hurt my airship and I will hurt you
3 I’m always thinking about the people I have back on the ground
4 I want to travel further than anyone else has
5 All I want is the latest, greatest, and fastest
d6 Flaw
1 I become distracted easily
2 I dislike hygiene, preferring the familiarity of smoke and grease on my clothes
3 Killing people from the air is easy because I’m so far away
4 I know how to hijack air crafts and will absolutely do it if it’s a nice model
5 The best way to get someone to talk to to take them very high up in the air and threaten to drop them.

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