Possesed Body (5e Background)

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Possessed Body[edit]

You are not the original owner of your body. You are a spirit that had recently died, that upon some miracle awoke to find themselves not in the afterlife, but the body of someone new. You can still remember the life you lived before, and who you are. However, you can't let anyone find out that you are not who you appear to be. If anyone were to find out that you were a spirit inhabiting another form, you might soon find yourself back in the afterlife.

Skill Proficiencies: Deception, Insight, Nature

Tool Proficiencies: Any One

Languages: Abyssal, Infernal or Celestial.

Equipment: The body you woke up in was most certainly not your own, and it certainly had not been planning to die. You find on yourself a set of Tools, and one Gaming set, a set of Common Clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp.


How did you die? What happened to you that lead to your death?

d6 Death
1 I was killed in a fight.
2 I passed peacefully surrounded by my friends.
3 I saw things I shouldn't have.
4 I was a part of something that went wrong and was punished for it.
5 I died to save someone else.
6 I can't remember how I died.

Features: Will to Remain[edit]

You have exhibited remarkable tenacity in the face of death. This proves your will to go beyond, which many may admire who can see it. You are visibly different from the living due to an odd anomaly with your soul. Creatures that can see your soul (celestials and fiends) are more likely to be friendly to you or at least less hostile. They may choose not to attack you or they may choose to talk with you.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Your deadly experience has altered your personality, for better or worse.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I can cooperate with almost everyone thanks to the nature of my being.
2 I can relate to most feelings,
3 I feel a constant nervousness that someone will figure me out.
4 I am always 2 seconds away from fighting someone. my anger knows no bounds.
5 I am extremely optimistic about the world
6 It's hard for me not to feel scared when a new person approaches me.
7 I enjoy the simpler things in life, now that death has taken me once.
8 I feel empty inside.
d6 Ideal
1 Anger. When I find who killed me, I'll make them regret it. (Evil)
2 Hope. I am very much alive, and I intend to stay that way.. (Neutral)
3 Forgiveness. I want nothing more than peace those who harmed me did what they must. (Good)
4 Kindness. Despite everything, I'm still me. (Good)
5 Hate. I hate the people who killed me, I want them to feel the same pain as I did. (Evil)
6 Confusion. I am thankful that I'm back, and I'm ready to keep on with what I was doing before. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 "I understand why people fear death. It's not a pleasant thing."
2 "I can only rely on myself."
3 I can't tell anyone what has happened to me, they won't believe me.
4 I am close to finding out who did this to me, I know it.
5 I will always be grateful to whoever this body belonged to before because they saved me.
6 I hope I managed to save at least one life with my own sacrifice.
d6 Flaw
1 "I am impulsive and will jump to conclusions."
2 "I have a hard time forming a stable relationship with others, it's too difficult knowing they see me as someone I'm not."
3 I am often so blinded by my rage that I don't care who I hurt.
4 I can't bring myself to hurt undead creatures, after all, what makes me any different from them?
5 "I constantly keep checking over my shoulders, because it feels like death is coming after me."
6 I have a blank look in my eyes, it's creepy to others, but I can't help it.

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