Prodigy (5e Background)
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As a child, you were knowledgeable on a certain subject, leading to extremely high expectations from parents and tutors.
Skill Proficiencies: You gain expertise in 1 of the following: Animal Handling, Arcana, History, Medicine, Nature, Religion.
Languages: You know 2 additional languages of your choice. One of them may be an exotic language.
Equipment: An inkwell and quill, books of handwritten notes, a textbook, fine clothes and a pouch containing 15 gp.
People who know you well want to see you succeed, so they set up opportunities for you. If you're knowledgeable about magic, they may ask skilled magic-users to take you on as an apprentice; if you're knowledgeable about religion, they may ask a temple to take you in as a priest; if you're knowledgeable about medicine, they may send you into a plague-stricken town to prove your worth.
Parents and tutors constantly pressure you to do your best—you may feel that that pressure helps you succeed, or you may resent their lofty expectations.
|1||I have an idiosyncratic method of writing notes that no-one can decipher.|
|2||I have a tendency to space out.|
|3||I avoid talking about my family.|
|4||In my area of expertise, I'm a genius. In all other areas, I'm a total dunce.|
|5||I'm constantly experimenting.|
|6||I never write down notes—instead, I keep them in my head.|
|7||I've been forced to stay inside studying all my life, so I find others' life stories fascinating.|
|8||When I'm thinking hard, I start humming under my breath.|
|1||Knowledge. I seek knowledge wherever I can. (Neutral)|
|2||Independence. I don't care what others want; I want to live my life how I want. (Chaotic)|
|3||Worth. Others place their faith in me. I must prove I'm worthy of that faith. (Lawful)|
|4||Greed. Others place their faith in me. I take advantage of that faith. (Evil)|
|5||Aid. I use my vast knowledge to help those in need. (Good)|
|6||Ambition. I must be the best at what I do. (Any)|
|1||My family pushes me to do my best, and I'm thankful for that.|
|2||My family pressures me to surpass myself. I'll never meet their expectations.|
|3||My tutor taught me everything I know. I owe them a lot.|
|4||My tutor takes credit for my vast knowledge, but they barely did anything.|
|5||I caught the eye of an expert in my area of expertise. With their belief in me, I can do anything.|
|6||I caught the eye of an expert in my area of expertise. They want me to be their protégé, but there's nothing I'd hate more.|
|1||I'm already under pressure so much pressure, any more and I break.|
|2||I've grown to resent my area of expertise.|
|3||I always assume I'm the smartest in the room.|
|4||It doesn't matter if I blow an opportunity—my family/tutor will find me another one.|
|5||I often space out when in deep thought, sometimes to the point that I'm not paying attention.|
|6||I've never been able to meet my family's/tutor's lofty expectation, so I don't believe I can meet any expectations.|