Serial Killer (5e Background)

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Serial Killer[edit]

Murder: the most archaic and ancient of practices. To preserve this ancient and sacred art is your truest calling in life. You are a murderer. A serial killer. But why? Are you a bloodthirsty megalomaniac? Perhaps your victims are corrupt and vile individuals who bring suffering onto others. For whatever reason, you have let your passion for death guide you to the adventurer's life. This is the greatest of opportunities to share your art with the world!

Skill Proficiencies: Insight and Stealth

Tool Proficiencies: Thieves Tools, Disguise Kit, or Poisoner's Kit

Languages: One common language of your choice

Equipment: A set of common clothes, your preferred murder tool, (Specifically a knife or one-handed bludgeon of some sort) a token that you keep to remember your first kill, and a belt pouch containing 5 gold and 10 gold from your victims.

Calling Card[edit]

As a serial killer, you have developed a signature of sorts. You have a tendency to leave a mark of some sort on your victims upon their deaths.

d6 Calling Card
1 A rose or similar flower left in the victim's hand
2 A religious symbol carved into the victim's forehead
3 A poem detailing the life of your victim
4 A vague clue regarding your next kill
5 The victim's corpse placed in a peaceful resting position
6 A cry for help to alert those nearby to the victim's corpse

Feature: On The Hunt[edit]

You have learned how to plot out your murders. As such, you have an uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. While in public locations, you may actively stalk a single creature without rousing suspicion so long as you do not speak to them or their associates.

Alternate Feature: Shark-Toothed Smile[edit]

Even when you're caught red handed, you have quite the talent for talking your way out of trouble. So long as you have not faced troubles with law enforcement in the area (Specifically a village, hamlet or city) within 1 week, you are able to convince them of your "innocence", as long as you do not continue to stalk your victim for the remainder of that day. Of course, actual evidence of a murder you have committed and your involvement can negate this feature.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am incredibly friendly. Some might say unsettlingly so.
2 I prefer to remain in my own company. Others never seem to understand me.
3 I prefer to call it an art more than killing.
4 Nothing feels better than putting a knife in their throat.
5 Sometimes I feel guilty, but then realize its just my imagination.
6 Death is not the end, its just a gate towards another life.
7 Its not me who have done it, its the other me.
8 I can be nice with anyone, but you couldn't know when will I pull out my knife.
d6 Ideal
1 Cleansing: I will cleanse the world with my knife. (Lawful)
2 Artistic: Killing is an art, and I will make sure everyone can see it. (Chaotic)
3 Emptiness: I can only feel like I'm alive when I take their lives. (Neutral)
4 Pleasure: I'm just simply enjoying the pleasure of taking life. (Evil)
5 Questioning: Why is killing others a crime when humans take lives constantly from other races? (Any)
6 Curiosity:What does it feel when you die? I guess I will find my answer eventually. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I have an imaginary friend called Abby.
2 Instead of disposing the corpse, I keep them at my basement.
3 I clean and polish my killing weapon every day.
4 I sacrifice a victim to my god every night.
5 I know, deep down there, there is something inside me.
6 I fell in love with one of my victims.
d6 Flaw
1 Sometimes I hesistate before I kill someone, since they remind me of a friend or a loved one.
2 I tend to only think in the moment instead of the future.
3 My eyes twitch frequently which might appear unsettling to most people.
4 I tend to stay up at night planning how to murder a certain target.
5 Blood stains my clothing, hinting at what I possibly killed.
6 My bloodlust consumes me when I fight an opponent.

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