Shadow-Taken (5e Background)

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Touched by the shadow, there is nothing to do except live on, despite it manifesting itself in you. Careful of the path you walk, for the shadow is evident in your soul- your very eyes.

Skill Proficiencies: Survival, Deception

Tool Proficiencies:

Languages: Choice of Abyssal or Infernal

Equipment: Shadow Token, small pouch containing 2gp,

The Shadow Token is a small trinket, reminding you of your experience with the darkness, and how it affected you, this effect could've been a life changing event, or not much of a difference to you, as you might've accepted this fate.


The origins of how you were touched by the shadow. How did you experience it?

Feature: Shadow Touched[edit]

You have been touched by the shadow, and it is evident-- in your gait, your gaze, and even your very presence. Gain proficiency in Intimidation.

d4 Origin
1 You were trying to sleep... But there was one spot in the dark where it was darker than the rest...
2 You were out drinking, and on your way home, it became pitch black, you wandered long through the darkness before something grabbed you.
3 Deep in the reaches of the night, your lamp went out, and while you were trying to relight it, something grabbed you.
4 While out in the forest, a black fog spread from somewhere within and overtook you, sending you wandering through the darkness, until you stumbled across someone... Or something?

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

The Shadow Taken have a will of their own, even with the Shadow constantly fighting them in their mind.

d6 Personality Trait
1 I have witnessed horrors untold, I fear nothing beyond the dark.
2 The dark made me what I am... I am... Superior.
3 I was always timid, the dark only made them fear me.
4 Power is all. I'm subservient to no one.
5 I fear no evil, the dark has shown me enough.
6 I fear no evil, the dark protects me.
d4 Ideal
1 Power I will do anything in my power to obtain power. (Chaotic)
2 Selflessness I have been gifted this power, I will protect others to the best of my ability. (Good)
3 Honor My new self allows me to stop the wrong in the world. The law comes first. (Lawful)
4 Hate They let this happen to me. They must be dealt with. (Evil)
d6 Bond
d6 Flaw

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