Simpleton (5e Background)

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Simpleton[edit]

You are not the sharpest tool in the shed or brightest star in the sky. To put it quite simply, you're stupid. You couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel. All of this might be exaggeration or it could be that you really are as dumb as the day is long.

Skill Proficiencies: Athletics and Intimidation

Tool Proficiencies: None

Equipment: A note from a loved one, common clothes and 5gp

Feature: Simple is best[edit]

Your stupidity usually does you few favors, but for once it comes through. Because of how much of a dullard you are, people often feel bad for you and will attempt to help you where they can. They might do so through a hot meal and a warm bed for the evening, or perhaps just a bit of advice or information for your trouble.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Your stupidity has shaped your life in one way or another.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I like the simple things in life.
2 I choose to speak only when necessary, favoring head movements and silence most often.
3 I don't speak real good, but it don't stop me.
4 I try to act smart by using fancy words, but I usually don't know what they mean.
5 My wrItiNg iS bArelY leGIble.
6 I try to get smarter by reading books when I can.
7 I like to focus on my physical skill over my brains.
8 I try to speak and listen to smart people, but usually get nothing from it.
d6 Ideal
1 Vengeful. I hate people who call me stupid. I'll show them one day. (Evil)
2 Simple Hero. I may not be very smart, but I can still do some good. (Good)
3 Accepting. So I'm not smart, my life is more than my smarts. (Neutral)
4 Defiant. I can't understand the rules, so why follow them. (Chaotic)
5 Obedient. My lack of smarts doesn't mean I don't respect the law. (Lawful)
6 Intellect. I hope to one day be super smart. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 The people who've gotten to know me are my life. I would die for them.
2 I once had a love who told me I'd amount to nothing. I seek to prove them wrong.
3 I seek to become smarter on my quest for knowledge.
4 I'd lay down my life for the people of my town. They may hurt me, but they mean more than anything to me.
5 I seek to meet people like me who really understand me.
6 I don't want to let people into my life, for fear they'll laugh at my stupidity.
d6 Flaw
1 People usually take advantage of my stupidity.
2 Sometimes I'll go with a bad idea, even if I shouldn't.
3 I have problems with gambling and often owe people a lot of money.
4 I skip to the action and often forget to ask questions.
5 I lose my temper when people call me stupid.
6 I try to solve my problems by drinking and usually create more problems.

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