State Alchemist (5e Background)

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State Alchemist[edit]

A dog of the military. Practitioner of a science that to some seems like magic. You are a state alchemist. Whether you still serve under the military or not, that is how you are branded for the rest of your life. Most people despise state alchemists, seeing them as hounds that serve their warmongering leader with blind loyalty whilst doing nothing for the people. So why do you serve in as a state alchemist? Have you "retired" from the position? Are you seeking something through connections to state? Or are you escaping something from your time serving in the military?

Skill Proficiencies: Arcana and History

Tool Proficiencies: Alchemist's Supplies

Languages: One language of your choice

Equipment: A state alchemist uniform, a set of common clothes, a book containing your findings, and a pouch containing 10 gp.


Feature: Dog of the Military[edit]

Alternate Feature: Deserter[edit]

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
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d6 Ideal
1 Rogue. I don't care what the state says, I do it my way or not at all. (Chaotic)
2 Power. All the state is good for is being the bridge between me and true power. (Evil)
3 Hound. The state knows what's best, so I will serve it with my life. (Lawful)
4 Unbiased. State or no, I only care for which way makes things easier on me. (Neutral)
5 Compassion. Alchemy is my way of helping others, the state just facilitates that. Whether they like it or not. (Good)
6 Researcher. I simply seek the knowledge of alchemy and any secrets it hides. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I'm loyal only to the state, I will do as needed of me.
2 I have family back home. They're always on my mind.
3 There's someone I served with in the military who I owe a visit.
4 My research is all that matters, I have to keep it safe!
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d6 Flaw
1 I'm very proud of the state and sometimes my patriotism gets me in trouble.
2 I often let my desire to atone for my service cloud my better judgment.
3 The promise of commendation or payment often gets the better of me.
4 I have little compassion for the common folk and it does me no favors.
5 My research is my obsession and it has nearly destroyed my life on multiple occasions.
6 The state isn't happy that I left and is hunting me down for desertion.

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