UA:Character Background: Underworld Background

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Underworld Background

The teeming cities of the d20 game world provide opportunities for countless adventures. The activities associated with this background represent moneymaking efforts on the wrong side of the law. A character may operate solo, as part of a small gang, or as part of a large thieves' guild or organized crime family. Some characters with underworld backgrounds use a false name to attain the benefits of their reputation while avoiding entanglements with law enforcement.

The underworld offers few chances for formal recognition (reflected by the relatively high recognition check DCs in this background), although some criminal syndicates have ranks and titles. The notion of underworld recognitioin may not be appropriate for every setting.

Each activity in this background is associated with a particular skill- the one mentioned first in the entry's Skills column. A character's ranks in that skill provide a bonus on recognition checks.

Underworld Background Activities
d% Activity Class Feats Skills Gear Contacts Rep Recognition
0-12 Street Crime Rogue Deft Hands, Dodge Escape Artist, Tumble, Sleight of Hand, Move Silently, Hide Wondrous item that aids movement Information +0 Rank, DC 32
13-23 Protection racket Rogue Combat Expertise, Improved Feint Intimidate, Sense Motive, Bluff, Diplomacy, Search Weapon Influence +1 Rank, DC 30
24-32 Gambling Rogue Negotiator, Persuasive Bluff, Sense Motive, Intimidate, Gather Information, Forgery Magic item based on gem or jewelry Influence +1 Rank, DC 30
33-44 Assassination Rogue or assassin 1 Improved Critical, Stealthy Hide, Move Silently, Tumble, Climb, Jump Weapon Skill +1 Rank, DC 30
45-57 Burglary Rogue or shadow dancer 1 Nimble Fingers, Acrobatic Climb, Open Lock, Move Silently, Search, Balance Wondrous item that aids stealth Skill +0 Rank, DC 30
58-70 Robbery Rogue Weapon Finesse, Quick Draw Intimidate, Disguise, Bluff, Use Rope, Hide Weapon Information +1/2 Rank, DC 28
71-81 Con games Rogue or bard Deceitful, Persuasive Bluff, Sense Motive, Diplomacy, Forgery, Disguise Wondrous item that creates illusion Influence +1/2 Rank, DC 28
82-90 Fence Rogue Diligent, Negotiator Appraise, Sense Motive, Bluff, Knowledge (local), Gather Information Any Influence +1 Rank, DC 30
91-100 Street fighting Fighter or rogue Quick Draw, Combat Reflexes Intimidate, Sleight of Hand, Bluff, Tumble, Spot Armor Skill +0 Rank, DC 32
1 Indicates a prestige class. Only available if the class is allowed in the camaign.

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