Wandering Mercenary (5e Background)

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Wandering Mercenary[edit]

This type of mercenary wanders far lands and great distances to track down bounty's and missions. Mainly as a sell sword. Usually rugged and grey in appearance, they can blend into a crowd easily and can be hard to find if looking for one.

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Skill Proficiencies: Two of: Stealth, Survival, Perception

Tool Proficiencies: Thieves' Tools

Languages: One language of your choice, which may be an exotic language.

Equipment: A dark cloak, club, set of dice or deck of playing cards, Thieves' tools, and a pouch containing 5 gp.


You have an excellent memory for maps and geography, and you can always recall the general layout of terrain, settlements, and other features around you. In addition, you can find food and fresh water for yourself and up to five other people each day, provided that the land offers berries, small game, water, and so forth.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

You are a mercenary who hunted down your employer's enemies for coin. Were you happy in this life? What made you leave it behind to become an adventurer? Did you leave it at all, or is adventuring just another way of putting food on the table?

d8 Personality Trait
1 I like to show off, particularly if there's a chance to get a job offer in it.
2 I am always gregarious and cheerful, no matter the situation, as long as I am paid well.
3 To me, the whisper of steel and the clash of weapons is just as pleasing as any amount of gold.
4 I always train because training leaves the person ready even in a moment of respite or weakness.
5 I hold myself to a strict code of ideals.
6 I keep my personal possessions in secret places which are known only to me.
7 I would do anything to protect my weapons of arm, for I know it will protect me in return.
8 I do nothing, move no finger or a blade, unless I hear the jingling sound of coins.
d6 Ideal
1 Golden Soul. I fight for money, and nothing else. (Neutral)
2 Great Publicity. I will be known for my deeds, sooner rather than later. (Any)
3 Power or Death. In my line of profession, the strong live and the weak starve. (Evil)
4 Non-Sold Honor. I never break my promises. Never. (Lawful)
5 War and Crime. Whenever chaos flourishes, so too does my work. (Chaotic)
6 Good for Sale I am a sellsword who swings his weapon only in the name of good. (Good)
d6 Bond
1 I became a mercenary to support my family, who would have probably starved in a slum somewhere if not for me.
2 I fight for a lover that knows little if not nothing of me.
3 I was inspired by a great hero to become a mercenary.
4 I treat my valued comrades like brothers, and I will let no insult or injury fall upon them.
5 I seek to protect something of great importance to me by keeping it a secret, so you better forget what you just heard.
6 I never disrespect an employer, if they never disrespect me or stop giving me money.
d6 Flaw
1 I'll do anything for coin, damn the consequences.
2 As much as I pretend to love fighting, I secretly hate hurting others.
3 I have crippling debts that my work barely pays it off.
4 I never fail at my tasks, even if I have to resort to less honourable means to complete them.
5 I would send an innocent to face his death if it means I will win the fight.
6 Someone powerful would do anything to have my head, so I seek to gain his or her head first.
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