Fortune Hunter

Some explore for god, some for a country, and you do it for cold, hard gold. You are a fortune hunter, a mercenary of action working for yourself or the highest bidder exploring the lost places of the world to find its lucre. You might travel in style, or you might slum it up, but at the end of the day, when you look over your account book, your only concern is that you end up deeper in the black!

Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, Perception
Languages: One of your choice
Tool Proficiencies: Thieves’ tools
Equipment: A shovel, a crowbar, 50 feet of rope a set of traveler’s clothes, thieves’ tools and a belt pouch containing 10 gp

Feature: Through This Once Before

You’re someone who spends most of their time at work, either in the bar looking for the next score or in a hole in the ground earning that paycheck. You’ve done this before, so you know exactly what you’re looking at and looking for. When you explore a tomb or other non-natural location, you gain a +1 bonus to Wisdom (Perception) checks to detect traps.

Suggested Characteristics

A fortune hunter is the kind of guy or gal whose life is shaped by a million tiny little experiences in the field or around the bargaining table. Their thoughts and actions are a mosaic of deals lost and victories won. All these little experiences can sour a person however, so their flaws are an exaggeration of the things they have experienced.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I’m cold and hard because these people around me are temporary.
2 It never hurts to have friends everywhere.
3 Religion is for people who would like to see 10% of the bottom line disappear.
4 Why look on the bad side? If something bad is going to happen, why be miserable about it?
5 I live my life by reciting the philosophy of wise.
6 I have no time for fools.
7 Sometimes spending a bit of the take on a bath and a hot meal is what makes this worthwhile.
8 I keep my team in my sight at all time so they can’t screw me on the deal.
d6 Ideal
1 Faith. Gods and churches need money just like me, and a donation removes a lot of different sins. (Lawful)
2 Charity. I’ve got a really good use for this money back home. (Good)
3 Debt. I MUST pay them back or bad things will happen. (Chaotic)
4 Power. Money buys power, and I want to be the most powerful! (Lawful)
5 Lifestyle. I started poor. NEVER AGAIN! (Any)
6 Greed. He who dies with the most toys WINS. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I’m going to die with so much money my tomb will be made of pure gold.
2 I want to retire to a life of luxury.
3 I trust these people around me enough to let them handle the money.
4 If the payments stop, then he/she/ they will start coming back again.
5 I must keep paying the healer, or without his/her services, a family member will die.
6 When I have enough, then I can afford to finally do the good I want to.
d6 Flaw
1 If it doesn’t pay, it’s not worth my time.
2 I’d sell almost anyone downriver for a score.
3 I believe it’s fair if they think it’s fair.
4 I believe that not all treasure should be split equally.
5 Other people’s problems are obviously not as important as my own.
6 I don’t care about people’s past, and why they act the way they do.
Section 15: Copyright Notice

5-for-5e Book 2 – 5 Backgrounds for 5e. Copyright 2017 Publishing; Author: Ed Kabara

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