Not all who wander are lost, but you do so because you don’t have a home. You are a homeless street urchin or a tough drifter whose life has been a hard one. How you got to this point is a mystery to everyone except you. But, your glimmer of hope is working with adventurers because, hey, a dead king’s gold will do more good feeding your belly than rotting in the ground. Also, it can only go up from here!

Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Survival
Languages: One of your choice
Equipment: A torn blanket, a set of dirty mismatched clothes, a dagger, and 5 gp

Feature: Natural Fortitude

As a Vagabond, you’ve experienced your share of hard knocks from when you had to steal, to fighting for the last bit of food. Once per day, when you would be knocked unconscious at zero hit points, you may make a Constitution saving throw with the DC equal to the damage that would knock you unconscious.

If you succeed, you’re not knocked out, but instead reduced to 1 hit point.

Suggested Characteristics

Vagabonds lead a hard life that the streets forge in hunger and pain. Their goals and friendships are all hard won battles of their time looking for a place to stay. Their flaws are all extensions of the worst a cold night can forge in a person.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I’ve been burned too many times to count, so I keep my distance.
2 I optimistic that things will get better if I try!
3 I only see the same crap again and again, so I know what about to happen next.
4 I don’t make eye contact because that’s how people manipulate you.
5 I’m fiercely atheist because a caring god would help me if they existed.
6 I’m the street preacher because I know one day my salvation will come.
7 I’ve fallen from riches to rags.
8 If you just follow me, you will survive.
d6 Ideal
1 Honor. I’m a low-life, but I’m not a thief. (Lawful)
2 Wanderlust. I’m going to find a place where people like me are treated fairly. (Lawful)
3 Power. I’ve spent my time in the gutter, so now it’s MY time to be on top. (Lawful)
4 Change. My life wouldn’t suck if the rich and powerful were knocked down a few pegs! (Chaotic))
5 Charity. I haven’t got much but I’ll share it with the others. (Good)
6 Family. My spouse and kids are NOT going to keep living like this! (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I’m gonna get rich beyond my wildest dreams.
2 I just want a way to be feed and dry every night.
3 One of these people pulled me out of a bad situation.
4 I’m gonna make sure no one else lives like this.
5 The king/duke/landbaron who stole everything is gonna pay.
6 They healer who sent me on my first adventure found me some people to work with
Section 15: Copyright Notice

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

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