The world’s oldest profession, or so they say, but it has endured as long as it has due to the fact that there is always a demand for the services you offer. The exact circumstances of your employment may vary, such as your typical clientele, your personal ethics, where and when you work, and so forth, but the basic premise of your background remains the same: you engage in carnal activities in exchange for payment.

Skill Proficiencies: Performance, Persuasion

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise Kit

Languages: One of your choice

Equipment: A disguise kit, simple tools for grooming and contraception, a set of common or fine clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp.

Feature: Unspoken Access

Choose a particular segment of society, such as lower class, middle class, upper class, nobility, clergy, merchants, artisans, city watch, military, etc. This is the main segment of society you market yourself to. Whatever that segment of society is, you know the general ins and outs of dealing with them, and your profession opens certain doors for you.

While in most circles, a prostitute may not be considered a welcome guest, you are nonetheless afforded a certain unspoken access to that societal segment. You may not be welcomed with open arms, and you may not get formal invitations to events and such, but folks might leave the back door open for you, or they might look the other way when you sidle up to the bar. You are somewhat expected to turn up at certain occasions and few people in those circles would question what you are doing there. You fill a certain niche among those people, and as such, you have that certain unspoken access to the class you service and the places and events they frequent.

Fleshing Things Out

Some questions to consider when determining how this background applies to your character: What segment of society makes up your clientele of choice? How do you feel about your profession? Are you ashamed of the life you lead or do you take pride in it? How long do you plan to do this? Are you concerned with any possible legal or moral repercussions? Does your family know about your background? If so, what do they think?

You should also consider what caused you to take up the role of an adventurer. Did your life as a prostitute lead you to a life of adventure? Or did your adventurous life land you in the life of a prostitute? Did something happen on the job to set you out on an unexpected quest? Did one of your clients say something that gave you the idea to start adventuring?

Or did you perhaps realize that this was your calling as you made your way through the world on some adventure?

d8 Personality Trait
1 Enjoy what you can while you can.
2 Free food tastes better than the kind you pay for.
3 I live to be adored.
4 Everyone has their secrets, and I am so curious.
5 I enjoy traveling whenever I have the chance.
6 I hate to be seen when not at my best.
7 Live and let live.
8 I often feel alone, even in a crowded room.
d6 Ideal
1 Necessity. Everyone’s got to eat somehow. (Any)
2 Nature. It’s in the nature of all living things, so why be ashamed? (Neutral)
3 Joy. The world needs more joy in it, and I’m proud to do my part. (Good)
4 Predator. The best predators are the ones who masquerade as prey. (Evil)
5 Conduct. I adhere strictly to my own rules about what I will and won’t do on the job. (Lawful)
6 Sensation. Why not make a living doing what I enjoy? (Chaotic)
d6 Bond
1 My family doesn’t know about my work, but I do this to support them.
2 I’ll never forget my first client.
3 This is just a temporary means to better my place in the world.
4 I work for a specific establishment.
5 I keep in touch with my favorite clients.
6 One of my clients will go to great lengths to conceal our association.
d6 Flaw
1 I have a weakness for jewelry and other fine accessories.
2 I reach for whatever substance I can to keep from feeling how I truly feel.
3 I cannot keep a secret.
4 I tend to say the first thing that pops into my head, even if it is inappropriate.
5 I lie compulsively.
6 I don’t feel like I deserve to be happy.
Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Big Book of Backgrounds Copyright 2019, P.B. Publishing, Phil Beckwith, and Cody Faulk.

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