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Spellborn

From the moment of your birth and throughout your childhood, everyone around you recognized your unusual nature. Strange, unpredictable events occurred in your wake. It didn’t take long before people began to view you as touched, marked, or cursed by some unknown power.

Not long thereafter, you learned about your innate magic, either through accident or thanks to the guidance of a concerned mentor.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two from among Arcana, Insight, Investigation, or Survival

Languages: You learn to speak Draconic. If your race, class, or feat already provides you with this language, choose one of the following languages: Abyssal, Celestial, Infernal, Primordial, Sylvan, or Undercommon Equipment: A bottle of ink, a quill, a dagger, a book passed on from your family filled with hints and notes regarding your magical origins and the dangers likely to threaten you, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp.

Discovery of Magic

Under what circumstances did you discover your innate magical talents? Roll on the table below or create your own event and discuss the ramifications and story hooks with your GM.

d8 Discovery of Magic
1 A moment of stress, anxiety, or intense fear led you to casting your first spell
2 You experienced a strange dream, only to wake up and discover you’d use magic in your sleep
3 A long-lost relative taught you how to access the magic dormant within your soul
4 You stumbled across mention of your name and your magical talent in a dusty old tome
5 A conversation overheard revealed the existence of your magical gifts
6 A shadowy form appeared at your side and whispered the truth of your nature
7 A group of cultists attempted to kidnap you, believing you to be the fulfillment of ancient prophecy
8 Upon reaching a certain age, your parents or guardian revealed the family secret about the magic they each possess

Feature: Mysterious Reputation

Whether you wish it or not, word about your magical talents has spread far across the land. People have learned to recognize you, and this recognition brings with it equal measures of respect and fear or loathing.

You can take advantage of your reputation to convince people to overlook small crimes or peculiar actions, especially those not witnessed by local authorities. You can also use your reputation to gain an audience with those interested in magic such as scholars and spellcasters, although they tend to look upon you as a nothing more than a curiosity (albeit a dangerous one, perhaps).

Suggested Characteristics

Not everyone was thrilled to discover your innate magical talent. You have learned to live with friends, families, and rivals becoming suspicious, frightened, or resentful of you. It is even possible that your gifts forced you to flee from your home and seek shelter among strangers or out in the wilderness. Trust no longer comes easily for you.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I prefer to avoid drawing attention of strangers whenever possible.
2 Nothing concerning magic is forbidden, immortal, or taboo.
3 Laws and traditions no longer apply to me.
4 I may look like a typical individual, but I am nothing like those around me.
5 If there are secrets to be found, I must learn them and expose them.
6 My magic frightens me, but I cannot resist discovering my true potential
7 My magic is a curse, one that I must bear alone and protect others from its grasp.
8 No one may believe it, but I am destined for great and terrible things.
d6 Ideal
1 Generosity. I must use my magical gifts to help the less fortunate. (Good)
2 Self-Improvement. I will do whatever necessary to learn more about my magical talents. (Any)
3 Ambition. My magic elevates me above the common folk. Put simply, I’m better than they are. (Evil)
4 Freedom. If family history is any indication, I might as well live life to its fullest extent and enjoy what I possess. (Chaotic)
5 Control. I must learn to control and shape my magic. It must never control me. (Lawful)
6 Service. I have a duty to find others with magical talent and teach them how to use it for the good of all. (Good)
d6 Bond
1 My secrets are mine and mine alone. I cannot burden anyone else with them.
2 I refuse to be a pawn for some dark power or evil entity.
3 My family labors under a centuries-old curse that I must break or die trying.
4 Ignorance and superstition are the true enemies. I must educate people about magic and its wonders.
5 My loved ones are in jeopardy because of my magic, and now I must find a way to save them.
6 The darkness lives within me, and I will do everything possible to keep it imprisoned there.
d6 Flaw
1 In order to converse with my equal, I must talk to myself or with the gods above.
2 I only trust those I know, and that trust is difficult to earn.
3 I possess the uncanny ability to see the dark, bleak side of every situation.
4 I will risk the lives of others if it means finding the secrets to my power.
5 I can never tell anyone the source of my magic, even if it costs me my life.
6 Always expect betrayal and you’ll never be disappointed.
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The Vitalic Sorcerer © 2019 Total Party Kill Games; Authors: Brian Berg, Mark A. Hart.