Animal Whisperer

Animals respond well to you. You know how to bend their will to yours, can keep from spooking or enraging them, and possess knowledge of their anatomy enabling you to heal various injuries. You could have developed this expertise in a number of different ways, including the following:

d6 Background Path
1 You bred and trained hunting dogs for a noble.
2 You groomed and exercised horses as a stable hand.
3 You trained animals to do tricks for a traveling circus.
4 You raised livestock and learned how to restore sick stock to health.
5 You are wild born, literally raised by wolves or some other species of wild animal.
6 As an outlander, you relied on wild game for sustenance so you became a student of animal behavior to excel at hunting/trapping.

Skill Proficiencies: Animal Handling, and your choice of Nature or Survival

Languages: Your choice of Elvish or Sylvan

Equipment: Bit and bridle, a sturdy leather belt that can double as a leash and collar, a pair of well-worn mink fur socks, a set of traveling clothes, and a pouch containing 5 gp.

Feature: Eating from the Palm of your Hand

Wild or domesticated, animals just respond to your direction. You have advantage on Animal Handling skill checks.

Suggested Characteristics

d6 Personality Trait
1 I know and can reproduce every type of birdsong in the forest.
2 I’m more sympathetic to the plight of an animal than to a person’s.
3 I grin from ear to ear whenever I see baby animals, especially kittens.
4 When I kill an animal, I use every last bit of it, leaving nothing to waste.
5 I always tend to my mount’s needs at the end of a long trip before my own.
6 I prefer the company of animals over people and respond to attempts at chit chat with grunts rather than words.
d6 Ideal
1 Companionship. Animals lift my spirit and bring me joy. (Good)
2 Compassion. Animals have preferences and feel pain too. I should treat them with kindness. (Good)
3 Domination. Animals are my inferiors and must be made to submit, even if it requires using a heavy hand. (Evil)
4 Responsibility. My beast of burden relies on me as its owner. I should provide adequately for its needs. (Lawful)
5 Showmanship. I can train an animal to do anything I want. (Chaotic)
6 Stand Your Ground. Animals can smell my fear. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 My mount is an extension of myself- we move as one.
2 Once I take an animal under my wing, it can count on me to protect it forever. 3 My pet mouse, Friz, travels in my pocket and keeps me company on my journeys.
4 I still own my grandfather’s bit which he used on the first warhorse he ever rode into battle. 5 I only remove the mink socks I made from my first successful trapping attempt to wash them.
6 All I have left of my childhood home after it burned is a scrap of fur from my favorite bearskin blanket.
d6 Flaw
1 I speak to my horse in a sickly sweet, sing-song manner.
2 I’ve been known to fly into a rage like a wild boar when I am angered.
3 I have no table manners whatsoever. I tear my food with my teeth and fingers, eschewing silverware altogether.
4 I refuse to eat animals of any kind and am always trying to convert my traveling companions to vegetarians. 5 When I see someone mistreating their mount, I’m likely to deliver them a beating they’ll never forget. (I’ve landed in lock up once or twice because of this.)
6 I can’t say no to a stray animal. I’ll give it my last scrap of food (and yours too, if I can get away with it).
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