Escaped Slave

You were once held as property by another individual, and considered less than a person; however, whether by chance or through careful planning, you were able to seize an opportunity and escape from the clutches of your former owner, taking your destiny into your own hands.

  • Skill Proficiencies: Deception or Insight, Stealth
  • Tool Proficiencies: One musical instrument or tool kit of your choice
  • Languages: One language of your choice
  • Equipment: A small book, an easily-concealed knife or shank, a treasured possession or trinket, a simple, hand-drawn map of the local area, a set of plain clothes, and a pouch containing 5 gp or the equivalent

Feature: Underground Network

You have contacts with various individuals who help slaves escape from ownership. This loose network can help you gain information on slaves and slave owners, as well as gather or deliver information and

  • I love to learn new facts and experience new things.
  • I always eat as much as I can when I get the chance.
  • I refuse to work for free.
  • I wear the scars of my forced servitude openly. I am not ashamed of my past.

Those who earn my trust can count on me, no matter what.

Suggested Characteristics

Some escaped slaves live life to the large, taking every opportunity to explore their freedom. Others live with their nose to the ground so as to remain hidden from bounty hunters and the wrath of their former owner. Escaped slaves who gain a certain amount of power and wealth often use their resources to aid other slaves in gaining their own freedom.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I always note potential escape routes in any situation.
2 I prefer to listen and observe – its’ remarkable what you can learn that way.
3 I love to learn new facts and experience new things.
4 I always eat as much as I can when I get the chance.
5 I refuse to work for free.
6 I wear the scars of my forced servitude openly. I am not ashamed of my past.
7 Those who earn my trust can count on me, no matter what.
8 People underestimate me, but that just gives me an advantage over them.

hunters and arcane researchers to blackmailers and assassins, but all share one thing in common: they, more than anyone else, know the power of a well-placed lie –or the well-time reveal of a hidden truth.

d6 Ideal
1 Freedom. Better to die free than to live on your knees.
2 Knowledge. Ignorance is the strongest chain of all.
3 Power. Through power and control, I guarantee my lasting freedom.
4 Independence. I decide what I will do. No one else will ever give me orders again.
5 Responsibility. We all should help those who cannot help themselves.
6 Retribution. Those who own slaves should be clapped in chains and worked until they bleed.
d6 Bond
1 I have family who are still slaves. One day, I will free them.
2 I still cling to my old traditions, from a time before I was a slave.
3 I will own my own land someday. I’m constantly looking out for the perfect spot.
4 I carry a possession that symbolizes my freedom. I would die to retrieve it.
5 Someone helped me escape. One day, I will repay them.
6 I was stolen from my homeland, and I yearn to return.
d6 Flaw
1 I betrayed a fellow slave in order to escape. I *don’t* regret it.
2 I am easily angered by insults and slights. My owner pursues me relentlessly. They want me back,
3 Dead or alive.
4 I assume that anyone who is overly friendly is trying to trick me.
5 I go out of my way to flout authority.
6 I can’t limit myself when it comes to alcohol or other substances.
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