Every so often, there is a person who is so important to a story, and to fate, that their fate is spoken of by seers and diviners. Sometimes these visions come at the person’s birth, while in other cases the legend lives many years prior. Sometimes the person may be a grown adult and discover the legend by fateful accident.

Destiny has chosen you. You were born with a fated mark, denoting you as some legendary figure. You might have been the subject of a divination, causing your parents to abandon you at birth in an effort to avoid that fate. You might even merely resemble a hero who is fated to be reborn over and over again to slay a certain evil. No matter your actions, you cannot escape your fate. Often, it is a good one. Sometimes, there is tragedy involved. But it does not remove your agency. Rather, it merely ensures that you are in the right place at the right time. Unless you are a dreambound, you are not bound to complete your fate, and you may simply come back in another form to complete it at a later date. The impact on your life comes from the obvious nature of your destiny, and the fact that you are expected to achieve great things.

Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Perception

Languages: Two of your choice.

Equipment: A mirror, a divining item (dowsing rod, divining pendant, etc.), 3 days of rations, a random trinket, two sets of traveling clothes, and a small gem worth 4 gp.

Feature: Recognition of Fate

The people around you recognize your mark of fate. they may not know what your fate is, or even how you will achieve it, but they will give you due respect, for you are an emissary of destiny. You can use this notoriety to gain audiences with kinds and wizards. Fey creatures are especially intrigued with your unfolding story, and give you a modicum reverence. Fey will not attack or harass you on sight unless you initiate any belligerence.

Suggested Characteristics

Rather than assign random characteristics, it is important to note that fated characters tend to come in two basic flavors: cocky and humble.

The attention one receives as a destined character makes them either shy from the spotlight, or revel in it. While this does not define a character, it certainly colors their interactions. Outside of that, their characteristics can vary greatly, and they can come from nearly any walk of life.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I get premonitions of other people’s fates and share them.
2 I am kind to everyone out of a strict belief in karma.
3 My words carry weight, so I speak with a careful measure.
4 Life is too stressful to be concerned with fate. Don’t worry, be happy.
5 Preparation and organization are key to welcoming fate.
6 I only know how to act around one social group (royalty, rebels, etc.), and I have a hard time understanding others.
7 I m resigned to my fate and have a dour attitude about it, and everything.
8 As I know my fate, I like to live life to the fullest, even if that means I m a hedonist.
d6 Ideal
1 Freedom. I defy my so-called destiny, and I only wish to be free of these false prognostications! (Chaotic)
2 Greed. I ll use my alleged fate to my own gain. (Evil)
3 Charity. If I have a fixed fate, I m going to use that fact to help others. (Good)
4 Solitude. My fate can’t hurt others if I don’t form bonds. (Neutral)
5 Justice. Anyone would exploit destiny, real or perceived, are a blight and must be punished. (Lawful)
6 Scorn. My fate means something to someone, but I Will be damned if it matters to me. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 I still have my very first divination device.
2 I have a spiritual mentor that has helped me through my difficult duty and destiny.
3 My family took care of me despite my reputation and status, and I will do anything for them.
4 My destiny revolves around a symbol. I like to keep a reminder of that symbol (a trinket or pet) around me at all times.
5 I have a book written by a person from the future, and I consult it whenever I can.
6 I m in love with an oracle.
d6 Flaw
1 I dislike omens and avoid them. I don’t trust divinations of all sorts, even weather predictions.
2 I avoid people who I see as having bad energy or destiny.
3 I am slightly careless, expecting my destiny to take care of me.
4 I am a staunch pessimist, seeing only the bad in things.
5 I tell fortunes for fun and profit. I m right about a quarter of the time.
6 When faced with an omen relating to my destiny, I fly into a panic attack.
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