Inherited Origin

Origins vs. Backgrounds

The origin described below applies to characters in modern, super-heroic settings.

Deviants are the result of a variety of different events. While the Rise is responsible for bringing deviants to the forefront, there are a multitude of other reasons why people gained these powers.

This takes on the form of The Rise speeding up evolution in some, changing and mutating a creature on a molecular level, or supercharging someone during an accident that would otherwise be a mundane issue. Because of this, they come from a multitude of different origins. Some may gain the powers from being bitten by a radioactive insect, their keen intellect and wealth may allow them to create powerful suits of armor, or they are the result of laboratory experiments to create the ultimate soldier. The origins of heroes are nearly endless. Thus, it makes for an opportunity to build on your character’s story and powers.

It’s important to note that while the origin of your character’s powers grants them extraordinary gifts, it’s not the only thing that defines them.


The world is full of well-intentioned individuals with hearts set to do good. However, there are few who stand to their honest and just convictions in the midst of trying times. No matter what trials and tribulations come their way – whether tossed to the mud, constantly mocked, and harassed, or otherwise mistreated – these few remain full of honesty and integrity.

They always strive to do what is right regardless of the surrounding circumstances. These upstanding few are actively sought out by those with the greatest of powers seeking to pass on their gifts. They know that such power has the ability to corrupt absolutely, and so only the strongest of heart and most morally upstanding are considered to inherit the supernatural powers of the ancient wizard, the magical family ring passed down through generations, or the secret formula developed by a scientist desperate to make this world a better place.

Inherited Traits

The inherited power is one of dutiful attachment and righteous resolve. The Inherited owe it to their benevolent benefactors to live lives worthy of the powerful and weighty gifts they have been bestowed. This sense of duty manifests in various ways. For example, some may tend to hide their gift to keep them safe from power-hungry manipulators, others will use their powers in secret to swing the scales of justice towards the greater good, and yet others will take a more hands-on approach by dealing with injustice directly. Whether by the blessing of a wizard, the sealing from a magical heirloom, or the properties of an experimental formula, the Inherited have a special resistance against other external powers that are meant to cause them harm. Because of the deep resolve that belays their upright characteristics, they have an unrelenting tendency to keep going no matter what stands in their way.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.

Size. Medium.

Speed. 30 feet.

Languages. Common

Will of Inheritance. You have advantage on Wisdom and Charisma saving throws against powers.

Never Give Up. When you roll a 1 on the d20 for an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll.

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