Monster Survivor

A rampaging monster attack destroyed your home, leaving you one of the few survivors of a once-thriving settlement.

Whether you lost friends, loved ones, or just your home, you’ll never forget what happened that day, and you’ll never forgive. You’ve spent your days studying the specific type of monster that caused this calamity and, in the process, learned of similar monster attacks. Now, you’ve become an adventurer to protect others from sharing your fate and perhaps to someday find the monsters that set you down this path. When that day comes, you’ll be ready!

Skill Proficiencies: Perception and one skill related to your monster’s type (such as Religion for undead)

Tool Proficiencies: One type of artisan’s tools

Languages: One language related to your monster (such as Draconic for dragons)

Equipment: A set of artisan’s tools (one of your choice), a notebook detailing the attack and your discoveries about the monster, a part of the monster, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp.

Feature: Bounty Rivals

Other survivors and hunters are hot on the trail of your nemesis. Friends and rivals at the same time, these folks may compete with you, trade resources or information, or join forces with you against a common foe. They might be fellow survivors or have their own reasons for hunting the monsters you seek.

Suggested Characteristics

With a catastrophic event ingrained in their memories, monster survivors make choices influenced by that fateful day.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am morose in general, forever mourning what happened that day.
2 Grateful to have survived, I treasure every day of my life.
3 I keep the jokes coming to lighten the mood.
4 I am thorough in my research about monsters and their behavior.
5 I preach safety to communities at risk, encouraging them to prepare for a likely attack.
6 I often argue with others on the finer details of what happened that day.
7 I enjoy life to the fullest and indulge myself in the finest luxuries.
8 I keep to myself, not certain that others quite understand what it is like to survive.
d6 Ideal
1 Advocacy. Leaders should realize the threat their people face.
2 Strength. I must be the strongest I can be before facing the monster again.
3 Understanding. To know your enemy, you must become your enemy.
4 Eradication. All monsters of the kind that did me harm are too great a threat to let live.
5 Collaboration. There is strength in numbers.
6 Solution. There must be a way to prevent attacks before they happen.
d6 Bond
1 I must make sure my loved ones are never harmed again.
2 I idolize the adventurer who saved me from the monster attack.
3 I must thwart a cult that worships the monster that harmed me.
4 In order to defend their lands, a noble tasked me with finding out more about the monster.
5 I seek a book that holds a clue to the monster’s weakness.
6 I must locate an artifact that can reportedly bind the monster to one’s will.
d6 Flaw
1 I threaten or coerce others to obtain what I want.
2 I’m an easy mark for cons that promise information about the monster.
3 I am prone to going down a rabbit hole chasing conspiracy theories.
4 I do not feel secure staying in any one location for too long. Complacency leads to death.
5 I always assume I’m an expert when it comes to the type of monster I’m seeking, and often related monsters as well.
6 I often downplay how dangerous things are because I have been through worse.
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