Haunted Outcast

You are haunted by something so terrible that you dare not speak of it. You have fled the rest of society in an effort to escape it. Through your time in isolation, you have learned how to survive off of the wilds of the land. You may have even come to respect and revere nature and wildlife.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two from Arcana, Investigation, Nature, or Survival
Tool Proficiencies: One type of musical instrument
Languages: Choose one exotic language (Abyssal, Celestial, Deep Speech, Draconic, Infernal, Primordial, Sylvan, or Undercommon)
Equipment: A staff, a hunting trap, a trophy from an animal you killed, a set of traveler’s clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp; or A monster hunter’s pack, a set of common clothes, and one trinket of special significance (off of the trinket table of your choice)

Feature: Wanderer

You have an excellent memory for maps and geography, and you can always recall the general layout of terrain, settlements, and other features around you. In addition, you can find food and fresh water for yourself and up to five other people each day, provided that the land offers berries, small game, water, and so forth.

A Dark Reason

Prior to becoming an adventurer, your life was disrupted by a mysterious circumstance that followed you, a dark act, or a tragedy that caused you to shun the world. Now your past is threatening to consume you, and you fear there may be no hope of escape. Choose a dark reason that compels you, or roll one on the Dark Reason table.

d10 Reason
1 You are a harbinger of death and darkness. Those close to you tend to meet and untimely and gruesome end.
2 You possess a dark heritage. Someone in your family line committed some foul deed that made your family name reviled.
3 You are an avatar of misfortune. Things always seem to go wrong in some way for you and for those around you.
4 You have broken a taboo. Riddled with guilt and fear, you ran to hide this fact from those close to you.
5 You have been touched by undeath. An encounter with an undead being has left you scarred and exiled.
6 You have started hearing strange whispers in your mind when in crowded places.
7 You have once communed with a demon in secret that then marked you in some way. You fear others learning of this fact.
8 You are being hunted by some source of evil that threatens those around you.
9 You are the sole witness to someone you love being betrayed and murdered in cold blood, but others suspect you of the crime instead.
10 Due to a supernatural event, you are the sole survival of your family or clan.

Suggested Characteristics

Often tortured by their past, haunted outcasts tend to struggle to fit in among city-folk. As an outcast the strong bonds you do manage to form are precious, regardless if it be with family, a friend, or nature itself.

 

d8 Personality Trait
1 When faced with a tough decision, I seek out opinions from others before deciding on my own.
2 I feel as if I am a burdern to others, so I will often go above and beyond when asked to do something.
3 I fear my past catching up with me, so I seldom settle down in one place for long.
4 I find the sounds and smells of nature calming, and I will seek them out when feeling distressed.
5 I am quick to divert attention away from myself, especially if that attention is positive in nature.
6 I try not to outwardly show how I am feeling for fear that it might make me look weak.
7 I often seek to compare things to the natural world, even if such a comparison makes little sense to others.
8 I have developed an affinty for wildlife, and it an affinity for me.
d6 Ideal
1 Realistic. I am accustomed to bad things happening, and no more will I let them affect me heavily. (Neutral)
2 Noble. I will do anything to keep what has happened to me from happening to others. (Good)
3 Willful. I will no longer let my fears control me, and will actively oppose them. (Lawful)
4 Exploitive. I am quick to use the event that caused me to hide from the world to get what I want. (Evil)
5 Irresponsible. I use the event that isolated me as an excuse for my own shortcomings. (Chaotic)
6 Wary. I am cautious of others and tend to avoid new people or situations when possible. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My memories of others are the most important thing to me, and I must never forget them.
2 In place of my own lost innocence, I try to preserve the innocence of those close to me.
3 The natural world is my sanctuary, and I shall punish those that unnecessarily corrupt it.
4 I left behind something important to me when I ran. I shall someday retrieve it.
5 The darkness that haunts me shall one day hurt another. I must find a way to stop it.
6 For the sake of my descendants, I must put an end to the darkness that curses me.
d6 Flaw
1 Having long lived away from society has, in some manner, impacted my ability to speak.
2 The rememberance of a lost loved one hinders my ability to get close to others.
3 I work harder than I should as a means of dealing with negative emotions.
4 I use intoxicants and other such substances as a coping mechanism.
5 I suspect people, even those close to me, of talking about me behind my back.
6 I am prone to anger, and quick to take out that anger on those around me.