As a person, you lived your life all alone far from any village, city, or town. Getting along with people and interact with others is uncharacteristic of you because you have been living in a place where an individual might not even survive.
Outlanders might not be aware of sophisticated instruments, but they have survived nearly all the challenges they faced. Speaking of challenges, it includes the toughness of environments and harshness of extreme weathers.
As an outlander, you could be a nomad, or an explorer, or a marauder. You can survive the terrains that are Greek to you.
Skill proficiencies: Your proficiencies of skills include; Athletics and Survival
Tool Proficiencies: One type of a musical instrument
Languages: One of your choice
Equipment: Your equipment includes, 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.
The places that you have been to have molded you into an expert survivor. How those places impacted you? Envisage the place that you have been to lately and how that place impacted you in general? Or you can select through the following table by rolling through it:
|5||Exile or outcast|
You have become veteran in surviving in different terrains and in recalling the different terrains; you know their geography; you know their layouts.
Your past experiences to different terrains have made you capable of finding food and water for yourself and for those who accompany you, provided that the given land or area has sufficient resources like water, food, etc; to accommodate you and your peers.
|1||I’m driven by a wanderlust that led me away from home.|
|2||I watch over my friends as if they were a litter of newborn pups.|
|3||I once ran twenty-five miles without stopping to warn to my clan of an approaching orc horde. I’d do it again if I had to.|
|4||I have a lesson for every situation, drawn from observing nature.|
|5||I place no stock in wealthy or well-mannered folk.|
Money and manners won’t save you from a hungry owlbear.
|6||I’m always picking things up, absently fiddling with them, and sometimes accidentally breaking them.|
|7||I feel far more comfortable around animals than people.|
|8||I was, in fact, raised by wolves.|
|1||Change Life is like the seasons, in constant change, and we must change with it. (Chaotic)|
|2||Greater Good It is each person’s responsibility to make the most happiness for the whole tribe. (Good)|
|3||Honor If I dishonor myself, I dishonor my whole clan. (Lawful)|
|4||Might The strongest are meant to rule. (Evil)|
|5||Nature The natural world is more important than all the constructs of civilization. (Neutral)|
|6||Glory I must earn glory in battle, for myself and my clan. (Any)|
|1||My family, clan, or tribe is the most important thing in my life, even when they are far from me.|
|2||An injury to the unspoiled wilderness of my home is an injury to me.|
|3||I will bring terrible wrath down on the evildoers who destroyed my homeland.|
|4||I am the last of my tribe, and it is up to me to ensure their names enter legend.|
|5||I suffer awful visions of a coming disaster and will do anything to prevent it.|
|6||It is my duty to provide children to sustain my tribe.|
|1||I am too enamored of ale, wine, and other intoxicants.|
|2||There’s no room for caution in a life lived to the fullest.|
|3||I remember every insult I’ve received and nursed a silent resentment toward anyone who’s ever wronged me.|
|4||I am slow to trust members of other races, tribes, and societies.|
|5||Violence is my answer to almost any challenge.|
|6||Don’t expect me to save those who can’t save themselves. It is nature’s way that the strong thrive and the weak perish.|
Why roleplay an Outlander?
First of all, one might get confused regarding the background of a Hermit and a background of an outlander, so, let us not get confused about these two. Both the Hermit and an Outlander lives a life of Seclusion, but the hermit is in search of something (which could be a truth, spiritual enlightenment, or might be exiled from hometown; the reason could be anyone given in Player’s handbook) but an Outlander is an expert survivalist and in my point of view an outlander’s background is more adventurous than the Hermit.
Being good at surviving different terrain; you might survive any given scenario, that’s why an outlander’s background is a good choice for those who want adventure and wants to sharpen their skills at the same time. Choosing the outlander’s background to bestow you with the ability to recall the layouts of different lands and managing food and water for yourself and for others makes you an expert survivalist and a good background 5e to go for.