Phlan Insurgent Background 5E

Phlan has fallen victim to the atrocities and wrath of the dragon Vorgansharax, and you are no exception to it. You and many other residents of Phlan were attacked. Some of them died underneath the deadly claws of the dragon, while some were captured and presented as a tribute to the Maimed Virulence. 

The Vorgansharax, along with the minions, took everyone out, both old and young. Unfortunately, you consider yourself one of the unlucky ones as you meet fate far worse than being dead by the claws of the dragon. You were captured and thrown away in the dark, but somehow you managed to survive and eventually escape from captivity. 

This experience has made you stronger, and even after you managed to escape, you chose not to run away but fight them. Finally, you have found a safe refuge far into the woods to find the perfect time to take out these monsters one by one. 

What is a Phlan Insurgent in DND?

Phlan was peaceful before the minions of Tears of Virulence and the fierce dragon Vorgansharax unleashed their wrath on the village. They destroyed everything that came in their path, killed everyone be it young or old, captured those who survived to put them away into captivity or offer them to the Maimed Virulence. 

However, those who managed to stay alive and survive the wrath of the dragon were eventually captured and thrown away into captivity, including yourself. On the other hand, you managed to survive the dire conditions and eventually escaped. Now your only mission is to take out these monsters and their allies from a safe house away from the town. 

Living in the horrible nightmarish prison in the direst conditions has made you so strong and your objectives more clear than ever. Now you only want to avenge the family and friends that you lost in the attacks by taking them out at night, one by one, until they are all gone.

Origin

Before the attack took place and turned your life upside down, you used to live a normal life just like anyone else. However, your profession still has some influence over you and somehow dictates your action and how you deal with problems. 

You can choose to have one of the following occupations, and it can either be a general one or pick up one from the specific if you want. However, you can not pick up both of them.

D8Origin (General)Origin (Specific)
1FisherStojanow River Worker
2HunterTwilight Marsh Worker
3CraftspersonMantor’s Library Scribe
4Priest / PriestessClergy of Ilmater
5CookLaughing Goblin Server
6City WatchBlack Fist Guard
7ServantHouse Sokol Retainer
8Unskilled LaborerBay of Phlan Dockworker
Your SkillsYour Skills include Survival and Stealth.
Your Tool ProficienciesYou have one type of Artisan’s tool and a land vehicle.
LanguagesNone
Equipment You have a set of everyday clothes with cloak and hood, a bag of 20 caltrops, a trinket that reminds you of your old life (before the attack), a healer’s kit, and a pouch that contains 5 GP.

Suggested Characteristics

Personality Traits

D8Personality Traits
1My patience knows no bounds, so long as my goal is in sight.
2In life and in struggle, the ends justify my actions.
3If you aren’t helping me, you’d best at least stay out of my way.
4I long for the life that was taken away from me.
5Friends and family perished, tragically, before my eyes. I hope never to undergo that again.
6Making the right choices in life are important to me. The choices I make might save not just my life, but the lives of others as well.
7I can never allow my foes to get the drop on me.
8Time is a precious resource that I must spend wisely.

Ideals

D6Ideals
1Leadership: The oppressed need someone to inspire them to courageous acts. (Good)
2Unpredictability: Keeping the enemy guessing and off-balance is my tactical strength. (Chaos)
3Determination: Threats to my home must be eliminated at all costs. (Any)
4Freedom: Those who are enslaved and unjustly imprisoned deserve my aid. (Good)
5Resourcefulness: Our wits are our most valuable resource in troubled times. (Any)
6Unity: Working together, we can overcome all obstacles, even the most seemingly insurmountable ones. (Any)

Bonds

D6Bonds
1I’ll never let my fellow insurgents down. They are my only remaining friends.
2I was separated from a loved one during my escape from town. I will find them.
3One of the Tears of the Virulence was a trusted friend, until the day they betrayed the city. They will pay harshly for their transgressions.
4An item I hold close is my last remaining connection to the family I lost during the fall.
5The dragon who took my past life away from me will feel the full extent of my vengeance.
6The knowledge in Mantor’s Library is an irreplaceable treasure that must be protected.

Flaws

D6Flaws
1I have no respect for those who flee. I harbor a deep grudge against the citizens who abandoned Phlan.
2Ale is the only way I can escape the desperation of my circumstances.
3It doesn’t take much to get me into a fight.
4Being an insurgent means doing things that aren’t always ethical. I’m still learning to live with that.
5My desire to liberate Phlan oftentimes clouds my judgment, despite my best efforts.
6I relentlessly despise the Maimed Virulence and his allies. I’d abandon other goals in order to strike out at them.

Feature

Guerilla

After you escaped from the Vorgansharax captivity, you have managed to survive in the wilderness all by yourself. You know the surroundings and the back of your hand; it gives you a great advantage against your enemies. In addition, you can find food and shelter to get you through a rough time.

Your survival skills come in handy when finding items to craft new things or find items that can help you fight against the allies of the Maimed Virulence. In addition, you know how to take advantage of the wilderness and find the right spots for hiding and planning an ambush.

Why use Phlan Insurgent background?

Your sheer determination and willpower have kept you alive, and it still keeps the fire of revenge burning, as you have decided to take out every member of the Maimed Virulence who killed your family and friends. Phlan Insurgent is one of the strongest characters, just like Dragon Casualty background, who has been through the worst experience of his life and still not giving up on his fight.

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