Phlan Refugee background 5e in dnd

Phlan Refugee Background 5e


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Artisan's tools x1


Athletics, insight

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December 18, 2022

Phlan Refugee background 5e in dnd

What used to be a happy and peaceful place, with hard-working laborers spending their evenings at the joyous Goblins inns to relax and take a break, has turned upside down. With most of the Phlan citizens being killed, only those have survived, who had a sense of what is to come.

You are one of those people who consider them lucky to have survived such a gruesome tragedy that wiped all the Phlan. Your instincts and the ability to sense the change saved you from untimely death and kept you alive with more than a piece of clothes on your back.

What is a Phlan Refugee in DND?

After the tragic incident and gruesome attacks on Phlan, most of the citizens were wiped out. What used to be a safe place has now turned into a cemetery for most. You and a few others who had the sense of what is to come, who to be in touch with, and who to ask for help, have managed to stay alive.

You managed to escape from Phlan just in time to stay alive with some of your belongings thanks to your ability to foresee the change that’s headed your way. Being street-wise comes in handy and your survival is a testament to the fact.

SkillsYour Skills include Insight and Athletics.
Tool ProficienciesOne type of Artisan’s tools.
LanguagesOne of your choosing.
EquipmentYou have a token to remember your old life, a set of artisan’s tools (one of your choice), a set of travelers’ clothes, and a small pouch with 15 GP.

Suggested Characteristics

Personality Traits

D8Personality Traits
1I may have lost everything I worked for most of my life, but there’s work to be done. No time to linger on the past.
2I worked hard to get where I am and I refuse to let a little hardship stop me from succeeding.
3I protect those around me: You never know when one of them will be useful.
4I have always gotten ahead by giving, why change now?
5I prepare for everything. It paid off in Phlan and it will pay off again.
6I will reclaim my home. Though the path may belong, I will never give up hope.
7I never cared for personal hygiene, and am amazed that it bothers others.
8I am always willing to volunteer my services, just as long as I don’t have to do anything.


1Justice. Corruption brought Phlan down. I will not tolerate that any longer. (Lawful)
2Acceptance. Stability is a myth. To think you can control your future is futile. (Chaotic)
3Hope. I am guided by a higher power and I trust that everything will be right in the end. (Good)
4Restraint. I hate those who caused my loss. It is all I can do not to lash out at them. (Any)
5Strength. As shown in Phlan, the strong survive. If you are weak you deserve what you get. (Evil)
6Openness. I am always willing to share my life story with anyone who will listen. (Any)


1I have the chance at a new life and this time I am going to do things right.
2The Lord Regent brought this suffering upon his people. I will see him brought to justice.
3I await the day I will be able to return to my home in Phlan.
4I will never forget the debt owed to Glevith of the Welcomers. I will be ready to repay that debt when called upon.
5There was someone I cared about in Phlan. I will find out what happened to them.
6Some say my life wasn’t worth saving. I will prove them wrong.


1I used the lives of children to facilitate my escape from Phlan.
2I am a sucker for the underdog and always bet on the losing team.
3I am incapable of standing up for myself.
4I will borrow money from friends with no intention to repay it.
5I am unable to keep secrets. A secret is just an untold story.
6When something goes wrong, it’s never my fault.


Phlan Survivor

You have suffered a terrible loss, the life you once knew doesn’t exist anymore. However, you managed to run away and escape from Phlan to find refuge in Mulmaster like many others. There are a lot of people like you in Mulmaster who sympathize with you and no matter what you used to be in your old life, they have provided you with a place to lay back and recover. 

You can hide from the city watch with these people who are looking for refuge in Mulmaster or the Zhents in ghettos.

This feature is actually a variant of the folk hero 5e.

Why Use the Phlan Refugee Background?

Phlan Refugee has an interesting backstory and experiences that we don’t really see in many other backgrounds. Moving from a simple and hardworking life with some moments of joy turning completely into a different one where you have to rely on others to provide you with a safe place to recover from the wounds of the old life.

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