Stojanow Prisoner Background 5E

The tragic past still haunts you at night, turning your dreams into nightmares, playing the dreadful memories over and over again. You can’t seem to get rid of the voice saying, “We need to leave, Now!”. It keeps you up at night. It makes you regret your decision to stay behind when everyone was fleeing Phlan.

Days become harder to go by without food and water; the only way of survival left was to beg for it. But as days went by, you started selling out information to parties who were interested in exchange for the basic needs of life. Finally, you became good with time and felt confident in your methods. But the good days didn’t last long as your deeds were out in the open, and the soldiers of the dragon captured you for selling information to people against the dragon.

They threw you away into the Stojanow prison to rot, and what seemed like the worst life before suddenly became a dream life as you were being tortured for what seemed like an eternity.

What is a Stojanow Prisoner in DND?

You lived a normal life before Phlan was attacked, but the worst part is that you decided to stay back when everyone was running away from Phlan. Either you had an emotional attachment with the land or wanted to become rich off the gold people left behind.

But it didn’t turn out as you expected. Instead, life became a living hell. With no other way left for you to go, begging was the only thing you could do to survive the growing hunger and thirst. The scarcity of basic needs pushed you to become a spy and gather information to sell to interested parties to survive.

You became too invested that you didn’t realize the soldiers were onto you, and now that they have put you away, all you can think of is to die.

Your SkillsYour Skills include Deception and Perception.
Your Tool ProficienciesYou have one type of Gaming set and a thieve’s kit.
LanguagesNone
EquipmentYou wear a set of everyday clothes, carry a small knife. You have a trinket from your previous life and a small pouch with 10 GP.

Suggested Characteristics

Personality Traits

D8Personality Traits
1I am a bully; others will suffer as I have.
2I always say yes even when I mean no; it’s just easier.
3I aim to misbehave.
4I go out of my way to frustrate or anger those in power.
5I strive to obey the law. I will never again make the mistake of going against authority.
6I always plan everything out. The one time I let others plan things it did not end well for me.
7I take the blame to protect others from pain.
8I hoard information, you never know what may come in handy.

Ideals

D6Ideals
1Loss. I freely give those who offend me what was so brutally denied me, death. (Chaos)
2Dedication. I never betray those who trust me. (Law)
3Vengeance. I use any means to get the information I need; I have been well taught. (Evil)
4Redemption. Everyone deserves a second chance. (Good)
5Resilience. I can survive any challenge. (Any)
6Leadership. The best teams are made up of those that society has discarded.

Bonds

D6Bonds
1I take up arms to help establish a free Phlan.
2The horrors of my time in Stojanow haunt my dreams, only after a day of hard work can I find sleep.
3I am indebted to those who freed me from prison, I will repay this debt.
4My torturer survived the attack that set me free, I will find them.
5I will not rest while others suffer fates similar to mine.
6I am searching for a way to heal the scars of Stojanow, both physical and emotional.

Flaws

D6Flaws
1During stressful times, I find myself crying for no reason.
2My nerve endings are shot from the interrogations; I am numb to all but the harshest touch.
3I am incapable of standing up for myself.
4I folded under the torture, and gave information that I promised would be kept secret. My life would be in jeopardy if others found out.
5Survival is worth more than friendship.
6The ghosts from my past hinder my actions.

Feature

Ex-Convict

Being an ex-convict has come in handy for you, as you know your way around the jails and the jailors as well. You know which of the jailors can be useful in handing out information to you and will look the other way in exchange for some bribery. 

Your connections with other convicts also prove to be very useful when looking for a hideout place. This has been your way of getting information and selling it out for a good price.

Why Use Stojanow Prisoner Background?

Like the Phlan Insurgent, life has been hard for you as the constant torture and interrogation have broken you down. The desire to stay alive perished with time, and all you wanted was to die. 

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