Urban Bounty Hunter Background 5e

You have spent your whole life tracking down notorious criminals from different parts of life even before you started your adventure. But you are different than most of the other bounty hunters because unlike them you don’t get yourself involved in the hassle of the wilderness but rather use your skills in a more lucrative trade amongst the urban areas.

You have gained quite some expertise in bounty hunting that has polished your survival instincts. Unlike most bounty hunters, you don’t believe in working alone but rather you keep in touch with both the criminal underworld and other bounty hunters to acquire help whenever needed.

Perhaps you have expertise in catching thieves of the city or you have deep contacts that work as your eyes and ears in the streets, to help you keep track of every crime in the city. Or perhaps you are more subtle with your approach and like to blend in with the surroundings in the noble society like a “velvet mask” bounty hunter to catch the criminals who target the riches.

Perhaps the bounty hunters you worked with belonged to the mighty metropolises like the Waterdeep or the Baldur’s Gate, or even places like the Luskan or Yartar where there are plenty of potential quarries to follow. Although, working with a team makes it hard for you to carry out your agenda but when it comes to taking down high priority targets, having a team makes it a lot easier.

What is an Urban Bounty Hunter in DND?

An Urban Bounty Hunter is different from the other bounty hunters as he likes to hunt down his targets in urban areas and not in the wilderness. And unlike most you like to work with other bounty hunters as it makes your job easy, the more the merrier as you believe it. You have contacts with both the criminal subculture and other bounty hunters, so you can get help in time of need.

You have quite an eye for the thieves that target the riches as you like to blend in with the rich society to keep an eye out on pick-pocketers and con-artists. Believe in teamwork even though it doesn’t work well with your own agenda most of the time but it gets you through to the more notorious bounties that are harder to catch.

Your Skills: You can choose to have any two from either Deception, Stealth, Persuasion, and Insight.

Your Tool Proficiencies: You can choose to have either a Gaming Set, Musical Instrument, and Thieves’ tools.

Languages: None.

Equipment: You can have a set of clothes that represents what you do and a pouch filled with 20 GP.


Suggested Characteristics

Personality Traits

D8Personality Traits
1I always have a plan for what to do when things go wrong.
2I am always calm, no matter what the situation.
I never raise my voice or let my emotions control me.
3The first thing, I do in a new place notes the locations of everything valuable-or where such things could be hidden.
4I would rather make a new friend than a new enemy.
5I am incredibly slow to trust.
Those who seem the fairest often have the most to hide.
6I don’t pay attention to the risks in a situation.
Never tell me the odds.
7The best way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t do it.
8I blow up at the slightest insult.

Ideals

D6Ideals
1Honor: I don’t steal from others in the trade. (Lawful)
2Freedom: Chains are meant to be broken, as are those who would forge them. (Chaotic)
3Charity: I steal from the wealthy so that I can help people in need. (Good)
4Greed: I will do whatever it takes to become wealthy. (Evil)
5People: I’m loyal to my friends, not to any ideals, and everyone else can take a trip down the Styx for all I care. (Neutral)
6Redemption: There’s a spark of good in everyone. (Good)

Bonds

D6Bonds
1I’m trying to pay off an old debt I owe to a generous benefactor.
2My ill-gotten gains go to support my family.
3Something important was taken from me, and I aim to steal it back.
4I will become the greatest thief that ever lived.
5I’m guilty of a terrible crime. I hope I can redeem myself for it.
6Someone I loved died because of a mistake I made.
That will never happen again.

Flaws

D6Flaws
1When I see something valuable, I can’t think about anything but how to steal it.
2When faced with a choice between money and my friends, I usually choose the money.
3If there’s a plan, I’ll forget it. If I don’t forget it, I’ll ignore it.
4I have a “tell” that reveals when I’m lying.
5I turn tail and run when things look bad.
6An innocent person is in prison for a crime that I committed. I’m okay with that.

Feature

Ear to The Ground

Keep in touch with other bounty hunters to gain knowledge about your bounties. You also have contact with the criminal underworld so you can get information on the crimes, they act as your eyes and ears on the streets. 

Your network is extensive and provides you with information on different people and places that you need. All this information comes in handy when hunting a bounty through the urban areas.

Why Use Urban Bounty Hunter Background?

Urban Bounty Hunter is fun to have a background in the 5th edition of the DND. Believe in working with other bounty hunters to hunt the bounties more efficiently even if it hinders your own personal agenda at times. 

As an urban bounty hunter, your tasks are more sophisticated than the regular bounty hunters and what makes it more awesome is the extensive network that you reach out to get information about people and places of interest. The traits and motivations closely follow the criminal background in the D&D 5th edition, which can be modified according to your own needs.

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