Urchin Background 5e

Dungeon and Dragons is a tabletop game and when it comes to background, it has nearly represented and discusses every actor of the society. From those who abide by the law of God (Acolyte) to those who are not considered to be the law-abiding individual of the society (Criminals). From those who give up society just for a cause (Hermit) to those who are expert survivalists (outlander), DnD has enshrined all under its heading of background.

Like many other backgrounds, Urchins are the one who lives their life own their own. As a urchin you grew up orphaned, poor and no was there to look after you. Everything that you learned you learned by yourself.

You thrive for food and made sure that no one takes it from you. You suffered from aliments all by yourself. There was no medicine which you can take to mitigate your fever. All these odds play in your favor and made you fierce, agile and smart.

But now embark upon you adventuring journey and the money for your adventure is something that you saved for and now have been living a modest life.

Skill Proficiencies: You are good at Skill like Sleight of hand and Stealth

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise Kit and Thieves’ tools

Equipment: A small knife, a map of the city you grew up in, a pet mouse, a token to remember your parents by, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10gp.

Feature: City Secrets

You grew up in the streets, you have spent your life from childhood to your adulthood in the city and you’re aware of every inch of the city. You know the ways and secret passages and patterns within the boundaries of the city and outside its boundaries. With your friends along your side, you can travel in the city as fast as lightning.


Suggested Characteristics

Personality Trait

D8Personality Trait
1I hide scraps of food and trinkets away in my pockets.
2I ask a lot of questions.
3I like to squeeze into small places where no one else can get to me.
4I sleep with my back to a wall or tree, with everything I own wrapped in a bundle in my arms.
5I eat like a pig and have bad manners.
6I think anyone who’s nice to me is hiding evil intent.
7I don’t like to bathe.
8I bluntly say what other people are hinting at or hiding.

Ideal

D6Ideal
1Respect All people, rich or poor, deserve respect. (Good)
2Community We have to take care of each other, because no one else is going to do it. (Lawful)
3Change The low is lifted up, and the high and mighty are brought down. Change is the nature of things. (Chaotic)
4Retribution The rich need to be shown what life and death are like in the gutters. (Evil)
5People I help the people who help me—that’s what keeps us alive. (Neutral)
6Aspiration I’m going to prove that I’m worthy of a better life.

Bond

D6Bond
1My town or city is my home, and I will fight to defend it.
2I sponsor an orphanage to keep others from enduring what I was forced to endure.
3I owe my survival to another urchin who taught me to live on the streets.
4I owe a debt I can never repay to the person who took pity on me.
5I escaped my life of poverty by robbing an important person, and I am wanted for it.
6No one else should have to endure the hardships I have been through.

Flaw

D6Flaw
1If I am outnumbered, I will run away from a fight.
2Gold seems like a lot of money to me, and I will do just about anything for more of it.
3I will never fully trust anyone other than myself.
4I’d rather kill someone in their sleep than fight fair.
5It’s not stealing if I need it more than someone else.
6People who can’t take care of themselves get what they
deserve.

Why roleplay an Urchin?

Urchin’s background is interesting in the sense that you start from the very scratch and you grew in streets fight for yourself and thriving for a basic thing, so, adventure is always there and you will surely not feel boring while playing such background. Everything that you learn is self-taught and you did not rely on people to do a thing for you, so, you are kind of a person who lives and acts out of his own will and not by being stimulated by someone.

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