Ravenloft

Special character options

Background

Haunted one

You are haunted by something so terrible that you dare not speak of it. You've tried to bury it and flee from it, to no avail. This thing that haunts you can't be slain with a sword or banished with a spell. It might come to you as a shadow on the wall, a bloodcurdling nightmare, a memory that refuses to die, or a demonic whisper in the dark. The burden has taken its toll, isolating you from others and making you question your sanity. You must find a way to destroy it before it destroys you.

Skill proficiencies: Choose two: Arcana, investigation, religion, survival
Languages: Add one exotic language (Abyssal, Celestial, Deep Speech, Draconic, Infernal, Primordial, Sylvan, Undercommon)
Equipment: A monster hunter's pack, a set of common clothes, a trinket

Harrowing Event

Roll 1 d10

1: A monster that slaughtered dozens spared you, and you don't know why.
2. You were born under a dark star. You can feel it watching, and sometimes it beckons you in the dark of night.
3. An apparition that haunted your family for generations now haunts you. You don't know why.
4. Your family has a history of practicing dark arts. You dabbled once and felt something horrible latch onto your soul, whereupon you fled in terror.
5. An oni took your sibling one cold, dark night and you couldn't stop it.
6. You were cursed with lycanthropy and later cured. The innocents you killed haunt you.
7. A hag kidnapped and raised you. You escaped, but the hag still has hold over you and fills your mind with evil thoughts.
8. You opened an eldritch tome and saw things unfit for a sane mind. You burned the book, but its words and images are burned into your psyche.
9. A fiend possessed you as a child. You were locked away but escaped, and the fiend is inside you still.
10. You did horrible things to avenge a loved one's murder. You became a monster and it haunts your waking dreams.

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