You are a student of the art of investigation and deduction. You might work with a law enforcement agency such as the Sharn Watch or Sentinel Marshals, or be an investigative chronicler employed by the Korranberg Chronicle or another broadsheet, or be a freelance investigator taking whatever work comes along.

Skill Proficiencies:
Investigation, Insight

Tool Proficiencies:
Inquisitive’s Kit or Thieves’ Tools

One of your choice

A set of common clothes, a blank book for taking notes, a bottle of ink, a quill, and a belt pouch containing 5 gp.

Feature: Criminal Contact
You have a reliable and trustworthy contact who acts as your liaison to the criminal underworld. You know how to get messages to and from your contact, even over great distances—local messengers, corrupt caravan masters, and seedy sailors who can deliver messages for you.

Suggested Characteristics:

d10 Personality Trait
1 – I look down on those who cannot figure out a mystery, and condescendingly explain how simple the solution is.
2 – I see conspiracies everywhere.
3 – I’m jaded by the corruption and crime of society’s underbelly. Nothing shocks me… except selflessness and generosity.
4 – If someone is in trouble, I’m always ready to lend help.
5 – I’ve seen it all—nothing phases me much.
6 – I think most folks are rotten to the core—no sense in pretending otherwise.
7 – My work is my life, I get maudlin whenever there is no puzzle to solve.
8 – Secretly, I mourn for every corpse I find sprawled in an alley, but I present a hard face to the world.
9 – Whenever I come to a new place, I collect local rumors and find out who the power brokers are.
10 – Wisecracks are like an off-hand weapon to me, I can never resist a verbal jab.

d6 Ideal
1 – Conceit. I am always right, and proving it means more to me than anything else. (Any)
2 – Friendship. I’m loyal to my friends, and I will do anything for them. (Good)
3 – Greed. I do what I do for riches and fame, not some high-minded ideals. (Evil)
4 – Justice. Nothing is more important than seeing wrongdoers brought to justice, no matter what. (Lawful)
5 – Loose Cannon. Who cares how it happens as long as it gets done. (Chaotic)
6 – Truth. I believe there is a pure truth to be uncovered in every situation. (Neutral)

d8 Bond
1 – A killer is still on the loose because I couldn’t solve the case. Someday I will bring the killer to justice.
2 – An innocent person went to prison because of my mistake, I will never let that happen again.
3 – I committed a terrible crime. I hope to redeem myself for it.
4 – I keep a horrible scar hidden from a previous investigation.
5 – I owe it all to my mentor, who taught me everything I know.
6 – I was in love once. My beloved turned out to be a criminal, but I let him/her escape (or he/she languishes in prison because of me).
7 – I will do anything to prove myself superior to my hated rival.
8 – I will do everything in my power to root out the corruption in law enforcement.

d10 Flaw
1 – Curiosity killed the cat, one day it’ll do the same to me. I can’t help sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong.
2 – I am suspicious of strangers and think the worst of them.
3 – I can’t resist a pretty face or a nice rear end.
4 – I have a deep mistrust for races other than my own.
5 – I have a gambling problem. I’m always in debt to one thug or another.
6 – I have a hard time accepting that I’m wrong.
7 – I have trouble keeping my true feelings hidden. My sharp tongue lands me in trouble.
8 – I tend to get too rough with suspects.
9 – I’m better at making enemies than friends.
10 – I’m as corrupt as they come. I’ll never pass up a bribe.

The Inquisitive Background was designed by Osgood and shared on Enworld.


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