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Backgrounds

Backgrounds describe training or environments your character experienced before becoming an adventurer. Your character’s background provides ability boosts, skill training, and a skill feat.

Backgrounds allow you to customize your character based on their life before adventuring.

Your character’s background can help you learn or portray more about their personality while also suggesting what sorts of things they’re likely to know. Consider what events set your character on their path to the life of an adventurer and how those circumstances relate to their background.

At 1st level when you create your character, you gain a background of your choice. This decision is permanent; you can’t change it at later levels. Each background listed here grants two ability boosts, a skill feat, and the trained proficiency rank in two skills, one of which is a Lore skill.

If you gain the trained proficiency rank in a skill from your background and would then gain the trained proficiency rank in the same skill from your class at 1st level, you instead become trained in another skill of your choice.

If a Lore skill involves a choice (for instance, a choice of terrain), explain your preference to the GM, who has final say on whether it’s acceptable or not. If you’d like some suggestions, the Common Lore Subcategories sidebar lists a number of Lore skills that are suitable for most campaigns.

Skill feats expand the functions of your skills and appear in Feats.

Background Publisher Source
Acrobat PCR2E
Animal Whisperer PCR2E
Artisan PCR2E
Artist PCR2E
Barkeep PCR2E
Barrister PCR2E
Bounty Hunter PCR2E
Charlatan PCR2E
Criminal PCR2E
Detective PCR2E
Emissary PCR2E
Entertainer PCR2E
Farmhand PCR2E
Field Medic PCR2E
Fortune Teller PCR2E
Gambler PCR2E
Gladiator PCR2E
Guard PCR2E
Herbalist PCR2E
Hermit PCR2E
Hunter PCR2E
Laborer PCR2E
Martial Disciple PCR2E
Merchant PCR2E
Miner PCR2E
Noble PCR2E
Nomad PCR2E
Prisoner PCR2E
Sailor PCR2E
Scholar PCR2E
Scout PCR2E
Street Urchin PCR2E
Tinker PCR2E
Warrior PCR2E
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