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Uncommoners (10 Backgrounds)


Uncommoners is a collection of 10 new backgrounds for characters starting their adventuring careers from commoner roles and unusual jobs. These backgrounds are suitable for most characters, particularly those starting in villages, settlements, or cities. Some characters may continue to use their backgrounds while adventuring, while others have moved on to greater things.

Uncommoners includes the following backgrounds, complete with features, personality traits, ideals, bonds, and flaws. 

Boat Handler
Master Builder (Apprentice Builder)
Town Crier

Each background has flavorful story ideas to spur creativity for players and DMs alike. For example, the Falconer includes advice for using a trained bird in the game. The Butler features a table of reasons for their loss of employment that likely thrust the character into a life of adventuring. Many backgrounds include possible ties to individuals at different levels of society. The Lamplighter is an expert on life taking place on the city streets at all hours. The Boat Handler knows vessels and waterways. The Sexton tends a religious site or building, often with a graveyard, and possibly one that requires extra precautions due to restless spirits. 

About the Author: Sterling Hershey is a veteran game designer in the worlds of Dungeons and DragonsStar Wars RPGs, Genesys RPG, and more. He is one of the authors of the silver ENnie Award winning  D&D Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale, as well as the designer of Adventurers League adventure DDEX1-07 Drums in the Marsh and numerous adventures and articles in Dragon and Dungeon magazines.

Sterling's other DMs Guild offerings are: Roaming Chult, DM Combat Tabs and Drums in the Marsh Map Pack.

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This title was added to our catalog on February 03, 2016.