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These 5th edition backgrounds are designed for use in the Ravenloft setting, and the Curse of Strahd campaign or any horror based campaign setting. However, they may be used in any campaign setting, with any character class or race.

The backgrounds contained in this file include:

The Returned: You were dead. Now you are not. That’s all that you know.

Investigator: You have dedicated yourself to hunting those who have preyed on others.

Occultist: You have spent your life studying and unearthing secrets that others are either not aware of, or would be afraid to delve into.

Medium: You have a special spiritual connection that makes you unique.

Touched: Your life has changed because of a mystical connection or supernatural tragedy in your past that has haunted or hunted you since that fateful day.

Witch-Hunter: Witch-hunters are stern executioners who are dedicated to the erradicatoin of corrupted creatures that prey upon common people.


This document contains references to firearms rules. If you are interested in using the firearms rules mentioned here, please refer to my Old World Firearms submission, located here: /product/175823/Old-World-Firearms

The Old World Firearms rules also contain rules to play Fighter & Ranger archetypes (Fusilier/Pistolier & Scout respectively) which utilize these firearms rules. I have also included the witch-hunter class. So, if you purchase the Old World Firearms rules, you also get the Fighter & Ranger archetypes as well as the witch-hunter class which includes two archetypes of its own (the Inquisitor, and the Exorcist).

These backgrounds contain a file that includes a witch-hunter class designed for use with the resurgence of Ravenloft adventures and the new Curse of Strahd campaign. If you purchase the Ravenloft Backgrounds, you get the witch-hunter class file for free. If you would like to purchase the witch-hunter class and do not want the Ravenloft Backgrounds, you can follow the link below to my listing of the witch-hunter class by itself.


Finally, please feel free to check out my other submissions:


And as always, any support or feedback is greatly appreciated.  


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Alessandro F March 29, 2016 12:05 am UTC
Excuse me, but i don't really understand the hand weapon and hand crossbow fighting. This Fighting stile means that at 5th level i could attack 2 times with my rapier and then using a bonus action i could attack 2 more times with my hand crossbow? Is a little consused, since you don't use the game terminology properly in my opinion
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Matt D March 29, 2016 1:07 am UTC
It's the same as the feat in the PHB.
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Matt D May 03, 2016 9:32 pm UTC
I fixed the fighting style, you were right, it wasn't as clear as I thought it was. Also fixed the Bonus spells for the Exorcist that you pointed out.
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