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Backgrounds of Faerûn


From Aglarond to Vaasa, the realms are varied and enormous. But why settle for a "Bounty Hunter" or "Noble" as your background when you can dabble and mix with the backgrounds presented here? Certainly a Noble from the Moonshae Isles, friend of the Ffolk and foe of Malar is far more interesting! Or a Thayan Bounty Hunter, sent to recover slaves who have found themselves liberated. The combinations are endless!

Contained within you will find 34 backgrounds tied to specific regions, each with inspirational material like new trinkets, racial demographics of the region, and how common certain classes are. 

You will also find 11 brand new backgrounds related to the various organizations of the Forgotten Realms and a table of over 300 new trinkets for any character! 

While you're at it, check out our other titles!

Variant Options

 Materials of the Realms  Variant Rule: Minor Skills  Gifts of the Gods  Feats of the Forgotten Realms


The Beast Lord  The Battle Dancer  The Watchman  Fighter Archetype: The Hospitaler  The Archivist  The Archmage  Artificer- Recon Aquatic-Archetypes 


Nobility of Waterdeep Denizens of Waterdeep - Backgrounds for a Heist Citizens of Saltmarsh


 Blood, Salt & Bones Faithful of Eberron Eberron Archetypes Gifts of the Gods  

Encyclopaedia Formulae Arcana

Encyclopaedia Formulae Arcana - A Encyclopaedia Formulae Arcana - B Encyclopaedia Formulae Arcana - C

Other books in the "Backgrounds of Faerûn" line (B&W are as of yet, unpublished)

Backgrounds of Faerun  Dwarven Kingdoms  Elven Kingdoms  The Small Folk  Blood of Gruumsh  Children Of The Planes  Nations of Destruction  Underwater Nations  Scaled Kingdoms  Points of Light  Forgotten Folk

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Stephen J August 16, 2019 1:52 am UTC
Have you given any consideration to make this available for print-on-demand? It's a sizeable book, and would look great on my bookshelf!
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Bryan H August 16, 2019 2:27 pm UTC
I looked at it, but at the moment the DMsGuild only is doing POD for products with the same day release for PDF. Since I already released this, it's a no go.
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Stephen J August 16, 2019 8:31 pm UTC
Well that's disappointing. I'll have to find another avenue to print this. Thanks for the response!
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Bryan H August 17, 2019 1:27 am UTC
No worries. The future hope is to compile all the backgrounds books together. Since that would be a new product, I could try launching with POD at that time.
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Greg O May 11, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Any chance you'll be doing an expansion for Kara-Taur or Zakhara?
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Bryan H May 14, 2018 2:23 am UTC
I'd actually love to do those. Right now I'm finishing up the non-human race background books, but those would be a great "next" thing to do!
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Bryan H January 22, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Updated Version 2. Sorry about that folks, didn't check the PDF after exporting, but it looks like the PDF printer mucked up with table placement and the back cover red diamond. Fixed now.
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Bryan H January 08, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Please note that while these are specific to regions around the forgotten realms, these backgrounds *can* be used anywhere. Talk with your DM if there's one that you feel suits your character.
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This title was added to our catalog on January 08, 2018.