Rival Intern Background 5E

Hello adventurers! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 42nd episode of our background series. Today we have a really cool one in store us for a couple reasons namely it’s from acquisitions incorporated being one and it’s provides a pretty interesting level of play.

In any case today we’re going to taking a look at the rival intern background 5e found in acquisitions incorporated as i mentioned earlier and if you haven’t check all of our backgrounds and you would like to then please check out the full article now and that should direct you to the backgrounds home page just fine. Now without further ado let’s take a look at its description.


You’re an intern at the rival of Acquisitions Incorporated and of course here you would be gained a healthy respect for not just a job and and also the franchising opportunities, but usually for the sake of ruthless and even in an efficient way of Acquisitions Incorporated goes about its business. Why deal with the rest, when you can do work for the best?

Usually, the rival did haven’t treat you as well as you’re hoping, or else you’re washed out of that organization. But may be you’d hope to leverage a knowledge that you gained there for an advantage at its Acquisitions Incorporated. Either way, you’re now bringing your talents for the company and ready to put your skills to use.

Essentially you used to work for acquisitions incorporated rivals or one of the rivals and you left there to come to acq inc. For whatever reasons who knows but that’s what happened. Now let’s take a quick look at your mechanics here.


You gain skill proficiencies in both history and investigation. Investigation is always great to be proficient in and history depending on the campaign maybe as well. Now let’s look at tool proficiencies you gain one type of artisan’s tools and one language of your choice as well which is pretty good.

Under equipment you gain the set of artisans tools of which you are proficient, the ledger from your employer, a set of fine clothes and a belt pouch containing 10 gp. Which is right in line with the average of course.

  • Skill Proficiencies: History, Investigation
  • Tool Proficiencies: One type of artisan’s tools
  • Languages: Any one of your choice
  • Equipment: One set of artisan’s tools, a ledger from your previous employer containing a small piece of useful information, a set of fine clothes, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp.

Overall pretty decent. Nothing to really write home and brag about however it is really nice nonetheless. Now let’s take a look at its feature this one is called inside informant.

Feature: Inside Informant

You have different connections either to your previous employer or to the other groups that you dealt with during your previous employment. However, you can communicate with your contacts too. Gaining some information at the DM’s discretion.

Now this is really interesting. Because it implies you have access to a larger rumor mill and it’s also a great way to get questing and things of that nature. Ideally you’ll be using this to form your own enterprise and slowly build yourself up from there, gaining more fame and renown as you do.

And that is the other level of play i was talking about. It is very rare for campaigns to get involved in entrepreneurial activities and the AQ INC book is really good if you’d like to pursue that method of play and this particular background along with the handful of the other ones would facilitate that quite nicely as that’s kind of what their campaign is based around.

It would be worth noting that as you do more for these particular contacts or as you communicate with them more often they’re likely to be of greater help and service to you and things of that nature, so this will scale based off of your involvement which is always nice. Now let’s move on to some suggested characteristics here.

Suggested Characteristics

If you’re happy with your previous internship, then the parting of ways may be amicable. But if not, it might have been involved the armed guards by removing you from the premises. However if you’re passed over at your previous position, then it might leave you a blend of seething range, practiced nonchalance, and also keen knowledge of wherever the bodies are buried (probably literally).

Personality Trait

For the personality trait i went with “The job is everything to me. Who needs relaxation, hobbies and a social life?”

d8Personality Trait
1My previous employer didn’t respect me, and now I’ll do whatever I can to gain respect.
2The job is important, but the relationships I forge with my coworkers are even more so.
3The job is everything to me. Who needs relaxation, hobbies, and a social life?
4I know I’m not the best and brightest, but if I put my best self forward, I can overcome anything.
5My former boss was an idiot. So was my boss before that. And before that. I’m sure those were all coincidences.
6This company is so much better than my previous one. It will always be the best until they stop paying me.
7I know this dagger belongs to the company, but I’m sure they won’t miss it. Or this flask. Or this armor.
8It’s only a matter of time before I’ll be upper management. I just have to kiss up to my superiors and kick down those beneath me.


Under ideal i went with “Power: Money is fine, but real power means never having to say you’re sorry. And this is a tick towards the evil direction.”

1Advancement. Money and power can be gained more easily within an organization. I plan to gain as much as possible. (Evil)
2Structure. Life goes much more smoothly when you follow the rules and work within a system. (Lawful)
3Uncertainty. The more chaos that swirls around me, the more opportunities I can find to profit. (Chaotic)
4Justice. I can’t stand people being treated unjustly. I do whatever it takes to stop injustice and those who flout the law. (Lawful)
5Pleasure. What’s the use of working hard and making money if you can’t enjoy the finer things in life? (Any)
6Power. Money is fine, but real power means never having to say you’re sorry. (Evil)


Under bond “Although i don’t get along well with people, my pet means the world to me.”

1I have a family member in need. I consider them in everything I do.
2My peers keep me grounded.
3My past mistakes cost someone else dearly. I have to rectify that.
4A childhood mentor put me on my current path. If I succeed, I want to repay that mentor in some way.
5I value an oath of loyalty I took to a group of friends over everything else in my life.
6Although I don’t get along well with people, my pet means the world to me.


“There’s right and there’s wrong, and there’s no gray area in between.”

1I know what’s best. Trust me.
2Flaw? I have no flaws. I’m perfect.
3My loyalties are… fluid.
4If anything goes wrong, it must be someone else’s fault. Let me explain that in detail.
5There’s right and there’s wrong, and there’s no gray area in between.
6Our superiors might not like what you’re doing. I’m going to have to put that in my report.

Now this would be a rather interesting character to play. Essentially you’re incredibly driven, incredibly ambitious. Your desires go far beyond something as trivial as wealth, what goal are you leading towards you know who knows. But you have a pet and you love the ever loving heck out of them.

Might be something as mundane, as a cat or something as exotic, as a fire beetle but whatever it is it is your pride and joy. Naturally this will of course give the DM something to exploit but you know what if it’s all in good fun, it should lead to some rather interesting adventures. Now let’s move on to my personal thoughts.


I really like the rival intern for the same reason i like a lot of the other acquisitions incorporated backgrounds and even their spells they’re just really different which is really nice. A lot of the dnd 5e backgrounds are quite serious and as a result quite complicated and maybe even restrictive in their own way.

But acquisitions incorporated it’s very light-hearted, very enjoyable and it’s clear that you’re playing the game just to have fun and have a couple of laughs. However if you are a min maxer or if stats and mechanics are something that’s very important to you. The acquisitions incorporated backgrounds as a whole don’t really do a whole lot.

This one has decent mechanics for sure but its feature and the lack of an extended spell list makes it really obvious that the ravnican backgrounds would likely beat it out in every regard as well as quite a few of the backgrounds from the phb and the sword coast adventures guide.

That being said, if you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun i see no reason why rival intern wouldn’t work fantastic for you.


That being said, let me know what you think of this background down beneath in the comments section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments or concerns you have regarding them and of course if you have any ideas or cool stories of your own feel free to put them down beneath as well. Of course i hope you all have a great day and as always happy adventuring everyone.

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