Afflicted Background 5E

Would you like to know the Afflicted homebrew background then this is the best platform to know about it from scratch. So let’s get started. Since the early days of in its life, most probably from its birth, you have always been subject to a highly visible abnormal condition. Basically, your condition is almost chronic and also in the absence of the powerful magic or an advanced medical technology, incurable, via not detrimental to your ability to the function.

However the most important impact of your condition is this cosmetic, even though it may also be in uncomfortable zone, it may affect your diet plant too, alter your mannerisms, or else it may shorten your lifespan in the long run. So the people are mainly ignorant of the plight of their fellow man, and even in the highly advanced enlightened societies, usually, they would swiftly judge one another depends upon the little more than looks alone.

By the result of this, anyone whoever stands out like being weird in any type of  way is likely to be the target of fear, suspicion, rumors, superstition, abuse, and also many other expressions of plain ignorance. Mainly the people who are suffering from such type of circumstances living a life which is actually not their own, foisted upon them by a fate and also misfortune, but trying to select their own direction like others try to decide things for them.

You can check the skill proficiencies, tool proficiencies, languages and also this backgrounds equipment from the below lines.

  • Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation and Persuasion.
  • Tool Proficiencies: One tool of any sort.
  • Languages: any one language
  • Equipment: A medical device (A mask, crutch, brace, etc.) you use to maintain some comfort, a set of common clothes, a bag, a blank notebook, and a belt pouch containing 5gp.


As per this affliction feature you have a question i.e., What is it which makes you so hideous? for this you can check the below table.

1Disease: You are afflicted by a chronic disease which cannot be cured. (Real world example is Leprosy.)
2Deformity: You are permanently disfigured, due to a birth defect. (Think Elephant Man)
3Dysfunction: You have some neurological problem which prevents you from thinking, remembering, understanding, communicating, or coordinating yourself normally. (In ancient times, people thought these things meant you were possessed.)
4Disfigurement: An accident has left you horribly scarred. (Note, this does not mean dismembered; it is cosmetic, like the Phantom of the Opera.)
5Distortion: A magical effect has substantially altered you in a frightening way. (Such as having a warthog's head, or no shadow.)
6Modification: You have some sort of substantial body modification which is significantly outside of normal, even for people with modifications, and dramatically alters your appearance. (Full body tattoos, facial brandings, etc.)

Feature: Pity

Because of this feature many people can feel all of your pain. Even though if they have never ever been via anything else such as what happened to you, of course they can somehow empathize. So the people would take pity on you, they are even opting to reduce your suffering if they can, or else at least selecting not to be inflicted any more suffering upon you. So that way this can range from the farmer letting you to spend the whole night within his barn, to the jailer who has been cruel to everyone else, but mainly neglectful of you.

Alternate Feature: Fear

As per this Alternate Feature you are in severe condition in dehumanizes you. So many people have many difficulties in their lives they are identifying your gender or the race. Some of them may mistake you for the sake of the monster. Here the children run, babies cry, and even the people slam doors in your face.

However on the other hand, you are the master of clearing the room. But the thing is nobody could know what’s wrong with you is, but many of the people are too much afraid of you to find it out! The menacing look or else an impossible threat could have been come across as believable from you and also the people might have been just go along with it just because of go along by it because of they would rather not see what would happen if you actually spit in the well.

Suggested Characteristics Of Afflicted Background 5E

Personality Trait

d8Personality Trait
1I am unyieldingly genuine, and laugh, cry, or scream without restraint.
2I act as though there is nothing different about me, even when it affects my life.
3I take advantage of others' pity to shirk my responsibilities.
4I can't even look at my own reflection.
5I came to terms with this a long time ago.
6I am a permanent optimist, and can find the silver lining to any storm cloud.
7I never smile- not really anyways, and anyone who pays attention can see the sadness in my false smiles.
8My condition makes it difficult to communicate, and people have troubles understanding me.


1Betterment. Some day, I will make life better for everyone like me. (Good)
2Practicality. If I can make my situation useful, I will. (Neutral)
3Retribution. I believe the cause of my affliction can be traced to a specific source- and it shall feel my vengeance! (Evil)
4Coexistence. One cannot legislate love or repect, but one can enforce tolerance. (Lawful)
5Ambivalence. I don't look like you, but I'm just like you. (Neutral)
6Whatever. Who cares? Nothing will hold me back! (Chaotic)


1I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
2I believe there is a way to make me normal, and I am on a quest to find it.
3Growing up, there was only one person who could see past my affliction to the real me. I would do anything for them.
4I keep hold of some small object which acts as a reminder of life before my affliction.
5All I want is to find somewhere I belong.
6I have a diary or journal which I record my experiences in every time I rest.


1While most would think I am brave, those who know me worry that I may be suicidally so.
2I am just as judgmental and prejudiced as everyone else- perhaps more so.
3Years of mistreatment have left me misanthropic and cruel.
4My affliction matches a description in some prophecy- and anyone who knows about it wants me dead when they find out.
5My affliction has left me cowardly and over cautious.
6I don't understand why people fear or pity me.

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