Amnesiac 5E Background

Being a Amnesiac 5E homebrew Background you……don’t even know who you’re before becoming an Adventurer. You’ve come with too many different ideas about who you were, the ideas which would keep you up at night. You do adventure, dig via the history, investigate on the leads, hoping which they would actually bring you one step closer for finding who you are truly…. Actually, that is if you even would like to know who you are…so may be you have lost your memory from an explosion which has been caused you to hit your head, sometimes you may be overdosed on the dodgy potion which has been blanked your mind, but maybe you were cursed to forget each and everything, but may be you have done this just for yourself to forget the horrible trauma. Of course whatever happened, but you don’t have any idea, but of course there should be some proof of the past somewhere….

  • Skill Proficiencies: Perception, Investigation
  • Tool Proficiencies: Choose one musical instrument or gaming set, and one weapon
  • Languages: One of your choice
  • Equipment: Two trinkets from your past (one of which is a meaningless red herring and the other being pivotal to your forgotten backstory. Which is up to your DM, who does not have to share which if they don’t want to), one weapon you are proficient with, a set of commoner’s clothes, and a belt pouch containing 5 GP.

Quirks and Impulses

Even though you do not have any memory, still you’re not a blank state. Some times certain mannerisms and also the behaviours persist, even you do not remember their point of origin. You can check the below mentioned table.

1Formal Attitude: You speak extremely formally at all times, especially to those you see as superiors. This may have been due to a military or noble background.
2Forgiver: Even when you don't always fully believe it, you have a strong feeling that everyone should be given a second chance. This impulse may steer you right, but you may also develop a deep distrust of it as well.
3Wanderlust: You feel a compulsion to travel, like you used to do it all the time. When in one place for too long, you grow physically restless. Over time, you might choose to curb this instinct.
4Driven to Learn: For some reason you are compelled to the library and colleges of the world. The urge to absorb and learn as much as you can is deeply rooted in you. This may or may not line up with your class, it may help or hinder your path to finding yourself.
5Religious Thinking: You find yourself easily convinced by religious figures and messages. Evidently, you were quite the devout in your past, although you might now have a fresh perspective on the consequences of such thinking now that you're starting from scratch.

Feature: Deja Vu

Suddenly you got remember the huge amount of detail about the particular person, place or else the thing you’re currently looking at or else interacting without knowing the reason why. But maybe some certain phrase or image sets you off, but you’re suddenly know each and everything about this thing such as you’ve been familiar with it for many years.

In any insight, the Investigation or the history checks that you make relating to this particular thing are almost done with many advantages. However you are able to use this feature three times per a campaign and/or per a character.

Alternate Feature: “Oh, I know that!”

Despite of your amnesia, of course you may clearly remember a specific field or the knowledge, lore, or even something else. You can select the field that you want your character for getting know about and also write it down on your character sheet. But if you do fail your history roll regarding that field of knowledge, that you can consult for the sake of answer regardless of unless it is otherwise impossible to know about this (i.e. it’s unknown).

Personality Trait

d8Personality Trait
1I like to do something to capture the current moment, be it writing down a poem or drawing a picture.
2I keep a notebook of all the things I'm supposed to know so I won't forget it.
3I have a ribbon tied to my finger at all times... And I don't know why.
4I get constant headaches when I want to think about my past.
5I come up with a new story of who I was every time I am asked.
6I worry that I'll forget the life I'm living right now.
7I sometimes think about who my family was and where I fitted in.
8I don't want to pay close attention to my past.


1Beginning: "This is a new, fresh start for me!" (Any)
2Placement: "I will become a helpful member of my community, both from my past and my new future." (Lawful)
3Improvement: "In order for me to be better in the future, I must know about my past." (Good)
4Neglect: "Why bother searching for my past? It's in the past, after all." (Neutral)
5Freedom: "Having no memories means having no obligations." (Chaotic)
6Advantage: "Once I find out who I was, I'll use it to take back what I want." (Evil)


1A kindly old man took me in when he found me. I owe him a favor ever since.
2I had a lover in my past who wants me to come back to her.
3I hold onto my trinket, the only thing that I remember in my past.
4The home I live in right now is the only home that matters to me.
5I have a good idea who's responsible for my amnesia, and they will pay for it.
6I remember only one person from my past. He holds the key to finding out about who I was.


1I will stop at nothing to find out who I was.
2Every time I hit a dead end in learning of my past, I mentally shut down for a bit.
3On top of forgetting my past, I also forgot basic stuff like eating.
4I'm quick to forget things.
5I will latch onto anything that will provide me at least an idea of who I was, even if it's an obvious trap.
6I am almost certain that what I did in the past was bad, and the guilt eats me up even though I don't know what it was.

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