Background Prompts

You don’t actually have to roll a d10. It just worked out to be ten items and I like rolling dice.

5E backgrounds have 2 skill proficiency and 2 tool proficiencies/languages. In this case the player should pick one appropriate skill that fits their background, as well as tools/languages. I’ll pick the 2nd skill and background feature to complement backstory, etc. We’ll figure out gold and equipment later.

d10 Background
1 Family Business. Your parent/sibling/other relative worked (and possibly still works) for an independent security guild, maybe even the SRS, and was a strong role model for you. You’ve followed in their footsteps, and your longtime association with the profession has granted you some insights. Do you still see your family member? How does your expectation of the job match up with the reality? Do you feel like you were obligated to join the SRS, and if so, what would you rather be doing?
2 Rescue/Convert. You didn’t start off in security, and at one point, maybe not too long ago, you would have laughed in the face of anyone who told you this is where you’d be now. Maybe you grew up in a life of petty crime, and someone from the SRS became a positive role model at just the right time. Maybe you grew up as a slave, or worse, and someone from SRS saved you when you needed saving. Either way, that person was in the right place at the right time to completely change the direction of your life for the better. You’ve joined the SRS in hopes of being able to give back to the organization that created the person you are today. Where do you come from? Who turned things around for you? Have you ever had to deal with other people from your “past life”?
3 Idealist. While you might not have strong ties to the SRS in particular, the concept of working in law enforcement, even a private outfit like SRS, appeals to your sense of order and justice. You’re here because forces like the SRS are all that stands between your fellow citizens and the scum that are out there waiting to take advantage of them. Where did this strong moral backbone come from? The job isn’t all roses – what do you find most difficult about the work?
4 Discipline Expert. You’ve probably been an employee of the SRS for a while now, but you definitely work to live, and not the other way around. The pay is good, the hours aren’t horrible, and while you might not like the folks running the show, you’re damn good at your job. Maybe you’re a hotshot combat mage, or a systems security specialist, or maybe you’ve just got a mean right hook. Either way, you’re damn good at what you do, SRS knows it, and you know they know it. What do you like to do when you’re not at your day job? How did you get hooked up with the SRS?
5 External Consultant. You don’t even work directly for SRS, but you’ve been brought in as a specialist for some much-needed skill or ability you have. What skill? If not SRS, who do you work for usually? You have no illusions that you’re completely unique – why would SRS choose you over someone else?
6 Corporate Ladder. You’re good at what you do, but it isn’t your passion. You might be a boot on the ground today, but you’ve got your eye on the big picture. This is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things within SRS, and maybe even beyond. Maybe you’re looking for a cushy desk job at SRS-HQ, or maybe you’ve got your sights sets on one of those high-paying, high-flying upper management jobs. Maybe SRS isn’t even your final stop. What are your goals? How do your fellow “boots” feel about your aspirations?
7 Blackmail. “Long live the SRS”. You smile and grit your teeth. Somebody has something on you, and the price of keeping your secret a secret is ensured cooperation. If it were up to you, you’d be doing something – anything else. It might not even be anything terribly sinister – the blackmailer is just as likely to be a peer or immediate supervisor than one of the upper management. What do they have on you? What do you have to offer? Why go through such lengths to obtain your services?
8 Indentured Servitude. You’re bought and paid for. This might not be as bad as it sounds. Maybe your education or training has been supplied by the SRS and you’re on the hook until your obligations have been met. Maybe your contract was purchased from someone entirely different. You might even be working off a sentence from a crime that the SRS themselves had a hand in exposing. Regardless, you’re not here by choice. What did you do before the SRS? How did you lose your freedom? How do they ensure compliance?
9 Blank Slate. Uh. Maybe? You’re not sure how you got here. From what you’ve been told, you must have done something really bad to be completely mind-wiped. Apparently it isn’t supposed to change your personality, which seems silly, but then again, how would you even know? Supposedly, know one else here knows what you did either. Which doesn’t explain all the strange looks you get. Either way, your services and continued existence are sponsored in entirety by the SRS… somehow, they managed to leave your “services” untouched by the mind-wipe. Convenient. Sometimes you think you catch glimpses of Deja Vu, or flashes or recognition. What triggers them? Do you have any desire to regain your memories or your past, or do you feel it’s better off to leave it alone?
10 Ulterior Motives. Pick one of the other backstories… It probably even has a seed of truth to it (the best lies always do), but that isn’t why you’re here. Who holds your leash? There are plenty of options: rival security outfits, gangs playing the long game, maybe a crew of thieves trying to get inside information on the security of a potential mark. Maybe, you’re even here for your own purposes: revenge, access, espionage are all possible motives for trying to infiltrate the SRS. What is your real story? What close calls have you had with your backstory so far?

Background Prompts

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