Alchemist (5e Background)

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You have worked in a town or a city as an Alchemist. Maybe working for the ruler of the settlement or for yourself trying to earn a living. Working with chemicals and potions has given you a large array of knowledge of how to make such concoctions. Using these skills you can make potions, deadly poisons, or primitive explosives (if your DM allows it).

Skill Proficiencies: Arcana and Survival

Tool Proficiencies: Alchemist's Supplies

Languages: 1 Chosen language

Equipment: Alchemist's supplies, 1d4+2 Books on Alchemical Formula, a belt pouch with 2d4 GP and common clothes

Feature: Experimenter[edit]

Based on your previous experiments, you can easily identify the uses of any component you acquire after examining it with your alchemist's supplies during a long rest.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Alchemists pride themselves on making more effective concoctions, you will always strive and spend your spare time trying to make yours more effective.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
2 I've been called a tad bit crazy.
3 I'm not the best around other people.
4 I refuse to lead, I'm more of a follower.
5 I will not follow, only lead.
6 I will not let others think me a fool.
7 I will do anything for more research.
8 I don't like being looked at.
d6 Ideal
1 Goodwill. If you don't use your knowledge to help others, then why do you even have it? (Good)
2 Money. I don't care what I'm being told to do; if you can pay, I can do it. (Neutral)
3 Power. I got into the trade for one reason; the feeling of the foolish being destroyed by my concoctions. (Evil)
4 Ethics. There are certain lines that science was never meant to cross. (Lawful)
5 Freedom. Laws restrict and corrupt the pure, free-flowing fount of knowledge. (Chaotic)
6 Knowledge. I simply want to unlock the secrets of chemicals and how they work. It's a passion of mine. (Any.)
d6 Bond
1 My family is impoverished, and I send money I make from my work back to them.
2 I never forget the faces of my customers, and consider them to be friends.
3 I have a rival who is a greater alchemist than I. I constantly seek to best them.
4 My notes on my greatest discovery were stolen, and I must find them before they fall into the wrong hands.
5 I have a great interest in teaching, and am constantly seeking out new students.
6 The one who taught me my trade still lives; I respect them above all else, and will defend them to the death if they require it.
d6 Flaw
1 My creations have been used for unspeakable evils. I can never forgive myself.
2 All of my work with my chemicals may or may not have ever so slightly addled my mind a tiny bit.
3 Ever since I got this job, I've been suffering from violent, destructive intrusive thoughts.
4 I've developed an addiction to one of my substances, and I need to make it whenever possible.
5 I have severe chemical burns from working on a chemical that required use of (X component here). I refuse to work with it, and have a phobia of it.
6 I don't do well in groups, and will go off on my own without asking others first.

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