Pilot (5e Background)

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According to your parents, you were born in an airship. From a very young age you have been immersed in the magical wonder that is technology. From learning to repair vehicles to racing through the air with your friends, you have found the air to be more of a home to you than the ground. While flying vehicles are your specialty, you also know a thing or two about cars, motorcycles, boats, etc. The mechanics are all basically the same, right?

Skill Proficiencies: Proficiency in Intelligence and one of the following: Insight, Acrobatics, or Perception

Tool Proficiencies: Any two sets of artisan’s tools

Equipment: Goggles, tool belt, and a photoplate depicting someone important

Feature: Fly Like a Bird[edit]

Typical piloting actions don't require checks. You can enter and pilot vehicles, but in order to be able to pilot a vehicle, you must have a minimum number of ranks in the skill. The number of ranks required for piloting a particular type of vehicle is included in the description of the vehicle. Certain actions can be made with any vehicle, whether it walks, flies or stands on wheels. The base DC of these checks is the minimum amount of ranks required to operate the vehicle, plus an additional increase for the difficulty of the action.

Alternate Feature: Choose 1 of the Following[edit]

Other piloting skills can be obtained with feats

Cover: In case of the vehicle having an open cockpit, you can react instantly to flatten yourself against its surface, using it as cover. You can’t attack or cast spells while using your vehicle as cover. If you fail your Pilot check, you don’t get the cover benefit. This usage does not require an action. When piloting a fully closed vehicle, you are not subject to physical attacks from outside at all.

Fast Mount or Dismount: You can attempt to mount or dismount from an open cockpit vehicle of up to one size category larger than yourself as a free action, provided that you still have a move action available that round. If you fail the Pilot check, mounting or dismounting is a move action. You can’t use fast mount or dismount on a mount more than one size category larger than yourself.

Fight while Driving: In case of the vehicle having an open cockpit, you can still make your own attack or attacks normally while driving it. This usage is a free action.

Leap: If your vehicle propels itself with legs, it may be made to jump. Use your Pilot modifier or the vehicle's Jump modifier, whichever is lower, to see how far the vehicle can jump. If you fail your Pilot check, you fall off your vehicle in case of an open cockpit, or simply lose controls of the controls for 1 round otherwise.

Use Vehicle's Special Attacks: The pilot can use a vehicle's controls to command its special attacks. This may be done as many times as the abilities may be used.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I’m obsessively interested in machinery, especially if it can fly
2 I like taking things apart to see how they work
3 I was scared of heights as a child but now I live for the adrenaline rush of flight
4 There is a specific type of aircraft that I literally drool over
5 I treat vehicles like people and would defend any one with my life
6 I have trouble paying attention to details, preferring to look at situations from a high-up perspective
d6 Ideal
1 Freedom. I want and want everyone else to feel like I do in the air: completely free (Good)
2 Aspiration. Someday I’ll have a craft of my own and will control my own destiny (Any)
3 Recklessness. I like to take the greatest risks so I can gain the greatest rewards (Chaotic)
4 Disconnect. I feel so high above things it’s hard to be motivated. (Neutral)
5 Mastery. I don’t care what it takes, I will become the best pilot in the world (Evil)
6 People. I’m committed to my friends and family back on the ground, not ideals (Neutral)
7 Reserved. In the larger view of things, I’m just a tiny spec among other specs so I try not to draw attention to myself (Lawful)
d6 Bond
1 My freedom is my most precious possession
2 Hurt my airship and I will hurt you
3 I’m always thinking about the people I have back on the ground
4 I want to travel further than anyone else has
5 All I want is the latest, greatest, and fastest
d6 Flaw
1 I become distracted easily
2 I dislike hygiene, preferring the familiarity of smoke and grease on my clothes
3 Killing people from the air is easy because I’m so far away
4 I know how to hijack air crafts and will absolutely do it if it’s a nice model
5 The best way to get someone to talk to to take them very high up in the air and threaten to drop them.

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