Merchant

A Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Background

You could be a travelling salesman, a shop owner, or you might run shops in more than one town. Whatever the case might be: You buy and sell goods to make a living. because of this, you know people. You know what they want and how much it is worth to them. Wherever you go, your smile, your conviction, and even your stature can convince people that your price is what they should be paying you. For some merchants, the price is always fair. Others might have to protect themselves for later repercussions.

Skill Proficiencies: One of Deception, Intimidation, and Persuasion. You also gain Insight.

Tool Proficiencies: One type of Artisan Tools that fits your type of goods that you produce or sell.

Languages: One of your choice.

Equipment: One type of Artisan Tools (see above), a scroll of inventory of your goods or properties, a backpack, and a belt pouch containing 10 GP.

Feature: Eye on the Price

You know what things are worth and with a quick glance, you can tell what common goods would fetch you on the market or if you are being deceived while buying common goods. When an item gets rarer, you can make an insight check while evaluating an item to see if you can determine its worth. The base DC is 13, but this can increase the rarer the item is. talk to your DM to determine the DC of an item.

In addition, after staying in one populated place for more than an hour, you know what shops or merchants keep fair prices for their wares.

d8Personality Trait
1I can often manage a joke, even in awkward situations.
2People think I’m no fun, but I actually am.
3If you ask me how I am feeling, I will always tell you I’m good.
4I am the center of any gathering of people.
5If you ask me how I am feeling, I will always tell you how I’m feeling.
6Social situations or mortal combat; life is a dance if its deadly or not.
7I like the dark because I love to confront my fears.
8there is no black and white. Only grey.
d6Ideal
1Art. A sale is worth it if I gained enough to live another day and my customers are happy (Chaos)
2Empire. I use laws and customs of a place, and sometimes their loopholes, to secure a profitable enterprise (Lawful)
3Greed. I hoard my gold and would rather let others die than spend anything on them, even if they come knocking on my door (Evil)
4Growth. I keep my coins close to my heart, while getting the best deal whenever I can. This way, my future is secured (Any)
5Power. Money buys me things that allow me access to levels of power that I could not have achieved otherwise (Any)
6Sharing. I have enough wealth to share some of it with others (Good)
d6Bond
1Gold is what makes the world go around. If I have more of it, I’m more successful in life.
2The pack on my back is all I need to have a comfortable life.
3Financial disaster has always followed me wherever I go. Until I have resolved all my debt, I’m not a free person.
4I have a great idea for a product and when I have enough gold, I will make my dreams come true by selling as many copies as I can.
5All my sales and bonds are so that I can finance an expedition to a far off land where riches can be found.
6I am convinced that I can sell the king a slug. That is my goal in life.
d6Flaw
1I am often unaware of my surroundings as I come up with new plans in my head.
2I angered another, more powerful merchant and now I am on the run.
3I have no idea what anything is worth an often sell crap as gold
4I can never find my own way anywhere.
5I belief most things people tell me.
6I am convinced that I can sell the king a slug. That is my goal in life.

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