Choosing a background provides you with important story cues about your character’s identity. The most important question to ask about your background is what changed? Why did you stop doing whatever your background describes and start adventuring? Where did you get the money to purchase your starting gear, or, if you come from a wealthy background, why don’t you have more money? How did you learn the skills of your class? What sets you apart from ordinary people who share your background?

The following list is a list of all the possible backgrounds to present options in my campaigns. These backgrounds come from official Wizards of the Coast material, converted 3.5 Eberron material as well as from custom backgrounds I have come up with or found on the net that would apply very well to this setting.

For convenience I will have backgrounds that are listed in the Sword Coast Adventure Guide, Tome of Annihilationand the Haunted One from Curse of Strahd. Mainly they are listed here to have personality trait, ideal, bonds and flaws tables listed. Where ever possible I have worked to keep the backgrounds at either one, two, or four pages for ease of printing out. This is why there is no consistent number of items to roll from on each of those charts from one background to the next.

Background Source Page
Acolyte PHB 127
Anthropologist ToA 191
Archaeologist ToA 192
Charlatan PHB 128
City Watch SCAG 145
City Watch Variant: Investigator SCAG 145
Clan Crafter SCAG 146
Cloistered Scholar SCAG 146
Courtier SCAG 146
Criminal PHB 129
Criminal Variant: Spy PHB 130
Deserter BoE
Entertainer PHB 130
Entertainer Variant: Gladiator PHB 131
Farmer BoE
Fisherman BoE
Folk Hero PHB 131
Foreign Infiltrator BoE
Gladiator BoE
Guild Artisan PHB 132
Guild Artisan Variant: Guild Merchant PHB 133
Harvester BoE
Haunted One CoS 209
Healer BoE
Hermit PHB 134
House Renegade BoE
House Scion BoE
Inheritor SCAG 150
Inquisitive BoE
Knight of the Order SCAG 151
Legendary Lineage BoE
Mercenary Veteran SCAG 152
Noble PHB 135
Noble Variant: Knight PHB 135
Outlander PHB 136
Pilgrim BoE
Refugee BoE
Restless Wanderer BoE
Sage PHB 137
Sailor PHB 139
Sailor Variant: Pirate PHB 139
Sailor Variant: Sky Sailor BoE
Scholar-Adventurer BoE
Sharn Noble SCAG 152
Soldier PHB 140
Tinkerer BoE
Tinkerer Variant: Spare Parts BoE
Urban Bounty Hunter SCAG 153
Urchin PHB 141
War-Torn Hero BoE

2 thoughts on “Backgrounds of Eberron

  1. Thank you much for this, especially for the conversions from 3.5 books. I am starting a new Eberron campaign (I ran one back when it originally came out years ago) in 5E with players who have only ever played Pathfinder, and this will help things immensely!

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