The Last War wreaked havoc on the nations and people of Khorvaire. The desolation of Cyre is only the most obvious example of the destruction and displacement of Khorvaire’s peoples. All across Khorvaire, villages were uprooted as great armies marched through and laid waste. Your home was a casualty of the war—perhaps as were your family, many of your friends, and your innocence.

Perhaps you turned to a life of adventuring because it seemed a better alternative than being herded into the High Walls refugee district of Sharn or taking up residence in New Cyre. Maybe you went to High Walls and found yourself thrust into a life of urban adventure. Or you might have been an adventurer before the destruction of your homeland—and your wandering was the only thing that saved you from suffering the fate of your home. In any case, you have no roots, nothing to keep you from roaming the world in search of adventure, fortune, or a new place to call home.

Reason for Leaving Home

The reasons why refugees flee their homes are diverse, though the Last War gave many reasons. Roll or roll from the chart below.

d12 Reason
 1  Persecuted minority group or occupation
 2  Political dissident
3  Home fell to opposing force
4-5  The general conflict of the Last War
6-9  Refugee from Cyre
10  Natural disaster
11 Forced out from new nation
12 I believe in Galifar, not this nonesense

Skill Proficiencies: Survival, plus one from among Animal Handling, Athletics, History, or Nature
Tool Proficiencies: Vehicles (land)
Languages: One of your choice
Equipment: A set of traveler’s clothes, a bedroll, a walking stick, a token of your old life at home (roll on the trinkets table), a small knife, and a pouch with 5 gp

Feature: Home is where the Heart is

You are not the only one to be displaced from your home. Many more have fled, and together you have bonded together to form a home away from home in the company of each other. In places with well-known networks of your kindred, you know where to find a safe place of refuge and to access basic supplies. You also have a knack for finding other refugees wherever they might be. From your shared experience, a form of camaraderie comes easy for you.

Suggested Characteristics

Hope is not one of your virtues. Some would call you grim, or pessimistic, or overly negative—you’d say realistic. You’re always aware of the worst possibilities in every situation, not because you’re convinced they’ll occur, but because you want to be prepared for anything. The memory of what you’ve lost is always with you, so you avoid creating new attachments to things or people you could later lose. Better to remain separate and unattached

Backgrounds - Refugee

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