Eberron is rich in history, and equally rich in people who study history. Not content to sit in a library surrounded by dusty tomes and crumbling pot shards, you do your research in the field—whether in the cyclopean ruins of Xen’drik or the ancient tunnels of Dorasharn beneath the City of Towers. For you, history is about discovering the mysteries of Eberron’s ancient empires by exploring the ruins of Xen’drik’s lost kingdoms and the remnants of goblin civilization in Khorvaire. You yearn to discover mighty artifacts and lost magical secrets. You hunger for knowledge about the past, and you have never been content to gain your knowledge from other people or the books they write. You want to drink from the source, and that means adventure.

Take notes on everything. Copy diagrams and inscriptions into your notebooks. Collect samples of body parts from unusual monsters—or even entire monsters, if you can transport them. Treat shattered ceramics and magical relics as equally interesting, even as you recognize that magic items are more valuable and far more useful. You might be hesitant to use anything or go anywhere until you have properly researched it, or you might rush in to do your research on-site.

Look for opportunities to use your various areas of knowledge. They might not happen very often, but that just makes it all the more memorable when you do glean some useful information from your studies of architecture and engineering!

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two from Arcana, History, Investigation, Nature, or Religion
Tool Proficiencies: Cartographer’s tools
Languages: One of your choice
Equipment: A set of traveler’s clothes, a writing kit (small pouch with a quill, ink, folded parchment, and a small penknife), cartographer’s tools, half of a floorpan for a temple, castle, or some other structure, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp

Feature: Patron Contact

You have the ear of a patron, whether this is be some contact within an institution, like the Morgrave University or the Wayfinders Society, or some wealthy noble fascinated with Xen’drik artifacts, is of little consequence to you. At least you have their ear. While they are not your patron specifically quite yet, your research so far has impressed them enough that they have shone at least a willingness to hear you out or answer a question or two for you in the past. Further development of this relationship could easily lead to much more.

Suggested Characteristics

You combine a solid grounding in academic research and established knowledge with a thirst for action and adventure. You have an inquisitive mind and are always wondering about the reasons why things happen and possible connections between apparently unrelated events. Your collection of scholarly tomes is like a group of old friends—you don’t necessarily see them every day, but you’re happy to spend hours in their company whenever you can. Your name is well known in academic circles: Some of your fellow scholars praise you to the skies, while others dismiss you as a hack.


Backgrounds - Scholar-Adventurer

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