Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Character Background: Ex-Cultist

And now, something light and fun, free of any and all balance concerns.

I've been working on a big homebrew project recently that may or may not see the light of day. Something about half the size of the Strongholds project, which unfortunately isn't the expansion for it (not yet, anyway!).

In the meantime, I'll be occasionally adding lighter fluff-level pieces of content like this in an effort to not skip multiple weeks of content like I did while building Strongholds. Because that would just be rude.

But enough about what I'm doing. Let's talk about the thing I just posted:


  • Background fluff ideal for warlocks, certain clerics, and reformed (or less so) evil characters.
  • A background feature that encourages exploration and discovery. 
  • Pretty much only textual/grammatical errors, really.
  • Backgrounds are really really fun and I should make them more often. They're like the popcorn of 5e homebrew. 


  1. Ha, I've got to show this to one of my players. Her warlock character's backstory is literally this, complete with one of the details from your d8 table-- a cult ritual went wrong and she was the only one that survived, and their elder god became her patron. Awesome fluff! I'd love to see more backgrounds from you.

  2. My only attempt to create a background close to the fifth edition D&D rules is:


    Otherwise I hope you did not overlook:


    Thank you for sharing, but I am hurrying towards a D&D 5E - Lovecraftian crossover site now.

  3. Just found this, and I've got to say that I love these ideas.