DnD 5E Smuggler Background

This dnd 5e smuggler background has found in the Ghosts of Saltmarsh and it’s description is as followed. On a specific rickety barge, you were carried a hundred longswords in the fish barrels right past a dock master’s oblivious lackeys. However you’ve been paddled a riverboat has been filled with the stolen elven wine under the gaze of the moon and even it sold for twice its value in the morning. In meantime your more charitable times, you have already been transported so many innocents out of the war zones or even you’ve helped guide herd animals for the safety on some of the banks of a burning river.

Skill Proficiencies Athletics, Deception
Tool Proficiencies Vehicles (water)
Equipment A fancy leather vest or a pair of leather boots, a set of common clothes, and a leather pouch with 15 gp

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Feature: Down Low

Mainly you are the acquainted with the specific network of smugglers those who are to be willing to help you out of the most difficult situations. While in a specific town, city, or even other similarly sized community (depends on DM’s discretion), of course you and your companions could be stay for free in the safest houses. So the safe houses shall provide a poor lifestyle. While in staying at the safe house, you can simply select to keep up your presence (and that of your companions) a secret.

Claim to Fame

Of course each and every d&d 5e smuggler has that single tale which sets them apart from the most common criminals. By the wits, sailing skill, or a silver tongue, you lived to tell the story—and you should tell it frequently. You can also roll on the below mentioned table for determining your calm or else select one that best fits your character.

1Spirit of the Whale. You smuggled stolen dwarven spirits in the body of a dead whale being pulled behind a fishing boat. When you delivered the goods, the corpse suddenly exploded, sending whale meat and whiskey bottles for half a mile.
2Cart and Sword. You drove a cart filled with stolen art through the middle of a battlefield while singing sea shanties to confuse the combatants.
3The Recruit. You enlisted in another nation's navy for the purpose of smuggling stolen jewels to a distant port. You attained a minor rank before disappearing from the navy and making your way here.
4River of Shadows. Your riverboat accidentally slipped through the veil into the Shadowfell for several hours. While you were there, you sold some stolen dragonborn artifacts before returning to this plane and paddling home.
5Gold-Hearted. You agreed to transport a family escaping a war. The baby began to cry at a checkpoint, and you gave the guards all your gold to let you pass. The family never found out about this gesture.
6Playing Both Sides. You once smuggled crates of crossbow bolts and bundles of arrows, each destined for an opposing side in a regional war, at the same time. The buyers arrived within moments of each other but did not discover your trickery.

Suggested Characteristics

In most of the general cases, the smugglers value survival, and there after profit, above the other things. Of course one could be a part of the larger organization, or it might run a small smuggling vessel of their own. However many smugglers shall interested to live the lies that they have spoken, and they have a natural ability to recall all the falsehoods and half-truths they have ever spouted.

Personality Traits

d8Personality Traits
1I love being on the water but hate fishing.
2I think of everything in terms of monetary value.
3I never stop smiling.
4Nothing rattles me; I have a lie for every occasion.
5I love gold but won't cheat a friend.
6I enjoy doing things others believe to be impossible.
7I become wistful when I see the sun rise over the ocean.
8I am no common criminal; I am a mastermind.


1Wealth Heaps of coins in a secure vault is all I dream of. (Any)
2Smuggler's Code I uphold the unwritten rules of the smugglers, who do not cheat one another or directly harm innocents. (Lawful)
3All for a Coin I'll do nearly anything if it means I turn a profit. (Evil)
4Peace and Prosperity I smuggle only to achieve a greater goal that benefits my community. (Good)
5People For all my many lies, I place a high value on friendship. (Any)
6Daring I am most happy when risking everything. (Any)


1My vessel was stolen from me, and I burn with the desire to recover it.
2I intend to become the leader of the network of smugglers that I belong to.
3I owe a debt that cannot be repaid in gold.
4After one last job, I will retire from the business.
5I was tricked by a fellow smuggler who stole something precious from me. I will find that thief.
6I give most of my profits to a charitable cause, and I don't like to brag about it.


1Lying is reflexive, and I sometimes engage in it without realizing.
2I tend to assess my relationships in terms of profit and loss.
3I believe everyone has a price and am cynical toward those who present themselves as virtuous.
4I struggle to trust the words of others.
5Few people know the real me.
6Though I act charming, I feel nothing for others and don't know what friendship is.

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