New Background – Polymorphed

Posted: November 5, 2015 in Brass Tacks, Inspiration
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UPDATE: The partial background found in this article is a preview. It is fully available as a Pay What You Want product on the DMs Guild in a pretty PDF with art and 14 other ready to roll backgrounds.

So last month I published a quartet of spooky Halloween-themed backgrounds. I know the season is over and we’ve moved onto to turkeys, pies, and gluttony here in America, but I have one more background I thought of that fits this mould. So it is with a wicked grin I turn the quartet of possessed, lycanthrope, dead, and cursed into a quintet by adding the polymorphed background.


You were transformed into an animal or monster and lived that way for years. You most-likely entered this form unwillingly. How you came down with this affliction is up to you. A caster with an ax to grind may have cast true polymorph for some petty offense committed by you or a loved one. Maybe you unwittingly donned a cursed magic item. Perhaps you activated some arcane trap when you accidentally stumbled into an ancient ruin. You could have made the choice willingly to infiltrate some group of monsters or hide as a beast from someone hunting you. You also should decided who or what changed you back into your true form.

Whatever the case you were in your alternate form for years. How was living in that form different from the way you lived your life before? In what ways were you more powerful? Less powerful? Do you miss the strength of your old form or are you glad to be back in your own flesh?

Skills: Survival and Animal Handling or Deception

Languages: Two of your choice

Equipment: A bag of caltrops, a realistic ink drawing of your polymorphed form, a set of common clothes, and a belt pouch with 5 gp.

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  1. Quite clever, I very much like it.

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  2. Lorathorn says:

    Excellent. I could read these all day. I am tempted to do a “former spellcaster” background.

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