Haunted One 5e Background In DnD (Useful Tips Added)

Hello adventurers! Welcome to my handbook library of dnd 5e backgrounds. Today we’re going to be talking about what if any of your players would like to pick to play with haunted one background and what does it indicates to you and to your DM and of course finally what does it mean for your beautiful world?

You know this background is added in curse of strahd adventure. Basically why this background makes itself rather unique and different from every other 5e backgrounds features that we’ve covered till now is something in its abilities or proficiencies. In any case let’s move on to its mechanics/abilities section here.

Abilities/ Proficiencies:

  • 2 skill proficiencies: You can choose two from among Arcana, Investigation, Religion, or Survival
  • 1 exotic language: (Abyssal, Celestial, Deep Speech, Draconic, Infernal, Primordial, Sylvan, or Undercommon)
  • A trinket specific to the haunting
  • Heart of Darkness: commoners will treat Haunted Ones very kindly because they see the darkness in their souls
  • Equipment: A set of common clothes, a monster hunter’s pack (It includes a chest, crowbar, hammer, three wooden stakes, a holy symbol, a flask of holy waters, set of manticals, steel mirror and a flask of oil, tinderbox and three torches) and one gothic trinket of special importance in addition to one silver piece.

This haunted one 5e is so so great and interesting one to play with, it is not just for the sake of its description or its feature but there are few different cause and effects. Firstly it’s mentioned in the curse of strahd adventure, so odds are if you’d just like to be a player and you do not be a DM then you’re likely not being aware of this as a thing.

This particular one is programmed which can be used by the role-play heavy campaign and it needs some special attention from your DMs. So let’s begin our article and let’s get to know about How exactly your haunted one is a good background in your campaign?

What Does Haunted One Mean in D&D?

You are haunted by something so so scary that you dare not speak of it. You’ve tried to bury it and run away from it, to no avail. Whatever this thing is that haunts you can’t be slain with a sword or banished with a spell. It might come to you in various types of ways such as a shadow on the wall, a bloodcurdling nightmare, a memory that refuses to die, or a demonic whisper in the dark. The burden has taken its toll, isolating you from most people and making you question your sanity. You must find a way to overcome it before it destroys you.

What a description let me deep dive into it among all the adventure path modules that i’ve had till now to run an adventures league this curse of strahd is one of my most picked ones, of course it’s written such a really well and understandable way. Of course i just love all they’ve described in it. Now let’s move on to its backstory ideas.

Haunted One Backstory Generator Ideas

Would you like to create your own and new world with your haunted one in dnd then make sure to check out the below mentioned ideas for you guys!

  • First and foremost let’s start with a deal with a devil: that will back due in an upcoming days (Don’t you have any idea on how to do this? Then make sure to try my post on Making Deals with Devils!)
  • One of the main and more important aspect is The memory you have of looking at their home be burned by dragons, orcs, or a human raiding party.
  • If you decide to choose the War option then, horrible things happen while war is going on. So be hopeful and be cautious about your soldiers.
  • Getting a glimpse of something they shouldn’t have seen yet, such as the Shadowfell, 9 Hells, or the Abyss.
  • Having access to the forbidden knowledge.
  • Taking a big part in a group of people or the mafia when you’re young. The player is trying to go straight, but they’ve been unforgiven debts and are always being afraid of they will be pulled back in.
  • Praying or devoting to a false god or being a member of a cult. The player has since got to know it was false worship and is haunted by what they did in the name of this “god”.

Haunted one 5e background

In dnd 5e backgrounds list, the Haunted one 5e background is one of the craziest one’s and it has many features and also different types of suggested characteristics like personality trait, Ideal, Bond and the flaw. Actually, for making this article is for providing one of the dnd backgrounds that is haunted one background 5e.

So this is the best article to get the full guide about this background from the beginning to end. So once read this article and use this background 5e in the d&d 5e role playing game. Then let us begin our tutorial. But before we get in topic we have a quick announcement that we have another article called acolyte dnd if you’re interested in it you can check it after you finish this article.

Feature: Heart of Darkness:

Either creature or any other character those who’re looking or do look into your eyes can have a capacity to see that you’ve faced unimaginable horror and which you’re no longer stranger to the darkness. Like though they might scare or fear you, commoners will extend you to every courtesy and do their utmost to help you.

Unless or until you have shown yourself as a dangareous to them but they even will take the up the arms to fight along side you, so should you find yourself facing an enemy alone.

So this is the brief description of the heart of darkness. And of course it seems to be more genuine and more attention grabbing in terms of features why because on a glance looks very similar to so much information that we’ve mentioned but though it has the opposite which makes drawback to it.

This is one of the strongest feature’s that we’ve covered yet and of course it is nearly type of an inverse to the folk hero feature which makes it interesting, Now let’s move on to some suggested characteristics here. Hello haven’t you checked out our previous backgrounds yet ! then go to this page now.

Suggested Characteristics:

This is the suggested characteristics part and in this part we are going to know all the characteristics of this Haunted One Background. We are providing all of the haunted background characteristics in the table format for each and every characteristics. So once check them and know this 5e background’s interests and characters.

Personality Trait

D8Options For Personality Trait
1I don't run from evil. The Evil runs from me.
2I like to read, write, and memorize poetry. It keeps me calm and brings me fleeting moments of happiness.
3I spend money freely and live life to the fullest, knowing that tomorrow I might die.
4I live for the thrill of the hunt.
5I don't talk about the thing that torments me. I'd rather not burden others with my curse.
6I expect danger around every corner.
7I refuse to become a victim, and I will not allow others to be victimized.
8I put no trust in divine beings.


D6Options For Flaw
1I have certain rituals that I must follow every day. I can never break them.
2I assume the worst in people.
3I feel no compassion for the dead. They're the lucky ones.
4I have an addiction.
5I am a purveyor of doom and gloom who lives in a world without hope.
6I talk to spirits that no one else can see.


1 I try to help those in need, no matter what the personal cost. (Good)
2I’ll stop the spirits that haunt me or die trying. (Any)
3I kill monsters to make the world a safer place and to exorcise my own demons. (Good)
4I have a dark calling that puts me above the law. (Chaotic)
5I like to know my enemy's capabilities and weaknesses before rushing into battle. (Lawful)
6I'm a monster that destroys other monsters and anything else that gets in my way. (Evil)


1I keep my thoughts and discoveries in a journal. My journal is my legacy.
2I would sacrifice my life and my soul to protect the innocent.
3My torment drove away the person I love. I strive to win back the love I've lost.
4A terrible guilt consumes me. I hope that I can find redemption through my actions.
5There's evil in me, I can feel it. It must never be set free.
6I have a child to protect. I must make the world a safer place for them.

Feature: Harrowing Event

The path in your entire life had been defined by one dark moment, one fateful decision, or one tragedy and it was happened prior to becoming an adventurer. Here now you will feel a darkness which is like threatening to consume you therefore you will be getting fear like there is no hope of escape. You have to chose an harrowing event which haunts you, or you have to roll one on the harrowing events table. Also read what is a noble in d&d?

D10Harrowing Event
1A monster that slaughtered dozens of innocent people spared your life, and also you don’t even know why.
2You were born under a dark star. You can feel it watching you, coldly and distantly. Sometimes it beckons you in the dead of night.
3An apparition that has been haunted your family for generations now haunts you. You don’t know what it wants, and it won’t leave you alone too.
4Your family had a history of practicing the dark arts. You dabbled once and felt something horrible clutch at your soul, whereupon you fled in terror.
5An oni took your sibling one cold, dark night, and you were unable to stop it.
6You were cursed with lycanthropy and later cured. You are now haunted by the innocents you slaughtered.
7A hag kidnapped and raised you. You escaped, but the hag still has a magical hold over you and fills your mind with evil thoughts.
8You opened an eldritch tome and saw things unfit for a sane mind. You burned the book, but its words and images are burned into your psyche.
9A fiend possessed you as a child. You were locked away but escaped. The fiend is still inside you, but now you try to keep it locked away.
10You did terrible things to avenge the murder of someone you loved. You became a monster, and it haunts your waking dreams.

Gothic Trinkets Table 5E

The below table have been designed for gothic game and whenever you rolling for a trinket then you must consider using the below table. In any case you may also like to read sage background 5e.

Gothic Trinkets 5E

D100Options For TRINKET
01–02A picture you drew as a child of your imaginary friend.
03–04A lock that opens when blood is dripped in its keyhole.
05–06Clothes stolen from a scarecrow.
07–08A spinning top carved with four faces: happy, sad, wrathful, and dead.
09–10The necklace of a sibling who died on the day you were born.
11–12A wig from someone executed by beheading
13–14The unopened letter to you from your dying father.
15–16A pocket watch that runs backward for an hour every midnight.
17–18A winter coat stolen from a dying soldier.
19–20A bottle of invisible ink that can only be read at sunset.
21–22A wineskin that refills when interred with a dead person for a night.
23–24A set of silverware used by a king for his last meal.
25–26A spyglass that always shows the world suffering a terrible storm.
27–28A cameo with the profile’s face scratched away.
29–30A lantern with a black candle that never runs out and that burns with green flame.
31–32A teacup from a child’s tea set, stained with blood.
33–34A little black book that records your dreams, and yours alone, when you sleep.
35–36A necklace formed of the interlinked holy symbols of a dozen deities.
37–38 A hangman’s noose that feels heavier than it should.
39–40A birdcage into which small birds fly but once inside never eat or leave.
41–42A lepidopterist’s box filled dead moths with skull-like patterns on their wings.
43–44A jar of pickled ghouls’ tongues.
45–46The wooden hand of a notorious pirate.
47–48A urn with the ashes of a dead relative.
49–50A hand mirror backed with a bronze depiction of a medusa.
51–52Pallid leather gloves crafted with ivory fingernails.
53–54Dice made from the knuckles of a notorious charlatan.
55–56A ring of keys for forgotten locks.
57–58Nails from the coffin of a murderer.
59–60A key to the family crypt.
61–62An bouquet of funerary flowers that always looks and smells fresh.
63–64A switch used to discipline you as a child.
65–66A music box that plays by itself whenever someone holding it dances.
67–68A walking cane with an iron ferule that strikes sparks on stone.
69–70A flag from a ship lost at sea.
71–72Porcelain doll’s head that always seems to be looking at you.
73–74A wolf’s head wrought in silver that is also a whistle..
75–76A small mirror that shows a much older version of the viewer.
77–78Small, worn book of children’s nursery rhymes.
79–80A mummified raven claw.
81–82A broken pendent of a silver dragon that’s always cold to the touch.
83–84A small locked box that quietly hums a lovely melody at night but you always forget it in the morning.
85–86An inkwell that makes one a little nauseous when staring at it.
87–88An old little doll made from a dark, dense wood and missing a hand and a foot.
89–90A black executioner’s hood.
91–92A pouch made of flesh, with a sinew drawstring.
93–94A tiny spool of black thread that never runs out.
95–96A tiny clockwork figurine of a dancer that’s missing a gear and doesn’t work.
97–98A black wooden pipe that creates puffs of smoke that look like skulls.
99–00A vial of perfume, the scent of which only certain creatures can detect.

Monster Hunter’s Pack:

For this background we have a monster hunter’s pack, in that pack we have various types of equipments such as three torches, a tinderbox, a flask of oil, a silver mirror, a set of manacles, a flask of holy water, a holy symbol, three wooden stakes, a hammer, a crowbar, a chest. If you purchase the pack which costs 33 gp then it is very much cheaper than the buying its contents individually. That being said guys, if you are curious to read about adopted background 5e then you can now.


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