Hermit Background Guide 5e

By Natalie | Last Updated: October 31, 2021

Hello friends, In this post we will going to talk about the “Background Hermit”. It’s very amazing characters in this dnd background.

Their features & skills are so fantastic. So now we will shorlty discuss their all type of intresting points, so let’s start the post.


You lived in seclusion-either in a sheltered community such as a monastery, or entirely alone-for a formative part of your life.

In your time apart from the clam or of society, you found quiet, solitude, and perhaps some of the answers you were looking for.

Skills Proficiency: Medicine, Religion
Tool Proficiencies: Herbalism kit
Language: One of your choice
Equipment: A scroll case stuffed full of note from your studies or prayers, a winter blanket, a set of common clothes, an Herbalism kit, and 5 gp.

Life of Seclusion

What was the reason for your isolation, and what changed to allow you to end your solitude?

You can work with your DM to determine the exact nature of your seclusion, or you can choose or roll on the table below to determine the reason behind your seclusion.

Life of Seclusion

d8Life of Seclusion
1I was searching for spiritual enlightenment.
2I was partaking of communal living in accordance with the dictates of a religious order.
3I was exiled for a crime I didn't commit.
4I retreated from society after a life-altering event. Life of Seclusion
5I needed a quiet place to work on my art, literature, music, or manifesto.
6I needed to commune with nature, far from civilization.
7I was the caretaker of an ancient ruin or relic.
8I was a pilgrim in search of a person, place, or relic of spiritual significance.

Feature: Discovery

The quiet seclusion of your extended hermitage gave you access to a unique and powrful discovery.

The exact nature of this revelation depends on the nature of your seclusion. It might be a great truth about the cosmos, the deities, the powerful beings of the outer planes, or the forces of nature.

It could be a site that no one else has ever seen. You might have uncovered a fact that has long been forgotten, or unearthed some relic of the past that could rewrite history.

It might be information that would be damaging to the people who or consigned you to exile, and hence the reason for your return to society.

Work with your DM to determine the details of your discovery and its impact on the campaign.

Suggested Characteristics

Some hermits are well suited to a life of seclusion, whereas other chafe against it and long for company.

Whether they embrance solitude or long to escape it, the solitary life shapes their attitudes and ideals.

A few are driven slightly mad by their years apart from society.

d8 Personality Trait

d8Personality Trait
1I've been isolated for so long that I rarely speak, preferring gestures and the occasional grunt.
2I am utterly serene, even in the face of disaster.
3The leader of my community had something wise to say on every topic, and i am eager to share that wisdom.
4I feel tremendous empathy for all who suffer.
5I'm oblivious to etiquette and social expectations.
6I connect everything that happens to me to a grand, cosmic plan.
7I often get lost in my own throughts and contemplantion, becoming oblivious to my surroundings.
8I am working on a grand philosophical theory and love sharing my ideas.

d6 Ideal

1Greater Good: My gifts are meant to be shared with all, not used for my own benifit.(Good)
2Logic. Emotions must not cloud our sense of what is right and true, or our logical thinking: (Lawful)
3Free Thinking. Inquiry and curiosity are the pillars of progress:(Chaotic)
4Power: Solitude and contemplation are paths toward mystical or magical power (Evil)
5Live and Let Live: Meddling in the affairs of others only causes trouble (Neutral)
6Self-Knowledge: If you know yourself, there's nothing left to Know. (Any)

d6 Bond

1Nothing is more imortant than the other members of my hermitage, order, or association.
2I entered seclusion to hide from the ones who might still be hunting me. I must someday confront them.
3I'm still seeking the enlightenment I pursued in my seclusion, and it still eludes me.
4I entered seclusion because I loved someone I could not have.
5Should my discovery come to light, it could bring ruin to the would.
6My isolation gave me great insight into a great evil that only I can destroy.

d6 Flaw

1Now that l've returned to the world, I enjoy its delights a littel too much.
2I harbor dark, blood thirsty thoughts that my isolation and meditation failed to equell.
3I am dogmatic in my thoughts and philosophy.
4I let my need to win arguments overshadow friendships and harmony.
5I'd risk too much to uncover a lost bit of knowledge.
6I like keeping secrets and won't share them with anyone.

Other Hermits:

This hermit background assumes a contemplative sort of seclusion that allows room for study and prayer.

If you want to play a rugged wilderness recluse who lives off the land while shunning the company of other people, look at the outlander background.

On the other hand, if you want to go in a more religious direction, the acolyte might be what you’re looking for.

Or you could even be a charlatan, posing as a wise and holy person and letting pious fools support you.

So, in this post we have covered the Background Hermit. I hope you have liked this post. Thanks for visiting that post.