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Akrasia:
I wrote up a number of 'background professions' for Swords & Wizardry (useable with 0e/Classic D&D) five years ago.

Here is the list:
http://akraticwizardry.blogspot.com/2009/06/background-professions.html
(Obviously not formatted for 5e.)

Last year I revamped the list for OSRIC/AD&D:
http://akraticwizardry.blogspot.com/2013/04/background-professions-for-osric-and.html

Since I designed them years before 5e, there is some overlap.  I may rework the non-redundant ones for 5e sometime.

Terateuthis:
JUSTICIAR

You know the law. In many cases, you are the law. Having served as a deputy, sheriff, reeve, attorney, magistrate, perhaps even consulting detective, you know how to investigate crimes as well as how to interpret, argue, and, when necessary, enforce the laws of a community or jurisdiction. Depending on the powers vested in you, you serve as investigator, judge, jury, and - when the situation demands - executioner.
 
Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Investigation
Tool Proficiencies: legal codex*
Languages: choose Celestial or Infernal
 
Feature: Law Enforcement
If you stay in a community for longer than a week, you come to understand enough of its laws and customs to make you eligible for a position in its legal system. Whether the ruling powers agree to deputize you depends on them. As a licensed marshal, you gain whatever enforcement and adjudication powers the rulers and the community's laws decree, and you can deputize companions fit to aid you in your task. Even as an unlicensed vigilante or consulting detective for hire, you know enough of the letter of the law to make a compelling case before a judge.
 
* New Tool: Legal Codex (price and weight as book)
If you are proficient in legal codices and possess the appropriate legal codex for a given jurisdiction, you may add your proficiency bonus when interacting in an official capacity with agents of the law or when arguing points of law with anyone in the jurisdiction. This includes criminal and civil trials.
 
PERSONALITY
[*]I'm affable and easy-going, even when taking down the bad guys.
[*]I'm intense and watchful, seeing potential trouble everywhere.
[*]I stay detached and "by the book" - nothing ever needs to get personal.
[*]I prefer to be underestimated – I appear lazier and more bumbling than I am, ask questions that seem foolish but make perfect sense in hindsight, and otherwise set traps for those who contest me.
[*]Once a bad seed, always a bad seed - I am harshly judgmental of those who have erred even once.
[*]I am argumentative, seeing everything as a debate to be won and never letting a point of order go.
[*]I am deferential to authority more than rulings - those chosen through merit, tradition, or birth understand the intent of the law even if the letter must be bent a bit.
[*]I get emotionally involved in my client's defense - especially if I genuinely believe my client innocent.
[/LIST]
 
IDEAL
[*]The Law. The Law is the Law. None are above the Law - least of all those who enforce it. "Fair and harsh" are my precepts – and I am harshest of all on myself. (Lawful)
[*]Punishment. Those who transgress - no matter how slightly - are guilty and must be punished. And, in the end, all are guilty. Examples - terrible, soul-searing examples - must be made. (Evil)
[*]Street Justice. The law coddles the wealthy and connected while oppressing the poor and powerless. Sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands. (Chaotic)
[*]Rehabilitation. No one is beyond redemption. Protecting the righteous from the wicked is my duty, but leading the wicked to righteousness is my joy. (Good)
[*]Community. My community cannot hold unless its people are kept safe from threats in their midst. I do what must be done. (Any)
[*]The Truth. Shine a light on the darkness and let things fall as they may, without fear or favor. (Neutral)
[/LIST]
 
BOND
[*]When I swear an oath to protect and serve a community, I keep that oath no matter what.
[*]A certain criminal has eluded me time and again. I will not rest until I bring this villain down.
[*]My family was murdered by criminals. I will avenge all in similar circumstances.
[*]Mysteries fascinate me, and I doggedly pursue their solution both for hire and for the sheer joy of it. Truth be known, I do it more for the joy of testing my wits than out of loyalty to a cause.
[*]Those who protect and serve are my brethren - harm one of mine and I will find you.
[*]If I believe an accused to be innocent, I will go to the ends of the earth to clear her name.
[/LIST]
 
FLAW
[*]I see conspiracies, collusion, and machinations everyfnordwhere.
[*]I have taken a significant bribe, and a certain crimelord knows it and can prove it.
[*]I came from the slums, and conflict between my oaths and my experience as a downtrodden youth still eats at me. Moreover, some among my birth community consider my profession a betrayal.
[*]I am obsessed with righting wrongs and tracking wrongdoers, to the exclusion of other, healthier interests.
[*]I am fascinated by the intellectual rigor of the perfect legal argument - and, though their ends may be foul, I have seen no more intricately crafted statutes than those of the Nine Hells.
[*]The law is a path to righteousness but also a path to power - and oh, how much better things would be if I had just a bit of power....
[/LIST]

jibbajibba:

--- Quote from: Terateuthis;780805 ---JUSTICIAR

You know the law. In many cases, you are the law. Having served as a deputy, sheriff, reeve, attorney, magistrate, perhaps even consulting detective, you know how to investigate crimes as well as how to interpret, argue, and, when necessary, enforce the laws of a community or jurisdiction. Depending on the powers vested in you, you serve as investigator, judge, jury, and - when the situation demands - executioner.
 
Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Investigation
Tool Proficiencies: legal codex*
Languages: choose Celestial or Infernal
 
Feature: Law Enforcement
If you stay in a community for longer than a week, you come to understand enough of its laws and customs to make you eligible for a position in its legal system. Whether the ruling powers agree to deputize you depends on them. As a licensed marshal, you gain whatever enforcement and adjudication powers the rulers and the community's laws decree, and you can deputize companions fit to aid you in your task. Even as an unlicensed vigilante or consulting detective for hire, you know enough of the letter of the law to make a compelling case before a judge.
 
* New Tool: Legal Codex (price and weight as book)
If you are proficient in legal codices and possess the appropriate legal codex for a given jurisdiction, you may add your proficiency bonus when interacting in an official capacity with agents of the law or when arguing points of law with anyone in the jurisdiction. This includes criminal and civil trials.
 
PERSONALITY
[*]I'm affable and easy-going, even when taking down the bad guys.
[*]I'm intense and watchful, seeing potential trouble everywhere.
[*]I stay detached and "by the book" - nothing ever needs to get personal.
[*]I prefer to be underestimated – I appear lazier and more bumbling than I am, ask questions that seem foolish but make perfect sense in hindsight, and otherwise set traps for those who contest me.
[*]Once a bad seed, always a bad seed - I am harshly judgmental of those who have erred even once.
[*]I am argumentative, seeing everything as a debate to be won and never letting a point of order go.
[*]I am deferential to authority more than rulings - those chosen through merit, tradition, or birth understand the intent of the law even if the letter must be bent a bit.
[*]I get emotionally involved in my client's defense - especially if I genuinely believe my client innocent.
[/LIST]
 
IDEAL
[*]The Law. The Law is the Law. None are above the Law - least of all those who enforce it. "Fair and harsh" are my precepts – and I am harshest of all on myself. (Lawful)
[*]Punishment. Those who transgress - no matter how slightly - are guilty and must be punished. And, in the end, all are guilty. Examples - terrible, soul-searing examples - must be made. (Evil)
[*]Street Justice. The law coddles the wealthy and connected while oppressing the poor and powerless. Sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands. (Chaotic)
[*]Rehabilitation. No one is beyond redemption. Protecting the righteous from the wicked is my duty, but leading the wicked to righteousness is my joy. (Good)
[*]Community. My community cannot hold unless its people are kept safe from threats in their midst. I do what must be done. (Any)
[*]The Truth. Shine a light on the darkness and let things fall as they may, without fear or favor. (Neutral)
[/LIST]
 
BOND
[*]When I swear an oath to protect and serve a community, I keep that oath no matter what.
[*]A certain criminal has eluded me time and again. I will not rest until I bring this villain down.
[*]My family was murdered by criminals. I will avenge all in similar circumstances.
[*]Mysteries fascinate me, and I doggedly pursue their solution both for hire and for the sheer joy of it. Truth be known, I do it more for the joy of testing my wits than out of loyalty to a cause.
[*]Those who protect and serve are my brethren - harm one of mine and I will find you.
[*]If I believe an accused to be innocent, I will go to the ends of the earth to clear her name.
[/LIST]
 
FLAW
[*]I see conspiracies, collusion, and machinations everyfnordwhere.
[*]I have taken a significant bribe, and a certain crimelord knows it and can prove it.
[*]I came from the slums, and conflict between my oaths and my experience as a downtrodden youth still eats at me. Moreover, some among my birth community consider my profession a betrayal.
[*]I am obsessed with righting wrongs and tracking wrongdoers, to the exclusion of other, healthier interests.
[*]I am fascinated by the intellectual rigor of the perfect legal argument - and, though their ends may be foul, I have seen no more intricately crafted statutes than those of the Nine Hells.
[*]The law is a path to righteousness but also a path to power - and oh, how much better things would be if I had just a bit of power....
[/LIST]
--- End quote ---


welcome tot eh site/.

Really like the flaw/bond/Personality /Ideal  You can see Holmes, Columbo, Rockford and Wyatt Earp in there :)

Terateuthis:

--- Quote from: jibbajibba;780848 ---welcome tot eh site/.

Really like the flaw/bond/Personality /Ideal  You can see Holmes, Columbo, Rockford and Wyatt Earp in there :)
--- End quote ---


Why, thank you! Nice to be here.

tenbones:
Slave
You were captured and enslaved. Or you were born into it. Life as a slave has been punishing, soul-crushing, but the bonds that claim your limbs will never claim your will to be free. You have been through hardships few others could comprehend. You understand the motivations of those with authority and have learned, often at great pain to yourself, how to blend in and escape notice from those that claim ownership of you. You have learned patience and when the moment was at hand - you escaped.
 
Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Survival
Tool Proficiencies: Artisan tool-set (pick one type that reflects your life as a slave)
Languages: Two of your choice (regional)
 
Feature: Passive Presence
As long as you appear appropriately in a position of a servant or slave, you gain Advantage to any Charisma checks involving Deception, Persuasion, or Blending into a Crowd. As a former slave you will be branded or tattooed and will be marked as such forever.
 
 
PERSONALITY
[*]I'm fearful of authority, but not so much that I won't take petty vengeance where I can.
[*]I'm dutiful and punctual. I do my work out of pride of my own skills, not because I've been ordered.
[*]I am not a slave. I am a prisoner. No one shall own me. No one shall keep me. I will be free.
[*]I don't mind it so much. I bend like a tree in the wind. It could be worse. It can always be worse.
[*]I deserve this fate. If given another chance, I would prove myself worthy of being free. Deep down I'm still just a slave, if only in my mind.
[*]Let them come chase me! I piss in their drinks. I sleep with their spouse! I spit in their food. If they think they can break me, they will see my will is stronger than these shackles.
[*]Yes, master.
[*]I did not ask to become a slave. Fickle blows the winds of fate. Were that freedom possible? I'm not sure I'd risk it.
[/LIST]
 
IDEAL
[*]Condemnation The rule of the magistrate said that I am sentenced to slavery where I still might die. So be it. (Lawful)
[*]Desperation. There is nothing I wouldn't do to be free. Nothing. (Chaotic)
[*]Liberty. By what right am I to be shackled against my will? By what rule of man or beast is this the natural order of things? I ask you - is this right? By my hand or another, I'll taste freedom again.(Good)
[*]Regret. The things I've seen. The things I've done. Never again.
[*]Community. These are my brothers and sisters. Our mothers are these shackles, our fathers are these chains. But make no mistake, we are family here. As true as those that share my blood.
[*]Vengeance. I will kill you. I will kill your overseers. I will burn your holdings to the ground. Then and only then, will I will be free. (Evil)
[/LIST]
 
BOND
[*]I will do whatever it takes to protect my comrades. Even if it means tasting the whip for them.
[*]I was taken from my home. I must find my way back.
[*]The others slaves have forgotten what it means to be free. I must remind them.
[*]The master's family are overly kind to me. I should repay their kindness. But I might be punished for it.
[*]I trust no one that doesn't wear the same marks as myself. These marks have made me a stranger in a stange land, for all time.
[*]If I do my job properly, no one will accost me.
[/LIST]
 
FLAW
[*]Speaking my mind will get me killed.
[*]If I don't do this right, I'll be horribly punished.
[*]Let them whip me for trying to escape. It's just what I planned all along to get into the healing shack, where I'll dig my next tunnel...
[*]When I'm free I plan on coming back for revenge!
[*]They got punished because they deserved it. That's why I do as I'm told.
[*]I won't leave here unless I do it with everyone. Yes, everyone.
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