Hello players and DM’s! Welcome to the dndtopics.com. Today we’re going to be going over one of the more classic 5e backgrounds at least in terms of concept. We’re going over the DnD 5E Harborfolk Background. In any case if you’re visiting our website for the first time or if you haven’t checked all of our background articles and don’t know what are dnd backgrounds then we highly recommend you to visit this official pageNow. Stay up-to-date with the most recent articles daily. That being said let’s dive into the dnd 5e Harborfolk Background by first taking a moment and going over its description.


You’re one of the hundreds of small-time fishermen and women those who haul a bounty of Mulmaster’s freshwater harbor for the city’s markets each morning. This dnd5e harborfolk is a result of your long-standing experience rowing in the Mulmaster’s waters. You also know the dockworkers and fisherfolk that live nearby. Although you’ve left this particular lifestyle behind, you still visit the Mulmaster every once in awhile. 

  • Skill ProficienciesSleight Of Hand, Athletics
  • Tool Proficiencies: A type of gaming set is vehicles (water).
  • EquipmentYou will need a fishing tackle, dice, playing card, or Three Dragon Ante set. A set of common clothes, rowboat, and belt containing 5 grams.
  • Lifestyle Poor


Mulmaster Harbor is where you grew-up. These harborfolk might remember you and treat you just like one of them. They will also welcome you and your companions. They will welcome you and your companions, even though they might charge you, but they will always provide what food and shelter they have.

Note: This is a variant on the Folk Hero feature.

Suggested Characteristics

Personality traits

d8 Personality traits
1 I am curious. I am curious to understand why things work the way that they do.
2 Although I cannot sing, it doesn’t stop me from singing loudly. Everybody loves a good sea song!
3 The High Blade does a great job, don’t you think?
4 The House Built on Gold has been restored to my delight. Waukeen is a god to me.
5 I’m quite superstitious. Portents are often present in every day events.
6 I loathe the rich and enjoy spoiling their fun in small ways.
7 There is a story for every occasion in my sea tales.
8 Although I enjoy fishing, I secretly hate eating fish. I will do whatever it takes to avoid it.


d6 Ideal
1 Calm: There is a tide for everything. I sail when the tide is just right and adjust my nets when it doesn’t. (Lawful).
2 Windblown: I sail where the wind blows. No one can tell me when or where to sail. (Chaotic).
3 Aspiring to: I will win the favor of a Zora/Zora patron, possibly even one of the Blades! (Any)
4 Salty: I want people see me as an expert on plying Mulmaster Harbor. (Any)
5 Selfless: We all are children of sea. I offer my assistance to anyone who is in peril, both afloat or ashore. (Good)
6 Let them Drown: I refuse the temptation to put my life on the line to help others. They won’t help me if the roles were reversed. (Evil)


d6 Bond
1 Everything except my rowboat was lost once. It’s my property and I will do whatever it takes to save it.
2 My brother was in Soldiery and he was killed. I look up to those who serve.
3 My friend who was spellcasting with the Cloaks was murdered by them. They will be returned to me someday.
4 I was badly hurt by the High House of Hurting and they helped me. They also gave me nothing in return. I owe them everything in my life.
5 Once I was robbed in Zhent ghetto. It won’t happen again.
6 I would do almost anything to help the harborfolk. They are my family.


d6 Flaw
1 I drink too much, which makes it difficult to see the ocean.
2 In a brawl I killed a City Watch drunken member. They might discover.
3 When I want to impress someone, I tend to oversell myself.
4 It is a waste to learn from books. People who speak only from their experience have no patience with me.
5 I almost always cheat. I can’t help but to cheat.
6 I’m a Hawks Secret Informant. I send them reports of everything I see and hear. I also include information about my friends, family, and allies.