Character traits are abilities that are not tied to your race or class. They can enhance your skills, racial abilities, class abilities, or other statistics, allowing you further customization.
Basic traits are broken down into four categories. Combat traits focus on martial and physical aspects of your background. Faith traits focus on your religious and philosophical leanings. Magic traits focus on any magical events or training you have had. Social traits focus on your social class or upbringing.
These traits are associated with combat, battle, and physical prowess. They give minor bonuses in battle and represent conflicts and physical struggles in your backstory.
Anatomist: You have studied the workings of anatomy, either as a student at university or as an apprentice mortician or necromancer. You know where to aim your blows to strike vital organs. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all rolls made to confirm critical hits.
Armor Expert: You have worn armor as long as you can remember, either as part of your training to become a knight’s squire or simply because you were seeking to emulate a hero. Your childhood armor wasn’t the real thing as far as protection, but it did encumber you as much as real armor would have, and you’ve grown used to moving in such suits with relative grace. When you wear armor of any sort, reduce that suit’s armor check penalty by 1, to a minimum check penalty of 0.
Axe to Grind: There is a fire in your heart that can’t be quenched. You gain a +1 trait bonus on damage against foes who are threatened by only you.
Battlefield Disciple: You are skilled at supporting your allies in the heat of battle. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Heal checks made to stabilize a dying creature. In addition, when you successfully use the aid another action in combat to grant an ally a bonus on her next attack roll, the bonus you grant increases by 1.
Black Powder Bravado: You are particularly successful when using deeds. Once per day, when you perform a deed that requires an attack roll and you miss with that roll, you can reroll it. You must take the second result even if it is worse.
Black Powder Fortune: You have little to fear when there’s a gun in your hand. As long as you are wielding a firearm, you gain a +2 trait bonus on all saving throws against curse, fear, and emotion effects.
Black Powder Interjection: Your confidence rises when you foil spellcasting. Once per day, when you interrupt the casting of a spell with a firearm attack, you may regain 1 grit point.
Bloodthirsty: You have a vicious streak, and nothing satisfies you more than warm blood on your hands and blade. Whenever you make an attack that reduces a foe to 0 hit points or fewer or you confirm a critical hit, your attack deals 1 additional point of damage. The additional damage is a trait bonus, and is multiplied by your weapon’s critical hit multiplier.
Bullied: You were bullied often as a child, and you are now constantly ready to defend yourself with your fists when an enemy comes near. You gain a +1 trait bonus on attack of opportunity attack rolls made with unarmed strikes. Note that this trait does not grant the ability to make attacks of opportunity with your unarmed strikes—you must have a level in monk, the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, or some other similar power to gain the use of this character trait. However, that doesn’t prevent you from selecting this trait. You simply cannot make use of it until a later point if you do.
Cold and Calculating: You are adept at tricking favored enemies of your race or those related to your race. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Bluff checks against favored enemies that share one of your subtypes. You also gain a +1 trait bonus on attack rolls made against such favored enemies during the surprise round.
Courageous: Your childhood was brutal, but you persevered through force of will and faith. No matter how hard things got, you knew you’d make it through as long as you kept a level head. You gain a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against fear effects.
Dedicated Defender: When a companion is down, you fight harder. You gain a +1 trait bonus on attack rolls and on checks made to overcome spell resistance while you are adjacent to a dying or disabled ally, animal companion, eidolon, familiar, or mount.
Deft Dodger: Growing up in a rough neighborhood or a dangerous environment has honed your senses. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Reflex saves.
Dirty Fighter: You wouldn’t have lived to make it out of childhood without the aid of a sibling, friend, or companion you could always count on to distract your enemies long enough for you to do a little bit more damage than normal. That companion may be another PC or an NPC (who may even be recently departed from your side). When you hit a foe you are flanking, you deal 1 additional point of damage (this damage is added to your base damage, and is multiplied on a critical hit). This additional damage is a trait bonus.
Dispelled Battler: When deprived of magic, you fight harder. You gain a +1 trait bonus on weapon attack and damage rolls while within an area of antimagic such as that created by an antimagic field. You also gain this bonus for 1 round after you are subject to an area or targeted dispel magic spell, regardless of the effect’s success or failure in dispelling your spells and magical effects.
Easy Way or the Hard Way: You are skilled at subduing your enemies. Whenever you attack one of your favored enemies with a weapon that deals lethal damage and choose to deal nonlethal damage, you take only a —2 penalty on the attack roll instead of the normal —4.
Evasive Sting: Larger enemies have a hard time striking you. You gain a +1 dodge bonus to AC against enemies that are both your favored enemy and at least two size categories larger than you.
Faith’s Hunter: Divine powers smile upon you each time you grievously wound a favored enemy. When you confirm a critical hit against a favored enemy, you may extend the duration of any divine spell affecting you by 1 round. The benefits from multiple critical hits stack. Divine spells with an instantaneous duration can’t be extended in this manner.
Fencer: You trained with blades for long hours as a youth, either taking lessons in the genteel art of fencing from tutors paid for by your parents or being taken under the wing of a disenfranchised fencer who may have turned to a life of crime. You gain a +1 trait bonus on attack of opportunity attack rolls made with daggers, swords, and similar bladed weapons.
Hidden Hand: Your concealed weapons strike fast and true. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Sleight of Hand checks made to conceal light weapons and a +1 trait bonus on attack rolls when making an attack with a light weapon during a surprise round.
Hunter’s Knack: When you watch and wait before attacking, your strike is true. You gain a +1 trait bonus on attack rolls against your favored enemies when you make such attacks as part of a readied action.
Indelible Ire: When you are gravely wounded, you’re stirred to greater combat focus. Each time a critical hit is confirmed against you, you gain a +1 trait bonus on attack rolls for 1 round.
Just Like New: Broken firearms are not problems—they are challenges. Your first attempt to remove the broken condition from your starting firearm and to upgrade it to a masterwork weapon costs 150 gp instead of 300 gp. In addition, when wielding a firearm that has the broken condition or is treated as if it had the broken condition, you take a —1 penalty on attack rolls made with it instead of the normal —2.
Killer: You made your first kill at a very young age and found the task of war or murder to your liking. You either take particular pride in a well-placed blow, or find vile pleasure in twisting the blade to maximize your target’s pain. You deal an amount of additional damage equal to your weapon’s critical hit modifier when you score a successful critical hit with a weapon; this additional damage is added to the final total, and is not multiplied by the critical hit multiple itself. This extra damage is a trait bonus.
Kin Guardian: You are dedicated to defending members of your family. When you use the aid another action to give a member of your family a bonus to AC, increase the bonus by 2. This increase is a trait bonus (and therefore doesn’t stack with increases granted by other family members using this trait). This trait has no effect when using the aid another action to increase a family member’s next attack roll.
Larger Than Life: You wield firearms with truly terrifying menace. When you use the Intimidate skill on a creature while wielding a firearm, you are considered one size category larger than your actual size.
Martial Performer: Your training has made you a martial performer. When you gain a monk bonus feat, you may instead take a performance feat for which you meet the prerequisites.
Nature’s Mimic: Your knowledge of nature informs your fighting style, and that style gives you insight into related aspects of the natural world. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Knowledge (nature) checks, and Knowledge (nature) is always a class skill for you. You can make Knowledge (nature) checks pertaining to animals that correspond to your style feats untrained.
Never Stop Shooting: Even when the chips are down, you keep on shooting. If your hit point total drops to 0 or lower but you are not dead, you may act as if disabled rather than dying (as if you possessed the Diehard feat). However, you can use your actions only to draw a firearm, reload a firearm, or attack with a firearm. If you have the Diehard feat, this trait also allows you to substitute your Wisdom score for your Constitution score for the purpose of determining the negative hit point total at which you die.
Reactionary: You were bullied often as a child, but never quite developed an offensive response. Instead, you became adept at anticipating sudden attacks and reacting to danger quickly. You gain a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks.
Reckless: You have a tendency for rash behavior, often disregarding your own safety as you move across the battlefield. You gain a +1 bonus on Acrobatics checks, and Acrobatics is always a class skill for you.
Reckless Contempt: You do not fear the threat of lesser weapons. Whenever you provoke an attack of opportunity by firing a firearm, you gain a +1 trait bonus on the attack roll that provoked the attack of opportunity.
Resilient: Growing up in a poor neighborhood or in the unforgiving wilds often forced you to subsist on food and water from doubtful sources. You’ve built up your constitution as a result, and gain a +1 trait bonus on Fortitude saves.
Resolve of the Rejected: Some disagree with your choice to wield a firearm, and their scorn has only hardened your resolve in battle. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all saving throws against charm and compulsion effects. Also, once per day when you succeed at a saving throw against such an effect, you regain 1 grit point.
Scarred Descendant: Your own people are your favored enemy. You gain a +1 trait bonus on rolls to confirm critical hits against favored enemies of your own subtype and on Survival checks made to track such creatures.
Startling Report: Through either perfect timing or the determination of your action, the sound of your firearm going off sets your enemies on edge. When you shoot a firearm, you gain a +2 trait bonus on Intimidate checks for 1 round against those who heard the shot.
Surprise Weapon: You are skilled at fighting with objects not traditionally considered weapons. You gain a +2 trait bonus on attack rolls with improvised weapons.
Tactician: You know how to take advantage of enemies who are unprepared for your assault. You gain a +1 trait bonus on initiative checks. In addition, once per day when you make an attack of opportunity, you gain a +2 trait bonus on the attack roll.
Unblemished Barrel: Your skill with firearms speeds your repair of such weapons. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Craft (alchemy) and Craft (weapons) checks, and it takes you only 30 minutes to remove the broken condition from a firearm.
Vigilant Battler: You are hard to fool and harder to trick with a feint. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Sense Motive checks. This trait bonus increases to +2 when used to counter a feint in combat.
These traits rely upon conviction of spirit, perception, and religion, but are not directly tied to the worship of a specific deity. You do not need a patron deity to gain a faith trait, as these traits can represent conviction in yourself or your philosophy just as easily as they can represent dedication to a deity.
Beacon of Faith: You wield the might of your faith with power and clarity. Once per day as a free action, you may treat your caster level as if it were 2 levels higher when using one of the granted powers of your domain or inquisition, or when casting one of your domain spells.
Birthmark: You were born with a strange birthmark that looks very similar to the holy symbol of the god you chose to worship later in life. This birthmark can serve you as a divine focus for casting spells, and as a physical manifestation of your faith, and it increases your devotion to your god. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all saving throws against charm and compulsion effects.
Blessed: Some divine agent watches over you and heeds your call. Once per day as a swift action, you gain a +1 trait bonus on all saving throws for 1 round.
Caretaker: As the child of an herbalist or an assistant in a temple infirmary, you often had to assist in tending to the sick and wounded. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Heal checks, and Heal is always a class skill for you.
Child of the Temple: You have long served at a temple in a city, where you picked up on many of the nobility’s customs in addition to spending much time in the temple libraries studying your faith. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (nobility) and Knowledge (religion) checks, and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Devotee of the Green: Your faith in the natural world or one of the gods of nature makes it easy for you to pick up on related concepts. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (geography) and Knowledge (nature) checks, and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Disdainful Defender: You are resistant to the magic of other faiths. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all Will saves you attempt against divine spells. This bonus does not apply against divine spells cast by a caster who worships the same deity you do.
Ease of Faith: Your mentor, the person who invested your faith in you from an early age, took steps to ensure you understood that what powers your divine magic is no different from that which powers the magic of other religions. This philosophy makes it easier for you to interact with others who may not share your views. You gain a +1 bonus on Diplomacy checks, and Diplomacy is always a class skill for you.
Fate’s Favored: The fates watch over you. Whenever you are under the effect of a luck bonus of any kind, that bonus increases by 1.
Fearless Defiance: Upon overcoming your fear, you become a scourge to your enemies. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all saving throws against fear effects. In addition, if you successfully save against such an effect, you receive a +1 trait bonus on attack rolls against your favored enemies for 1 round.
Focused Disciple: When weaker wills falter, you keep a clear mind. You gain a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against charm and compulsion effects.
History of Heresy: You were raised with heretical views that have made it difficult for you to accept most religious beliefs and often caused you or those you love to be treated as pariahs. As a result, you have turned your back on religious teachings. As long as you do not possess any levels in a class that grants divine spellcasting power, you gain a +1 trait bonus on all saving throws against divine spells.
Indomitable Faith: You were born in a region where your faith was not popular, but you still have never abandoned it. Your constant struggle to maintain your own faith has bolstered your drive. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Will saves.
Inspired: A positive force, philosophy, or divine presence fills you with hope, and is a guiding force of inspiration. Once per day as a free action, roll twice and take the better result on a skill check or ability check.
Loyalty across Lifetimes: You and your eidolon share a link that seems to span multiple lifetimes. Your eidolon treats its Constitution score as if it were 2 points higher for the purposes of determining when its negative hit point total sends it back to its home plane. In addition, your eidolon gains a +1 trait bonus on Will saves against enchantment spells and effects.
Martial Manuscript: You either carry or have memorized a sacred text from your school, temple, or monastery, and its wisdom gives you insight that makes your attacks more devastating. You gain a +2 trait bonus on rolls to confirm critical hits when you’re using an unarmed strike or monk weapon.
Oathbound: You have made a solemn oath, and you pursue that oath with headstrong determination. Once per day, you may reroll a saving throw against a charm or compulsion effect. You must take the second result even if it is worse.
Omen: You are the harbinger of some future event. Whether this event bodes good or ill, you exude an ominous presence. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Intimidate checks, and Intimidate is always a class skill for you. Once per day, you may attempt to demoralize an opponent as a swift action.
Perpetual Companion: You are bolstered against fear when your eidolon is near. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all saving throws against fear effects whenever your eidolon is within 30 feet.
Planar Savant: You have always had an innate sense of the workings of the planes and their denizens. You may use your Charisma modifier when making Knowledge (planes) checks instead of your Intelligence modifier.
Principled: You hold yourself to a strict code of behavior that guides all of your decisions and actions. You take a —2 penalty on Bluff checks and gain a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against charm, compulsion, and emotion effects.
Prophesied: Your coming was foretold in prophecy, and people familiar with your legend regard you with awe and fear. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks and Intimidate checks when interacting with anyone familiar with you or your reputation.
Reincarnated: You lived a previous life as someone—or something—else. For you, life and death are a cycle, and you have no fear of death. You gain a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against fear and death effects.
Sacred Conduit: Your birth was particularly painful and difficult for your mother, who needed potent divine magic to ensure that you survived (your mother may or may not have survived). In any event, that magic infused you from an early age, and you now channel divine energy with greater ease than most. Whenever you channel energy, you gain a +1 trait bonus to the save DC of your channeled energy.
Sacred Touch: You were exposed to a potent source of positive energy as a child, perhaps by being born under the right cosmic sign, or maybe because one of your parents was a gifted healer. As a standard action, you may automatically stabilize a dying creature merely by touching it.
Scholar of the Great Beyond: Your greatest interests as a child did not lie with current events or the mundane—you have always felt out of place, as if you were born in the wrong era. You take to philosophical discussions of the Great Beyond and of historical events with ease. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (history) and Knowledge (planes) checks, and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Schooled Inquisitor: Your additional training aids in identifying the wiles of your faith’s enemies. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all Knowledge (planes) and Knowledge (religion) checks made to identify the abilities and weaknesses of creatures.
Spirit Sense: You are so attuned to the spiritual world that it is hard to get the jump on you. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Perception checks to avoid being surprised and to detect invisible or incorporeal creatures.
Tireless Avenger: You restlessly pursue your enemies. When you’re in pursuit of one of your favored enemies, the DC for the Constitution check to avoid taking lethal damage during a forced march is 10 + 1 per extra hour, instead of 10 + 2 per extra hour.
Wanderer’s Shroud: Your wanderings often go unnoticed. Efforts to use the Diplomacy skill to gather information about you take a —1 penalty, and you gain a +1 trait bonus on all saving throws against scrying and mind-reading effects that allow saving throws.
Zealous Striker: Your zeal is a danger to those of “lesser” faiths. While you have the destruction judgment active, you gain a +1 trait bonus on damage rolls when attacking a foe who can cast divine spells and worships a different deity than you.
These traits are associated with magic and focus on spellcasting and manipulating magic. You don’t have to be a spellcaster to take a magic trait (although several of these traits aren’t useful to non-spellcasters). Magic traits can represent a character’s early exposure to magical effects or childhood studies of magic.
Air-Touched: You share an affinity with elemental air. You gain DR 1/— against creatures and attacks with the air type.
Alchemical Adept: You are skilled in creating alchemical items. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all Craft (alchemy) checks made to craft alchemical items. Furthermore, when you fail a Craft (alchemy) check by 5 or more but don’t roll a natural 1, you don’t ruin any raw materials or have to pay that cost again.
Alchemical Intuition: You are often struck with epiphanies about alchemical processes and substances. Once per day as a free action, you may gain a trait bonus equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum 0) on a Craft (alchemy) check you make. You can apply this bonus after you roll the check, possibly turning a failure into a success.
Arcane Revitalization: Your martial prowess can feed your arcane power. Once per day, when you confirm a critical hit with a weapon attack, you regain 1 arcane pool point. You can’t exceed your maximum number of arcane pool points.
Arcane Temper: You have quick reactions and fierce concentration. You gain a +1 trait bonus on concentration and initiative checks.
Ascendant Recollection: Your first bloodline power is particularly strong. Your sorcerer level is considered to be 1 level higher when determining the effects of your 1st-level bloodline power.
Bladed Magic: You have an innate talent for using magical weaponry and those weapons capable of becoming magical. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Craft checks made to craft magic or masterwork weapons. In addition, when you use your arcane pool class ability to grant a weapon an enhancement bonus, that bonus lasts for 2 minutes instead of 1.
Classically Schooled: Your apprenticeship or early education was particularly focused on the direct application of magic. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Spellcraft checks, and Spellcraft is always a class skill for you.
Cross-Disciplined: Your dabbling has granted you greater insight into the proper casting of certain spells. Once per day, you may cast a spell you have prepared that appears on both the magus and wizard spell lists as if your caster level were 1 level higher.
Cross-Knowledge: Once per day, you may treat an extract you drink as if your caster level were 1 level higher as long as that extract appears on the wizard spell list and the alchemist list of formulae.
Dangerously Curious: You have always been intrigued by magic, possibly because you were the child of a magician or priest. You often snuck into your parent’s laboratory or shrine to tinker with spell components and magic devices, and frequently caused quite a bit of damage and headaches for your parent as a result. You gain a +1 bonus on Use Magic Device checks, and Use Magic Device is always a class skill for you.
Desperate Resolve: You are adept at casting spells even in the most precarious situations. You gain a +1 trait bonus on concentration checks. This trait bonus increases to +4 when you are grappled, pinned, in violent weather, or entangled.
Desperate Speed: Your eidolon excels at a movement type you do not possess. Your eidolon receives a +5-foot enhancement bonus to one type of speed it has that you do not, such as a climb or swim speed. If your eidolon doesn’t already possess such a mode of movement, you may apply this trait bonus later if it gains an evolution that grants it such a mode. Once this bonus is applied to a mode of movement, it can’t be switched to another mode.
Earth-Touched: You share an affinity with elemental earth. You gain DR 1/— against creatures and attacks with the earth type.
Eldritch Delver: You have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about the world and desire to obtain it firsthand. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Knowledge (dungeoneering) and Knowledge (history) checks, and you may treat your caster level as 1 level higher for all conjuration spells of the teleportation subschool.
Enduring Mutagen: Because of special training, your unique body chemistry, or the uncovering of an alchemical secret, your mutagens last longer. The bonuses and penalties granted by your mutagens last for 1 additional minute per alchemist level.
Flame-Touched: You share an affinity with elemental fire. You gain DR 1/— against creatures and attacks with the fire type.
Focused Burn: You know the secret of making punishing fire bombs. Any bombs you have that deal fire damage deal 1 additional point of fire damage on a direct hit per 2d6 of fire damage normally dealt (minimum 1 point). This additional damage does not apply to the bomb’s splash damage.
Focused Mind: Your childhood was dominated either by lessons of some sort (whether musical, academic, or other) or by a horrible home life that encouraged your ability to block out distractions and focus on the immediate task at hand. You gain a +2 trait bonus on concentration checks.
Gifted Adept: Your interest in magic was inspired by witnessing a spell being cast in a particularly dramatic method, perhaps even one that affected you physically or spiritually. This early exposure to magic has made it easier for you to work similar magic on your own. Pick one spell when you choose this trait—from this point on, whenever you cast that spell, its effects manifest at +1 caster level.
Greater Link: The link between you and your eidolon is stronger than most. Your eidolon’s current and maximum hit point totals are not reduced by 50% until you are separated by 110 feet or more. Your eidolon’s current and maximum hit point totals are not reduced by 75% until you are separated by 1,100 feet or more. All other aspects of your life link class feature are unaffected.
Greater Purpose: You are convinced you’re alive to achieve a great purpose. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all saving throws to resist death effects and a +1 trait bonus on Constitution checks made to stabilize while dying.
Hedge Magician: You apprenticed for a time to an artisan who often built magic items, and he taught you many handy shortcuts and cost-saving techniques. Whenever you craft a magic item, you reduce the required gp cost to make the item by 5%.
Kin Bond: The bond between you and a close sibling is nearly mystical. Choose a single sibling with whom to share this bond. Once per day when you fail a saving throw while your sibling is within 30 feet, you may reroll that saving throw using your sibling’s saving throw modifier. If you and the sibling are twins or otherwise part of a multiple birth, you gain a +2 trait bonus on the rerolled saving throw. Your sibling must be willing to grant you the reroll. If you fail the saving throw, you and your sibling are dazed for 1 round.
Knowledgeable Caster: Once per day when you cast a divination spell, you can cast that spell as if your caster level were 1 level higher in the appropriate class. You also gain a +1 trait bonus on any Knowledge checks associated with your sorcerer bloodline, if any.
Linked Surge: Once per day, you may make a Strength- or Constitution-based ability check or skill check using you eidolon’s ability score in place of your own. Your eidolon must be summoned and with 30 feet for you to use this trait.
Magic Crafter: Your early magical training involved study of the properties and creation of magic items. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Appraise checks and a +1 bonus on any Craft checks attempted while making magic items.
Magical Knack: You were raised, either wholly or in part, by a magical creature, either after it found you abandoned in the woods or because your parents often left you in the care of a magical minion. This constant exposure to magic has made its mysteries easy for you to understand, even when you turn your mind to other devotions and tasks. Pick a class when you gain this trait—your caster level in that class gains a +2 trait bonus as long as this bonus doesn’t raise your caster level above your current Hit Dice.
Magical Lineage: One of your parents was a gifted spellcaster who not only used metamagic often, but also developed many magical items and perhaps even a new spell or two—and you have inherited a fragment of this greatness. Pick one spell when you choose this trait. When you apply metamagic feats to this spell that add at least 1 level to the spell, treat its actual level as 1 lower for determining the spell’s final adjusted level.
Magical Talent: Either from inborn talent, the whimsy of the gods, or obsessive study of strange tomes, you have mastered the use of a cantrip. Choose a 0-level spell. You may cast that spell once per day as a spell-like ability. This spell-like ability is cast at your highest caster level gained; if you have no caster level, it functions at CL 1st. The spell-like ability’s save DC is Charisma-based.
Malleable Magic: Once per day as a swift action, you can lose a single 1st-, 2nd- or 3rd-level magus spell to regain 1 arcane pool point. You can’t exceed the maximum number of arcane pool points in your arcane pool by using this trait.
Mathematical Prodigy: Mathematics has always come easily for you, and you have always been able to “see the math” in the physical and magical world. You gain a +1 bonus on Knowledge (arcana) and Knowledge (engineering) checks, and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Meticulous Concoction: Your meticulous carefulness makes your bombs and extracts more potent. Once per day, you can either add a +2 trait bonus to the save DC for one bomb you throw or extend the duration of one extract you imbibe by 2 rounds. Extracts with an instantaneous duration are not affected by this trait.
Outcast’s Intuition: You are able to sense the motives of others and use that sense to bolster your magic against dispelling. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Sense Motive checks, and Sense Motive is always a class skill for you. In addition, your caster level is treated as 1 level higher for the purposes of any attempts to dispel your magic.
Partial Protege: You are adept at disguising your true talents. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Bluff checks and on Use Magic Device checks made to emulate a class feature.
Perfectionist’s Brew: You know that potion recipes should be followed with exact precision. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all Craft (alchemy) checks and on Spellcraft checks made to brew potions.
Possessed: You were, or are, possessed in some way by another entity that grants you occasional access to its knowledge. Once per day, you can attempt a Knowledge check of your choice even if you are not trained in that skill and it is not usually possible to use that skill untrained. If you can normally use that skill untrained, you gain a +2 trait bonus on the check.
Pragmatic Activator: While some figure out how to use magical devices with stubborn resolve, your approach is more pragmatic. You may use your Intelligence modifier when making Use Magic Device checks instead of your Charisma modifier.
Precise Treatment: You treat others with a clear and calculating intellect. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Heal checks, and you may use your Intelligence modifier when making Heal checks instead of your Wisdom modifier.
Reluctant Apprentice: Your early training grants you knowledge of the arcane. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (arcana) checks, and are considered trained in that skill even if you have no ranks in it.
Resilient Caster: Your great force of will makes your magic harder to dispel. Your caster level is treated as 1 level higher whenever someone attempts to dispel one of your spells.
Self-Taught Scholar: Being self-taught has made it necessary for you to scour all documentation you can get your hands on. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Linguistics checks to decipher unfamiliar languages, and Linguistics is always a class skill for you. In addition, you gain a +1 trait bonus on Spellcraft checks made to decipher the writing on a scroll.
Shrouded Casting: You have learned the secret to casting some spells without lesser material components. Choose one school of magic when you pick this trait. You can cast spells from that school as if you had the Eschew Materials feat.
Skeptic: Growing up, you were always around magical effects to the extent that you realized much of it was mere smoke and mirrors. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all saving throws against illusions.
Storm-Touched: You share an affinity with elemental lightning. You gain DR 1/— against creatures and attacks with the electricity type.
Strength Foretold: You can channel extra power into one of your bloodline spells. Once per day as a free action, you gain a +1 trait bonus to the DC of the saving throw of one of your bonus bloodline spells.
Tenacious Shifting: You’ve discovered the secret of stable transmutations. Any transmutation spell you cast upon yourself has its duration increased by 2 rounds. Transmutation spells with an instantaneous duration are not affected by this trait.
Twinned Presence: Your eidolon—and your connection to it—makes others ill at ease. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Intimidate checks, and Intimidate is always a class skill for you. In addition, if your eidolon is summoned and within 30 feet, and its size exceeds your own, use its size modifier on any Intimidate checks you make.
Unscathed: You are amazingly resistant to energy attacks because of either your upbringing or magical experimentation. Each type of energy resistance you have (if any) increases by 2 points.
Unseen but Not Undone: Without a single gesture, you can unleash a bloodline spell. Once per day, you can cast a bloodline spell as if you had the Still Spell feat. Using this trait does not modify the spell’s level.
Unstable Mutagen: You discovered or were given a secret to make your mutagens more unstable—but also more potent. Once per day, you can create an unstable mutagen. It is like a normal mutagen in most ways, but also gains a single benefit or hindrance due to its instability. Roll 1d6 to determine the result of the instability.
1 The unstable mutagen lasts for 5 minutes per alchemist level.
2 The unstable mutagen lasts for 20 minutes per alchemist level.
3 The unstable mutagen does not grant a natural armor bonus.
4 The natural armor bonus granted by the mutagen increases by 2.
5 The penalty that the mutagen applies to the corresponding mental ability score increases by 2.
6 The unstable mutagen does not apply a penalty to the corresponding mental ability score.
Volatile Conduit: You discovered a secret that enhances the energy of some spells. Once per day as a free action, when you cast a spell that deals acid, cold, electricity, or fire damage, you can enhance that spell with volatile energy. When you do, it deals 1d4 points of extra damage of the same energy type.
Water-Touched: You share an affinity with elemental water. You gain DR 1/— against creatures and attacks with the water type.
Social traits reflect your upbringing; your background in high society or lack thereof; and your history with respect to your parents, siblings, friends, competitors, and enemies.
Acrobat: Having trained from a young age, you’re capable of amazing feats of daring. You gain a +1 bonus on Acrobatics checks, and you take only a —2 penalty instead of the normal —5 penalty when using the Climb skill to attempt an accelerated climb.
Adopted: You were adopted and raised by someone not of your race, and raised in a society not your own. As a result, you picked up a race trait from your adoptive parents and society, and may immediately select a race trait from your adoptive parents’ race.
Ambitious: You exude confidence in the presence of those more powerful than you—sometimes unreasonably so. You gain a +4 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks made to influence creatures with at least 5 Hit Dice more than you possess.
Artisan: You spent time working under artisans, or your parents were artisans who were particularly skilled at their trade. You gain a +2 trait bonus on a single Craft skill (your choice).
Bastard: You were born out of wedlock. You have always been an outsider in society, and in your own family. This perspective has sharpened your insight. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Sense Motive checks, and Sense Motive is always a class skill for you.
Beast Bond: You share a close bond with animals. You gain a +1 bonus on Handle Animal checks and Ride checks. One of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Bruising Intellect: Your sharp intellect and rapier-like wit bruise egos. Intimidate is always a class skill for you, and you may use your Intelligence modifier when making Intimidate checks instead of your Charisma modifier.
Bully: You grew up in an environment where the meek were ignored and you often had to resort to threats or violence to be heard. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Intimidate checks, and Intimidate is always a class skill for you.
Canter: You grew up among thieves and scoundrels, and their unusual speech patterns and turns of phrase don’t faze you in the slightest. Anyone who attempts to use Bluff to deliver a secret message to you gains a +5 bonus on her Bluff check. When you attempt to intercept a secret message using Sense Motive, you gain a +5 trait bonus on the attempt.
Charming: Blessed with good looks, you’ve come to depend on the fact that others find you attractive. You gain a +1 trait bonus when you use Bluff or Diplomacy on a character that is (or could be) sexually attracted to you, and a +1 trait bonus to the save DC of any language-dependent spell you cast on such characters or creatures.
Child of the Streets: You grew up on the streets of a large city, and as a result you have developed a knack for picking pockets and hiding small objects on your person. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Sleight of Hand checks, and Sleight of Hand is always a class skill for you.
Civilized: You are well versed in the local laws, customs, and politics. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (nobility) checks and Knowledge (local) checks. Knowledge (local) is always a class skill for you.
Criminal: You spent your early life robbing and stealing to get by. Select one of the following skills: Disable Device, Intimidate, or Sleight of Hand. You gain a +1 trait bonus on that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
Destined Diplomat: Your relationship with your eidolon gives you some clout with other outsiders. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks toward outsiders, and Diplomacy is always a class skill for you.
Fast Talker: You had a knack for getting yourself into trouble as a child, and as a result developed a silver tongue at an early age. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Bluff checks, and Bluff is always a class skill for you.
Friend in Every Town: You have no problem making friends and learning information from them wherever you go. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Knowledge (local) checks and Diplomacy checks. One of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Grief-Filled: You are no stranger to loss and intense emotions. You gain a +2 trait bonus on all saving throws against emotion spells and effects.
Harvester: You were trained to harvest all parts of an animal with care and precision. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Profession (tanner) or Profession (trapper) checks, and you may make these checks as if you were trained in the skill even if you have no ranks. Additionally, you do not risk poisoning yourself whenever you handle or apply poison taken from a venomous creature.
Imposing Scion: The reputation of your bloodline grants you a degree of fearful respect. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Intimidate checks. If your bloodline is keyed to a specific creature type, your trait bonus increases to +2 when interacting with creatures of that type.
Influence: Your position in society grants you special insight into others, and special consideration or outright awe from others. Choose one of the following skills: Diplomacy, Intimidate, or Sense Motive. You gain a +1 trait bonus on that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
Knowing the Enemy: You know a good deal about your most dire enemies. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with the Knowledge skill corresponding to your first favored enemy choice, and that Knowledge skill is always a class skill for you.
Life of Toil: You have lived a physically taxing life, working long hours for a master or to support a trade. Hard physical labor has toughened your body and mind. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Fortitude saves.
Mentored: A tutor or private instructor guided you in learning your art, profession, or trade, and through your education, you became capable of teaching and guiding others. Choose a single Craft, Perform, or Profession skill. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with that skill. You also gain a +1 trait bonus when you aid another’s skill check with any skill.
Mercenary: For everything there is a price, and you are a negotiator at heart. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Diplomacy, Intimidate, and Sense Motive checks made while negotiating payment for a quest or a service that you provide.
Merchant: You lived your life as a merchant, buying and selling goods. You gain a +1 trait bonus on any Appraise and Sense Motive checks you attempt while bargaining for the price of goods. Appraise is always a class skill for you.
Natural-Born Leader: You’ve always found yourself in positions where others look up to you as a leader, and you can distinctly remember an event from your early childhood where you led several other children to accomplish a goal that each of you individually could not. All cohorts, followers, or summoned creatures under your leadership gain a +1 morale bonus on Will saves to avoid mind-affecting effects. If you ever take the Leadership feat, you gain a +1 trait bonus to your Leadership score.
Ordinary: The only thing extraordinary about your appearance is its ordinariness. You carry yourself in an understated way, and many people who see your face soon forget it. You gain a +4 trait bonus on Stealth checks whenever you attempt to hide in a crowd.
Orphaned: You grew up separated from your birth parents, and had to learn to watch out for yourself. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Survival checks, and Survival is always a class skill for you.
Poverty-Stricken: Your childhood was tough, and your parents always had to make every copper piece count. Hunger was your constant companion, and you often had to live off the land or sleep in the wild. You gain a +1 bonus on Survival checks, and Survival is always a class skill for you.
Rich Parents: You were born into a rich family, perhaps even the nobility, and even though you turned to a life of adventure, you enjoy a one-time benefit to your initial finances—your starting wealth increases to 900 gp.
Savage: You were born and raised in untamed lands far from civilization. You learned to survive in the elements among brutal humanoids and beasts. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (nature) checks and a +1 trait bonus on Survival checks to get along in the wild. Knowledge (nature) is always a class skill for you.
Seeker: You are always on the lookout for reward and danger. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Perception checks, and Perception is always a class skill for you.
Simple Disciple: You picked up skill in a craft or a profession during your time at a monastery. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with a Profession or Craft skill of your choice.
Style Sage: You have a passion for history and news concerning monastic disciplines. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with your choice of either Knowledge (local) or Knowledge (history), and the one you choose is always a class skill for you. In addition, you gain a +1 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks made to gather information about any person with levels in monk.
Suspicious: You discovered at an early age that someone you trusted, perhaps an older sibling or a parent, had lied to you, and lied often, about something you had taken for granted, leaving you quick to question the claims of others. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Sense Motive checks, and Sense Motive is always a class skill for you.
Talented: You are a virtuoso musician, actor, or storyteller. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with a single Perform skill (your choice), and all Perform skills are always class skills for you.
Tireless Logic: Your curious mind figures out even the most complex problems. Once per day when you make an Intelligence-based skill check or ability check, you can roll twice and take the better result.
Trustworthy: People find it easy to put their faith in you. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Bluff checks made to fool someone. You also gain a +1 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks, and Diplomacy is always a class skill for you.
Truth’s Agent: You are skilled at weeding out information. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Diplomacy checks made to gather information and all Knowledge (local) checks. Knowledge (local) is always a class skill for you.
Unintentional Linguist: You can speak with outsiders. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Linguistics checks, and you begin play knowing one of the following languages (in addition to those granted by your race and Intelligence modifier): Abyssal, Aquan, Celestial, Ignan, Infernal, Protean, or Terran.
Unnatural Revenge: You gain a +2 trait bonus on all Intimidate checks against creatures of the animal, fey, or plant type, and Intimidate is always a class skill for you.
Unpredictable: Your actions often seem random and chaotic to others, but there is a method to your madness. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Bluff checks, and Bluff is always a class skill for you.
Veiled Disciple: Trained in espionage, you’re skilled at passing messages and staying on task. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Bluff checks made to pass secret messages and a +1 trait bonus on saving throws against charm and compulsion effects.
Weathered Emissary: Your travels in the wildlands gave you insight into how to survive their dangers and communicate with their inhabitants. You gain a +1 trait bonus on all Linguistics and Survival checks, and Linguistics is always a class skill for you.
Worldly: You have acquired an unusual breadth of life experience—more than others of your age, race, or culture. Once per day when attempting a skill check for a skill you’re untrained in, you can roll twice and take the better result.
Race traits are tied to specific races. Your character must be of the specified race to select a race trait. However, the background generator draws from all lists, letting you ignore these restrictions. If using the background generator, you can take any trait you gain access to through it.
Dwarf Race Traits
Only dwarves can select these traits.
Brewmaster: Your family brought the secrets of dwarven brewing to non-dwarven lands. Though this has given you skill in the brewer’s craft, it’s also earned you distrust among dwarven purists. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Profession (brewer) and Craft (alchemy) checks, but you take a —1 penalty on Diplomacy checks made to change the attitude of dwarves who know that your family has shared brewing secrets with non-dwarves.
Goldsniffer: Your keen senses lead you to hidden treasures. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Perception checks related to metals, jewels, and gemstones.
Tunnel Fighter: Caves and tunnels are a second home to you. While underground, you receive a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks and a +1 trait bonus on weapon damage rolls for critical hits (this damage is multiplied on a critical hit).
Elf Race Traits
Only elves can select these traits.
Forlorn: Having lived outside of traditional elf society for much or all of your life, you know the world can be cruel, dangerous, and unforgiving of the weak. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Fortitude saving throws.
Warrior of Old: As a child, you put in long hours on combat drills, and though time has made this training a dim memory, you still have a knack for quickly responding to trouble. You gain a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks.
Gnome Race Traits
Only gnomes can select these traits.
Animal Friend: You’ve long been a friend to animals, and feel safer when animals are nearby. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Will saving throws as long as an animal (Tiny or larger, must be at least indifferent toward you) is within 30 feet, and Handle Animal is always a class skill for you.
Rapscallion: You’ve spent your entire life thumbing your nose at the establishment and take pride in your run-ins with the law. Somehow, despite all your mischievous behavior, you’ve never been caught. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Escape Artist checks and a +1 trait bonus on initiative checks.
Half-Elf Race Traits
Only half-elves can select these traits.
Elven Reflexes: One of your parents was a member of a wild elven tribe, and you’ve inherited a portion of your elven parent’s quick reflexes. You gain a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks.
Failed Apprentice: As a child, your parents sent you to a distant wizard’s tower as an apprentice so that you could learn the arcane arts. Unfortunately, you had no arcane talent whatsoever, though you did learn a great deal about the workings of spells and how to resist them. You gain a +1 trait bonus on saves against arcane spells.
Halfling Race Traits
Only halflings can select these traits.
Freedom Fighter: Your parents allowed escaping slaves to hide in your home, and the stories you’ve heard from them instilled into you a deep loathing of slavery. You gain a +1 trait bonus on any skill check or attack roll made during the process of escaping capture or in helping a slave escape bondage, and Escape Artist is always a class skill for you.
Well-Informed: You make it a point to know everyone and to be connected to everything around you. You frequent the best taverns, attend all of the right events, and graciously help anyone who needs it. Because of this, you gain a +1 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks to gather information and Knowledge (local) checks. One of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Half-Orc Race Traits
Only half-orcs can select these traits.
Almost Human: You have enough human features that it’s easy for you to pass for a pureblooded human. You gain a +4 trait bonus on Disguise checks to pass as human, and Disguise is always a class skill for you.
Brute: You have worked for a crime lord, either as a low-level enforcer or as a guard, and are adept at frightening away people. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Intimidate checks, and Intimidate is always a class skill for you.
Outcast: Driven from town after town because of your heritage, you have become adept at living apart from others. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Survival skill checks, and Survival is always a class skill for you.
Scrapper: A childhood spent scrabbling for every possession and scrap of food has made you fierce and wary. You receive a +1 trait bonus on all Intimidate checks made to demoralize opponents and a +1 trait bonus on all Perception checks to avoid being surprised.
Human Race Traits
Only humans can select these traits.
Scholar of Ruins: From the moment you could walk and talk, the ruins of ancient civilizations have fascinated you. Because of this, you have special insight into geography as well as expertise in exploring lost places. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (geography) and Knowledge (dungeoneering) checks. One of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
World Traveler: Your family has taken the love of travel to an extreme, roaming the world extensively. You’ve seen dozens of cultures and have learned to appreciate the diversity of what the world has to offer. Select one of the following skills: Diplomacy, Knowledge (local), or Sense Motive. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
Bloodline Race Traits
Members of any race can select one of these traits, as they represent distant bloodlines intermixed with or corrupting those your race.
Blood of Dragons: Long ago, your ancestors’ blood mixed with that of dragons. Choose one of the following: gain a +1 trait bonus on Perception checks, gain low-light vision, or gain a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against effects that cause sleep or paralysis.
Deathtouched: At some point you were tainted with the corruption of the undead, and you have gained some of their defenses. You gain either a +1 trait bonus on Fortitude saving throws or a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against mind-affecting effects (your choice).
Fiend Blood: The blood of fiends taints your line, manifesting physically, though it may be barely noticeable. Choose one of the following skills: Bluff, Intimidate, or Knowledge (planes). You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
Regional traits are tied to particular regions, often specific nations, territories, or cities in a campaign. The following regional traits represent several generic regions that can be use in most campaign settings.
Desert Child (Desert): You were born and raised in rocky deserts, and are accustomed to high temperatures. You gain a +4 trait bonus on saving throws made to resist the effects of being in hot conditions and a +1 trait bonus on saving throws against fire effects.
Frontier-Forged (Any Frontier Area): A hard life on the edge of civilization has made you resourceful but has also given you a streak of self-preservation bordering on paranoia. You receive a +1 trait bonus on Perception checks and a +1 bonus on Survival checks made to get along in the wild.
Highlander (Hills or Mountain): You were born and raised in rugged badlands or hills, and you’ve become something of an expert at evading the predators, monsters, and worse that haunt the highlands. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Stealth checks, and Stealth is always a class skill for you. This trait bonus increases to +2 in hilly or rocky areas.
Log Roller (Forest): The time you spent leaping between slippery logs as they whirled down the river to market taught you how to keep your footing. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Acrobatics checks and a +1 trait bonus to your CMB when attempting to resist trip attacks.
Militia Veteran (Any Town or Village): Your first job was serving in a civilian militia in your hometown. The skills you learned through daily drilling and protecting your fellow townsfolk gave you special insight into military life. Select one of the following skills: Profession (soldier), Ride, or Survival. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
River Rat (Marsh or River): You learned to swim right after you learned to walk. When you were a youth, a gang of river pirates put you to work swimming in nighttime rivers and canals with a dagger between your teeth so you could sever the anchor ropes of merchant vessels. You gain a +1 trait bonus on damage rolls with a dagger and a +1 trait bonus on Swim checks. Swim is always a class skill for you.
Savanna Child (Plains): You were born and raised on the rolling plains or savannas. You spent much of your youth exploring these vast reaches and know many of the region’s secrets. Pick one of the following skills: Handle Animal, Knowledge (nature), or Ride. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
Sea-Souled (Coastline or Island): You are at home at sea. You receive a +1 trait bonus on Swim checks, and you can always take 10 while Swimming.
Surface Stranger (Underground): You were born and raised in a subterranean home with little or no bright light. Your miss chance for concealment or total concealment due to either mundane or magical darkness decreases by 10%. You are dazzled for 1 round when you are suddenly exposed to bright light.
Tundra Child (Tundra or Cold Regions): You were born and raised in the cold wastes of the far north or far south, and are accustomed to low temperatures. You gain a +4 trait bonus on saving throws made to resist the effects of being in cold conditions and a +1 trait bonus on saving throws against cold effects.
Vagabond Child (Urban): You grew up among the outcasts and outlaws of your society, learning to forage and survive in an urban environment. Select one of the following skills: Disable Device, Escape Artist, or Sleight of Hand. You gain a +1 trait bonus on checks with that skill, and it is always a class skill for you.
Religion traits are tied to specific deities. The following religion traits reference the deities presented on page 43 of the Core Rulebook.
Asmodean Demon Hunter (Asmodeus): Raised in the church of Asmodeus (whether or not you are currently a follower), you’ve focused your indoctrinated fervor primarily on the elimination of demons. You gain a +3 trait bonus on Knowledge (planes) checks about demons and a +2 trait bonus on Will saves against mind-affecting spells and effects from demons.
Calistrian Courtesan (Calistria): You worked in one of Calistria’s temples as a sacred courtesan, and you know how to flatter, please, and (most of all) listen. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Sense Motive checks and Diplomacy checks to gather information, and one of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Child of Nature (Gozreh): You have been blessed by Gozreh to be as comfortable in the wilderness as you are at home. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Survival checks to find food and water, and a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (nature) checks. One of these skills (your choice) is always a class skill for you.
Corpse Cannibal (Urgathoa): Your faith encourages you to indulge a variety of perverse hungers, leading you to shrug at even some of the darkest taboos. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Fortitude saves against diseases and can gain sustenance from rotting flesh with no negative side effects.
Divine Warrior (Iomedae): From an early age, you were trained by a militaristic order of clerics. You are devoted to the teachings of Iomedae and to spreading those teachings by force. Whenever you cast a divine spell that affects any melee weapons, choose one of those weapons; it gains a +1 trait bonus on damage rolls for the duration of the spell.
Ear for Music (Shelyn): You spent countless hours of your youth in one of Shelyn’s temples, listening to wonderful musicians and singers. You gain a +1 trait bonus on one category of Perform checks and a +2 trait bonus on Knowledge (local) checks that deal with the local art or music scene.
Eyes and Ears of the City (Abadar): Your religious training involved serving in the city watch of a large city, the primary duty of which was standing sentinel on a city wall. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Perception checks, and Perception is always a class skill for you.
Flame of the Dawnflower (Sarenrae): You have been raised to view yourself as a blade in Sarenrae’s service, or you have taken on that duty for yourself. Whenever you score a critical hit with a scimitar, you deal 2 additional points of fire damage to your target.
Fortified Drinker (Cayden Cailean): Cayden Cailean’s holy brews invigorate your mind, making you less susceptible to mental attacks. Whenever you imbibe any alcoholic beverage, you gain a +2 trait bonus on saves against mind-affecting effects for 1 hour.
Guardian of the Forge (Torag): Torag’s sacred duties are to protect the faithful, take lessons from the great craftsmen and strategists of the past, and prepare against dark times. You receive a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (engineering) and Knowledge (history) checks. One of these skills (your choice) is a class skill for you.
Magic Is Life (Nethys): Your faith in magic allows you to reflexively use the energy of any spell effect currently on you to save you from death. As long as you are under the effects of a spell, you gain a +2 trait bonus on saving throws against death effects. If you are reduced to negative hit points while you are under the effects of any spell, you automatically confirm stabilization checks to stop bleeding.
Pain Is Pleasure (Zon-Kuthon): You have discovered a hint of the dark truths that lay hidden within blood and flesh. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Fortitude and Will saves whenever you have fewer than half your maximum number of hit points.
Patient Optimist (Erastil): You know that all things pass in time, and are used to having to repeat arguments multiple times to convince stubborn believers. You gain a +2 trait bonus on Diplomacy checks to influence hostile or unfriendly creatures, and if you fail at such an attempt, you may retry it once.
Shadow Whispers (Norgorber): You have a penchant for just knowing others’ secrets. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (local) checks and a +2 trait bonus on Intimidate checks made to demoralize opponents.
Starchild (Desna): Desna sensed your love of travel and promised you would always be able to find your way home. You can automatically determine where true north is. You gain a +4 trait bonus on Survival checks to avoid becoming lost.
Undead Slayer (Pharasma): Instructed at a young age in the tenets of the faith of Pharasma, you view the undead as abominations that must be destroyed so their souls can journey beyond to be judged. You gain a +1 trait bonus on weapon damage rolls against undead.
Veteran of Battle (Gorum): You have fought in several battles, and each time felt the presence of Gorum guiding your sword-arm, making you ready to act at a moment’s notice. You gain a +1 trait bonus on initiative checks, and if you are able to act during a surprise round, you may draw a weapon (but not a potion or magic item) as a free action during that round.
Voice of Monsters (Lamashtu): Your faith leads you to see the power and wonder in even the most horrible abominations. Once per day, you can cast speak with animals. When you cast this spell, it can affect animals (as normal) as well as aberrations and magical beasts with an Intelligence of 2 or lower.
Wisdom in the Flesh (Irori): Your hours of meditation on inner perfection and the nature of strength and speed allow you to focus your thoughts to achieve things your body might not normally be able to do on its own. Select any Strength-, Constitution-, or Dexterity-based skill. You may make checks with that skill using your Wisdom modifier instead of the skill’s normal ability score. That skill is always a class skill for you.
Wrecking Wrath (Rovagug): Your ferocity is devastating, sometimes even to your own weapons. Once per day, after successful hitting a foe with a melee weapon, you can add your Strength modifier to the damage roll a second time (your Strength Modifier is not doubled if you are using a two-handed weapon). Doing so has a 25% chance of giving your weapon the broken condition.
PLEASE DO NOT CHOOSE A DRAWBACK UNLESS YOU WANT A LITTLE MORE STORY AND CHALLENGE TO YOUR CHARACTER. If something terrible happens to your character, they may end up with one anyway.
Drawbacks are traits in reverse. Instead of granting you a boon, they grant you a negative effect, typically in particular circumstances. If you choose to take a drawback, you can take a third trait that you have access to. You don’t have to take a drawback.
Attached: You have a strong emotional attachment to a person or object that you’re terrified of losing. The GM chooses the object of your attachment. Whenever the object of your attachment is either threatened, in danger, or in someone else’s possession, you take a —1 penalty on Will saves and a —2 penalty on saves against fear effects. If the person or object to which you’re attached is ever lost, killed, or destroyed, exchange this drawback for the Doubt drawback.
Avarice: Deep, compulsive greed gnaws at you. Whenever monetary treasure is divided, you must end up with a greater share of that treasure than your companions or you’re wracked with feelings of jealousy and ill will. When treasure is divided, if you do not end up with at least 10% more treasure than any other individual companion does, you have a hard time being helpful to your allies. You become irritable, and can’t take the aid another action for the next week.
Dependent: You are dependent upon the acceptance of others. Whenever you fail a Diplomacy check, you become shaken for 1 hour.
Doubt: You lack confidence in your abilities or confidence in the universe at large. Whenever you fail a skill or ability check, you take a —4 penalty on that type of skill or ability check for the next hour.
Family Ties: Your family is extremely important to you, and you feel disheartened when you can’t do what they ask. When a family member makes a request of you, you must fulfill that request or take a —2 penalty on all Wisdom- and Charisma-based ability checks and skill checks until you either do what was requested or succeed at a DC 20 Will saving throw, which you can attempt once per day at the start of each day. You can’t take this drawback if you have no family. If you ever lose your family or lose contact with your family, exchange this drawback for the Doubt drawback.
Headstrong: You feel compelled to correct every action and argument that contradicts your worldview. Whenever you witness an action or hear an argument that contradicts your alignment, you must attempt to stop or correct that action or argument. If you either don’t try to stop it or fail in your attempt to stop it (as adjudicated by the GM), you are shaken for 1 hour.
Hedonistic: You are a creature of pleasure and comfort. Whenever you spend a day without gaining reward or treasure (at least 10 or more gold pieces) or spending an hour on entertainment or pleasure, attempt a DC 20 Fortitude save at the end of that day. If you fail, you begin the next day fatigued. This fatigue lasts 4 hours, or until you receive a reward or sufficient entertainment or pleasure.
Lovesick: Your love for another occupies your every thought, and you become despondent when you are away from that person. The person is chosen by your GM (with consideration to your roll on Table 1—56: Romantic Relationships if you used the background generator). At the start of each day, if you are away from this person you take a —2 penalty on initiative checks and Perception checks. If you ever lose or fall out of love with this person, exchange this drawback for the Doubt drawback.
Meticulous: You plan and prepare everything in detail, and aren’t good at improvising when things don’t go as planned. You take a —2 penalty on skill checks for skills with which you’re untrained.
Paranoid: You believe that someone or something is always out to get you, so you have a hard time truly trusting anyone. Anyone who attempts an aid another action of any type to assist you must succeed at a DC 15 check instead of the normal DC 10 check.
Power-Hungry: You’re addicted to power. You take a —2 penalty on Will saving throws against charm and compulsion effects if the creature creating the effect promises wealth or power.
Pride: You can’t abide challenges to your dignity, authority, or honor. When someone threatens, accuses, or challenges you, you take a —2 penalty on Diplomacy checks and Sense Motive checks involving that creature until the creature apologizes to you.
Provincial: You have only one way of looking at things: the right way. You take a —2 penalty on Diplomacy checks and Sense Motive checks made against all creatures whose religion or alignment differs from your own.
Sentimental: You are sentimental, and your thoughts often stray to the past at inappropriate times. You take a —2 penalty on Perception checks to avoid being surprised and on Reflex saving throws to avoid traps or hazards.
Vain: You are sensitive about the way others perceive you. Whenever you fail an opposed Charisma-based check, you take a —2 penalty on all Charisma-based checks for the next 24 hours.
Xenophobic: You have a hard time understanding and trusting those with unfamiliar ways and appearances. You take a —2 penalty on Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks made against creatures of a different race or from a different culture.
Zealous: You are fanatical in your beliefs, ruled by emotion over reason. When you attack a creature that you know worships a different religion than you do, you take a —5 penalty on the attack roll and a +2 trait bonus on the damage roll with your first attack.