Anthropologist is a background introduced in Tomb of Annihilation. A character with this background has studied other cultures in great detail and has even adopted some of the characteristics of one.

Basic Features

  • Skill Proficiency: Insight, Religion
  • Languages: Two of your choice
  • Equipment: A leather-bound diary, a bottle of ink, an ink pen, a set of traveler's clothes, one trinket of special significance, and a pouch containing 10 gp


Adept Linguist: You can communicate with humanoids who don't speak any language you know so long as you observe them interacting with each other for at least one day.


Main article: Characteristics

Personality Traits

d6 Personality Trait
1 I prefer the company of those who aren't like me, including people of other races.
2 I'm a stickler when it comes to observing proper etiquette and local customs.
3 I would rather observe than meddle.
4 By living among violent people, I have become desensitized to violence.
5 I would risk life and limb to discover a new culture or unravel the secrets of a dead one.
6 When I arrive at a new settlement for the first time, I must learn all of its customs.


d6 Ideal
1 Discovery: I want to be the first person to discover a lost culture. (Any)
2 Distance: One must not interfere with the affairs of another culture-- even one in need of aid. (Lawful)
3 Knowledge: By understanding other races and cultures, we learn to understand ourselves. (Any)
4 Power: Common people crave strong leadership, and I do my utmost to provide it. (Lawful)
5 Protection: l must do everything possible to save a society facing extinction. (Good)
6 Indifferent: Life is cruel. What's the point in saving people if they're going to die anyway? (Chaotic)


d6 Bond
1 My mentor gave me a journal filled with lore and wisdom. Losing it would devastate me.
2 Having lived among the people of a primeval tribe or clan, I long to return and see how they are faring.
3 Years ago, tragedy struck the members of an isolated society I befriended, and l will honor them.
4 I want to learn more about a particular humanoid culture that fascinates me.
5 I seek to avenge a clan, tribe, kingdom, or empire that was wiped out.
6 I have a trinket that I believe is the key to finding a long-lost society.


d6 Flaw
1 Boats make me seasick.
2 I talk to myself, and I don't make friends easily.
3 I believe that I'm intellectually superior to people from other cultures and have much to teach them.
4 I've picked up some unpleasant habits living among goblins, lizardfolk, or orcs.
5 I complain about everything.
6 I wear a tribal mask and never take it off.