Background in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire affects starting Skills the player has. What Background you can choose varies depending on the Culture you select in the turn before. Some Backgrounds are available to any Culture, but most are not. Be sure to check which Culture is needed if you'd like to select a specific Background from the list below.
You've lived your life amongst the nobility. Your days have been marked by lavish meals and extravagant parties, your conversations peppered with talk of pedigree and bloodlines.
Culture Required: Any except The Living Lands
You've always felt driven to express yourself creatively. The structure and rigid control of other pursuits has never satisfied in the same way.
Culture Required: Old Vailia
You've made a name for yourself as a troublemaker. Disrespect for authority and a lack of care regarding the rules are recurring themes in your life.
You never quite fit in no matter where you go. Each new town is just a place to rest briefly before moving on to the next. You are more comfortable on the road, traveling the world.
Culture Required: Any
You find the siren call of the horizon irresistible. You cannot help but wonder what lies beyond the next hill or wave, and you've built your life around finding out.
You live for the thrill of the chase. Whether for glory or for sustenance, you have made your living taking the lives of wild creatures.
Required Culture: Any except Ixamitl Plains
Your life has been spent in the study of your craft. You trained and prepared, hoping to hone your skills and ply your trade.
Culture Required: Any
Bonus: +2 Athletics
You've traded goods from all over the world, pairing items with buyers of all kinds.
Required Culture: Any
You've never been able to explain how the universe guides your path. Behind every task you undertake is a feeling of cosmic direction.
Required Culture: The White that Wends
Piety and prayer are the cornerstones of your public life, and you encourage the same in others.
Bonus: +2 Religion
For you, knowledge is a relentless pursuit. You hoard each kernel of information as though it were precious metal, and time you don't spend learning is time wasted.
You have never known freedom. Shackles and chains have bound your existence, and someone has told you what to do your entire life.