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One of my players wants to play a high elf with the background of a professional assassin.

I went through the player's handbook and looked around the internet but couldn't find any "official" assassin backgrounds or features and starting items for it.

Is there anything I can use or do I just have to homebrew it?

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The Criminal background represents all kinds of criminals, including assassins.

There are many kinds of criminals, and within a thieves’ guild or similar criminal organization, individual members have particular specialties. Even criminals who operate outside of such organizations have strong preferences for certain kinds of crimes over others. Choose the role you played in your criminal life, or roll on the table below.

\begin{array}{l} \text{d8} & \text{Specialty} & \text{d8} & \text{Specialty} \\ \text{1} & \text{Blackmailer} & \text{5} & \text{Highway robber} \\ \text{2} & \text{Burglar} & \text{6} & \textbf{Hired killer} \\ \text{3} & \text{Enforcer} & \text{7} & \text{Pickpocket} \\ \text{4} & \text{Fence} & \text{8} & \text{Smuggler} \end{array}

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    \$\begingroup\$ Alright, i wasn't sure of that, thank you! \$\endgroup\$ – Gal Ben-Ami Nov 11 '17 at 11:47

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