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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

Read the "Customizing a Background" rule. This is not listed as an optional rule; in a sense, it is closer to the core rules of 5e than feats are (which are optional) and multiclassing. ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

It's A Good Enough Fit What your player is describing seems to me more like a 'fixer' than a 'charlatan' but despite that, I'd allow it with barely a second thought. If he wants his fixer character ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

So, I went to check the wording for the Charlatan background in the PHB: You have always had a way with people. You know what makes them tick, you can tease out their hearts’ desires after a few ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

The background system is supposed assist character creation, not control it. If you read through chapter 4 "Personality and Background", you should observe that the guidance given is very ...
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What is the scope of the Charlatan background?

Why not? I'm not sure I see a real problem here. Your player has developed a backstory and suggested that the Charlatan fits within it. There is nothing wrong with any of that! The problems are ...
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How far is it acceptable for the GM to interfere with a PC's background?

Bonds are about the future, not the past. Specifically, they're about the future where the person who wrote the bond decides that the bond has resolved, marks XP, and writes another one. Maybe it's ...
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How far is it acceptable for the GM to interfere with a PC's background?

First of all: Make mistakes and be proud of them - it's how you learn. As a GM you should not decide on a character's background, maybe with the exception of setting limits that your campaign needs, ...
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How far is it acceptable for the GM to interfere with a PC's background?

The rulebook says: Take some time to discuss the bonds and let the GM ask questions about them as they come up. You’ll want to go back and forth and make sure everyone is happy and comfortable with ...
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