In a Sorrowful Age
A few people have asked about purchasable backgrounds and I just wanted to clarify a few things.
First, all background purchases must be approved by the ST.
Second, backgrounds cost 3 xp per dot, with dots 4 and 5 dots costing 6 xp each.
Technically, all of the following backgrounds are available via in-game play and experience purchase. If you receive it via in-game play, then you don’t need to pay experience for it. If you want to ‘improve’ an in-game character from his or her normal relationship with you to something better, then you can ask if you can pay experience to do so.
In most major cities, low-level Artifacts, Command, Followers, Henchmen, Libraries, and Retainers can be purchased.
The other items from this list may be offered on occasion for purchase and you can always ask if you can purchase something or, even better, ask if you can purchase the opportunity for something to pop up. I’m not going to be laying abandoned manses and artifacts everywhere in Creation for you to walk by and pick up, but if you talk to me and want to buy a level 3 manse with a specific type of background, then, as long as it isn’t too weird, I’ll try to swing that into a session.
Anyways, here’s a list of backgrounds that I consider to be viable in game: