top of page
< Back

Background:

Gruul Anarch

Source: Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica


The entire world of Ravnica is a sprawling metropolis, but you are a native of the wild areas that still exist - the abandoned districts, the rubblebelts, the overgrown parks, and the crumbling ruins. You are part of a savage society that clings desperately to the Old Ways - attuned to nature, full of primal rage, and given short shrift by a world consumed with continuing civilization's march of progress.


Skill Proficiencies: Animal Handling, Athletics
Tool Proficiencies: Herbalism Kit
Languages: Choose one of Draconic, Giant, Goblin, or Sylvan
Equipment: A Gruul insignia, a hunting trap, an herbalism kit, the skull of a boar, a beast-hide cloak, a set of traveler's clothes, and a pouch containing 10gp (Azorius 1-zino coins)

Features

Rubblebelt Refuge

You are intimately familiar with areas of the city that most people shun: ruined neighborhoods where wurms rampaged, overgrown parks that no hand has tended in decades, and the vast, sprawling rubblebelts of broken terrain that civilized folk have long abandoned. You can find a suitable place for you and your allies to hide or rest in these areas. In addition, you can find food and fresh water in these areas for yourself and up to five other people each day.

Gruul Guild Spells

Prerequisite: Spellcasting or Pact Magic class feature

For you, the spells on the Gruul Guild Spells table are added to the spell list of your spellcasting class. (If you are a multiclass character with multiple spell lists, these spells are added to all of them.)


Gruul Guild Spells

Spell Level Spell

Cantrip Fire Bolt, Produce Flame

1st Compelled Duel, Speak With Animals, Thunderwave

2nd Beast Sense, Shatter

3rd Conjure Animals, Conjure Barrage

4th Dominate Beast, Stoneskin

5th Destructive Wave

Fueled by the fire of rage burning in your heart, your magic is almost always accompanied by fiery effects, such as flames smoldering behind your eyes or dancing over your hands.

Suggested Characteristics

Gruul ways aren't the ways of civilized folk, and the Gruul have little patience for social niceties. But they do have cherished traditions and values, just as important to them as the different values held by the urban, cosmopolitan culture of Ravnica.


Personality Traits

d8Personality Trait

1Unlike people, the beasts of the wild are friends who won't stab me in the back.

2Go ahead and insult me - I dare you.

3I scorn those who can't survive away from the comforts of the city.

4Don't tell me I'm not allowed to do something.

5Laws are for people who are afraid to face their inner beasts.

6I smear the blood of my enemies over my skin.

7I was, in fact, raised by maaka.

8HarrRRAAGGHH! [I rarely form a coherent sentence and prefer to express myself by breaking things.]


Ideals

d6Ideal

1Clan. My clan is all that really matters. (Any)

2Anarchy. No person or law or custom can tell another what to do. (Chaotic)

3Nature. We weren't born tame or domesticated, so we shouldn't have to live that way. (Neutral)

4Might. The strongest are meant to dominate the weak. (Evil)

5Rage. AAAAAARRRRggggh! [To live is to feel and express the rage burning in your belly.] (Chaotic)

6Tradition. The Old Ways must be preserved and upheld. (Any)


Bonds

d6Bond

1I am determined that one day I will lead my clan - or a new one.

2I would give my life for my clan chieftain.

3The chieftain of another clan has a grudge against me.

4I am devoted to a sacred site in the midst of the rubblebelt.

5My weapon is made from the first raktusk I ever hunted.

6GrrrRRAAAAGGHH! [I will do anything to prove myself greater than my siblings or ancestors.]


Flaws

d6Flaw

1If you question my courage, I will never back down.

2HrrrGGGAAAARRuuuh! [My anger in battle led to the death of a loved one.]

3I'm as stubborn as a batterboar.

4I'm so convinced of my superiority over soft, civilized people that I'll take great risks to prove it.

5I'm easily manipulated by people I find attractive.

6I'm not actually all that angry.

Contacts

The members of the Gruul Clans rely on each other even as they vie for territory and glory. Their encounters with members of other guilds are more often violent than friendly, but occasional bonds do form.

Roll twice on the Gruul Contacts table (for an ally and a rival) and once on the Non-Gruul Contacts table.


Gruul Contacts

d8Contact

1One of my parents is a renowned warrior in my clan.

2My sibling has the ear of the clan chief.

3I have cousins in a different clan.

4When we were younger, I was romantically involved with a prominent warrior in my clan.

5A druid in my clan believes I have a destiny to fulfill.

6The warrior who trained me remembers me for my exceptional potential.

7My clan chief killed one of my parents, who had challenged the chief for leadership of the clan. Some combination of resentment and remorse stirs the clan chief to help me sometimes.

8I made a strong impression on Borborygmos.


Non-Gruul Contacts

d10Contact

1An Azorius arrester thinks I can be reformed.

2A Boros soldier gives me gifts in exchange for information about other clans' movements.

3I once caught and released a Dimir spy.

4I consult with a Golgari shaman for spiritual guidance at times.

5Roll an additional Gruul contact; you can decide if the contact is an ally or a rival.

6An Izzet scientist blames the Gruul for the destruction of his life's work in a raid, but seems to think that I'm not like other Gruul.

7I foolishly borrowed money from an Orzhov syndic to indulge a shameful vice.

8A close friend left our clan and joined the Cult of Rakdos.

9A distant relative is trying to recruit me into the Selesnya Conclave.

10I stopped a Simic biomancer from trapping wild beasts to perform vile experiments on them.


bottom of page