This tool is based on the work of user Arachobia on RPG Crossing with his permission. He had taken a list of tables from Dragon magazine #422 in an article called "Building Character" by Matt Sernett and updated them for 5th edition. I've turned them into an automatic tool for generating a characters background.

Instructions: Refresh the page to generate a new background story. As always, you can use it however you like and fill in your own details. Your age and acquired proficiencies are listed at the bottom and are based on the results you got. Try to pick a Race/Class/Background combo that fulfills all the proficiencies. Your age may also result in ability score modifiers that can be applied after building your character.

...or ignore everything and do whatever you want. Whatever.
Background Generator

(T.101): One of your parents was a scholar and teacher. You will have proficiency in History.

(T.102): One of your parents was a great villain. Roll on Table 5 to determine what kind of villain they were.

    >>>> (T.5): Goblin(s).

(T.2): You are the oldest of a 5 sibling family.

(T.3): You were apprenticed or sent to be trained. Roll on Table 4 to determine who by or what as.

(T.4): You need some of that old time religion. Follow the call to the temple on Table 27.

(T.27): You have a strange vision in the church that none there can explain. The send you in search of an oracle to do so instead on Table 11.

(T.11): You find what you are looking for. You will have proficiency in Investigation. Roll on the associated table depending on what you were looking for: Person - Table 12.

(T.12): The person is preoccupied with a rival. You need to get their attention back with an act of vengeance on this rival on Table 9.

(T.9): You defeat your foe! Too bad they had an ally who takes you prisoner. Roll on Table 21.

(T.21): You are tough, and the warden decides you might be fit for military service. Roll on Table 22.

(T.22): War is hell! Surrounded by chaos and bloodshed, you turn craven and desert. Try to flee on Table 19.

(T.19): You evade your pursuers for now, but you know they are never going to be far behind and you must remain alert. You will have proficiency in Perception. Your life of adventure begins.


Total Rolls: 13
Your age is ADULT
Adults are at the most equalized stage of development. From here their physical body will begin to weaken while their minds and personalities benefit from experience.
Adults have no modifiers to their attributes.

Proficiencies:
History
Investigation
Perception